A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM ELLIOTT STONECIPHER
It was July 10th that I posted my first in a continuing series of articles about Mayor Adrian Perkins’ drinking and driving … and, as it turned out, much worse.
To put it mildly, the Mayor’s treatment of various laws and rules set off a firestorm of resistance from honest folk within SPD and City Hall.
When calls and other communications began landing in my receivers, they were not the typical ones. The behavior of this mayor, SO beyond the pale in so many ways, had finally reached and breached our supposedly protective walls …
… walls for which he has absolutely no respect.
His reactions are arrogant beyond belief, even including comments to KSLA News which many of us heard to be thinly veiled threats against any who are not his race.
I have, by a gift of Grace, somehow managed to be a part of public life in Shreveport for more than four decades without hearing any official utter such words … much less threats.
Because I dare question his qualifications and intentions as the mayor of my birthplace and residence, I am this mayor’s target. His kind now accuse me – anonymously – of taking money to oppose him, a particularly hellish lie about me. It is my purpose to do this work on my own penny, nickel and dime.
Too, the spouse of one of his top staffers labels me a “white supremacist” in ballyhooed writing, proving her ignorance of my record and history.
In fact, of course, I am guilty according to these children of being a red-white-and-blue, flag-waving, American conservative … and proud of it.
Beyond such labeling, I am is a devout adherent to our nation’s Rule of Law.
Perkins, more than any other mayor in my experience or to my knowledge, proudly ignores that bedrock rule. He sees it as race-based, of course, as is all else to him.
A classic definition of that rule around which successful places flourish is this …
… “the restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.”
“Old school” as I proudly am, that means it supersedes whim, fancy and immaturity.
There is no better example, in context, than the law forcing public officials to timely (quickly) produce public documents upon the request of any citizen.
In Louisiana, that is the Public Records Law, La. R.S. 44:1, as it is legally identified …
… “The Public Records Law is meant to ensure that public documents are preserved and open to view by the public. And to … “fix a day and hour within three (3) days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays, for the exercise of the requestor’s right to examine or receive a copy of the record.”
To put it mildly, Perkins / SPD have run KTBS News (and others) ragged with abject abuse of this law’s provisions … a law without which honest people are sunk.
The final six paragraphs of the related KTBS News story provide a useful summary:
Two days ago, the worst was confirmed.
When the string of abuse of the Public Records Law ran out, the official in charge – the City Attorney – left the building … resigned … knowing only too well what has been done.
The city’s Internal Auditor now takes over, but many (if not all) of the targeted records may well no longer exist.
Only now, almost four weeks after local news media began responding to the SPD internal rumble, Police Chief Ben Raymond has issued statements to KTBS and KSLA. He denies all.
There is no need to fuzz any of this up. We are not children. Public records which have been knowingly destroyed cannot be “produced,” regardless that a select official here or there says she or he cannot find them.
Shreveport’s history of lawlessness in City Hall continues. In the absence of an extraordinary public official on point, the bad guys here continue to win.
Hope, of course, springs eternal.
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