Northampton Police Chief Wastes 2 Months Of Taxpayer Dollars To Investigate Who Sent Publicly Available Information To Turtleboy Sports
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High Five Friday is the story that just won’t die. Turtleboy Sports made national headlines two months ago when we broke the news that the Northampton Police Department was canceling its community policing initiative, “High 5 Fridays,” at elementary schools, because 12-15 parents complained that it the sight of armed police officers would trigger students of color and undocumented immigrants.
Today was High-Five Friday! Thanks to Jackson St School for hosting! We hope that everyone had a great time! Happy Friday!! #highfive pic.twitter.com/MWY6JBlHlK
— Northampton Police (@NorthamptonPD) January 6, 2017
Today was High-Five Friday at Ryan Rd School! We all had a great time! Happy Friday everyone! #highfivefriday pic.twitter.com/cT7MKY9yYc
— Northampton Police (@NorthamptonPD) December 16, 2016
The whole thing was embarrassing for the town. They looked ridiculous and became a laughingstock for the entire country. After all, no rational person can honestly say that kids would be triggered by a high five from Officer Friendly. Since then over 40 towns in Western MA and the South Shore have begun doing high five Fridays out of spite.
But instead of just telling the 12-15 whiny losers who ruined this nice thing to buzz off, Northampton’s Chief of Police Jody Kasper, who is herself a social justice warrior masquerading as a cop, did an internal investigation to find out who gave this story to Turtleboy:
Hampshire Gazette: Some two months after the Northampton Police Department’s High-Five Friday program ended on a sour note, the department completed an investigation into how internal information ended up in the clutches of Turtleboysports.com.
“Although this information would have been available through a public records request, its release was not in compliance with departmental policies,” Chief Jody Kasper said in a statement released Thursday.
She said there were two pieces of information released in a manner that violated department policies: an email from Capt. John Cartledge announcing a decision to end the program, and a police log item regarding one of the parents who had voiced concerns about the High-Five Fridays program being insensitive to students of color. The parent’s partner later became the subject of a fiery post by the blog, which dubbed the apparently misidentified parent a “social justice warrior.”
“In this case it was surprising to see an internal email out there in the media, so we wanted to know why that happened, and certainly make sure it wouldn’t happen again,” Kasper said.
So let me get this straight. The internal email we published was public records. And she’s wasting the taxpayer’s money on an investigation as to who tipped off the public to this publicly available information? Yup, that about sums up the priorities of Chief Kasper.
Kasper said the investigating officer identified a colleague who sent a photo of the email to “several individuals and that this was the image that later appeared in the media.” Kasper declined to name the officer, and said he admitted to the breach “early on in the matter.”
We have no idea who the cop is that took a picture of the email. We could’ve just filed a FOIA but that takes a couple weeks. And someone sent us the picture anonymously, so we published it. God forbid.
“Our understanding of his intent in sending the image was to correct information that was currently being spread through rumors,” she said. “He received a formal reprimand for the policy violations. He made an error in judgment and I believe he realizes that error.”
It’s almost as if the officer wanted the public to know that a program that benefitted the public was being cancelled due to the fictional concerns of a handful of professional malcontents.
Kasper said the investigating officer was unable to identify how the police log item was released.
We obtained the police log item, showing that the same mother who whined about High 5 Friday, ended up calling the cops asked for more patrols on their street after we broke the story. Because….irony.
Someone answering questions under the Twitter handle @TurtleBoySports said the information came from an anonymous source.
“Funny that they tried to cover that up and became a national embarrassment,” said the person, declining to identify themselves because “our brand is built on anonymity.” “But instead of fixing their mistake they’re going after whistle blowers. Sad day for the truth.”
Kasper said she would have authorized the two-month internal investigation regardless of whom the information was leaked to.
“Every time we have any sort of policy violation, that’s concerning for us — truthfully, it really doesn’t matter where it went to,” she said. “It’s not supposed to go out that way and we needed to look into it. We are responsible for the integrity of our internal records.”
The bottom line is, this is a chief of police who is concerned about all the wrong things. It doesn’t matter who gave Turtleboy the news. What matters is the news itself. And for that she has had no accountability, and is attempting to deflect blame by going after her officers. Northampton is a joke. This is one town we have no desire to reform. No point. They’re beyond fixable. We can work with places like Worcester and Spencer and Holyoke, where a good percentage of the people reject this delusional line of thinking. But Northampton is owned and operated by nutjobs. It’s their own little island of wackiness, and as usual, everyone on the outside is laughing at them.
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That chief is a joke, a literal punchline. She is not qualified for the job and has more respect for shitheads than her own officers
Northampton is a haven for SJWs and their rhetoric. They think they are progressive hippies but they are basically just freaks of nature.
30 years ago North Hamp was a college town, with lots of restaurants, bars, young people, artists and lesbians now it’s a small city with filled with panhandlers, drug addicts, homeless bums, professional victims, section 8. North Hamp won’t be happy until it becomes little-springfield.
If they haven’t already, all the gangbangers from the surrounding shitholes will figure out that Northampton is open territory. And while this Chief is posting statistics on the Town website showing how compliant she is with SJW guidelines, the gangbangers will be establishing a solid foothold. While this Chief is spouting rainbows and unicorns and puppy dogs, the shitshow will be starting. And while this Chief is spouting speaking points from criminal justice textbooks written by “progressive” authors that have no idea of what they write about and have never done Police work in their lives, Northampton will be overrun.
They say the difference between a liberal and a conservative is that a liberal has never been mugged. At some point Northampton will start to become more conservative and people will start to demand a Police Chief that actually knows how to do Police work.
