Police in Picayune, Mississipi, decide which drug offenders on outstanding warrants get arrested first by using a cop version of the Wheel-of-Fortune aka the Wheel-of-Justice.
The names of wanted persons are attached to segments of the wheel which is then spun in venues such as local radio stations and the Kiwanis Club. The name that comes up has the distinction of being perp-of-the-week. I guess prioritizing arrests based upon known facts in the cases just isn't sexy enough.
Ok it may be a PR stunt on the part of the cops and behind the scenes regular police work doubtless goes on as usual. But "wheel justice" sends the wrong message.
What next... spinning the wheel to see what loot the local police dept gets to confiscate through forfeiture laws? Maybe they should consider little decals that represent SUV's, cash, jewelry etc and stick those on the wheel too just so everyone can really get into it. They could even have attractive attendants roll out the forfeited goods so the audience can have a good gawk.
Police departments need to clean up their act - not spin wheels. With some needed reform in their ranks they would likely see greater public confidence and cooperation.
The Wheel-of-Justice concept was dreamed up by the cops - possibly over donuts. The local builder who constructed the wheel got paid with forfeited drug funds. Crime just keeps those big ole wheels turning.
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