Is it too high of an expectation these days for the concern for public safety and being a good neighbor to trump politics and personal agendas for just one day out of the 365 that the Good Lord blesses us with this year?
WLOX reported Friday that Bay St. Louis Mayor, Mike Favre, has decided not to assist the City of Pass Christian with 4 off duty Bay Police Officers for crowd control at the St. Paul’s Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade.
Mayor Favre contends he needs all of his force in the Bay to protect their citizens. Mayor Favre may want to consider the fact that a very large number of his citizens will be in Pass Christian tomorrow for the infamous “Pass Parade” which draws the largest crowd of any parade on the Coast, and is historically the most volatile.
Year before last two people were shot and killed at the parade, and this was not the first time violence was an issue for this event.
Former Bay St. Louis Police Chief, Matt Issman, told WLOX that he has access to two text messages from Bay Officers saying Issman’s suit against the Bay and Mayor Favre was the reason given to the officers as to why they are not allowed to assist the Pass, coupled with Issman’s position as a Reserve Officer with the Pass PD.
Issman informed Pass PD Chief Hendricks of his immediate resignation on Thursday as a Reserve Officer to resolve that conflict, and clear the way for Bay PD to assist with crowd control, but apparently the Bay officials were not moved by this and are claiming Issman’s suit has nothing to do with their denial of assistance to Pass Mayor Chipper McDermott and Chief Hendricks.
This denial of assistance to the Pass comes only a week after the Nereids Parade in Bay St. Louis and Waveland where Mayor McDermott and Chief Hendricks lent their officers for crowd control assistance for the Nereids Parade. Slabbed has learned on very reliable source the Pass also lent the Bay over 200 parade barricades.
And that is where “neighborliness” comes in. Of course, we all should band together in the interest of public safety, and it sounds like Mayor McDermott and Chief Hendricks have a good sense of being good neighbors. It also begs the question: why do the good residents of Pass Christian deserve this lack of reciprocity from the Bay. After all, one of them is the Bay’s new Police Chief himself, Gary Ponthieux, who resides in the Pass with his wife and children.
Here at Slabbed we aren’t naïve enough to believe all these guys will hold hands and sing “cumbayah”, but can’t they take just ONE day of the year to let public safety and neighborliness trump personal agendas and politics. Hell, even the North and South Koreans shook hands at the Olympics last night.
We’ll see if the Bay Officials want to put a new meaning on their logo “A Place Apart.” The other cities on the coast are watching!!!!!!!!!!!