Thursday, November 08, 2007

Law & Order Stockie is on the job, chumps!

It doesn't get any dumber than this. (Please! Don't let it get any dumber than this.) Today Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day (also known as one of the guys who's in ur gubmint, trashin ur principles) dropped into Vancouver for a !surprise! visit to the Vancouver Cops:
"Vancouver police investigating another stabbing in the city's Downtown Eastside had a surprise visitor Thursday morning: Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day.

The minister's unexpected appearance on a street corner in Vancouver's grittiest neighbourhood surprised police and reporters who were already at the crime scene.

After emerging without notice from his official car, Day spent a couple of minutes being briefed by Sgt. Anne Drennan, the former VPD media liaison turned beat cop, before talking to reporters while his two handlers looked on.

"I'm here doing business in Vancouver and just happened to be down here, saw the scene, like to talk to officers on the scene," Day told reporters. "It gives me an idea of what's happening on the ground.""

Stockie surfs right into the middle of a crime scene... for a photo-op! Of course! This is just the kind of thing that cops absolutely love -- some government gonad interrupting them to grab a photo-op while they're busy trying to do police work. And in the Downtown Eastside, no less! The DTES is a notoriously busy area for the cops -- I'm sure Sgt Drennan, a beat cop, had nothing else on to attend to this morning than an impromptu briefing of the Stockmeister.

But gee, I wonder if seeing "what's happening on the ground" in the Downtown Eastside gave Stockie pause to wonder about the wretched conditions there, and how to help improve them. Ya think?

Me neither.

(h/t: Impolitical)