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  • Let me begin: 99% of the police give the other 1% a bad name.

    Satisfied?
  • Losing the election hit Paul Ryan harder than I thought. The guy looks terrible.
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  • You "rabbit people" need to hop up on the Internet soap box and go all Monty Python on this guy.
  • Ric Romero reporting live
  • Illegally trafficking of black bunnies?


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  • Marcus Aurelius: Losing the election hit Paul Ryan harder than I thought. The guy looks terrible.
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    It's really cool that the Make-a-Wish folks let a kid with progeria hang out with police for a day.
  • I don't know the guy, and I recognize that it's completely unfair, but I'm biased against any LAPD officer that came up when Daryl Gates was Chief.
  • Psst, officer, there's a reason you should have split email mailing lists.
  • And yes, the Bunny World lady with the undecipherable last name does appear to be cray-cray.

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  • I generally have no problem with individual police officers, while still holding a healthy contempt for law enforcement agencies (kinda like my feelings toward the TSA vs. individual TSA employees), but after reading the article, I can't get too outraged at this.

    Reporters asks for stats regarding enforcement of new law.
    Commander realizes his people haven't done much to enforce said law so he asks his people to start doing so so they don't look bad.

    If there were multiple animal-rights groups supporting the law that seems to emphasize or deal mostly with rabbits, then I don't see a problem calling them the "rabbit people" either.

    Overall, meh.
  • This is ridiculous. I'm with the PD on this one (and that's rare). They have better things to do than track down people selling pet bunnies on the street. When there's no other crime in San Angeles, then yeah listen to the bleeding-heart animal morons. But in the meantime, do something about the gang violence, mmkay?

    Charles.
  • Day-um. Not like that's gonna bite you in the ass, Officer Moran...
  • "Illegal animal traffickers"?

    The Latino community is going to be livid.
  • I have to say I'm ok with this.

    We can't really get upset when police completely ignore what the general public wants, and then turn around and also get upset when they change their policy and actions to be more in line with what makes everyone happy.

    If anything, I just kind of wish the same pressure was used to increase arrests in more useful areas, like violent crime, unlicenced door-to-door encylopedia peddling, etc.
  • pudding7: I generally have no problem with individual police officers, while still holding a healthy contempt for law enforcement agencies (kinda like my feelings toward the TSA vs. individual TSA employees), but after reading the article, I can't get too outraged at this.

    Reporters asks for stats regarding enforcement of new law.
    Commander realizes his people haven't done much to enforce said law so he asks his people to start doing so so they don't look bad.

    If there were multiple animal-rights groups supporting the law that seems to emphasize or deal mostly with rabbits, then I don't see a problem calling them the "rabbit people" either.

    Overall, meh.



    This. Maintaining the image of his dept is one of his responsibilities, right? He didn't use disparaging language and wtf else are we supposed to call rabbit people? No big fan of LEOs here, but I failed to be scandalized the least little bit by what he did. What's scandalous is that a PD has to engage in media campaigns and enforce stupid assed laws to kow-tow to special interests over frigging animals when there is real crime against people going on.
  • theoneontheleft: I have to say I'm ok with this.

    We can't really get upset when police completely ignore what the general public wants, and then turn around and also get upset when they change their policy and actions to be more in line with what makes everyone happy.

    If anything, I just kind of wish the same pressure was used to increase arrests in more useful areas, like violent crime, unlicenced door-to-door encylopedia peddling, etc.


    Somebody still sells encyclopedias? LOL.
  • I dont see the problem. He didnt totally dismiss the bunny people. He wanted his cops to make a few arrests. That is far more than the issue is worth. Lets see, what kind of crimes are happening all over that city. Murder, rape, child abuse, shootings, assaults.... and some nuts are worried about bunnies? Seriously?? Screw the bunnies. The chief appears to be, and well should be, more worried about significant crimes.
  • Apik0r0s: theoneontheleft: I have to say I'm ok with this.

    We can't really get upset when police completely ignore what the general public wants, and then turn around and also get upset when they change their policy and actions to be more in line with what makes everyone happy.

    If anything, I just kind of wish the same pressure was used to increase arrests in more useful areas, like violent crime, unlicenced door-to-door encylopedia peddling, etc.

    Somebody still sells encyclopedias? LOL.



    It's a lot easier now that they put them on those new fangled compact disc thingies.
  • I am with the "meh" crowd on this one. I am also with the "Paul Ryan progeria comments made me giggle" crowd.
  • What the f@!#. The dude reminds his cops 'Hey there was this law that was passed about BUNNY SALES, maybe you could try to enforce it a bit in between the multiple homicides and all the other hardcore shiat that goes down in Los Angeles every day.' Is this really a scandal?

    I gotta echo a lot of other people here and say there's a lot to hate about how cops sometimes act, but this is absolutely nothing.
  • how many times a day do cops encounter someone they could charge a crime to and they let them go? if you are by chance the ones let go on a warning, you would thank them.

    now to say, no one gets a warning, isn't that how it should be?
  • Does it bother no one here that a highly placed law enforcement officer is too stupid to avoid "reply to all"?
  • Making fun of bald people makes me sad, but that guy looks like the "house of the undying" guy from Game of Thrones season two.

    /bald at 24
  • "We must make more rabbit arrests for the Hobbitses, my precioussssssssssssssss!!!!"


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  • Eh, not a big deal. I don't really understand why the law was passed separate from other animal rights legislation, but really if we want something done about improper sales (which are not animal abuse), we should be funding another agency to handle it. Police have enough to do.
  • Bunnies?

