Councilors Pereira and Camara have been cleared after a state ethics inquiry. The investigation stemmed from an incident on January 5th when WSAR host Mike Herren contacted the FRPD over concerns for the well being of his child. When the police responded, they found the councilors with Herren and felt that they were trying to influence them.
The FRPD referred the matter to the State's Ethic Commission, which apparently has cleared the two councilors of any wrongdoing.
Here's the thing, the opinion of the commission doesn't matter. If YOU are a city councilor and you involve yourself in someone's personal situation, especially in a matter that involves the police you are guilty, if not of being unethical, than of giving the PERCEPTION of being unethical.
Honestly how stupid are these two? They say they were simply responding to a friend in need but did they for MINUTE think about how this would appear to ANYONE? Really did it occur to them that the police MIGHT feel that there was some political pressure being exerted? Honestly I have a tough time believing that there wasn't.
And that's the point, despite what an ethics commission has said these two have put themselves in a position that has betrayed the public trust.
I'm disappointed that the state's ethic commission didn't see at least a need to remind these two councilors to avoid potential conflicts of interest. I'm also disappointed that in the aftermath of all this both councilors would pretty much accuse an officer of lying and that Councilor Pereira would charge that this was something personal. To make such statements publicly undermines the integrity of our police force. As elected officials they should be using better judgment, but then again if they had done that in the first place this never would have happened.