What’s in a name? For the Atlanta Police Department’s new Red Dog-lite unit, everything. The agency’s suggestions for naming the new unit are dull, so we’re looking to you, dear reader, for help.
The troubled paramilitary unit, which was at the center of misconduct complaints during the botched police raid of the Eagle and more recent fondling allegations, was shut down by Chief George Turner last month. Now, the agency wants its rank and file to vote on suggestions to name the unit Turner is assembling. And they are moving fast – the deadline for voting is March 7, according to the Ramage Report.
The lightning speed at which Turned is moving on rebuilding Red Dog stands in stark contrast to his actions – more aptly, lack of action – on the Eagle case. The department continues to drag out an internal investigation into the raid and Turner has twice rebuffed calls to discipline officers involved. That despite evidence that the lead investigator in the raid has his share of alcohol-related troubles, investigators knocked back shots in the Eagle before the raid, a judge agreed that the raid was illegal and unconstitutional, and that officers have trouble remembering details of the incident when questioned about it.
But back to naming the new unit. The choices facing officers are, not surprisingly, dull and lacking in any zest and imagination. Turn to the commenters on the Ramage Report post for that. Our faves from readers include CRVS (Civil Rights Violation Specialists) and ANUS (Atlanta’s New Urban Squad).
Got a suggestion? Leave it in the comments below.