By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog
White-hot fury, livid anger, and bitter disgust are appropriate responses to the news exposing Linden police officer Pedro Abad’s latest alleged DUI disgrace, this time resulting in two fatalities and a critical injury.
A cop with a DUI on his record should be fired. A cop with two on his record should be sent to prison until he’s an old man. But a third drunken driving charge, this time where he allegedly killed two people and maimed a third one?
Why fear criminals when serial-offender cops like Abad outdo them in the murder and mayhem department?
Blasé, near-indifferent bureaucratic comments from Linden police officials circulated by the media – e.g. “if there’s any lesson to be learned” – necessitate that they also be fired for tolerating a disgrace like Abad and not drumming it into the heads of their officers that behavior even remotely close to his is intolerable, dangerous, and a gross violation of public trust.
Or would a zero-tolerance policy ensnare their off-duty shenanigans, too?
Anger and fury at Abad and disgust for the good-old-boy, blue-line police network is boiling over. Legislators: are you listening?