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CONTROVERSY: Retired Hub Sgt. Howard Donahue appears in this Yes on Question 2 ad.

Boston cops and Mayor Thomas M. Menino are up in arms that pictures of two uniformed officers and a marked cruiser appear in new political ads supporting a controversial proposal to decriminalize marijuana.
"Their decision to incorporate the BPD brand into their ad campaign was very inappropriate," Boston Police Department spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said. "They did not ask for permission and we in no way endorse this advertisement."
In one ad, retired Sgt. Howard Donahue says he supports Question 2 because it would free up cops to fight "violent criminals." The ad features an old picture of Donahue in uniform in front of a BPD cruiser.
Another ad features retired Lt. Tom Nolan and a picture of him in uniform while he argues that existing weed laws give offenders a lifetime criminal record that makes it hard to get jobs and student loans. Question 2 would make possession of up to one ounce of pot a civil offense punishable by a fine.
"I entered law enforcement to catch bad guys, not to deny someone an education for life just because they made a mistake," Nolan says.
While state ethics laws ban the use of taxpayer-funded resources in political ads, Yes on Question 2 spokeswoman Whitney Taylor said, "There are no ethics violations. Those were personal pictures from retired police officers."
Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce also slammed the group's use of the BPD car and uniforms, saying, "It's an unfair tactic to try and confuse voters. The mayor doesn't support this ad."
In 1998, several Boston cops came under fire for appearing in uniform in a political ad for former state Sen. Lois Pines. In 1996, Sen. John F. Kerry drew sharp criticism for using a uniformed cop in an ad filmed in Lowell.
And in 2006, Somerville Police Chief Robert Bradley was accused of ethics violations for appearing in uniform in a political ad opposing the sale of wine at supermarkets.

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Couple o' Jack-Asses.

If getting a record results from these morons posessing and or using drugs, you'd figure that message would get across. Until it does, keep up the good work by locking up these stoners. Pleny of cops get killed trying to interdict marijuana at the borders , so to say it's a harmless drug is sheer stupidity.
 
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The ad features an old picture of Donahue in uniform in front of a BPD cruiser.
"Old" is a major understatement; BPD hasn't used those markings since the early-mid 1980's. The only thing missing is someone in the background with pegged acid-washed jeans and a feathered hairdo.
 

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Ex-cop in pro-Question 2 ad paid for 'consulting'

A retired Boston cop who appears in a pro-marijuana political ad was paid $850 in "consulting" fees by the group behind the pot decriminalization plan, records show.
Retired Sgt. Howard Donahue, one of two retired Boston cops appearing in pro-Question 2 ads this week, was paid by the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy on Oct. 15 - just days before the TV spot launched, according to campaign finance records.
Committee spokeswoman Whitney Taylor said another retired officer who appears in a separate ad, Lt. Tom Nolan, was not paid. Asked why Donahue was paid, Taylor said: "He's helping us from a law enforcement perspective. He's a consultant."
Donahue did not return a call last night.
Boston police and Mayor Thomas M. Menino expressed outrage yesterday that pictures of the former cops in uniform and a marked cruiser appear in the ads. Question 2 would make possession of less than an ounce of pot a civil offense punishable by fines.

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Has anyone else seen this "Yes on 2" commercial? A retired Boston police LT being a proponent for the decrim of marijuana. Why is this guy being such an ass? Is he really that hard up to be able to smoke a joint in his retirement? He's doing something that makes the job harder for the rest of us. Plus, in the commercial, he's wearing a BPD badge pin on his lapel. Way to represent your former department! If you're goign to retire, retire. Don't use your former postition to screw with the rest of us who have to deal with this crap on a daily basis. Am I alone with my opinions here?
 

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Ex-cop in pro-Question 2 ad paid for 'consulting'

A retired Boston cop who appears in a pro-marijuana political ad was paid $850 in "consulting" fees by the group behind the pot decriminalization plan, records show.
Retired Sgt. Howard Donahue, one of two retired Boston cops appearing in pro-Question 2 ads this week, was paid by the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy on Oct. 15 - just days before the TV spot launched, according to campaign finance records.
Howie "Call Me Jack" Dunna-Whoo might as well call his new consultation firm "Badge4Hire". Next, he'll appear beside Dane M Shulman and be endorsing the next Green Party moonbat campaign that pays $850 for a TV spot.

Nolan traded his Lieutenant badge for a perch in the Ivory Tower of Academia. Obviously he's been drinking the Kool-Aid from the water fountains on Comm. Ave.
 

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Jeff Spicoli also is in favor of Question 2! Here he is being interviewed by Joe Bergantino (the investigative reporter:rolleyes:)

 
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