We’re sorry, but we just had to get this off our chests.
There was one other council member missing; however, we think the 3 were the main targets, though we've been told there are some who aren't fond of the other missing council person (and we really don't know if he had said previously that he would not be there).
Anyway, there was no addendum for the meeting, there were no committee reports, and of the 7 department reports, 2 of the department reports were to wish everyone a nice holiday; while most of the other department reports were not an emergency, and didn't need the presence of the missing council members.
[Big Hint] The 3 people, by the way, had been endorsed by the Democratic Party (in last year’s election) while the others (except for two at the local level) weren’t.
This city has 1 or possibly two African American police officers/patrolmen out of about 40, in a city of about 70% African Americans.
Instead of all that passive aggressive bullshit legislation, the councilman could have said (one of a number of possible scenarios), "Look, ... I'm pissed off because the Democratic Party endorsed them and not me ... And damn it, we needed a bunch of council members at our last public council meeting in December, so I and a bunch of other politicians (who may or may not have read the union contract) could have "kissed ass" and voted yes, on that collective bargaining agreement, etc. ... and not mess up our Christmas holidays".
If there is one group of public employees that shouldn’t have a union … it’s the police. Their leadership can put anything they want into a union contract, … and, who in their right mind would vote “no” on most of the important things (to the union) in that contract … knowing the police could show up at your or your relative’s door, or put you six feet under, or plant false evidence, or throw you in jail, or give you a ticket … and, you’d be almost powerless to do anything about it.
What's comical ... even though Republicans hate unions, a lot of union members lean toward the Republican Pary ... certainly the FOP is conservative leaning (to their credit, they give to good causes). We'll let you figure out why Republicans tolerate police unions.
Though most police are just doing their job, don’t tell us you have no fear of the police … Don’t tell us you don’t think about abuse of police power. A big humongous suggestion: Make sure your city has a civilian review board.