The Globe reported last week that Mayor Thomas Menino is sitting on an eight-month-old report by Northeastern criminologist Jack McDevitt. The report, commissioned by former police chief Kathleen O'Toole, called for sweeping changes to restore credibility and trust to a department battered by nationally publicized fatal mistakes, corruption, and icy relations with many residents.
Then-councilor Menino, who received $1,000 from the union, said, ''If you think I'm going to sell my vote for money, you have to be crazy. I'm insulted by that.'' His actions since then have been an insult to common sense.
On this issue, he became the ''urban mechanic'' who refused to look under the hood of the police department.
Is the same guy who's been calling for accountability in the Church whose teachings he disavows?