This piece of hard-hitting news just came in from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the first newspaper I worked for after college, and also the training ground of John Grogan, of Marley and Me fame:
Three Fort Lauderdale police employees were reassigned as the department investigates allegations that they allowed a dog to lick from a peanut butter jar and put the jar back where colleagues could later use it.
It’s hard to read of such brutal crimes this early in the morning. Things were pretty bad when I worked at this newspaper, but clearly, these days the criminal element in Ft. Lauderdale is really taking over. At least when I worked there, you could kind of trust the cops. But now, they’re giving dogs peanut butter out of jars and closing the lid and staying hush-hush. They’re just as bad as all the other criminals.
Fortunately, the law is all over these three officers. For once, cops are not protecting their own, at least if you believe Police Sgt. Frank Sousa. “There could be possible criminal charges as well as privacy violations,” he said.
Ah, to live in a place that really knows how to spend its taxpayer dollars wisely…