On this coming Wednesday, on October 31, the final day of the John Doyle v. Ray Schultz labor hearing will (unless APD lawyer Kathy Levy gains ANOTHER continuance) conclude. If you recall, former APD Officer, and retired highly decorated Philadelphia Police Department officer, John Doyle was terminated by Chief Schultz almost a year ago stemming from the circumstances surrounding the arrest of wanted violent felon Nicholas Blume.
Since several months have passed since the last hearing many stunning revelations have unfolded that not only cast doubt on Chief Schultz's stated reasons for Officer Doyle and Officer Woolever's terminations, but seem to indicate their termination was unlawful and based on fiction. We wish this could be a case of "trick or treat" but it isn't. Chief Schultz initially stated the officers were terminated for their use of force in subduing a combative felon via the least intrusive means--but then it was revealed that kicks to the torsoe and shoulder are taught at APD's academy. Then Chief Schultz said it was for lying, but then it was revealed that it was Officer Doyle himself who obtained a copy of the very video tape that APD sensationalized at Officer Doyle's expense. Chief Schultz then did all he could to invite a federal indictment against the Officers under 18 USC 242 only to find the officers fully cooperative in their criminal investigation and to see that the actions of the officers were well within the confines of trained and practiced activities DESPITE how the video looks to uniformed citizens or book-trained instructors at the NM DPS academy.
We wish Officer Doyle the best in his effort to regain his job and to pursue all available means of relief to restore all that he has lost. For those interested in attending and supporting officer Doyle, the hearing starts at 9am and is at the old-SID building on Randolph just west of Yale SE. We would remind all those arm chair critics who attacked and continue to denounce Officer Doyle's actions that you are talking about the efforts of a season front line first responder with over twenty years of experience working the meanest streets in the country. As such we find it of little irony that not one person who was called to testify against Officer Doyle even remotely has his skills, training, or experience in street level law enforcement. We would also remind critics to take a hard look at Graham v. Connor one more time.....
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