    We are putting people in jail over BUNNIES?

    Sure, lets ignore the rapists, the murderers, the thieves the drunk drivers, the meth heads, the crazy assholes on the subway, and hundreds of domestic disputes. WE NEED TO STOP PEOPLE FROM SELLING BUNNIES! THAT WILL MAKE THE PEOPLE SAFE!

    Christ on a sidecar. Bunny trafficking should be the lowest goddamn priority possible for the LAPD.

    In most of the world bunnies are food, not pets. They are devoid of any sort of genetic value that would make them worthy of protection.

    /goddamn hippies.
    //I'm so sorry you got murdered. You see, we were going to arrest your abusive husband for beating your skull in but the jail was full of bunny traffickers and so we had to let him walk on bond.
  • This guy made a massive mistake, ccing in a reporter.

    Other than that I can't see any problem.
  • fluffy2097: We are putting people in jail over BUNNIES?

    Sure, lets ignore the rapists, the murderers, the thieves the drunk drivers, the meth heads, the crazy assholes on the subway, and hundreds of domestic disputes. WE NEED TO STOP PEOPLE FROM SELLING BUNNIES! THAT WILL MAKE THE PEOPLE SAFE!

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    We are putting people in jail over being a crazy asshole on the subway?
    Sure, lets ignore the rapists, the murderers, the thieves the drunk drivers, the meth heads, and hundreds of domestic disputes. WE NEED TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BEING ASSHOLES ON THE SUBWAY! THAT WILL MAKE THE PEOPLE SAFE!
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    We are putting people in jail over being a meth head?
    Sure, lets ignore the rapists, the murderers, the thieves the drunk drivers, and hundreds of domestic disputes. WE NEED TO STOP PEOPLE FROM DOING METH! THAT WILL MAKE THE PEOPLE SAFE!
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    We are putting people in jail over theft?
    Sure, lets ignore the rapists, the murderers, the drunk drivers, and hundreds of domestic disputes. WE NEED TO STOP PEOPLE FROM STEALING! THAT WILL MAKE THE PEOPLE SAFE! 
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    We are putting people in jail drunk driving?
    Sure, lets ignore the rapists, the murderers, and hundreds of domestic disputes. WE NEED TO STOP PEOPLE FROM DRIVING DRUNK! THAT WILL MAKE THE PEOPLE SAFE!

    I don't disagree with you... but False Dilemma all over the place.
  • So what exactly am I supposed to be outraged about here, tardmitter?

    That the cops need to make a few arrests about a dumbass law so the bunny-rights activists aren't all up in their asses?

    That they haven't made any arrests because there just aren't any evil bunny-sellers out on the streets for them to bust?

    That the cops don't really care about evil bunny-sellers, because the LAPD has a lot more really serious crimes on their plate?

    Or that you wrote an outraged headline without reading the rest of the article?
  • Wait, so we have a TV station in the second largest goddamn media market in the country that's outraged that the LAPD isn't doing something about people selling bunnies? shiat, I'd be outraged if the LAPD were busting bunny sellers instead of concentrating on actual crime
  • It's duck season anyway
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  • We're gonna need a bigger FAIL boat
  • It looks kinda like he has Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia

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    Son, I am disappoint
  • Wouldn't his emails at the department be subject to open records scrutiny anyway if someone asked?
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    Did Cher have another facelift?
  • TiMthisIS: Wouldn't his emails at the department be subject to open records scrutiny anyway if someone asked?



    They could use the old "pertains to an ongoing investigation" excuse.
  • black market pet bunny trade?
  • Good to see that Pierluigi Collina's still getting work.

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  • FTA - "I mean it's demeaning, it's insulting and unacceptable," Lejla Hadzimuratovic, president of Bunny World Foundation

    This is when I cracked up. Otherwise: meh.
  • Apik0r0s: pudding7: I generally have no problem with individual police officers, while still holding a healthy contempt for law enforcement agencies (kinda like my feelings toward the TSA vs. individual TSA employees), but after reading the article, I can't get too outraged at this.

    Reporters asks for stats regarding enforcement of new law.
    Commander realizes his people haven't done much to enforce said law so he asks his people to start doing so so they don't look bad.

    If there were multiple animal-rights groups supporting the law that seems to emphasize or deal mostly with rabbits, then I don't see a problem calling them the "rabbit people" either.

    Overall, meh.


    This. Maintaining the image of his dept is one of his responsibilities, right? He didn't use disparaging language and wtf else are we supposed to call rabbit people? No big fan of LEOs here, but I failed to be scandalized the least little bit by what he did. What's scandalous is that a PD has to engage in media campaigns and enforce stupid assed laws to kow-tow to special interests over frigging animals when there is real crime against people going on.


    This is a ridiculous non-story of outrage over the system working. What are they complaining about, "Oh no! Our efforts to increase enforcement by using transparency in law enforcement is working! Quick, alienate the cops so they don't want to help us!"
  • Gyrfalcon: So what exactly am I supposed to be outraged about here, tardmitter?


    For starters, arrest quotas are illegal in California. Of course laws only apply to little people, not Officers, so this is a pointless law.

    Also, orders like this tend to end with the Officers arresting random uninvolved people on bogus charges to make the brass happy. Some plead out and serve small time, but we have an 80% conviction rate so a lot of them will end up in prison in order to make Commander Smith look good.
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