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March 17, 2011

UPDATE to WI Public Union Extortion Letter

In yesterday's thread, we got a heartening response from some LEOs who are horrified by Palmer's threatening letter to businessowners who supported Walker.

Patrick Dorwin at Badger Blogger:

the tactics of the WPPA are wrong. Our police officers are entrusted with a great responsibility, and they swear to do their job, upholding the laws of Wisconsin, no matter what their personal opinions might be.

More from a Badger with a badge.

And two weeks ago, John Balcerzak, the former president of the Milwaukee Police Association—the collective bargaining unit representing rank-and-file Milwaukee police officers and detectives—e-mailed WTMJ radio to distance sworn law enforcement officers from the WPPA executive director. “Jim Palmer is not a police officer,” Balcerzak noted. “He is a lawyer.”

As SF noted in an earlier post, during heated political discourse, labor unrest, or civil strife, law enforcement officers become the uniformed arbitrators of fairness.

One section of The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics reads, “I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions,”

I guess Mr. Palmer never actually ran this letter idea by a few of the the rank-and-file. If he had, an actual police officer could have told him that it wasn't a good idea and would besmirch the integrity of all WI LEOs.


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