Peek-A-Boo: NYPD Union of Douchebags Doesn't Like DeBlasio or Being Held Accountable So They Are (WTF?) Photo-Shaming the Homeless To Prove It
Demonstrating that unions aren't always socially useful, the NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association, the city's second largest police union, has embarked on a startlingly loathsome (even for the NYPD) campaign whereby they photograph the homeless and their "quality-of-life offenses," and then post the photos in all their destitute glory to a Flickr account called Peek-A-Boo. This is supposed to prove something about how “We, the ‘Good Guys,' are sworn to protect our citizens," except when they're, like, you know, ewww, poor.
In a press release explaining the project, SBA President Ed Mullins begins with, "The NYPD is one of America's greatest institutions," and goes straight downhill from there. Mullins, who doesn't like Mayor Bill de Blasio, recent moves by other "self-promoting" forces to use cameras to keep tabs on how many unarmed people cops kill and maim, or "the diminishing of our hard-earned and well-deserved public perception of the safest large city in America,” urges police “as you travel about the city of New York" to , "photograph the homeless lying in our streets, aggressive panhandlers, people urinating in public or engaging in open-air drug activity, and quality-of-life offenses of every type” - but only when not on duty, as legally required, because God knows we wouldn't want the NYPD doing anything in uniform that might tarnish their pristine image to date.
Mullins goes on to rant about how under-appreciated they are - “Amazingly, no one seems to give any thought about an officer fighting for their life or pulling a deranged and dangerous person off an innocent crime victim” - and how "without your hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, commitment, intelligence and integrity, there would be lawlessness" and how all these mealy-mouthed politicians need to get off their backs already. The call to action has been met with some skepticism in the press, though the New York Post dutifully chimed in with a story about bums and vagrants "making life miserable in the city."
So far, police have posted 288 pictures of homeless people in various states of pathos and despair. Most don't appear to be breaking any laws; there are a few photos of guys peeing, though given the almost total lack of public bathrooms in New York, that's likely not from choice. A handful of photos are accompanied by truly tasteless jabs and "jokes" about 288 poor souls lacking the basic necessities of life in what is the richest and most inequitable country in the world; you'd think that if anyone was going to get shamed in that scenario, it wouldn't be the people sleeping on sidewalks. The most notable comment on the site appears faithfully, from one Joshua E, below every photo. It reads: