The other day New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd weighed in with her opinion on the Henry Louis Gates arrest. (Hasn't everyone by now?)
Twenty-two words into her column, Dowd invoked the name of the country's most noted proponent of police restraint - Miami police chief John Timoney:
[M]y friend John Timoney, the police chief of Miami, observes: “There’s a fine line between disorderly conduct and freedom of speech. It can get tough out there, but I tell my officers, ‘Don’t make matters worse by throwing handcuffs on someone. Bite your tongue and just leave.’ ”Holy Jeebus!
Are you kidding Maureen?
Is that the same John Timoney who cost the City of Miami hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the storm-trooper tactics used by his police department against protesters at the 2003 Free Trade Area of the Americas conference?
Not that John Timoney?
Or the same John Timoney who once said "F**k the Cubans"?
Or the same John Timoney that Miami New Times called "America's Worst Cop"?
Is that the John Timoney you're talking about Maureen?