Outrageous Breath Mints and Baby Oil? These Were Actual Ideas to Reform the NYPD
Baby oil and breath mints?
Those were two unusual ideas reportedly proposed by the NYPD's former deputy commissioner of training to reform the nation's largest police department.
The New York Post reported:
Mayor de Blasio ordered sweeping reforms for the NYPD after the Eric Garner death — but his demands were handled by a goofball police bigwig whose ideas included arming cops with breath mints and spraying protesters with baby oil, sources revealed Thursday.
Michael Julian, who was appointed as deputy commissioner of training in November, lasted just two months on the job before his ridiculed proposals got him transferred out, the sources said.
“He would come up with these wacky ideas. We would roll our eyes and move on,” a police source said.
Julian is said to have proposed that officers should pop breath mints as a diversion when they feel the need to curse.
After the decision was announced to not indict officers involved in Eric Garner's death, Julian also wanted police officers to "spray the protestors with baby oil and that will get them apart."
Julian suggested that cops should use rubber gloves to then separate the demonstrators.
After the box of 10,000 individually wrapped breath mints arrived at police headquarters, Julian was reassigned to a different department.
The Post reported, however, that the transfer was more like a promotion and that Julian, who also worked for Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in the 1990s, will still be involved in training new officers.