Smith: “I guess you are going to let them get away with murder!”
A Freedom of Information Act request has netted a copy of the Police report from the Paul Smith vs. Construction Equipment Operator altercation this past Tuesday.
To set the record straight, the Police did their job thoroughly: they arrived on the scene, listened to the complaint, verified the legality of operating the piece of equipment on the road, made sure it was properly signed and lighted, then advised Mr. Smith and the equipment operator of their findings. The entire process was then thoroughly documented in the report you see above.
By my count, there were five police officers involved in this altercation: two patrol officers,a Police Sergeant, and a Police Lieutenant were at the scene, as well as an additional officer from the Traffic Safety Bureau who was contacted by telephone to answer a question on the matter of the law involved. In addition, there was a City of Sterling Heights engineering employee already at the scene before the altercation began who was there to make sure everything was being done properly.
Add in two 911 emergency operators heard on the call, and we’re up to (at least) eight total city employees involved in a needless altercation, some for an hour or more.
I’m not even going to take a serious stab at an estimate of what this all wound up costing the taxpayers. There were 4 police vehicles summoned to the scene, one city engineering vehicle at the scene, plus at least 8 hours of labor time involved. Suffice it to say that the dollar amount is well into the hundreds when it is all accounted for.
Then, after all this time, effort and money was expended thoroughly investigating the situation, Councilman Smith then stormed off the scene, stating “I guess you are going to let them get away with murder!”
Mr Smith campaigned in no small part by promising to help eliminate government waste. Don’t you think he should stop creating more expenses by having the city settle his petty disputes!?
I think the one who’s getting away with murder is Councilman Paul Smith.
As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.