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And People Wonder Why the Revere Police Have a Reputation of Being Crooked

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A Revere Police Officer is on medical leave after the WBZ-TV iTeam bags him slacking off on the job. They officer was spending time at home when he should have been in the community doing his job.

It's interesting that the Chief of Police did an on-camera interview. It makes sense from a PR perspective. I could have written those talking points verbatim before I heard the interview:

- This is clearly unacceptable - We will be reviewing the issue and addressing it appropriately - This is a supervisory issue as well - The officer is on leave (paid medical, I'm sure) - The Revere Police will ensure that this doesn't happen again and that measures are put in place to avoid this in the future

However, what Reardon, the Chief, isn't telling you, is that it's all bullshit. Yea, they are understaffed by about 20 officers. Yea, the city is hurting from a budget perspective. But, the list of corruption at the city level is about as long as the Charles. Remember that Revere cop that was killed? Do you really believe that story?

Hmmm…

Regardless, I just want cops and city officials to do their friggin' job. We pay extremely high taxes and to be honest with you, I don't see ANY of it working for me.

I really can't wait for the mayoral debate that's coming up. I hope I can get on the invite list and ask some tough questions. I want Rotonodo to win because I believe what he says. Rizzo, on the other hand, comes across as "Old Revere," i.e. someone who has been embedded in the city for years and has all the "right" connections. Of course, I'm insinuating things, but I'm guessing it's not to far from the truth (from what I'm told by folks outside of the Rotondo camp).

I don't think I'm asking for much -- improved school system; address the increasing crime and drug issue; deal appropriately with the illegal residents and 25 people living in a house problem; and, finally, put those high taxes to real use and stop stacking the coffers of corrupt politicians and law enforcement.

End rant.