If this site gave out a "Dumbass of the week" award, the winner would have to be Sen. David Paterson (D - Harlem). Paterson is the running mate of Eliot Spitzer, who is running for governor of New York.
Paterson sponsored a bill that would have put limits on the use of force by police officers. The bill called for a cop who used deadly force and it was later deemed unnecessary, to be criminally charged with second-degree manslaughter. That crime carries a sentence of up to 15 years in jail.
After a meeting with John Grebert, the executive director of the state Association of Chiefs of Police, Paterson trashed his bill.
"I have always had the greatest respect for police officers and am grateful to Mr. Grebert for meeting with me to discuss how to achieve our mutual goal - helping police officers to safely protect and serve the people of New York State" - David Paterson (D - Harlem)Just because Paterson killed the absurd bill does not mean this issue should go away. Before any police union blindly throws support Spitzer's way, they should realize that David "shoot to wound" Paterson is only a heartbeat away from being governor. Spitzer may soon realize that putting a cop-hater on the ticket was not a good idea.
(Source - NY Daily News)
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