There is a storm brewing that is going to jump from blog to blog and news outlet to news outlet. In case you missed it, Martin Paredes at elpasonews.org has been talking about an incident that happened with Claudia Ordaz and Vince Perez at a fast food restaurant last year. He originally uncovered the incident through a Freedom of Information request and had been trying to get the full report with no success. Yesterday, someone leaked the full report to him and he, in turn, shared it with the El Paso Times.
This is the basic story: Ordaz, Perez and another individual (it is unclear what this individual’s name is since Perez claims that the police report is wrong) were at a Whataburger on the east side where they “were becoming aggressive and causing disturbance in the parking lot” of the restaurant.” Additionally, “Perez became verbally uncooperative by repeatedly questioning the officers regarding what penal code statue gave them authority to do that.” Ordaz identified herself as a city representative and a supervisor was called. In the end, Perez and Ordaz were given the opportunity to file a citizens complaint and they declined, no police report was created, just a report for informational purposes.
In the El Paso Times story, both Perez and Ordaz were given an opportunity to respond. Ordaz has classified this as a political attack against her: “Each of these attempts to undermine my integrity have failed and will not intimidate me from standing up for the people who elected me to represent them. This latest attempt is an underhanded tactic that demonstrates the type of personal attacks and dysfunction at City Hall that only hinders the city’s ability to address pressing issues facing our community.” Perez has just stated that Ordaz never identified herself as a city representative and that the police report is incorrect – it even got the name of their friend wrong. Yeah, that could show how inept the police are OR, it could show that your friend lied about his name to the police.
As for Ordaz and these ‘political attacks’, you were at the Whataburger and the police felt they had to intervene. You weren’t upset enough to follow through with a citizen’s complaint and you wanted the whole thing to go away. Now it is back and you are making this about your constituents and how their issues aren’t being addressed when this is really about how YOU conduct yourself as a private citizen.
We were going to say something about Freedom of Information requests not being answered and how Paredes only got this information because it was leaked to him – but we feel confident that he is going to cover that in great detail himself.