Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others...

Brad_in_MA alerted me to this story:

Son of Boston police commissioner arrested
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Son of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was arrested for drinking while driving on Friday.
Phillip Davis was arrested in Plymouth and now Ed Davis has acknowledged his son has a drinking problem.
My heart goes out to the Davis family, it really does. Sounds like the younger Davis made a mistake and will no doubt pay for it. His father's name is in the news, and not for anything he did, and it is a black mark against the man, some might say unfairly. While it certainly is unfair to judge the younger by his father, there's a certain element of upbringing that contributes to the younger's failing.

And there's also this:
There are reports that he was driven home instead of arrested when a police officer realized he was too drunk to drive.

Because, you know, any of us would have just gotten a ride home rather than a trip to jail...

Now, maybe they'll hang Davis the younger out to dry (I'm sorry, I'm going to hell for that pun), but I suspect this will very quietly be pleaded out down the road. Continued without a finding, pending successful completion of a OUI Awareness program, blah blah blah. If Phillip Davis never drives under the influence again I'd say it's a good thing overall.

But it's infuriating to see special privilege extended to certain animals while the rest of us would be cooling our heels in a jail cell.

That is all.


Old NFO said...

Yep, he's one of the BIG pigs... And no, 'we' would not have gotten a ride home...

Daniel in Brookline said...

I agree, Jay, except for one minor detail -- you don't go to hell for puns. So bring 'em on.

"Divine Providence protects idiots and small children. I know, because I have tested it." -- Mark Twain

Anonymous said...

I didn't read the story. Did they mention this happened 2 weeks ago? Add the media to the coverup. (PTR)

Glenn B said...

I think I am going to go have a drink.

Glenn B said...

But then I am home and not driving anywhere.

Sailorcurt said...

While I absolutely agree with your overall point, this statement I disagree with strongly:

"While it certainly is unfair to judge the younger by his father, there's a certain element of upbringing that contributes to the younger's failing."

The best upbringing in the world doesn't guarantee mistake free behavior from children. Some kids...especially teenagers, but the age of the son in this case is not revealed in the story...just do what they do in spite of their upbringing.

I should know, I was one of those rebellious teenagers who drank, and smoked and raised hell specifically BECAUSE my (very strict, very religous) parents didn't approve and tried everything they could think of to stop me.

Please don't imply that my idiocy and poor choices as a youngster somehow reflected upon the quality of the upbringing I was afforded; I would have to disagree with you on that point in the STRONGEST terms.

Jay G said...


Of course. My point was more that while the son should not inherit the "sins of the father", that we cannot rule out that the father's actions did not lead to the son's behavior. Nothing more.

And it's entirely possible that it was through no fault of the father regardless - like if this young man were to get stopped for speeding, and then not get a ticket when the officer realizes who this kid's father is, he might come to see himself as above the law - even if dad never pulled a single string.

Sailorcurt said...

That I agree with completely. The fact that the kid was treated differently than anyone else would have been...and his dad didn't quash that behavior immediately, is the problem here.