I work with departments to help them limit their liability exposure and limit the amount of internal investigations, law suits and payouts they have to give. I help them save time, money and their reputations by eliminating their frivolous complaints" --Ray Schultz, Independent Taser Distributor
Well it seems like here in Albuquerque, we're not the land of manana, but the land of reverse. About a year ago, APD's former and now disgraced chief Ray Schultz inked a deal with Taser International for almost $2 Million. After hooking Taser up with the biggest government contract in the company's history, he then did an early retirement and unlawfully left to work with the very vendor he "greased" the city's checkbook for.
Now we are told Berry and Perry are paying somebody $50,000 to come up with a policy as to what to do with these cameras that Schultz the Sheister sold to us. Of course, that amount of cash (about what it costs to pay a single officer in a year) pales in comparison to the costs in loss of productivity.
You see, our doing things at the speed of business duo running the city, Berry and Perry, have conceded that operating the Taser cameras and managing the data during their shift deprives officers of 15-20% of their time while on-duty. Let's do a little Eye-Math shall we?
An officer works an 8-hour shift at $26.44/hour...that's $211.52 per day, before taxes, for 480 minutes worked. But wait, we have the Taser excise tax, which eats (and we'll split the difference of 17.5%) 84 minutes of the day which is about 1.4 hours. So out of the money our taxes are paying the officers, $37.16 is being spent on a product thanks to RayRay. It may not sound like much but an overhead cost of 17.5% on labor sure should make the kids in the Republican Party lose their mind--after all they, and Berry, are the party of efficiency right?
Oh wait, isn't that what Schultz trying tell us with his sales pitch that Taser-cams save us time and money? Well folks, we don't have to be a UNM professor getting paid $50,000 to tell you we've been robbed. Funny, our Eyes are telling us Schultz has been laying low lately. There must be something coming soon regarding his little pyramid enterprise with Taser and violating laws coming out....
It comes to this folks: So first we're sold a bill of
goods, now we have to figure out how to use them, and finally we'll have
a policy that governs how they'll be used. Make perfect sense for a
city that is the at the bottom of every list imaginable. But where's the outrage? Time to shake off the "it's not worth the effort" attitude and rise to the occasion. We all know "nature at play" is how thing work here, but nature also has a tipping point. Make some noise. And no TJ, we didn't mean that kind of noise.
UPDATE: Here's a slide taken from Ray Schultz's Taser PowerPoint. Any takers???
The Piercing Truth
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