Dudley Council leader Patrick Harley said he has "lost all confidence" in the borough's police commander Kim Madill and urged her to "consider her position".
He claims she breached protocol by refusing to move on travellers who had stayed at the Budden Road transit site in Coseley for longer than the 28-day period allowed by law.
Did she have a good reason? Reader, she had...well, a reason:
Chief Superintendent Madill said in making her decision she had ensured the force was "recognising diversity" and "demonstrating our care and compassion for difference".
Peel would have a stroke if he were alive and reading that! What has it got to do with the fact that they are breaking the law?
Patrick is not imprtessed:
"If she wants to play at being a politician she should give up the uniform and stand for election. There is a protocol in place for dealing with travellers.
"They are not homeless. They are living in caravans on a transit site, which means they can stay for a maximum of 28 days and it's not for her to decide if and when they are moved on.
"I believe her political feelings are affecting her judgment, and in this instance her judgment is flawed.
"She should consider her position."
A position she clearly should be in, in the first place:
In an email to residents explaining her decision, Ch Supt Madill said the travellers had not been involved in any anti-social behaviour or criminality and were "part of our community at the time".
Except they had, by not moving on when required to do so...
"I posed myself the questions – if this was a normal landlord/tenant dispute where a tenant had failed to vacate at the end of their tenancy agreement, would the police get involved?"
But it wasn't. This is the 'if my auntie had balls she'd be my uncvle' defence. And it won't wash...
Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, Rich Baker said: "I fully support Chief Superintendent Madill who has taken a sensitive and proportionate approach to dealing with this matter.
"We will continue to work closely with the council on all matters - including unlawful encampments - for the good of everyone who lives, works or visits Dudley."
Except those who don't live or work in Dudsley, they can clearly do as they likey, eh, Rich?
H/T: Ted Treen via email