I'm going to try to condense this into 5,000 words or less. I have a solid 4 pages of stuff in my head on this subject, but here's the rundown - more to follow if I feel inspired to continue.
Two months ago the New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl title in three years. The post-game "celebration" got out of hand quickly in the neighborhoods near a few of the local college campuses, as drunken idiots took to the streets setting bonfires, looting, and flipping cars (those wacky college kids). Unfortunately, the Northeastern University Department of Public Safety has since removed
the pictures from their website.
The police response was, for all intents and purposes, non-existent. People demanded that our mayor, Tom "Mumbles" Menino, explain the situation with regards to the number of uniformed officers on the streets that night. Some local newspapers reported the number to be in the neighborhood of 40 cops, deployed CITY-WIDE. The Mayor's office and, the "acting" Police Commissioner said it was closer to 100 - for the entire city
As if it wasn't bad enough that someone was actually killed during all of this, the Honorable Mayor Menino then has the fucking nerve to say that the destruction was due to the recent availability of Sunday liquor sales. Then when that was proven to be complete horseshit, he tried to lay the blame on the colleges and universities for not adequately baby-sitting their children. He seems to have forgotten that the same thing happened after the previous Patriots' Super Bowl victory, and after the Red Sox playoff wins (and losses). City officials knew EXACTLY what was going to happen, WHEN it would happen, and where it would happen - and did jackshit.
Well, if Tom Brady can continue to throw the football the way Menino passes the buck around, we can expect to see many more championships in New England. Within the last few weeks the Boston Police Department released the report
of their investigation and, lo and behold, they acknowledged a severe lack of police presence on the streets of Boston that night. Gee...I'm...stunned. The report claimed 130 officers were assigned, but some local news accounts had reported that many had called in sick or had asked to be rescheduled. If I find a definitive answer to this I'll update this post.
Now, lets fast forward to last night's celebration at the University of Connecticut. As these pictures
show, from The Hartford Courant's
website, the kids at UConn have a lot in common with Northeastern kids here in Boston. Look closely though. Do you notice any differences in how the authorities handled this little soiree? That's right. They ARRESTED people. And they used PEPPER SPRAY. That's what you do in these situations. If the City Of Boston fails to learn anything from their mistakes, and by studying the successes of others, you can be assured that if the Red Sox ever bring home a World Series title, I'll be up on my roof with a Ruger Mini-30
, some pre-ban 20-round magazines, and 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm.
Thanks to Ravenwood
for the link to the U-Conn pictures.