From the perspective of APS Supt Winston Brooks and the APS Board of Education, the dust has settled on the "fact gathering" following the suspension of their Chief of Police Steve Tellez.
They know everything they need to know to make their decision on Tellez' future.
In at least one respect, Tellez' future looks pretty bright. Despite the "alleged" misconduct, he is going to remain on what amounts to paid vacation until his contract expires.
On the other hand,
if he wanted his day in court,
he isn't going to get it.
It's a done deal as far as Brooks and the Board are concerned.
Their only problem at this point, is figuring out how to keep the truth from coming out. Keeping Tellez out of court certainly helps but they still have to keep it all under cover until nobody cares anymore.
If the facts were that Brooks and the Board were on top of things like corruption and incompetence in the leadership of their publicly funded private police force, the facts would be headlined in the Journal;
APS On Top of Corruption, Heads Roll!
If the truth looked good for
the leadership of the APS,
they would be promoting it,
not hiding it.
An ethical redaction is always
allowed by the law. The law
they hide behind to hide the
truth, allows them to hide the
truth, it does not require them
to hide the truth.
There is only one reason to hide the truth and that is
to avoid the consequences of the truth becoming known.
Winston Brooks and the Board don't
want the people to know the truth
about the lack of oversight that
enables corruption and incompetence
even in the innermost circles of the
leadership of the APS.
Winston Brooks and the Board don't want people to know the truth about the standards and accountability crisis in the penthouse suites at 6400 Uptown Blvd.
Apparently, neither does the media. They have reported that;
- Tellez has been suspended, and that
- the subsequent self-investigation has concluded, and that
- the leadership of the APS intends to keep the whole thing hidden from interest holders.
The media protest should be vociferous, and they aren't protesting at all. Coupled with their manifest record of neglect, it leads me to believe that at the management level, the media is complicit in the cover up of a standards and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.
That conclusion and perception has been on the table for a really, really long time awaiting their denial, defense or even their simple acknowledgement.
photos Mark Bralley