The 5th floor held a meeting yesterday that was so vague in content that it left many of the attendees scratching their heads asking what the heck was that meeting was about. The main message of the meeting was keep your mouths shut and don't talk to the media - the about what part was left intentionally vague while the consequences were made crystal clear... termination.
As you know, our Eyes (from different parts of the department) tell us that Marty was allegedly involved in a hit and run Sunday, March 9th. We now know the exact time - 5:29 pm (read about it here).
As we told you, the reports from the field investigators were gathered up by Commander Romero on his day off and yesterday's 5th floor meeting makes it all too clear that APD's official policy is to bury this one. If APD is actively covering for the mayor we've all got a serious problem.
Most of the time, it's not the original offense that gets you into trouble - it's the cover-up. If the mayor was involved in a hit and run accident he's guilty of a misdemeanor and liable for damages (which we get to pay for). If anyone at APD buries the incident by tampering with public records, then they're committing a felony. One might even consider conspiracy charges.
Committing a felony to cover-up a misdemeanor is arrogant and stupid particularly when there was a witness to the incident who doesn't have anything to gain by keeping their mouth shut. One of these times an officer or a citizen is going to stand-up and do the right thing. When that happens, the mainstream media folks will have to run the story and the administration's house of cards will come tumbling down.
Those granted power by the electorate have a higher responsibility to adhere to the laws and policies of the government they lead. That means staying at the scene of an accident even if there are no injuries or damages. That means facing the consequences of the mistakes you make (like hitting parked cars). That means not using your power to subvert the very laws that you've sworn to uphold.
Integrity is what you do when no one is looking. In this case it appears that someone was looking and now we just need that someone to step forward.