Magazine August 30, 2010, Issue

Cops, and Robbers

(Roman Genn)
The public requires protection from public-safety unions

In July, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 103 in Bay City, Mich., used funds from its dues-paying members to erect a pair of billboards — one on Saginaw and Columbus, another on Euclid near Fisher — designed to instill fear in the 35,000 Michiganders the union’s officers were sworn to protect.

The billboards warned that unlike Bay City’s finest, city hall couldn’t prevent residents from being “Beaten,” “Shot,” “Stabbed,” or “Robbed,” and confronted passers-by with an image of a masked man pointing an automatic pistol at them.

City commissioners, facing a $1.66 million budget deficit, had asked the city’s eight public-sector

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