Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Frank Serpico arrested for carrying a concealed carrot. > What?

Honest cop Frank Serpico was scratching his head yesterday after police at the Capitol in DC stopped him for carrying a concealed carrot -- just hours after nobody noticed that he'd accidentally left an "ominous"-looking lunch bag unattended at New York's Penn Station. "These are indeed troubling times," said Serpico, who in the 1970s battled New York City police corruption and ended up shot in the face. The Post'sS.A. Miller reports that in a speech at a whistleblower symposium, Serpico said he expected police dogs would be surrounding his "big black plastic" lunch bag when he retrieved it -- but nobody cared. That didn't jibe with vigilant enforcement of the ban on bringing food into the Capitol, including the carrot left over from his lunch. "I said, 'Look, I'm licensed to carry firearms. I'm a retired New York City detective,' " he said. "Thank God, some people still use discretion. [They] didn't take my carrot away." Read more