What is the idiom? Beating a dead horse! Mayor Berry beat the dead horse yesterday when he vetoed a bill the city council passed on asking for a Federal investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department. I like Mayor Berry. I think he is a decent guy. I know the stress he is under with an unwieldy police department. But who ever convinced him that vetoing this bill was a smart political move must be on crack.
It so happens the Feds have already arrived to do this investigation anyway. So why the dramatics of the veto? Berry, who has seemed to me to be one of those rare persons, a moderate and compassionate republican elected official, seems to be offering himself up for sacrifice in a useless fight. The veto was theater at best and Mayor Berry was ill advised to do it. I would advise him to stop listening to the neocons who think admitting mistakes is weakness. The fact is that APD needs some investigations into its training and recruiting practices. This is something I have talked about many times in this blog. Recruiting the right people and training them as public safety servants rather than Marine Corp. fighters is the answer.