Baby Oil And Breathmints: NYPD’s Wild Ideas To Ease Tensions
A police administrator’s series of ridiculous ideas — including using breath mints and baby oil — got him ousted from his position on the team trying to make sweeping reforms after the death of Eric Garner.
Michael Julian was appointed as commissioner of training for the New York Police Department and tasked with reforming police practices, but he only lasted two month because of his crazy ideas, sources tell the New York Post.
Coworkers were putting up with Julian’s schemes, but when 10,000 individually wrapped breath mints arrived at police headquarters in late January, they had had it.
Julian reportedly thought the breath mints an ingenious way to keep police officers from swearing, and thus improve relations with the public. His idea for officers was to pop in a breath mint every time they thought an expletive might pop out. The minty distraction could save the city!
He was reassigned less than a week later.
“He would come up with these wacky ideas,” a police source told the New York Post. “We would roll our eyes and move on.”
After Officer Daniel Pantaleo was not indicted in the Garner death, the NYPD needed a way to deal with potential riots and protesters.
Julian’s idea? Baby oil and rubber gloves, of course.
Julian reportedly suggested the police could spray down protesters in baby oil and then pick up the slippery suspects with their handy, dandy rubber gloves.
His litany of wild suggestions induced coworker annoyance and an eventual transfer from his position.
Apparently, brainstorming sessions are not a safe space at the NYPD.
If you haven’t seen it already, this is the disturbing video of Garner’s death that sparked outrage across the country.
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