Something still stinks in Scottsdale. But now it is now the stench of death and corruption faintly perfumed over by Scottsdale Police media apologists. In the never ending media rush to defend Scottsdale Police department's unlawful killing of Sgt. Prostrollo, the media conglomerate of Arizona Republic and KPNX has proclaimed yet another defense of Scottsdale Police. First there was Ofelia Madrid's abysmal "reporting", then there were tedious and worthless commentaries by EJ Montini and Laurie Roberts. Now there is the story above by Chris Hrapsky.
Mr. Hrapsky never asked Sgt. Mark Clark why did Scottsdale Police issue a press release that claimed it was too windy to use a taser or pepper spray when not a single officer on the scene said that was the case. Mr. Hrapsky, if you read this post, then I suggest you reread the police reports. Not one officer claimed it was too windy for non-lethal force. Mr. Hrapsky never asked why did Det. Lockerby of Scottsdale Police internal affairs spoon feed the answer "too windy" to the officers the day after the shooting. He never asked why did Scottsdale Police show more concern for their canine than Sgt. Prostrollo. Mr. Hrapsky never bothered to go the national weather service website, which would have taken all of two minutes, to find out the night of the shooting wind was average, and confront Sgt. Clark with that fact.
I am so dissappointed with the KPNX story for the following reason: if local media had been more interested in actual investigation of the Prostrollo shooting, maybe then John Loxas would still be alive.
Of course, there is also Sgt. Clark's "cookie cutter" defense and his informal, casual, and quarter-hearted condolence to Mr. Prostrollo "we get it".
Officers are trained to confront the situation that's presented to them. So to say that there is one cookie cutter approach for a specific situation, you can't do that... We understand that Mr. Prostrollo is upset... we get that...
How on Earth Sgt. Clark is still the public information officer for Scottsale Police is beyond me, but it speaks volumes about the Scottsdale Police administration that he still has that job. If, Sgt. Clark, Scottsdale Police "get it", why did SPD lie about the wind? Why did the Scottsdale Fraternal Order of Police slander Sgt. Prostrollo and humiliate his friends? Why did Scottsdale police show more concern for a dog than Sgt. Prostrollo?
I can almost imagine the following conversation taking place at Scottsdale Police Headquarters:
Chief Rodbell: dude, guess what? Rambo's old man is totally bummed, and guess what bro?
Sgt. Clark: No way, bro, what?
Rodbell: the old man is suing us for freakin' killing his kid! Totally a bummer cuz our dog almost bit it.
Sgt. Clark: no way!! someone, should like, you know, tell him 'hey dude, chill bro', we like totally 'get it'. Ya know, it was like, totally too windy and gnarly. Ya know, what we do ain't cookie cutter.
For some background information on this topic, see my posts on Scottsdale Police, Sgt. Jason Prostrollo, and John Loxas.
UPDATE: For some very good news, the Prostrollo family filed a notice of claim against the City of Scottsdale seeking $5,000,000. You can see the notice here at NOTICE OF CLAIM.pdf The family hired Robbins and Curtain for the lawsuit, which is excellent news as I know that both Mr. Robbins and Mr. Curtain are excellent attorneys.
While personal injury attorneys get a lot of grief for a variety of reasons, this is a perfect example of an attorney suing in the pursuit of justice. I hope and pray that Mr. Curtain and Mr. Robbins succeed in their pursuit of justice, that the Prostrollo family gets some relief, and the Scottsdale Police Department learns the error of their ways. Maybe, after all is said and done, Scottsdale police will finally learn they can't kill unarmed civilians and lie their way out of trouble.
Finally, I was reading through the police reports of this case, and I saw Det. Lockerby's report. This is signficant because he was the internal affairs officer in charge of the investigation:
Offender threatened to commit Aggravated Assault with pool cue sticks against listed Scottsdale PoliceOfficers while at 12074 North 135th Place in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona. Listed Offender was shot and killed by Lt. Ron Bayne #559 while committing the Aggravated Assault.
So, I ask again, if this is the official Internal Affairs summary of what happened and why Lt. Bayne killed Sgt. Prostrollo, what wind?