UPDATE: Police Chief safe after Mayor and City Manager come out as voice of reason and point out why the letter signers should be embarrassed by their actions.
I'm getting a lot of email and most of it is rumors. I will relate the stuff I have from people who have been credible in the past and leave out the stuff I know is just people being angry.
Item #1 - There is some kind of agenda item/exec session item being drafted to fire the chief.
Not sure they need to have a council meeting to fire an employee other than the city manager. I haven't had time to look that up, but maybe you guys know. Seems odd they make a big deal out of it. They could just do it and release a statement. In either case, if you support the chief, your ass better be down at council tomorrow to support him.
Item #2 - The cops are going to strike.
I've dismissed the first few claims and then I received two that detailed how a "reduction" in service would take place. Those plans sounded real because they weren't saying all cops would just stop showing up to work. I'm not going to get into details, but I can tell you that the city would lose a good chunk of revenue if certain cops stopped doing certain things they normally do. Some of you are smart enough to figure what that is.
Do I think they'll do it? Not sure. Never seen that done in El Paso before. I'm sure union reps would negotiate something before it gets down to it actually happening.
Item #3 - Recalls for everyone.
Had a little chat with an attorney friend. He's aware of language drafted for each member of council, the mayor, offending members of state legislature and county judge/commissioners. I'm not sure everyone is eligible for a recall at the moment. However, those that are eligible probably aren't going to want to deal with the crap involved.
In fairness, I do hear about recall efforts every time a council member blinks, so I'm not all that convinced. The only thing that gets me is the person who told me about this has never contacted me about a recall before.
Item #4 - National TV coverage.
I saw this on Facebook and got a few emails from people. The emails said that they had heard back from "producers" at one network and they were interested.
This is not good for El Paso at all if true. You do not want to be made the laughing stock of the United States because your white and Latino legislators are calling your black police chief a racist. It looks as stupid as it sounds. You will be the butt of many many many many many jokes. I can just see the late night comics having a big laugh at your expense.
I just watched the ABC 7 Xtra video where Rep. Svarzbein was the voice of reason and the callers were overwhelmingly in the Chief's corner. You can watch it HERE.
Seems to me like a certain political faction underestimated their constituent's love for the police chief.
And just on a final note... It's funny that certain people in politics in El Paso will bitch about being fired because someone who believed opposite of what they believed pushed for it to happen, yet when someone says something they don't agree with, they do the exact same thing. In fact, in one case a political person in El Paso was upset that everybody rushed to judgement on him. That's why it was so odd that he was so quick to indict strangers of crimes he knew so little about. It's just interesting...