But not everyone appreciated our angles. Our post entitled "The Shocking Book Mike Sanford Wanted to Force Down SPD's Throat," about the assistant police chief's efforts to get Community: The Structure of Belonging, a book Nina Shapiro referred to as "a feel-good treatise on community building," onto the sergeant's exam, inspired one such commenter to chime in.
Erick Nielsen writes,
All your stories about this guy make me think he is the right guy for the job. I don't think that's what you were going for judging by the tone of some of your stories. At least this article wasn't AS badly written as "The Shocking Book" story. How shocking indeed... A book regarding community to be part of the required reading to be a sergent! That honestly sounds perfect for the entitled, abusive officers that currently "watch" the streets. I don't get why you are trying to be sensational anyways. It makes this story just sound plain stupid. Write it like it should be next time. An impartial blurb outlining the facts.