The mayor of Scottsdale, Ariz., is being called on to apologize after he told a citizen “no” when he asked for a minute of silence to honor a fallen Phoenix police detective at a council meeting on Tuesday.
During the public comment period of the meeting, resident Michael Aloisi asked members of the Scottsdale City Council if it would be OK to have a moment of silence in honor of Phoenix police Detective John Hobbs, who was fatally shot Monday by a suspect wanted for attempted murder. Another detective, also shot, was transported to a Phoenix hospital for emergency surgery.
“I’m sorry, Michael. Please, just continue with your statement,” Mayor Jim Lane replied. “We will look to that.”
“Is that a no, mayor?” Aloisi asked.
“That’s a no for right now,” the mayor said. “Yes, thank you.”
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Lane told the Arizona Republic that there was “no disrespect intended” in his refusal to allow the moment of silence. He says it wouldn’t have been “appropriate” during the public comment portion of the meeting.
Later in the meeting, Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield made his own request to honor both detectives with a moment of silence. At around 7:45 p.m. — nearly three hours after the first request — Mayor Lane permitted the gesture.
However, conservative radio host Mike Broomhead, who hosts the “Afternoon Drive” on KFYI 550 in Phoenix, said he was told by the time the moment of silence was finally held, almost everyone had left the council meeting.
The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association is among those calling on the mayor to publicly apologize for the “offensive” action. The group plans to send a formal letter to Lane on Wednesday.
“I find it outrageous. I find it offensive. I find it a bit of arrogance,” Joe Clure, president of the association, said. “I find it concerning with an elected official somehow doesn’t think it’s appropriate to recognize the sacrifice of a Phoenix police officer.”
There’s really no other way to put it than Phoenix police officers are seriously “pissed off” over the incident, Broomhead told TheBlaze. Attempts to contact Mayor Lane were unsuccessful.
Broomhead also provided a copy of the letter from the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association:
(H/T: Mike Opelka)