As we mentioned earlier, during last week’s Chief’s Staff meeting, we were told that Schultz launched a campaign of intimidation against his officers. Apparently he thinks it is his officer’s fault for the mess that has now brought the DOJ in. And in being true to his form, Schultz will do everything he can to suppress the truth and avoid responsibility.
As we were told, and confirm with the displayed memo, now that the DOJ is here, Schultz states he will be attending officer briefings. Now that DOJ is here, Schultz states he wants to hear what concerns officers have regarding APD. Now that DOJ is here, Schultz wants his Deputy Chiefs, Allen Banks, Steve Warfield, and whomever is named to the space abandoned by Paul Feist, to meet with officers. Now that DOJ is here Schultz wants people to make sure they are all following their SOPs. And now that DOJ is here, Schultz wants his officers aware that the department has pattern and practice problems involving civil rights and use of force. Now that DOJ is here, everything is “we…we…we.”
We think this memo speaks for itself. Anybody who knows Schultz knows that this is nothing but an effort to keep officers quiet and to alert his supervisors as to what DOJ will be looking at—and thus make all efforts to conceal anything “of concern.”
The reason why DOJ is here is NOT because of officers, it is because as APD’s Chief of Police, Schultz has led the department to failure. From incidents where his staff has run amok at crime scenes, arbitrarily fired officers, covered up endless incidents of civil rights violations against citizens, squandered federal grants, lied under oath, and let the issues in the evidence room get worse, Schultz has been the one ultimately responsible for the tarnished reputation APD now has. And Mayor Berry has endorsed Schultz’s actions by either openly defending him or hiding behind his inept city lawyers Robert Kidd and Robert Perry.
As anybody who has been in APD knows, the only thing surprising here is Schutz’s admission that he doesn’t regularly talk to his officers. He hides in his office behind a lobby door he installed to separate him from the rest of the city. He acknowledges the department is in pieces. He acknowledges, subtly, that APD’s house is not in order….
Kudos goes to one of our Eyes for forwarding us the memo shown. As we can see APD’s Schultz has engaged in a full court press….but all it takes are a few brave souls to stand firm and honor the oath they took for their badge.