The more I read and learn about Roger Sensing, the more I realize the guy is one class-A S.O.B., even though he cries and whines and tries to make himself look like the victim of an unfair protest organized by Salvador Reza. Did you know, for instance, that Sensing would like to call the shots for the entire PHX PD?
Fortunately, he's not going to get a chance. His appeal of a really idiotic complaint he filed in Maricopa County Superior Court was slapped down Thursday. (Read it for yourself, here.) Sensing asked the court to issue a writ of mandamus, an order requiring "a public officer or an entity to perform a nondiscretionary duty imposed by law." Basically, Sensing wanted the court to order PHX Police Chief Jack Harris to enforce an anti-loitering ordinace around his business, even if Harris had decided that he'd rather use the limited manpower of his department to fight serious crime, and not get involved in penny-ante bullshit.
The appeals court sided with Harris, ruling that,
Whether the Chief’s enforcement decision is based on lack of resources, making other tasks higher priorities, or concerns about the legality or wisdom of enforcing the Ordinance, the Chief has the discretion to make that decision. Mandamus is not available to override that discretion.
The Chief also argues that mandamus is not appropriate because Sensing’s proper remedy is to influence the City’s policymakers to change the City’s policy and practices regarding enforcement of the Ordinance. We agree. The Chief’s discretion over enforcement decisions makes the issue of enforcing the Ordinance a political question that is not appropriate for judicial resolution.
In other words, HE'S THE FUCKING POLICE CHIEF, YOU IDIOT! AND IF HE SAYS HIS OFFICERS HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO THAN CHASE DAY-LABORERS LOOKING FOR WORK, THEN YOU SHOULD EITHER SHUT THE EFF UP OR GO TALK TO CITY HALL. NOW GET THE FUCK OUT, AND DON'T COME BACK! YOU TIRED OLD FOOL.
Can you imagine the sheer chaos this city would be plunged into if nefarious old farts like Sensing could just call up Police Chief Harris and order him around? Ah, I can just hear the confab now...
[Cue transitional harp music. Imaginary dialogue follows, with split screen of Sensing and Harris on their respective phones.]
Imaginary Sensing: Jack, you get me a fleet of patrol cars down here pronto! Or else I'll chap your ass!
Imaginary Harris: B-b-b-but, Roger, we've got, like, rapes and murders and home invasion robberies goin' on all over...we haven't got the manpower to--
Imaginary Sensing: I don't give a shit about that, Jack-me-off! There's a buncha dang Messcans down hear near my store. Fuck them murders and rapes. Just get rid of these here Messcans. I'm warnin' you...
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Imaginary Harris: (Gulp.) Yes, Roger...
This is what Judicial Watch, a bunch of carpetbagging right-wing DC lawyers, wants to force the cops to do city-wide. Essentially, JW has kidnapped city government with the threat of a lawsuit regarding Operations Order 1.4.3. Mayor Goober Gordon wants to pay 'em off, and Jack Harris is sayin' no-way, Jose. Which is why JW would like to get Harris fired. Sensing has been working with JW, just as he allowed Rusy Childress and his ilk on his property, and just as he's allowed the Sheriff to give press conferences in Pruitt's parkinglot.
Sensing's probably spent far more money and time on legal counsel, and working with wing-nut orgs like JW, than he's lost during these protests. Keep in mind that Reza's protesters are there for two hours out of one day of the entire week. I think the bad press Sensing's garnered himself, just by acting like an a-hole to Reza and others, is more damaging than the protests. People see that, and they don't want to take their business there. I know I wouldn't. There are other furniture stores in the Valley, you know. Why would I want to shop with someone who's been such a dick to people? And who's turned his store into an armed camp.
Finally, there's the fact that Sensing has had bigot activists playing at landscaping on his property, so as to justify this right-of-way permit he obtained from the city. Eduardo Barraza of Barriozona.com has some awesome coverage of this farce, with video of these cheesdick nativists pretending to work on Sensing's property. Keep up the good work, Eduardo! Barriozona.com also has extensive coverage of the Pruitt's protest. I urge you all to check it out.