posted on Mar, 31 2014 @ 11:22 PM
I'm going to weigh in on this as someone that lived in Tucson for 8 years... but first: to all of you amateur videographers out there- turn your damn
phones 90 degrees already! THAT would have showed most of what happened outside of the frame...
Having lived there I can attest to March Madness and downtown Tucson being a zoo. The U of A is to Tucson what The Steelers are to Pittsburgh. The
fans are rabid... usually drinking... and clearly insane. True story... several years ago, West Virginia booted the U of A from the NCAA tournament in
the early rounds. I had a Mountaineer decal (being a native West Virginian) on the back of my car. The morning after the game, I went out to my car
and someone had been nice enough
to announce thier displeasure with my decal by washing my vehicle with dog crap... and I lived as far out on
the East side of the city as you can possibly get... miles away from downtown. U of A fans are nuts when it comes to basketball.
I don't blame Tucson P.D. for posturing officers downtown. The way they went about it was all wrong... and that blindside shot certainly seemed
uncalled for. The real fault lies with the city of Tucson, however. Tucson politics has long been compared to Chicago, and they barely keep their
corruption hidden. It's rampant. The sad fact is that the Tucson P.D. is undermanned, underpaid, and horribly underfunded... which means badly
. This has been a problem for years
with the police in Tucson... and they have begged the city for help repeatedly.
I can't reconcile the actions of that officer, nor will I try to excuse that behavior. This is what happenes, however, when you have a department
stretched that thin. A lot of overtime, not a lot of pay, bad morale, less than standard training... good officers go elsewhere for better pay... etc.
it all adds up.
edit on 31-3-2014 by madmac5150 because: Bronchitis of the keyboard