Sh*t happened 2/19/16: Cops, cops, planes


Yeah, we know it's Friday, and a beautiful Friday at that, but please take a moment to give Thursday a proper burial before you start Instagramming your sun-drenched lunchtime cocktails, OK?

A Hudson man arrested for burglary and arson reportedly targeted a deputy's cruiser and patio furniture because he wanted to be arrested. When presented with this opportunity to discuss the challenges of dealing with mental illness from a law enforcement perspective, the Pasco County Sheriff basically warned that anybody messing with his cops is gonna get shot. Community relations in action.

In other Bay area cop news: Retired Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor's consulting firm was chosen by the Department of Justice to monitor a program looking over the shoulders of Miami's police department in the wake of its tendency to get seriously over-shooty a few years back. The program is expected to last four years, by the end of which life in Miami is expected to closely resemble Grand Theft Auto anyway.

MacDill Air Force Base is evicting NOAA's "hurricane hunter" planes from the on-base hangar they've occupied for more than 20 years, citing a need for the space. It's not like this is a critical time for responsive and proactive climate research, right?

And finally, that gross, disastrous natural gas leak in California has officially been capped after four months of literally making nearby residents ill. What are the odds someone in the industry will actually go to jail for decimating the health, lives and property values of thousands? About Flint to one, we're guessing.


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