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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Guy who gave Dahmer a victim becomes Union Chair

--posted by Tony Garcia on 5/12/2005

OK, so what does this say about the type of organization that unions are?
[John Balcerzak] who was fired for returning a boy to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer months before authorities discovered Dahmer's crimes has been elected president of the Milwaukee Police Association union.
So that starts out a bit scary. Is this the kind of judgement that the MPA wants to lead them?

Let's read on.
The 14-year-old boy, Konerak Sinthasomphone, became one of Dahmer's 17 victims before the murder spree was discovered in July 1991 — two months after the incident.

Balcerzak and his partner, Joseph Gabrish, were called to the scene by passersby who noticed the apparently inebriated boy wandering outside. Dahmer persuaded the officers the boy was his adult lover and the two had been arguing, and they returned him to Dahmer's apartment.

I added the emphasis because I can already hear people going, "how was he to know the boy was not Dahmer's lover?"

A 14-year old boy looks like he's drunk, some other guy says the boy is an adult lover and that they were arguing. With only this information there should have been tons of bells for Balcerzak to address. How the hell did a 14-year old boy pass an officer's eye as being over 21?

* Anyone that looked close enough to the age of 21 (above or below) should have been checked out.
* A relationship between an adult and someone that MIGHT be underage should have been checked out. There might have been child rape issue.
* In light of the above 2 points Balcerzak should also have looked into the possibility of an adult providing alcohol to a minor.
* If two lovers were in a fight there may be a domestic issue that requires further police action.

Balcerzak and his partner were fired...later reinstated by a judge. Should they have been reinstated is a fair question. The issue to me is SHOULD someone with such horrible judgement be a leader of any organization?

Even more analysis yields this observation: Unions are becoming so short-sighted that they do not look at what their mission is, they do not look at the quality of the person running for leader, they do not look at the merits of contract offers...they are losing their credibility in all matters.

Not much to say after that.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT MUST BE TOUGH TO BE SO PERFECT. SINCE YOU WERE APPARENTLY THERE THAT NIGHT, WHY DIDN'T YOU STEP IN AND IDENTIFY THE VICTIM AS A 14YR OLD BOY? THE COPS, PARAMEDICS, FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND BYSTANDERS THAT WERE THERE THAT EVENING MUST ALL BE IDIOTS AS WELL. NONE OF THESE 30 SOME PEOPLE STOPPED ANYTHING THAT OCCURRED THAT EVENING. I'M WONDERING WHY, SINCE YOU SEEM TO KNOW ALL THE DETAILS AND OBVIOUSLY BY YOUR COMMENTS MUST HAVE BEEN IN ATTENDANCE THERE THAT EVENING, DIDN'T YOU STOP ANYTHING?

SINCE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR'RE TALKING ABOUT AND JUST CHOSE TO PASS ON GOSSIP AND THINGS YOU'VE READ INSTEAD OF HAVING FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INCIDENT - MAYBE YOU SHOULD REFRAIN FROM SPEAKING FOR A WHILE!!!

May 20, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there that night...your wrong about everything you wrote here, largely because you have based everything you wrote upon the reliance of news articles from years gone by which sinsationalized this core issues to sell papers. Get your head out of you ass and look at the big picture, 20 civil service people conspired one night to allow a serial killer to kill a 14 yr old boy at the risk of losing there careers. A five year old would have more sense than you do.

May 20, 2005  
Blogger Tony said...

I don't have to be there to know that no matter how many people were there at the scene to know that there was an officer in charge. That officer exercised very poor judgement. That is not disputed...the department fired him.

But that is not the point. My poor attackers are too obtuse to understand the point. This Wisconsin cop, whose judgement was so poor that he was fired by his department, is now the leader of a union.

Does this show the poor judgement on behalf of the union? I say yes. You guys (one from New York and the other from Michigan) failed to answer that question.

Obtuse.

May 20, 2005  

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