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Bad Cop, No Donut: A Town Considers Martial Law


Whoa, things are so bad in the upstate town of Schenectady that the mayor is thinking about declaring martial law. Who says North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il can’t teach us anything?

Mayor Brian Stratton might have good reason because in a tiny police force, five of cops have been arrested recently for drunken driving and assault. Stratton says he’s thinking about disbanding the police department and starting from scratch.

One option is to ask the governor to declare martial law, which means bringing in soldiers to patrol the streets of the sleepy little town.

“If you abolish the police department you still have a need — not an obligation — but a need to police the community,” Schenectady’s Corporation Counsel John Van Norden told Capital News 9.

Of course, police chief Mark Chaires isn’t a fan of the idea. “I was a little surprised to hear that,” he says.


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