Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Send In The Clowns
next circus act of Mayor Greg Ballard and Public Safety Director Frank Straub has opened. Another high paid, out-of-towner will join Straub's staff as Deputy Director in charge of training and community relations. Rick Hite, a retired Baltimore police officer who spent most of his career there complaining about how unfairly black police officers were treated compared to white police officers, joins the Straub team. But hold on, it gets better. Ballard and Straub announced that two of the community's most controversial radio talk show hosts, Abdul Hakim Shabazz and Amos Brown, will serve on a new advisory board for Public Safety, along with Councilors Angel Rivera and Ben Hunter, a black minister, someone representing the Asian community, someone representing the Hispanic community and Ice Miller partner Melissa Proffitt Reese. Gee, they forgot to name a handicapped person and a gay. What were they thinking? The press release actually lists Shabazz as an "Attorney At Law." The guy is not licensed to practice law in Indiana and has never practiced law. By the way, did he ever give up his Illinois vanity plate "Abdul" and start complying with Indiana law by licensing his motor vehicle here and paying taxes here?