Here is an excellent example of how to make a bad situation worse:
This is a follow up to the Gerry Mitchell saga I mentioned earlier. As a reminder… Gerry is the AIDS-wracked, wheelchair-bound artist who was struck while using a crosswalk by an Albemarle county police cruiser whose driver, Officer Gregory C. Davis, purportedly didn't see him. Gerry was then ticketed by Charlottesville police for failing to obey a pedestrian signal, although he was crossing with a green light. Read the original December 6 news article here.
Prior to Christmas, the charges against Gerry were dropped but no apology was given – the one thing Gerry has wanted. Read the follow-up article here. The outrage continues.
To this point, Gerry has kept his head up and remains gracious. We will have to wait and see if he files a suit.
Will someone please feed Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman a couple of lines prior to his press conferences that allow him to show just a little contrition?
It would be refreshing if Officer Gregory Davis would simply step up, say he was not looking while making the turn and accidentally hit Gerry. Taking a little responsibility for one’s actions would be a new twist.
Although The Hook’s reporting is a bit malicious… well… you decide what you think of how Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo has handled this mess thus far. I can’t say this article makes him look too good.
And to the Charlottesville City Council members: Silence is not golden. Public safety is your thing. Do something! Heck, your actions could even be seen as a show of support for the local arts too. A two-birds-with-one-stone kind of thing.
FYI: An exhibit of Gerry's paintings will open tomoroow, Jan 4, at the Mudhouse.