Councilor Ken Sanchez stated to Banks that he understood that the APD Gang Unit was disbanded in APD. Sanchez then asked Interim Chief Banks if this was true. Banks replied, “No,” the unit has not been disbanded but the officers assigned to the gang unit have been “placed” in other units. This is what we located on the internet:
Cause (an organized group) to break up
(Of an organization group) Break up and stop functioning as an organization.
If someone disbands a group of people, or if the group disbands, it stops operating as a single unit.
Dissolve - disperse - dismiss - break up – dissipate
If Banks “placed” the officers in other units doesn’t this mean he disbanded them? Dissolved the unit? Dispersed the unit? Dismissed the unit? Broke up the unit? Dissipated the unit? Why does this man lie? Why does he feel the need to lie? Why can’t Banks stand up for what is right? And in light of the violent motorcycle gang shoot out in the North Valley; doesn’t the City need the Gang Unit more now than ever (more to come on this mess too)? Is Banks simply a “trophy” for Berry to place on the mantel?
Do something Mr. Banks; stop lying, take the high road, start doing the “right” thing! APD is in disarray and needs strong leadership; not another dump whip boy like Schultz.
Oh, and yes, we have heard the rumor that Berry has promised Schultz the Public Safety Director position. And, yes, our Eyes at PERA have told us that Schultz has not filed ANY retirement paperwork. So, it does appear Schultz is holding out to stay with the City long term.