…Superintendent Laurel Gittens to be new Deputy…as King receives bashing for non-payment of allowancesBy Lakhram BhagiratThe Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is set to begin overhauling the City Constabulary following several concerns raised by the administration over the functioning of the city’s police department.At Wednesday’s statutory meeting, Mayor Patricia Chase Green told Councillors that the overhaul exercise would be discussed at length and commence at the next statutory meeting slated for January 8, 2018.The issue of the restructuring of the City Constabulary arose when a report wasMayor Patricia Chase Greentabled requesting monies to pay acting Chief Constable, Superintendent Laurel Gittens, her acting allowance. Gittens would have acted while substantive Chief Constable Andrew Foo was on annual vacation leave in 2016 and 2017, but is yet to be paid her allowance for both instances. In trying to justify the non-payment of Gittens’ allowance, Assistant Town Clerk Sherry Jerrick said that the Council only accepted the report relating Gittens’ allowance in November 2017.“The recommendation was forwarded to the Legal Affairs and Security CommitteeTown Clerk Royston Kingmeeting of which it was accepted and, however, that report was deferred by Council and was only accepted at the first meeting of November,” Jerrick explained.However, Mayor Chase Green was having none of the excuses and bashed Town Clerk Royston King for his inability to have the payments made since he was directly responsible for the administration of the city. Additionally, she then questioned the administration’s failure to fill the vacancy of Deputy Chief Constable since the former Deputy, Steven Bailey, resigned over two years ago.“There is no Deputy Chief Constable for months and years now, so who carries out the responsibility of the Deputy Chief Constable?” the Mayor questioned. “I don’tSuperintendent Laurel Gittensexpect this to last until the end of next year. The Deputy Chief Constable has resigned in excess of two years and while I know we have difficulties in the promotions of the City Constabulary, we will have a meeting to have to discuss that (Deputy Chief Constable) promotion alone,” she added.Nevertheless, Town Clerk King asked that the issue of the City Constabulary be discussed at a special forum since the body ought to be addressed holistically.“I respectfully ask that this matter be dealt with at another forum. There are a number of implications to all that is going on in the Constabulary…we would also have to get the Legal Affairs and Security Committee involved,” he said. In relation to the payment of Gittens’ acting allowance, King told the Council that the monies were in the process of being paid to the officer and she was expected to receive it before the end of 2017. “I recall during the budget discussion, we did go into the question of the restructuring of the City Constabulary. I know that it will take some time to have this done…I hope that we move to ensure the restructuring of the Constabulary to ensure that we get the best possible performance from the present members of that constabulary,” Councillor Oscar Clarke noted.Meanwhile, Councillor Sherod Duncan posited that it was gender discrimination, noting that had it been a man then the administration would not have had him waiting for over one year to receive his money. But this was quickly shot down by both the Mayor and King, who noted that the city owed several men large sums of monies for a number of years.Additionally, there was a call by most of the Councillors to dissolve the statutory meeting into a committee meeting to have Gittens appointed as the Deputy Chief Constable since she executes the duties of that office exceptionally. However, the Mayor informed that the appointment would be made at the next statutory meeting when the overhauling of the City Constabulary begins.For a number of years, the City Constabulary has been in the spotlight with several instances of Constables assaulting members of the public or executing their duties unprofessionally.One of the biggest scandals to hit the Constabulary was the sexual assault of a minor in August 2017. The incident allegedly occurred when a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody on August 17 and placed before the court on a charge of wandering. At some point during his detention, for reasons unknown, the minor was transferred to the Regent Street outpost where the alleged incident occurred between August 22 and 23.Corporal Quacy Baveghems claimed that he witnessed Lance Corporal Clifton Pellew, of the City Constabulary, engaged in a sexual act with a minor, and the matter has been referred to the Police, but charges are yet to be laid.A report of the city’s Legal Affairs and Security Committee recommended that Chief Constable, Andrew Foo, and ASP Virjanand Gafur – a supervisor of investigations – be sent on 14 days’ leave for serious neglect of duty as it related to their roles in investigating the sexual assault. As it relates to Corporal Baveghems, the Committee found that he failed to record the alleged incident as well as his departure time in the station diary and failed to inform the duty officer of the incident. As a result, the Committee recommended that he be strongly reprimanded while Pellew’s disciplinary actions would depend on the outcome of the Guyana Police Force’s investigations.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books.But like Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals hold the first pick in the upcoming second round, picking 33rd.Although the team won’t have the chance to draft Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro has three names to keep an eye on as the start of the second round approaches.One name on the list, however, has some similar connections to Harry in the desert. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A.J. BROWN, Ole Miss WRThere’s no doubt the Cardinals could use another wideout on the team.One name that stands out is Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown.Spending three seasons with Ole Miss (34 games), Brown caught 189 receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns.As a junior last season, Brown showcased what he can bring to a team.Landing at No. 7 in NCAA for wide receivers, Brown reeled in 85 balls for 1,320 yards and six scores.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 2019 BYRON MURPHY, Washington DBThe first name on the list may be a familiar one to those in the Valley.Not only did Byron Murphy spend his high school days at Saguaro High School, the defensive back went on to the play in the Pac-12 as a member of the Washington Huskies.In two seasons (20 games) with the Huskies, Murphy compiled 50 tackles, 7.0 of which were for loss, six interceptions, returning one for a score, and 20 knocked down passes. He also recorded a sack and two forced fumbles.For his efforts last season as a redshirt sophomore, Murphy was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and was named the Pac-12 Championship MVP.Murphy’s ball skills are highlighted by ESPN.Murphy has the balance, recognition skills and athletic ability to develop above-average cover skills. He’s a ball hawk who reads the quarterback, he isn’t afraid to come off his assignment to play the ball, and he might have the best ball skills of any defensive back in the country. He’s a physical player who flashes the ability to lower the boom on the ball carrier.In the NFL Combine, the DB ran a 4.55 40-yard dash time, had 14 reps on the bench press and had a 36.5-inch vertical and 120.0-inch broad jump. – / 52 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) CODY FORD, Oklahoma OTRelated LinksHistory helped Cardinals GM Keim fall in love with Kyler MurrayCardinals’ Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is rarely-seen dynamic, unique talentFormer ASU WR N’Keal Harry picked by Patriots in 1st round of NFL DraftCardinals GM Keim to Kyler Murray: ‘We need you to ignite this offense’Cardinals QB Kyler Murray: ‘My only future is in football right now’After nabbing Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, the Cardinals could be adding a familiar face to the fray in offensive tackle Cody Ford.The junior tackle heads to the next level after being named as a first-team All-Big 12 selection for the Sooners. As a team, Oklahoma was recognized as having the best offensive line in college football, winning the Joe Moore Award.Ford, who made the switch from left guard to right tackle with Murray under center last season, could bring some versatility to a Cardinals offensive line that struggled with injury last season. As a team, Arizona finished dead last in Pro Football Focus’ team pass-blocking grade last year.“He’s fantastic in pass [protection], but what this guy can do in the run game is just amazing, the kind of movement he can get from the tackle position is really rare,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Friday. “One of the big keys to our success has been able to throw the ball with Kyler and Baker [Mayfield] the last years, but we’ve been so good running the football.“Kliff [Kingsbury’s] going to want to do that as well and I think Cody would be a great match, and obviously would get a chance to pair him up with Kyler and that’s two pretty good building blocks for your future offense there if you’re a Cardinals fan.” 12 Comments Share