And this is my reply.... It seems that constant pressure is a good thing!
I can't get my regular email to reply on the computer I am using....
Lets take a deepbreath and come together around the issues you have raised. I want you to relax somewhat and trust that we will be addressing your concerns about Officer O'neill's contact with you.
I do believe they will be addressed. I think this is a lousy time for this to happen, given all the other stuff on your plate.
As for your concern about the police officer that allegedly pointed his gun at you. The answer to your concern is that a police officer had his gun out and it was "at the ready" as we put it. The officer's gun was not pointed at you and was held close to the officer's chest pointed in a downward position. This "at the ready" position is not easily observable by the public, allows the officer to use his weapon quicker if need be and was done as a precaution given the fact that you were still armed and was about to be disarmed by the other officer at the scene. The officers at the scene were: Officer O'Neill, Officer Schaeffer and Officer Beckwell. All are experienced officers and all were trained as of late on the Open Carry instructive that I forwarded to you.
Officer O'Neill actually did not seem so much interested in disarming me as coercing me into covering my weapon. I believe had I pulled my coat over my gun I would either have been shot or let to go about my merry way. As his attitude was hostile I had no desire to even after verbally agreeing to cover up move make any moves near my weapon, that is one reason I told them just to put my weapon in my backpack. It is very disturbing to have an officer with the attitude Officer O'Neill had tell me there is a gun out. Officer O'Neill was familiar with the instructive you sent out but disregarded it at the scene as not applying. Perhaps additional training is in order.
I will be conducting an internal investigation now that you have raised this incident to an official complaint. As I said before all officers will treat each situation somewhat differently but all are expected to be professional and courteous. I'll get back to you to schedule an interview later today. In the mean time, in my opinion, your request to have a "broader" audience on the Open Carry issue is not necessary nor likely to satisfy your ultimate goals. I do not recommend our City executives and coucilmembers to weigh in on this issue.
I really only have time on Mondays and Tuesdays. Since Mayor Foutch seems to be "in the loop" now (I received an email from him with rather ambigious wording and replied to it) I think I would like to meet with him. Beyond that I would like to meet with you and Chief Michel.
Finally, your comments about the email I sent you have not been taken defensively. I understand your concerns. If I left you with any impression that you should be concerned about my objectivity or department member's professionalism I apologize for that. It was never my intention to do so.
As you said, there is a need to take a deep breath all around. You have had a lot of problems come your way of late, and I have had some interesting things happen recently as well. You can reply to my regular email address if you like, as I will be able to access that one fully when I get home.