A month ago, the head of the union representing State Troopers was blasting Governor Paterson for what was alleged was insufficient staffing and a cancellation of academy classes in this year's budget.
Now we learn the Troopers were busy helping the Administration tamp down a domestic violence complaint against a close aide to the Governor. And the new Superintendent says the contact Troopers had with the victim was not coercion, but was just to give the lady "options" in dealing with her restraining order request against aide and confidant Robert Johnson.
That's code for pressuring the victim to stand down, since Troopers had no jurisdiction in the case which originated in the Bronx.
These are not 23 year old part time village cops with no professional supervision. This is the most elite , high paid force in the State and here they are , in the middle of another political scandal, admitting they contacted a victim for what could be no other reason than to persuade her to halt her complaint against a powerful man.
It's not unheard of to have this happen...But it is certainly tiring.
Gov. Paterson scandal: New allegations swirl that state troopers broke rules to help powerful pols