Saturday, March 17, 2007

What is Normal?

When a police officer is killed, isn't there usually a big funeral? Isn't it formal and well publicized? Well, in the story below, the man responsible for a police officer's death is still at large and is a George W. Bush relative. There was no big funeral for the fallen officer, why? Have you seen any more news on this, why? The officer below, died. Would you get the same treatment as the Bush relative has if you ran over a police officer, completely over the officer? Would you have been checked for drug or alcohol consumption? Would there be news stories printed and televised?

Posted: Thursday, 19 October 2006 2:41PM

Police Officer Struck by Federal Judge's SUV

New Haven (AP) -- A popular city police officer was fighting for his life Thursday after being hit by a sport utility vehicle driven by a federal judge who is a cousin of former President Bush, New Haven police said.

Officer Dan Picagli, a 17-year veteran of the force, was hit while working an extra-duty job directing traffic in the rain Tuesday night in a dimly lit section of Chapel Street.

He had on a black rain coat and Police Chief Francisco Ortiz said Thursday that he was wearing a reflective vest, showing a big bright vest at a news conference to drive home the point. Ortiz described Picagli's injuries as life-threatening.

City officials identified the driver of the SUV that hit Picagli as John M. Walker Jr., a senior judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, who lives in Connecticut and maintains court chambers in New Haven. They said he was leaving work when the accident happened.

Walker, a 1962 Yale graduate, was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan in 1985. He was appointed to the 2nd Circuit in 1989 by his cousin, former President George H.W. Bush.

Ortiz said a long investigation will be required to determine what happened, but police did not feel it was necessary to test Walker for drugs or alcohol. Walker stopped his vehicle immediately after the accident, Ortiz said.

``He's cooperating,'' Ortiz said. ``He's also very much distraught over what occurred.''

Walker, 65, voluntarily stepped down as chief judge Oct. 1 and took the status of senior judge, said spokeswoman Karen Milton, circuit executive for the appeals court.

``Our thoughts and prayers are with the police officer and his family and we pray for his full recovery,'' Milton said.

The 2nd Circuit handles federal court appeals from New York, Connecticut and Vermont.

Picagli, 38, was the school resource officer at Fair Haven Middle School and later spent time with the department's youth-oriented policing unit.

He oversees the Board of Young Adult Police Commissioners and the Police Athletic League, where he organizes athletic camps for city children.

Picagli's family issued a statement thanking the public for its support.

``We are especially grateful to the members of the law enforcement community who have been with us throughout, as well as Mayor John DeStefano,'' the family said. ``We ask that you continue to pray for Dan's recovery and to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.''

Picagli was in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Picagli was the fourth officer seriously injured in New Haven in the past 18 months while directing traffic at a construction site, Ortiz said.

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Blogger Pat said...

Glad to see somebody else is paying attention.
For more,
Best of all possible regards,
Pat Hartman

Saturday, March 17, 2007 4:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Had you bothered to do further research on this, you would have found that 1. there was a large funeral 2. the judge stopped immediatly and was fully cooperative and very devastated, 3. the construction site was not properly set up so as to provide protection for the officer, 4. It was dark and raining, 5. It was the fourth construction site accident that year, etc., etc., etc.
I know there are always those who maintain that there must have been a conspiracy of some sort, especially when the goal is to desgrace someone you don't like, but please try to get a few facts together before you rant.

Friday, December 18, 2009 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger The Stark Raving Viking said...

If the perp wasn't a judge related to George W. Bush, would he have been at least drug and alcohol tested, would he have been arrested if he were a regular citizen. The answer is an obvious, "yes".

Would the officer who was run down and killed by the judge have gotten a hero's funeral if he were killed by someone without the connections? The answer is "yes".

It should be obvious to all that we have a separate and unequal justice system. Whether or not the judge meant to kill anyone, or was negligent, is not the point. How little ink this story got is testament that the powerful control the media, the courts, and can do as they please with "little people".

Friday, December 18, 2009 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Would he have been arrested? - judgement call - neither of us can really know because we can't recreate the scenario with a different person involved. That would be following a scientific proof model. If we follow an historical proof model, we would find that many well moneyed and connected people get arrested for incidents less onerous. It therefore must have been a judgement call on the part of the fallen officer's collegues They are the ones who came to the scene, interviewed witnesses, interrogated the judge, etc., etc. In their judgement, it was not necessary to detain the judge, and they would have had more interested in seeing justice for their friend than someone reading news articles after the fact. We can only make assumptions based on our own prejudices surrounding the politics that may or may not have been in play.
The story got lots of ink locally, just as the death of a law enforcement officer which happens in my neck of the wood gets lots of local ink. My guess is, you would have liked it to be broadcast across the nation, but fallen officer stories are not routinely broadcast across the nation. Therefore, I suppose (could be wrong here) you wanted it to receive national exposure because you wanted to embarrass someone you don't like. If I'm right here, you are much like me in that regard, though we have different lists of people we believe need to be exposed.
Both sides of the political spectrum can find lots of support for their own versions of conspiracy theories, and I admit, there are times when I wonder whose behind what. That doesn't mean there's always a conspiracy behind everything I don't like.

Monday, December 21, 2009 9:39:00 AM  
Blogger The Stark Raving Viking said...

thank you for the thoughtful reply.

Judges get treated with kid gloves. Immediately when police have a judge, celebrity, or someone perceived power "in a situation", immediately the officers do nothing, and refer to higher ups. Officers making a mistake, just doing their jobs in the correct way, can get fired and end up penniless and in prison, just for not being part of a fix for the powerful.

The general public does not get that consideration and case/investigation fixing, so there is separate and unequal law enforcement and the courts are a cruel joke.

If there was law enforcement for the people, overseen by the people, with legitimate courts, there would be no banking scam, 2 wars of occupation, the economy wouldn't be tanking, and Americans would at least have the perception that they lived in a "Free Country".

Monday, December 21, 2009 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I have a shirt tail relative who was, by all accounts, an outstanding judge in the county in which I live. He did have problems with alcohol and recreational drug use, but to the best of my knowledge, he did not allow it to interfere with his work on the bench.
He was foolish enough to take a couple of drags on a joint that was being passed around a rock concert downstate, and some one who recognized him reported it. It was ugly. I don't remeber all the details of what happened as a consequence, but because of his position of public trust, it was a public spectacle.
He was, and it a fine man. He went into rehab, spent a lot of time rebuilding relationships with friends and family, and is now a substance abuse counselor.
My point is that there will always be anecdotal evidence to support our particular view, but we must always be very circumspect in saying that such and so is therefore the norm.
Is our justice system perfect? No, not hardly. Abuses occur, to be sure, and we must always be diligent to hold those whom we elect to a higher standard than political polls and the highest bid. Though our system is not perfect, it is the best in the world, and I am glad to be in a country where there is at least an honest hope of real justice.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:39:00 PM  

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