Skip to comments.Philly Cops Provide 24/7 Protection for City Council Members
Posted on 06/19/2020 3:01:13 PM PDT by Lowry Sam
Fourteen of seventeen City Council members just came out against the mayor's plan to increase the police budget by $14 million.
But most City Council members apparently had no problem with accepting a big increase in private police services for themselves. We're talking about the cops providing 24/7 security details for just about every City Council member during the recent riots and protests that have left Center City and other parts of town boarded up and charred by arson fires.
"They [City Council members] all felt threatened by the rioting and looting," one cop explained.
For the past 11 days, each of 16 city council members -- with the lone exception of Councilman Alan Domb -- have had three city detectives working 8 hour shifts every 24 hours to provide them with private security. Since May 30th, some 48 plainclothes detectives were paid to sit in unmarked police cars outside the homes of City Council members. That's instead of going out to investigate crimes, or obtain search warrants and arrest warrants. The estimated cost of the City Council security detail: about $178,000 without including the costs of overtime.
In addition to providing private security details for 16 City Council members, the city police over the past 11 days have also been providing private 24/7 security details for other top city officials that include Deputy Mayor Rich Lazer, Deputy Mayor James Engler, Managing Director Brian Abernathy, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, as well as Letitia Santarelli, who is Mayor Kenney's fiancee, at an extra cost of at least another $66,000.
What hypocrites the left are.
The politicians want to defund the police but they want protection. What is wrong with this picture
Simple solution - stop all private security details. Tell the politicians nobody wanted to volunteer to protect them, but they could arrange private security at their own expense.
Nothing, it is entirely to be expected when viewed in context.
Most, if not all, leftist regimes use the police/military to protect the rulers rather than the citizens.
Waste of taxpayer money. Who is protecting the taxpayers?
Madame Defarge remembers their names
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