MIAMI, FL – Beachgoers in Miami looked incredulously toward the sky on Saturday, when they found themselves swimming under an airborne advertisement that read: “Support the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management.”
The text, imposed on a large banner soaring through the Miami skies on the back of a plane, was no stunt. Agency chief, Bill Bowman says the spectacle was designed to do exactly what it accomplished.
“We’ve been hearin all this bologna in New York City about supporting the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and I don’t see what makes them different from any other government agency funded by the taxpayer.”
Bowman is referring to the numerous campaigns by various organizations in New York City to drum up support for the NYPD among citizens, as it has recently come under fire in recent years for murdering those same citizens, specifically Black ones. Indeed just last month, sunbathers at Rockaway Beach, in Queens, were greeted with an aerial advertisement encouraging them to “Support the NYPD.”
“That set the standard for us,” Bowman said. “I got to thinking, hey – these guys are hired to protect people, but are attacking them and benefitting from billion-dollar fundraising campaigns to get their support.”
“So you know what? We aren’t gonna collect trash, we aren’t gonna collect sewage, we aren’t gonna collect poop. What we are gonna collect, is people’s valuable private property. You can call it theft but it doesn’t matter, because we’ve got this campaign to win their love and support no matter what we do.”
Speaking with The Daily Orb over the phone, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez expressed support for the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management’s campaign.
“Look, the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management is a government agency. Doesn’t that entitle them to the same privilege of ongoing incompetence, damage, and unwavering support?”
Suarez is not alone, in cities across the country, local government agencies are clamoring for the same entitlements as the NYPD. In Washington, DC last Monday, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, responsible for enforcing building codes and regulations, held a benefit concert for itself within a week of conducting a raid on the city’s top bars, restaurants, and cafes located in the chic 14th St corridor. During the raid, inspectors stormed establishments to accost customers, dump trash bins into kitchens, and rearrange seating charts to create fire hazards. The raid also included citations to the businesses for the damage and violations stemming from the inspectors’ activities. In Seattle, Washington last month, the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation held a cookout at the site of the historic Smith Tower, handing out “swag” like metal straws, cell phone sockets, and fidget spinners branded with “Support the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation,” as they simultaneously burned the landmark to the ground.
As this mentality continues to spread to local government agencies across the country, the Trump administration has remained quiet. Bill Bowman says he knows why.
“The NYPD learned it from them.”