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Massachusetts Liberal

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Coming soon: Morrissey Boulevard speed traps

An absolutely beautiful piece of gotcha investigative journalism graces the pages of the Globe today.

Students in Walter Robinson's investigative journalism at Northeastern have perfectly chronicled the "do as I say, not as I do" mentality of public officials (elected and otherwise) with a look at the way Boston Police ignore the traffic laws they are sworn to enforce.

So many moments of delicious irony it's hard to pick just one. But I'll go with this:

If a single phone call from [Supervisor of Parking Enforcement] Irene Landry can frighten four scofflaws into instant compliance, why not have her traffic enforcement officers, who are known for taking guff from no one, write tickets around Police Headquarters?

Not possible, said Thomas J. Tinlin, the city's Transportation Commissioner and Landry's boss. Under longstanding policy, he said, police officers are responsible for enforcing parking rules outside their own buildings. And, Tinlin asserted, the creation of that policy was unrelated to concerns that ticketing police officers would lead to friction between the two departments.

Give that class a round of As! And a word to Globe employees: make sure you know traffic and parking laws down to the letter.


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