Have you heard about the cops in Rhode Island that dared to have hoodlums in the making drop and do some push-ups after being caught red handed for vandalism? If not, see what you think about this story, see if you think any of these cops should be punished or suspended.
This is via TB:
A controversy is brewing in Rhode Island after four police officers seemingly made a group of young men do push-ups as immediate punishment for vandalizing mailboxes.
It began when a woman called 911 Friday to report that her mailbox had been damaged, and officers caught a car full of teenagers in the act (the details are a little hazy here, but the teens may have been vandalizing other mailboxes nearby when caught).
Mayor Charles Lombardi told WPRO-AM that the officers thought the best way to reprimand the teens was to make them do push-ups, and a neighbor videotaped it from his window.
The task was hardly grueling– the neighbor estimates the young men had to do between 10-12 push-ups– but Mayor Charles Lombardi is calling the situation unacceptable.
“It’s not going to fall by the wayside,” he assured, calling the video “a little nauseating” to WPRO-AM.
“I don’t know if it is against policy, but it is against professionalism. Bring them in, call their parents and explain to them what was going on and what they were doing,” he added.
By Monday morning, the event being described as “Pushup Gate” in local news, and the mayor commented: “You can’t fix stupid. I think that’s the only explanation here.”
Ironically, one of the boys’ mothers has come out in support of the police.
“The cop did wrong, but I’m glad he tried to teach my son a lesson,” Corinne Marchione told WPRI Monday. “Personally, I don’t think he should be suspended.”
Marchione’s son was reportedly the one driving the car that got pulled over.
Here is the video, first reported by WJAR-TV:
We all know there is good and bad in any profession, we’ve seen story after story of brutality from some police officers all of our lives…but this one is far from that via my viewfinder in life…how ’bout yours? Do you think they crossed an ethical line…or not? Do you think what they did may have helped teach a major lesson to any of those involved for the path they take in the future?
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