IF YOU WERE LISTENING TO THE SCANNER, THIS WILL NOT BE NEWS: WATERTOWN POLICE OFFICERS ARE TOTALLY BADASS. While waiting for backup, a single Watertown police officer engaged in a shootout with the suspects early Friday morning — and employed a tactic straight out of a Die Hard movie, according to Watertown police chief Edward Deveau. The officer put his car in gear and jumped out of it, hoping they would think he was still in it as he fired from behind a tree, Deveau said.
In case you were buried under a rock, DesLauriers was at the center of the investigation all last week. He stood up at press conferences and said all kinds of badassy stuff, like this: FBI’s DesLauriers ‘We will go to ends of the earth to find those responsible for this despicable crime.”
I was inclined to just ditch my whole post, since it seems pretty cheesy and insensitive to objectify and engage in the “crushing out” on Boston law enforcement in the context of an overwrought fictional world where the Boston cop hero is a vampire. I have not been directly injured or affected by the terrible events of last week. I just live here, and my children live here. The perpetrator is being treated in the hospital where they were born. Many other strands link us to the places and institutions that have suffered devastating loss and lockdown. For me, Boston Strong is too personal; it’s not just a meme to adopt, analyze and/or deconstruct. But then I decided to leave the post unfinished and try and make my peace with it by articulating some of this.
I had been especially looking forward to comments on the “poll” question, but now the whole thing just feels completely different. Real life badass cops chasing and fighting warped evildoers who suddenly — given the scale and grandiose ambition of their actions — resemble nothing so much as Lessers. Tough to make your peace with that.
Badass: Brian (Butch) O’Neal, hard-ass Boston cop and long lost descendant of Wrath; re-united with his kin and his kind when he rescues Beth, a female vampire destined to be Queen.
Falls For: Marissa, aristocratic female of impeccable lineage who was not destined to be Queen, but kicks ass in her own right when she takes on the Princeps Council and defeats an attempt to impose misogynist restrictions on female rights and freedoms (the “sehclusion” motion).
Hangs Out In: V’s lair at the mansion, the ultimate man cave.
Likes: Schmancy clothes, good Scotch, the Sox . There are a lot of high end, top shelf brand names in this book.
Dislikes: Following law enforcement rules when justice is what he’s after; sitting on the sideline when there are Lessers to be Dehstroyed.
Badass Hero Moment: Withstands torture to protect the Brotherhood and its secrets.
To Read Or Not To Read?
Tangentially Related … and Possibly Diverting:
Pamela Poll: Boston cops, Boston criminals… there’s a whole sub-genre now of Boston Noir, and it’s not just books. There are so many great Boston films. And tv — who can forget Spencer For Hire?! So…. who are your favorite Boston badasses?