Angered by recent allegations of off-duty misconduct by city police, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl on Wednesday said that public safety employees should "clean up their act," noting that his administration's efforts to discipline employees are often stymied by state law.And I was shocked beyond belief to see that I agreed with something found on the pages of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Namely, this:
"The increasing trend of firefighters and police officers being involved in unacceptable incidents is really becoming frustrating," the mayor said, when asked about the Monday arrest of police Detective Bradley Walker following a reported road rage incident on Saturday.
An observation: Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl admonished the city's public safety employees to clean up their acts. That, after a series of less-than-flattering off-duty incidents involving police employees and firefighters. Kudos to Hizzhoner for going public. But given Mr. Ravenstahl's record of questionable, eyebrow-raising off-duty behavior, here's our own admonition: Take your own advice, Skippy.When you're right, you're right. Even Richard Mellon Scaife's otherwise laughable braintrust.