“Doug Glanville Law” will do Nothing to Stop Future Doug Glanville Situations

Maybe The Shad is missing something here (it wouldn’t be the first time). It seems obvious to me the bill that Gov. Malloy signed Monday does nothing to stop future instances of the what was said to be behind the law.

Let’s review: Author, ESPN commentator, Ivy leaguer and former major league baseball player Doug Glanville was shoveling snow from his driveway in the governor’s neighborhood in Hartford last year. Glanville happens to be black.

West Hartford police had received a complaint about a black man offering to shovel driveways—a no-no in oh-so-swanky West Hartford. The town’s police crossed over into Hartford to follow-up on the complaint.

The bill Malloy signed into law—with Glanville present—was complete with the requisite self-congratulatory fanfare. It stops police from crossing town and city borders to follow complaints about ordinance violations.

Doug Glanville

Doug Glanville

Glanville was guilty of shoveling while black (the title of his essay about the incident published in The Atlantic). And the solution to that is to enact a law about municipal borders? Huh? Under the new law, Harford police could have done the exact same thing West Hartford police did and it would be perfectly legal, even under the new law.

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It was very nice that Malloy apologized to Glanville at the bill signing and noted that the incident started a conversation. “Part of what we have to do in the state of Connecticut is be vigilant about understanding the implications of racial overtones,” Malloy said. That’s true. The problem is that this new law does absolutely nothing toward that goal.

In essence, shoveling while black violations can continue as long as the offending police department is from the same town as the shoveler.

Then again, I might be missing something.