The Nation: Of Balloons and Boys

Not since 1960, when 25 policemen were implicated in a burglary ring, had the police of Des Moines been so scandalized. "It's unbelievable," said City Manager Tom Chenoweth. "I've never seen anything like it." The Police Burial & Protective Association issued a statement of repudiation. The police chief promised a thorough shakeup and dismissed three offending policemen.

What grave misdeed had they done? They had been found guilty of smashing the windows of a barber shop, a gas station and two unoccupied autos with BBs fired from slingshots and of dropping balloons filled with water from a fifth story...

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