Our Eyes tell us that Ray and company held a meeting today in which it was decided that the brass needed to find out how we got such detailed information that included dispatch timelines, CAD numbers, and the incident's case number. We told you about the bizarre meeting in which officers were threatened with termination if they released information to the press (or to your lovable Eye) about something that they wouldn't name (read it here).
In the meantime, the 5th floor brain trust decided that the best way to handle questions about the alleged mayoral mishap (and run) was to claim "mistaken identity" - which Chief Ray did on 770KKOB's Bob Clark show this week. Normally a claim like that would almost be irrefutable - except for the fact that we were able to get our hands on the call detail and our Eyes have evidence in their possession that the mayor admitted to being at the scene but claimed there was no damage.
Now, APD has been busy fielding questions about an incident that they never wanted to talk about and in fact, made every effort to keep locked down. The fact is that the mayor and the police department have tremendous power to investigate crime which also gives them the almost unchallengeable ability to cover it up. You need look no further than the 2005 evidence room scandal that cost Chief Gallegos his job and brought Chief Schultz into the picture.
(Sidebar)Now their investigative authority - authority granted them by all of us - is being used to plug a leak that may reveal felonious activities in the police department. If the original allegations are true (and we believe they are), Marty's mishap and run would be a misdemeanor. Anyone involved in attempting to cover-up that misdemeanor could be guilty of a felony. If the mayor is personally involved in the cover-up he would also be guilty of a felony.
Our Eyes tell us that Chief Schultz was in charge of the APD evidence room at least part of the time that evidence was disappearing. It's ironic that he was the one tapped to clean up the mess and restore confidence in the department.
It's time that an outside agency takes a long hard look at APD from the evidence room to Marty's mishaps. APD is not Marty's personal police force tasked with protecting him both physically and politically. They work for us... and their job is to keep the public safe from those who disregard the law, even if it's the mayor himself.