City Council Votes Against Buying Capes For Police Department - Mayor Welsh 'Not all heroes wear capes, it's too expensive' - 25 June 2019
Boson, MA: The city council voted last night to reconsider buying capes for the City of Boson Police Department. Several councilors said that the expense was just too high for what seemed like a frivolously large purchase.
"Yes," councilor Harry DiCara said during a break in the session, "we've all heard the phrase 'not all heroes wear capes.' The mayor has said it about a dozen times in the last week in front of cameras and microphones." The visibly exasperated lawmaker added, "we just don't have the extra money for what is pointless publicity for the mayor."
The police department had students at the Boson Police Academy drive past a class of day-care students assembled on the sidewalk while a police cadet rode by with a dark blue cape flowing in the wind. The picture was perfect and ran on the front page of the Boson Sphere Sunday edition. But, there is a real danger of the cape getting caught in a motorcycle's wheels. The wind just happened to be in the right direction for the photo shoot with the applauding children.
Police claim that they are neutral in the quest for the police capes, but privately many say that the whole thing is just another 'hair brained scheme from Mayor Welsh' to get publicity.
"If he could get away with it Mayor Welsh would make a cape part of the mayor's official wardrobe," said one disgruntled police captain. "I'm surprised he doesn't have a special Mayor-mobile," he added.
As a matter of fact the mayor does have an official mayor-car that has Mayor's Outreach painted on the doors on either side. Most of the time the mayor would rather take his semi-official city funded chauffeured limo when he moves around town or the state.
So for now the idea of police capes is up in the air. When the city gets its federal grant approved for police improvement the deep blue capes may be purchased. The idea of mask was dismissed out of hand by everyone, except for Mayor Welsh.
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