You see this past Monday, a citizen who regularly attends and participates in our system of open government was accosted and victimized by two of RJ Berry's top lawyers. While another citizen was speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting, Mr. Charles Arasim was documenting various high ranking city officials including CAO Robert Perry, City Attorney David Tourek, and interim self described minority chief Allen Banks.
While Mr. Arasim was videoing these people, Mr. Perry appeared to be dozing off. And as the sequence of stills below show, realizing that he might be caught on camera Mr. Perry decided he'd act upon what his inner thoughts were saying to himself.
|"You lookin at me?" "Well I'm lookin at you pal!"|
|"You wanna take a picture of me? Well here I am beotch!"|
As Mr. Arasim and some friends left the city council chambers and walked to their cars, who did they encounter in the underground parking garage? None other than Rob Perry and his sidekick Greg Wheeler. Our Eyes tell us that Wheeler called out to Mr. Arasim and called him a "chickenshit motherfucker" causing numerous other citizens to stop and look in dismay including Mr. Arasim. Wheeler then closed in on Mr. Arasim while yelling at him and raised his arm as if to punch him. Perry stepped in and pulled Wheeler back.
|"Aint nobody gonna dis my homie!"|
We have to ask the obvious questions, if this is how Perry and Wheeler respond in public to minor scrutiny, how do they behave behind closed doors? How do they behave under intense scrutiny? Is this the behavior we expect city leaders to model? And did Wheeler violate any criminal laws? We think he did. It seems to us he committed assault and disorderly conduct. Imagine how the city would respond to this if an APD officer did this while on duty? Because let's face it, Wheeler and Perry were not at the meeting as citizens, they were there on duty and as representatives of Berry's administration. Perhaps their boss, David Tourek bares some responsibility with this mess as well.....
Here's the story as broadcast on KRQE-13 last night:
And here's raw video from the incident: