Speaking of Petty Government Employees Who Don’t Enjoy Being Held Accountable . . .

Friday, June 24th, 2011

. . . a reporter from WTOP radio tried to visit the Washington, D.C. cab commission this afternoon to inquire about Wednesday’s arrests of two journalists for recording an open meeting. Here’s what happened:

In an effort to get an explanation about the incident, WTOP’s Mark Segraves went to the commission office Friday and was thrown out by security. The door to the office was subsequently locked, and the lights turned off — leaving the entire cab commission office in the dark.

If the D.C. Taxicab Commission were a four-year-old child, I believe this is what we’d call a temper-tantrum. The article also notes that the D.C. attorney general’s office will not be pursuing charges against Jim Epstein and Pete Tucker. That’s great. But the office ought to be debating whether to file charges against the cab commission officials and cops who ordered and carried out the arrests.

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13 Responses to “Speaking of Petty Government Employees Who Don’t Enjoy Being Held Accountable . . .”

  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Nothing screams “idiot” quite like adamantly defending an indefensible act.

  2. #2 |  CharlesWT | 

    I think they were in the dark before they turned out the lights.

  3. #3 |  Felix | 

    Maybe the 27 officers soon to be laid off from Rochester could get jobs with the taxi commission. They’re going to need reinforcements at this rate, and those medallions can pay for it.

  4. #4 |  BoscoH | 

    They’re hiding something.

  5. #5 |  derfel cadarn | 

    If we could get the rest of government to turn the lights out we would really be on to something. This only shows what kind of petty assholes are involved in “public service”.

  6. #6 |  David | 

    Major Major never sees anyone in his office while he’s in his office.

  7. #7 |  EH | 

    A good reporter would just get his folding chair and set it up in the parking lot. Those babies have to leave to get their food cooked for them, after all.

  8. #8 |  dingdongdugong | 

    Oh man. They are hiding something really big here.

    I mean, its sooo obvious something deeper is going on.

  9. #9 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “If the D.C. Taxicab Commission were a four-year-old child, I believe this is what we’d call a temper-tantrum”

    Indeed. The reporter should have responded by laying on the floor, kicking his feet and screaming NO NO NO at the top of his lungs.

  10. #10 |  John Q. Galt | 

    What are the identities of the cab commission officials who ordered the arrests? Dox please.

  11. #11 |  Mister DNA | 

    Major Major never sees anyone in his office while he’s in his office.

    +22

  12. #12 |  albatross | 

    If these guys were *trying* to convince the world that they had something big to hide, some kind of corruption that could send them all to prison, I can’t think of what they would do differently than what they’ve done up till now.

  13. #13 |  GaryM | 

    It’s no surprise that the charges were dropped. Their purpose was to intimidate the media, not to pursue an unwinnable court case.

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