The Criminal Coddling Chronicles (cont.)
A Boston Public Works Department employee accused of running down a 64-year-old woman with a city snowplow as she crossed a South Boston street had a long history of drug violations and driving infractions when the city hired him in 2005. But city officials never checked his record because of a new "second-chance" employment policy for criminal offenders.
I guess it all depends on your definition of "second".
Joseph M. MacDonald, a 26-year-old South Boston resident who was suspended without pay Saturday after he allegedly fled the scene, had been convicted of illegal drug possession three times and had his driver's license suspended seven times for other infractions in the five years prior to his hiring by the city in September 2005, records show.
So, at a minimum, we're talking about his ELEVENTH chance. And, this doesn't count all the "second chances" this scumbag has undoubtedly received over the years, courtesy of the compassionate criminal "justice" system down in Massachusetts.
City officials say Mayor Thomas M. Menino authorized a new policy two years ago eliminating questions about criminal convictions on all city job applications and dispensing with criminal background checks for applicants for jobs that don't involve working with children or the elderly or accessing residents' homes.
But, by all means, let's get illegal drug users with bad driving records behind the wheels of city-owned snowplows and let them drive around neighborhoods full of children and elderly folks. What's the worst that could happen?
So, for those of you keeping score at home:
Licenses to operate snowplows on public streets for felons with a documented history of drug abuse and reckless operation of motor vehicles - GOOD.
Gun licenses for law-abiding, non-drug-using, Boston residents with clean driving records - BAD (someone might get hurt).
And, in case anyone needs reminding, that idiot prancing around the City of Boston, masquerading as a leader, was re-elected with more than two-thirds of the popular vote in 2005.