Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tony Bologna Is One Solid Citizen


Little Tony Bologna, At Work In And Around Wall Street

Once upon a time, in another Dog's life, I had a certain occupation. Occasionally, my peers and I would refer to an individual as a 'Solid Citizen' -- an ironic, sarcastic term ("Yeah; he says he doesn't deal Blow. He's One, Solid Citizen").

So it was with a mixture of empathy for anybody hanging their ass out in a situation with five hundred things that are almost guaranteed to go wrong, and you gotta be fuckin' kiddin' me, that I watched a gone-viral video of a person now identified by contemporaneous videos and still photos as Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna of the New York Police Department, pepper-spraying four "Occupy Wall Street" protestors for absolutely no reason. And, apparently a few minutes later, Bologna pepper-sprayed a second group of protestors.

And, as it turns out, Tony's been a problem before -- in 2004, during the Republican National Convention.

You can see additional photos of Little Tony here, in action during the "Occupy Wall Street" protests.

MEHR: I've truncated this post; originally, I went on in a lot more detail describing how and why, from a law enforcement perspective, Bologna and his actions need to be addressed, quickly. People who exercise judgment that poor are a danger to civilians, and to their own.


This Idiot Shouldn't Be Allowed To Drive, Much Less Carry
A Weapon: Little Tony Spreading His Brand Of Joy, 2011

Apparently, an investigation will happen -- though I don't have any great hopes. The New York City Police's civilian oversight board has received hundreds of complaints about the inappropriate use of pepper spray over the past six-plus years... and found merit in just 22 of them. And an Internal Affairs review, while no picnic, may only result in something as simple as a Letter of Reprimand.

My advice? Tony should consider early retirement.




MEHR: Not even a Letter Of Reprimand. Why am I not surprised.

Little Tony got rotated to Staten Island from the 1st Precinct, where he would be less visible; but as it turns out, not much of a hardship for Der Spritzer.
A week after Inspector Bologna, 57, was hit with internal disciplinary charges for running afoul of departmental rules regarding the use of pepper spray, a law enforcement official said he opted to accept the department’s proposed penalty: the loss of 10 vacation days.

And he was summarily transferred to a job on Staten Island, the official said, which happens to be where Inspector Bologna, a veteran of nearly 30 years on the city’s police force, lives. Such moves are approved by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, who police officials say oversees all transfers.

The commute for him in his new assignment, thus, will be shorter than for his former job as a commander in southern Manhattan.

After 30 years on the job, Little Tony probably receives far more than the standard ten vacation days of a new employee; vacation time increases with seniority, plus there is 'banked' or rollover vacation time year-to-year.

Tony was essentially docked two weeks' pay, rotated out to a place where no one would see him for a while. Is that sufficient? I dunno.

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