Cowboy Cops Pollute Sac Streets

Steven Greenhut: I just saw a Sacramento city police officer take off on horse like a bat out of hell after a man clad in business attire crossed the street before the light changed to green. There were no cars around, so it seemed like a bit of an overreaction but it probably was fun to get a horse to gallop in the heart of the city.  I waited for the light to change simply because I saw the horseback-riding gendarme staring at us. I guess when there’s nothing much to do, minor infractions become big deals.

Well, if Sacramento police are going to make a big deal out minor things, then they ought to do something about all the horse manure piles that these police officers leave around town. They do get picked up eventually, but I’ve seen the piles sitting there for quite some time. There are horse diapers that are available, but perhaps with all the sky high police pensions there’s not much left for officers to clean up after themselves.

I wonder what would happen if I let my dog leave some big piles in the middle of downtown Sacramento and then walked away. Would cowboy cop come galloping after me?

FEB. 28, 2011

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  1. David from Oceanside
    David from Oceanside 28 February, 2011, 17:15

    Slow news day?

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  2. John Seiler
    John Seiler 28 February, 2011, 18:05

    If we raise taxes, then the state will be able to collect the manure and use it for biomass energy production, thus complying with AB 32.

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  3. EconProf
    EconProf 28 February, 2011, 18:51

    Just curious, what would a cost/benefit analysis say about the police being mounted. Do they stop more criminal behavior per dollar spent than, say, cops on bicycles? Are they for show, or for law enforcement? Were they, dare I say, adopted in a time of more prosperity when the economy was hot and the revenues were rolling in?
    It’s time to challenge the myth that police and fire budgets should not be analyzed, and cut if necessary. They are too big a chunk of the budget to ignor.

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  4. Steven Greenhut
    Steven Greenhut 28 February, 2011, 18:58

    It’s for show. A bike would have worked better, especially after the cop nearly banged his head on an awning — given how high he sits on the horse. Police budgets are filled with toys. At the airport, a policeman drives back and forth on one of those Segway-type scooters. He goes about 15 feet then back again. He couldn’t do that on foot or with a $10 scooter from Wal-Mart. Every government agency seems to have parking lots filled with brand-new SUVs. They like toys and we pay for them.

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