Some of you might not have heard the story- a Koran was "desecrated" in Nashville and police called. Due to more pressing problems than a book being a little messed up- burglaries and the like- it took the local PD some time to respond, and when they did they apologised for the lateness of their arrival. Unsurprisingly, the book was not in need of urgent medical care. However, local Muslims were not impressed. An Emergency Communications Centre employee has been disciplined. That's right, an employee has been disciplined because they prioritised burglaries ahead of a book. Shocked and appalled? I hope so because if we look at the original story, the "incident" was reported to police at noon- a local man said that the book had been lying there since 5 p.m. So, it lay there for 19 hours before being reported to police and the local Muslims are upset because the police took three hours to arrive. The police chief had this to say-
"I don't have any reason to believe that someone decided not to go there for any reasons of bigotry or discrimination. I think that some days you get really busy and you can do a better job of managing the calls, and I think in this case between us and the (Emergency Communication Center) we should have probably done a better job of managing the calls."
This is pretty odd because at the time the police said-
"We can't pick when the calls come in. We have to take the high priorities as they come."
So the Nashville police are now saying that a messed up book will get a higher priority than a burglary? Perhaps they would be better sticking to being police and stopped being perfect little dhimmis. It's sickening that not only are they going to give this sort of incident- I refuse to call it a crime- higher priority but a dispatcher is also being punished for doing nothing other than his/her job- sending the police where they are needed most.