Prison Inmate Sneaks Pig Into Design Of State Crest On Three Dozen Police Cars
February 6, 2012 by staff
Prison Inmate Sneaks Pig Into Design Of State Crest On Three Dozen Police Cars, A prison inmate who makes car stickers and license plates decided to have the last laugh by adding the image of a pig to the official crest on state cruisers.
On the 16-inch car door stickers, made by prisoners in Windsor, Vermont, a patch on a cow in a scene with mountains has been changed to the shape of a pig, a derogatory term for police.
A Vermont state trooper discovered the pig while inspecting his vehicle on Wednesday and state police have said they believe the image has been added to about 30 cars.
WHY ARE POLICE CALLED PIGS?
There are several theories about how the term became associated with police – these are a few explanations:
In began in 1500s to describe people who were not liked and developed from then.
It originated in 1811 and it stemmed from resentment that some felt towards the long arm of the law. The term went out of fashion until the 1960s, when U.S students used it as a taunt during their anti-Vietnam war demonstrations.
In 1809, Sir Robert Peel entered the House of Commons in London and began breeding Sandy Back pigs in Tamworth. Soon, these pigs were known as Tamworth pigs.Sir Robert Peel formed the Metropolitan Police. Due to the pig reputation Tamworth had developed, the police suffered the same fate as other Tamworth products did- they became related to pigs.
Other explanations for the term involve the gas masks worn by riot police or that it stemmed from the pigs in charge of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm.
Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn says he learned of the altered car stickers yesterday and Corrections Commissioner Andrew Pallito is looking into who made the modification and when.
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