Won’t happen. Libs never acknowledge they’re wrong – they double down on their stupidity like a four year old lying when they’re caught with their hand in the cookie jar.
Conservatives rightly ignore these lawless havens like the plague. Best solution is to build walls around these leftist encampments and let Darwinism do its thing.
What nursing home.
Just more police corruption where the department is rotting from the head down. This why people lose trust in our cops. Sickening
I totally agree. How on earth could High Five Friday trigger any type of uneasy feelings in children of color or illegal immigrants? That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Sounds like another white SJW married to a black SJW loves to show the world just how NOT racist she is by constantly calling attention to her bi-racial family. Does anyone see anything wrong with THAT? (If Janice Harvey can be called racist for saying she is “colorblind,” then this idiot is racist for insinuating that “my black family and I are offended/frightened by the police.” Jackass.)
I think High Five Fridays are just as important for the Police as it is for the kids. It lets the Police know that there is hope for the future and a reason for dealing with all the crap.
There is much talk in recent years about ” Community Policing”. I am of the belief that Police have always practiced “Community Policing”. Police have always been part of the community and and the vast majority have been decent people who wished the best for their communities. I have read many stories of Police performing generous acts for people on their “beats”. They did it in a quiet way. They did not do it for self glorification, but out of the kindness of their hearts.
The majority of Americans are law abiding, hard working people. Police have always maintained a positive relationship with these people. What is lost on some people is that there are criminals out there who will prey on society. Police are SUPPOSED to maintain an adversarial relationship with this group. The Police are supposed to protect law abiding citizens from the criminal element. There are people who lose track, or deliberately ignore, the fact that there are extremely violent criminals, psychopaths, and sociopaths, who would not think twice about killing a Police Officer. There are people who understand why the Police may be wary when they approach unknown people, especially in recent times when there have been people of influence advocating for the hatred of Police.
For the sake of the safety of the citizens of Northampton, I hope that County Sheriffs or the State Police patrol Northampton to protect the citizens from violent criminals. The Northampton Police Department appears to have been totally emasculated. I would not count on them to protect the citizens from violent criminals.
And the Mayor? What the fuck is up with that?
I can’t get over that fake politician perma-smile! It makes him look like such a freak.
A little grease paint and he would be perfect for playing the Joker in the next Batman movie.
Dear Chief Kasper,
Your a pandering Douchebag.
Every police officer everywhere
It’s a step in the right direction, Kasper did oust his/her competitor for the chief job by ratting him out for paying his secretary overtime to hook up with him. Northampton police has always eaten their young to protect the corruption from within.
Well, it’s a step us since Kasper ousted the last captain who stood in the way of her making chief. True he was paying his secretary overtime to hook up with him but she’s not concerned with integrity.
once again look at who you put in the high position of the police – they were probably told you must hire a female – see what you get when you dont give the job to the most quallified –
Just out of curiosity, is there a Chamber of Commerce in Northampton?
How the hell does that clown of a woman get chosen as Police Chief? What the hell is wrong with this country?
And looking around I can not believe the fat out of shape officers I see in many towns. What happened to physical fitness for duty? No wonder we have so many injured on duty/officers out sick. Let’s make our Police Depts Great Again.
If you go back and read all the local articles about Northampton, you’ll see that Northampton has a high turnover rate for Police Officers. The Officers that actually want to do Police work leave to go to real Police Departments. The ones that are left are like the cat you had neutered. They become fat and stay in the house all day.
And in one of the articles I read it was Kasper herself who was questioning why there was such a high turnover rate in the Police Department. Talk about myopic.
Anytime you are a victim of a crime by an illegal alien in a “sanctuary city” sue the City. They will be burried in Legal costs which they’ll try to pass off on the taxpayers who will ultimately revolt or leave. Either way these so-called leaders need to be held accountable. The overwhelming majority of people DO NOT support sanctuary cities supported by a small band of loud mouth liberals. Sue them !
In the first picture on this page: Is that a woman on the right? The one with it’s hand up, waving? Holy Crap! That is one Androgynous he/she that you guys have for a police chief!!! The cop on the left is totally MALE, with no ambiguity there (Congratulations, SIR)!
Seriously, take a look at both of them! What do you think would happen if those two were running the Lawrence Police Department?
You have made an incredible faux pas in today’s SJW world. You have assumed that this person identifies as a male. If this person identifies as female, this person has every right to use the ladies room and present as female to the public. Have you contacted this person to determine what sex it determines as? If not, then you should have never made the assumption that it was male. How absolutely oblivious you are!
Northampton is a welcoming community. If you have committed crimes and have been deported, we will offer you sanctuary ( in Worcester). We will not not look into your immigration status in any way.
If you are a Police Officer who gives out public information to the public, we will expend every effort and spend months tracking you down. We will enforce the rules in the harshest possible manner that is possible.
You cannot become a Police Officer unless you are an American citizen. Therefore, you are not protected by our policy of open welcoming.
Perfect example of Affirmative Action. Hiring incompetent people.
Geez. Look at the face on the Mayor. If I had small children and saw them talking to the mayor, I’d rush over, take them by the hand, and scurry them away!
Come to think of it, I wouldn’t want them near the Chief either!
It is making more sense to me how the chief could so readily believe that there were children who were upset by the presence of Police Officers. There are parents who teach their children to be wary in the presence of people like the Chief. I look at the picture of the Chief holding her stars and imagine them being candy. Terrifying!
I said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is a chief that that goes out of her way to show the public that she has no confidence in her Officers. They should return the favor.
That’s what happens when you hire based on demographics instead of qualifications.