I was delighted to have made a small contribution to this very lengthy and well written article in Politico Magazine.
My comments relate to APD’s dealings with the mentally ill and how the killings of police officers Michael King and Richard Smith affected APD.
Darren White is not specifically named as Berry’s Chief Public Safety Officer in the article who said it was time to “take the gloves off” when he ordered the removal of the homeless from downtown.
Darren White’s orders and attitude about the homeless cost the City $98,000 to settle a lawsuit.
Mayor Berry has never said publicly if he knew or approved White’s directives and declined to comment.
When I was Chief Public Safety Officer and Head of the Safe City Strike force, I recall vividly being able to work out the differences the City had with the good Samaritans who were feeding the homeless on a Sunday in a park so they could continue to feed the homeless.
My belief is that a greatness of a city is reflected in how it treats its poor, its homeless, and senior citizens.
I want to thank Dr. Jeremy Reynolds the founder and director of Joy Junction for inviting me to speak with the reporter.
Please see my November 21, 2016 blog article “It’s Time to Cleanout APD’s and City Hall’s Sewer Line’s” on blog PeteDineli.com on what I feel needs to be done to reform APD and address our rising crime rates.