Tuesday, April 19, 2016
With Liberty and Justice for SOME
Citizen's statement during Leroy Boyd forum on April 14, 2016
In defense of Fire Chief Schmidt and Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Glover
Here we are,,,,, over 70 days into this witch hunt and we're no closer to having answers than when this all began.
Meanwhile, Chief Glover is away on military duty, serving our country to protect the very freedoms we SHOULD ALL enjoy. With more than 30 years of military service, you would think he would also be enjoying the freedom, justice and equality that come with living in this great country. Instead, Chief Glover awaits the results of this unbelievable conspiracy designed to destroy him. And this is the way Ashton Hayward and his administration want to show their gratitude for Chief Glover’s years of service to our country????
Just a thought: Every council meeting begins with The Pledge of Allegiance, saying, …..with liberty and justice for ALL. Maybe it should be changed to say ,,,,,,“with liberty and justice for SOME”
You claim that this investigation has nothing to do with race????
But, that is exactly what this is about. Years of systemic racism, denied and ignored for far too long. And when someone like Chief Glover speaks out about racism, well, you see what it gets you – this witch hunt to destroy his reputation, to destroy him at any cost and to make an example out of him for anyone else that might want to speak out about racism that exist for some city employees. You rule by intimidation and fear, not by justice for the wrongs that have occurred.
Here's a question...
What if Ashton Hayward, Rusty Wells, Eric Olson, and Ed Sisson were all black???? Would their behavior be tolerated????
Now that we know about of some of their lies, and attempts of deception and crookedness, imagine what would happen to them if they were all black!!!!!!
And what if Chief Glover was white???? Never mind, if he were white we wouldn't be here discussing this now, would we?? If he had been a white man, he would have received the same pay as his other white counterparts and contemporaries. Chief Schmitt is being made an example of what happens to you if you dare speak out against racism even if you happen to be white.
Now I'll ask the same question that I asked the last time I was here. How many total days has this administration spent investigating reported race discrimination? Can you give me that answer, NOW???? Why aren’t those accused of the racist behavior on administrative leave and under investigation? Why are only Chief Schmitt and Glover on administrative leave? This makes absolutely NO sense.
How many employees have been suspended after being accused of race discrimination? If the answer is NO ONE, Ashton Hayward, what's your message when the only people suspended are the ones who actually reported race discrimination? Doesn’t anyone on the council have a problem with that? Ashton Hayward, you alone can stop this and you haven’t so far.
We are at day 72 or 73 into this mysterious investigation about who knows what! The mayor and the city administrator can't even agree on what the investigation is about. The assistant city administrator stated that he had no idea what the investigation was about...
This whole thing disgusts me. I can't believe that Ed Sisson, Eric Olson, and Rusty Wells still work for the city after what they've done. Then again, their corruption, lies, and misdeeds are overlooked because of the color of their skin.
You see, sometimes it works in your favor to be judged by the color of your skin and not to be judged by the content of your character!!! That's what I call "pulling the race card"!!!
Eric Olson, Rusty Wells, and Ed Sisson, I'm asking again for each of your resignations. And I’m also asking for a recall on the mayor, Ashton Hayward.