Charles “Show Me the Money” Moose

[VDARE.COM note:
possibly in response to this
column, which we didn`t post last night because of a
blunder, Chief Moose

reportedly resigned today

As a resident of Montgomery County, Md., home of
celebrity police chief

Charles A. Moose
, I would like the rest of the
nation to know what a growing number of Moose`s own
employees and constituents think about him:

He is an outlaw opportunist. 

He is an ineffective, absent leader.

He is a money-grubbing menace who has put his
personal ambition over public safety.

Moose, who was ubiquitous during last fall`s Beltway

sniper investigation
, is nowhere to be seen in our
neighborhoods these days. He has supposedly been on
active duty for the Air National Guard, “helping his
air guard unit develop an anti-terrorism force
protection plan,”
according to the

Washington Post.

When he`s not avoiding phone calls about whether he
ever plans to return to his old job, he`s traveling
across the country giving supposedly expert speeches
about leadership and crisis management. Meanwhile,
morale among his rank-and-file officers has plunged. One
veteran Montgomery County cop told me this week: “The
chief is snubbing his nose at us. All he cares about is
money. What kind of leader is that?”

A quick visit to
reveals what Moose has really been up to
while out of the office. Instead of fighting crime and
protecting his local community, as his $160,000
government salary requires him to do, Moose has been
readying the fall launch of a book capitalizing on his
“Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial
published by New York-based Dutton,
features a

huge cover photo
of Moose wearing his
prominently-placed, shiny police badge.

Moose and his publisher have put the book up for
pre-order sales in defiance of a local county ethics
commission ruling earlier this spring that barred him
from writing the book. The panel concluded that
longstanding ethics regulations—regulations he agreed to
abide by when he was hired—prevented him from profiting
from his job as police chief. The ethics watchdogs also
suggested he would reveal confidential information to
titillate readers.

The commission`s concerns about Moose`s upcoming book
publicity circus—which will coincide with sniper suspect
John Muhammad`s trial—were shared by several top local
law enforcement officials who worked on the sniper task
force. Henrico County Police Chief Henry W. Stanley told
the Washington Post after a sniper task force
meeting in February: "With all that`s happened, we
certainly don`t want anything to jeopardize the trial. I
felt, and I think the group felt, that we needed no more
publicity that could add to the trial issues."
task force expressed unanimous disapproval of Moose`s
book publishing plans.

But he treated his fellow police chiefs the same way
he treated the county ethics panel: he ignored them
completely. Instead of following the law, he and his
big-mouthed wife, an image consultant and CEO of Chief
Moose Inc., have hurled reckless charges of racism at
county employees. Mrs. Moose

to the panel that the couple resented having
to answer to "a fully white group to give him
permission to make some money.”
She likened her
spouse to Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela as a
civil-rights trailblazer who "stood for principle."

The Mooses have sued Montgomery County over the
ethics ruling, citing their First Amendment rights. But
their true motives are far less noble. In closed
hearings, as first reported by
investigative journalist Paul Sperry, Chief Moose
grumbled that he made less than other police chiefs
around the country and mentioned the need to pay off his
wife`s law school bills. Mrs. Moose pointed out that
their house lacked antiques because of all the
humanitarian sacrifices Moose has made on behalf of
public safety.

Moose, already the highest paid Montgomery County
official, stands to earn a book advance worth a reported
$160,000—and much more if the planned TV movie gets off
the ground.

This tacky pair should spare us their self-pity. As
many local cops have argued, Moose`s ambition,
incompetence, and

racial blinders
may have cost some of the sniper
victims` lives. Now, that greed threatens to jeopardize
the integrity of the sniper trials.

"My commitment is to the county and to be a good
police chief,”
Moose insists.

Hard to take seriously from a man who treats his
badge as no more than a handy book-cover prop.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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