The characteristic, if I may say so, reaction of Charlie Hales to problems came forward today.
After three days of getting a little speech from Cindy, welcoming me “so long as I do not disrupt the work of this office” — shorter Cindy STFU — I was given a step up from the initially bruised feelings but subsequently polite Communications Director Dana Haynes. It was the more formidable Deanna Wesson-Mitchell, Policy Director, who told me that, unless I received from her office information to which the press was not responsive when the horse manure was handed out as propaganda, why I would be evicted from the office by the police.
My reply was simple, Joe: NULLIUS IN VERBA
(translated, it means Don’t Take Anyone’s Word For It)
If I may quote here, from Unofficial Archivist of Police Accountability Dan Handelman:
Our first comment has to be that the Directives still do not allow for the person who was harmed by the action of a police officer . . . to sit and talk to the Police Review Board about the experience.
As you can well imagine, I waited for the arrival of the local constabulary, which turned out, just after I had had la pausa que refresca to involve a discussion with [I have misplaced the original card] Josh Silverman Badge Number 50814 who is the second police officer with whom I have had an opportunity to discuss this week’s event(s) who wished me good luck and re-assured me he saw no law being broken.
Update 5 December: When you go to the Kaiser HMO for a health check-up, you get a written report, as, for example:
O: Vitals as noted. Pleasant, alert and oriented, no acute distress. Blood Pressure 136/76. Pulse 77. Afebrile. Pulse Oximetry 97% on room air. Estimated body mass index is 26.98 kg/(m^2) as calculated from the following:
Height as of this encounter: 6′ (1.829 m).
Weight as of this encounter: 199 lb (90.266 kg).
Musculoskeletal: He does have lateral tracking of the right patella with flexion and extension. Minimal crepitus under the patella with flexion and extension. Otherwise, no redness, swelling, bruising, or deformities in the right knee her right lower extremity. He has full passive range of motion of the right knee with slight discomfort with full flexion and full extension. He has no joint line tenderness or effusions. No masses. He has negative anterior and posterior drawer test on the right. He has negative varus and valgus stress testing on the right. Lachman’s and McMurray’s is deferred. He has no calf redness, swelling, or pain.
Neurologic: His reflexes, strength, sensation, and circulation are intact and equal in the lower extremities.
Skin: Warm, pink, and dry. No edema, clubbing, or cyanosis. No rashes.
which I received just now by email and so already noted in certain circles.