The Scottsdale, Ariz. mayor created a firestorm of dissent at Tuesday’s city council meeting when he denied a citizen’s request for a moment of silence to commemorate a fallen police officer.
During the “public comment” portion of the meeting, Scottsdale resident Mike Aloisi requested a “minute of silence” out of tribute to 21-year career Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs, who was shot and killed by a fugitive he was attempting to apprehend, according to Fox5 KVVU-TV.
“I’d like permission, mayor and city council, to have one minute of silence for a fallen police officer in Phoenix,” Aloisi said at the meeting.
“I’m sorry Michael – please just continue with your statement,” Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane replied.
“Is that a no?” asked Aloisi.
“That’s a no for you, for right now,” the mayor said.
At least one police officer who attended the meeting was upset by the mayor’s response.
“It was a disgraceful representation of the citizens of Scottsdale,” Jim Hill, president of the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association said. “To have this happen in our city, and for him to be the representation that shows the world that this our face – it’s disgraceful, disgusting, insulting – all of those words.”
The mayor claimed afterwards that it wasn’t the right time to make observances like moments of silence.
“Frankly, if there’s a fall down here that I would take responsibility for, it’s that it should have been on the program at the beginning,” said Lane. “We had an invocation at the beginning and that’s where it should have been. There was a mistake there.”
“What is the right time?” asked Hill. “It wasn’t the right time for Detective Hobbs to get shot either. I think the least the mayor owed him was a minute.”
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