This coming Monday's Albuquerque City Council meeting could be kind of interesting. As the flyer shown displays, the APOA presidential candidate Greg Weber is trying to rally members to fight proposed changes to the Police Oversight Commission ordinances. Of specific focus are the citizens who have been criticizing Mayor Berry, that Perry fellow, and Ray Schultz.
Given that the city has scrapped and violated promised pay raises, benefits, increased expenses, removed 4-10s (remember those?), under staffed the department, is subject to endless litigation upon and by its own employees, is the target of the a federal investigation, and has endless senior personnel leaving out the back door (and some to a cabin in the woods) faster than you can say CAUGHT YA!...
...sure we guess we could see how this is a good time to rally the troops to argue against those loud mouth citizens who are doing what exactly? Oh yeah, exercising their free right to public dissent.
Funny how Mr. Weber has been silent on all the real issues except now that he is no longer a shoe in for APOA president he wants to become all public in his advocacy for the union. Here's an EYE friendly hint Mr. Weber, the folks who have been sand bagging city council actually support the rank and file. They have family members who are rank and file. The people who they stand up and denounce are the very people you are going to defend next Monday: Ray Schultz and the command leadership of APD.
You know, officers can put on the "T-shirts" provided by the APOA. This makes it easier for those officers to be targeted...Didn't Hitler have the Jews put on certain type of "T-shirts" as they were set to the gas chambers? The Jewish people were powerless against Hitler; we hope the officers of APD are smart enough to avoid Weber's "chamber."
Instead of worrying about the citizens, why don't you do what's best for the members and frequent contributors to this blog by arguing enough with the city's failures to honor its obligations and promises???
Shame on you Mr. Weber, agree or disagree with citizens who actually step up to speak against corruption and your position is to defame them?!?!?! Our Eyes will be busy letting us know how that works out for you. Perhaps your time is better spent representing your membership against the very parties who have all but destroyed a once great and proud department: Ray Schultz, RJ Berry, Rob Perry, Allen Banks, Steve Warfield, and the endless commanders and lieutenants who have no business wearing and stars or bars. Why would any APD officer show up to defend the same people who have victimized them like Ray Ray, and the rest of the cronies?
And oh by the way, we think it's great that your new public relations company Impronta is operating out of the very location of the APOA: 500 2nd Street NW. Are you sure your members are aware of this? And really, over $10,000 to send out a few emails?