Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Open letter to City Manager Ott & Austin City Council

Austin officially supports the death penalty?

That's the message to the community right now.

Our chief traveled out of town yesterday, in his formal City of Austin Police Chief uniform, and spoke to media at the Powell execution relaying sympathy for the mother of Ablenedo - but offering no sympathy to the family/friends of Powell, much less the mothers/family of those 'executed' by his officers here in our City. It seems officer's lives are worth more than civilians. He did this on a chartered party bus while other APA officials and police officers partied here in Austin at Scholtz' Garden as the execution was happening. :(

He can say all he wants it's "not about revenge," but those words ring hollow when his actions speak WAY louder.

He can personally be an advocate for the unjust death penalty, and with it, an advocate for revenge-based, not reform-based criminal justice, but should he be doing it as a representative of the City? And doesn't that personal belief extend to how he shapes policies and practices (like rushed/botched investigations we almost always see in capital murder cases)? I challenge any City leader that questions this to publicly raise the issue. I challenge our City Manager to appropriately discipline him for this careless act done in our name.

There's been a lot to be disappointed about in our City lately, but I've never been more ashamed or less hopeful for reform.

In sadness,
Debbie Russell

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Anonymous said...

Poor Debbie -

You're so misguided. And as is typically the case, you so misrepresent the actions of the officers and the Chief. To characterize the chartered bus as a "party bus" is so misleading as is the characterization of the gathering at Scholz's. If you had actually been there...and then chosen to portray the situation would have realized that the atmosphere was quite solemn and subdued. There was no "celebration" as you try to represent. This wasn't a statement about the death penalty, it was a statement about supporting the surviving family of a public servant who was killed 31 years ago.

Instead of twisting the facts to support your agenda, perhaps you should try blogging about the truth for a change. You don't seem to have anything better to do than attack and misrepresent anything that has to do with the men and women that have chosen to serve in a public safety capacity. You certainly provide no public service by doing such.

Anonymous said...

Naturally you appear as Anonymous everywhere. Do you have nothing better to do than make others as unhapy as you are? Go back to the other blog you are on, nobody is talking to you in here.