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When a cop gives "the finger"

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McHenry County, Illinois Emergency Services Vehicles

When a cop gives "the finger"

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
July 8, 2013


Andy Zinke Middle Finger Andy Zinke Sign
Cal Skinner was at the Crystal Lake 4th of July Parade yesterday and captured a picture of McHenry County Undersheriff Andy Zinke riding along in a Department vehicle (Unit 509), apparently giving "the finger" to spectators along the parade route.

Or was it just for Cal's benefit?

In a photo taken just before Zinke's vehicle reached Cal's position, Zinke's left arm is resting along the window ledge of the door.

In this photo and in one taken after the vehicle passed Cal's position, Zinke's left arm is raised and his middle finger is extended. Go to McHenry County Blog for the second photo of "the finger".

In what is clearly an improper and probably illegal display of a political sticker on the county-owned, taxpayer-supported vehicle, Zinke's vehicle in the parade bears a magnetic sticker on the left door reading, "Andy Zinke Undersheriff".

Quite frankly, there must be a law against display of political signs on police vehicles and any taxpayer-supported vehicle.

Who investigates unauthorized or improper (or illegal) display of political signs on County vehicles? The Sheriff's Department Legal Affairs Officer? The Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs Division? (Oh, wait; we don't have one of those.) The County Auditor? The McHenry County State's Attorney? The County Board? The Illinois State Police? The Illinois Attorney General's Office?

Is there a County anywhere, in Illinois or elsewhere, that displays the name of an UNDERsheriff on its vehicles? Was the magnetic sign on this vehicle only for the parade? Was it then removed when the vehicle returned to patrol or supervisory status? Is it on Unit 509 today? Is it on all MCSD vehicles today?

You'll like both of these articles on McHenry County Blog:

Today's article: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2013/07/08/mchenry-county-undersheriff-andy-zinkes-giving-the-finger-brings-comments/

Yesterday's article: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2013/07/07/politicians-appear-at-crystal-lakes-independence-day-parade/



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