We told you that Sergeant, uh... Chief Schultz would try to shift the blame to someone. We just didn't expect that he'd shift it to an entire program. Somehow in the Chief's mind the problem with the program is the program not the paid, sworn supervisors in charge of using the reserve officers.
[Sidebar]The Chief's attempt to shift the blame to a bunch of volunteer officers who donate their time to the department in order to make us all just a little bit safer is simply reprehensible.
The 5th Floor has never, ever provided anyone with proof that it has 1,200 officers on its rolls. Our Eyes have contended for some time that their "count" included reserve officers. Now would be a good time to get a full accounting of all full-time, state certified, sworn officers on the payroll. What do you bet that Marty's claim of 1,200 evaporates along with the reserve program?
Meanwhile, the Root Beer Float Queen has flopped and flipped over whether or not it would be appropriate for an outside agency to do some digging on The 5th Floor.
District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Thursday she will look at the cases her office prosecuted. She also said she feels APD can investigate the allegations involving the reserves making arrests.It's not exactly surprising that Brandenburg would throw Marty and the Chief a bone - after all, she's carried Ray's water before. (Can you say Ben Kirby?) Besides, she's not exactly known for her prosecutorial prowess.
She previously said an independent investigation was warranted, but clarified that APD should do its own independent investigation.
The last thing Marty and his minions want is an independent investigation of APD. But we'll remind our readers on The 5th Floor and the City Attorney's office that there's plenty of reason to launch a criminal investigation and more than enough evidence to file a series of civil suits that will keep them busy for years to come.
Folks... It's not over yet. If for no other reason than attorney Mary Han isn't about to let it go. One of these days Marty's minions will go too far. Our Eyes tell us that they already have on more than one occasion. Stay tuned...