Politics Rochester

Street Insticts (minus) Ethical Judgement (equals) Thug

Gary Craig ( @gcraig1 ) at the D & C has some excellent reporting on the career of Chad Rahn, a person whom, despite myself, I find fascinating. In discussing some of the positive comments about Rahn from his fellow officer, Craig notes that:

Some officers who have worked with Rahn say he has the street-wise instincts — if not the ethical judgment — of a solid police officer.

via Chad Rahn’s police career dotted with iffy incidents | Democrat and Chronicle |

Duly respectful comments from fellow officers, but really: if you have the instincts to know how to be a Good Cop, but lack the ethical judgment to do so, doesn’t that make you the Bad Cop? The report overall paints a pretty clear picture of a kid with control issues. Not unlike a few acquaintances in my early adulthood, to be honest. And I certainly wouldn’t give any of those people a gun and a badge.

There is also this cryptic passage:

-In 2009, Rahn was stopped twice in two days for questionable driving. He was not ticketed, but the Irondequoit police were informed about the incidents.

What is questionable driving? Unquestionably, he must have been driving. So what is in question? Speed? Direction? Choice of vehicles? Blood toxicity? Just asking.


What? Me, Worry?

Amazing. A major miscarriage of justice was just a heartbeat away in Greece – all because of an egregious breakdown in the chain of custody on the part of Greece police – and the chief is stunned by the thought that he might be asked to resign for something that happened on his watch. Check this douchebag out.

“I’m embarased. I’m ashamed. And I’m the chief and I have to answer for it.”

“Would you ever consider resigning?”

“Me? Phht! I didn’t do anything wrong.”

I mean, holy shit: that’s like something out of a Reno 911 bit. Or The Onion. But I would think anyone interested in justice might now be inclined to record this interview and play it over and over again till the dude’s gone.