The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct.”
This Thursday, April 5th, the APOA is holding a special general membership meeting to address urgent challenges facing the organization. In the last week, the APOA’s president and vice-president, Joey Sigala and Felipe Garcia, resigned their positions amidst a cloud of speculation of financial impropriety concerning union funds. Then as soon as Sergeants Greg Weber and Tom Henderson were installed as interim APOA president and vice-president, they threw the entire organization at the mercy of Chief Schultz and Mayor Berry by holding a press conference without board member approval, in the mayor’s press studio and confirmed a false allegation of “bounty” money.
We’d like to remind the faithful rank and file members of the APOA where these events stand in the context of a greater scheme of things.
In case you’ve forgotten, there is pending appellate level litigation concerning the collective contract against the city. This litigation is based upon an action against the city and the mayor for their breech of the contract and their bad faith negotiations to create a new contract. The department is unlawfully terminating officers faster and more frequently than ever in order to stay a federal investigation and consent decree. You have a deputy chief who was caught lying under oath and another deputy chief who breeched his own stated IA guidelines by protecting the lying deputy chief. You have department wide mission creep targeting “property crime” while turning a blind eye to the crime causing property crime. You have a city whose economy remains flat. You have a patrol officer bid list that is as low as it was almost ten years ago. You have senior officers leaving as soon as they are eligible to retire. And now you have APOA leaders that appear to have, at least mismanaged your money AND caved in to management.
While from almost every perspective it seems that APD and the members of the APOA are doomed for more failure and tragedy. Chief Schultz obviously cannot run the department. Mayor Berry obviously wants to get more out of you for less money but is otherwise indifferent to the calling one has to become a police officer. Schultz’s command staff and most lieutenants and sergeants are too cowed to speak against the herd or are simply part of it.
But for the rank and file, there is no better opportunity to come together as one. Bring sunlight on all of the issues and open up all the secrets. The only loyalty you have is too each other, the “leaders” of this city and department are terrified of the truth. Offer no quarter to the leaders of APD because they have failed you and will continue to fail you if you do not create change. If there has ever been an opportunity for you to take back your department and your union it is now. The dark side to all this is if you fail to seize this moment, the worst has yet to come. If you want to see change in APD, you are going to have to be the change you desire.
"Simple and direct," the time has come to Berry Schultz and all the trash he has been allowed to accumulate.
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes