By Wyatt Earp | July 10, 2008
Ya know, I rip the Philadelphia Police Department all the time for the stupid things they do to their members. I have no problem doing that, because I work here.
However, I have no problem ripping another department, especially when it is well-deserved. And when I received this link from Mope, my head almost exploded. With that in mind, I wanted to share this story, which is guaranteed to make you wrap your skull in duct tape.
With minutes left in the last shift of his 35-year New Orleans police career, Sgt. Bobby Guidry received a call from a supervisor telling him he had been suspended for wearing the wrong uniform shirt, the veteran officer said.
The Police Department confirmed the censure Tuesday, though it quibbled with the term “suspended.” Rather, Guidry is “under investigation for wearing the wrong uniform,” said Police Department spokesman Bob Young.
My God, what a terribly heinous act! It’s not like he was looting during Katrina like some of NOLA’s finest were doing a few years back. This is much worse!
Instead of the standard-issue all-black uniform, Guidry, a veteran officer in the city’s Uptown 2nd District, chose the powder-blue uniform shirt that he wore to work for more than three decades.
He viewed it as a simple statement, not an affront to rules or department leadership.
“Eighteen people died in the line of duty in that powder-blue shirt while I was with the department,” Guidry said. “I went to each of those funerals. I wore that shirt on a Saturday, on my last day, out of respect for them.”
Good for him. Far too few officers stick up for their fallen comrades anymore. I’ll bet his department was proud of him. Right?
Police brass apparently didn’t appreciate the sartorial statement, which took place June 28. Young said the improper uniform complaint originated in the 2nd District. The department’s Public Integrity Bureau then opened a formal investigation with about 15 minutes left in Guidry’s career.
The punishment will not affect Guidry’s pension or benefits, but, as it stands now, he will not receive his retired police commission and will not be accepted into the NOPD’s reserve unit, for which he had applied, Young said. (H/T - NOLA.com)
Actions like this are the reason God tried to smite New Orleans in 2005.
Yeah, that’s harsh, but so frakkin’ what? The NOLA Police Department is a despicable organization for treating a man with such contempt - especially after he gave that city three decades of service.
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