Carey to Bruce: Buzz off, and that beauty sleep "ain't working."
We asked City Council members for their thoughts on this exchange. Their comments follow, all via email.
Councilor Andy Pico declined to comment.
Councilor Jill Gaebler said, "My response would be that I have and continue to support Chief Carey in his unwavering service to our City. It probably should be noted, however, that I referred publicly to Doug as a jackass, so my disdain for this citizen is well-known."
Councilor Bill Murray said:
I sympathize with the Chief’s response. However, he might have gone too far in his attempt to bring some humor, candor, humanity and humility to Mr. Bruce’s email. Adding Mr. Bruce’s home (?) phone number will not be productive in resolving his complaints! My home phone does not ring to amber alerts, but my cell phone does, but I elected to receive these messages. It is within Mr. Bruce’s capability to turn it off himself. And while I disagree with his sentiments, if called, I would respond to an Amber alert if Mr. Bruce was in distress.
From Councilor David Geislinger:
While I might have adopted a somewhat more "nuanced" tone, I agree with the substance in Chief Carey's response. It is easy to forget that part of our social contract is to cooperate in looking out for one another, particularly the less vulnerable, when we choose to live in a city next door to each other, especially when that vulnerable young child lives only a mile away.
Or he can simply disconnect the phone.
We will update if we hear back from others.
In addition, the Colorado Springs Police Department says Carey sent his email at 3:22 p.m. to Bruce, not 9.22 p.m. The email itself reports it was sent at 21:22, which translates to 9:22 p.m.
——————ORIGINAL POST 12:14 P.M. MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017——————
About 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, Colorado Springs police put out this advisory:
On July 1, 2017, at approximately 6:00 PM, from the area of the 5100 block of Laredo Ridge Drive, a 15 year old developmentally challenged white female went missing. She is 5-06, 140 pounds last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt, black boots and wearing red framed eye glasses. Her first name is Hope. If seen please contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000. An ENS (Emergency Notification System) was sent to a 1 mile radius from where she went missing.
Turns out, that alert rang on hundreds of phones in the area, including the home of Douglas Bruce, the author of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights who's been in and out of the news for decades regarding his dilapidated properties, his trial on tax evasion (he was convicted), and on his various efforts to rein in government, including lawsuits and ballot measures.
The message didn't sit kindly with Bruce, who wrote the following email message to Police Chief Pete Carey at 11:25 a.m. the following day, Sunday, July 2:
Last night, I was awakened about 10:30 p.m. by a phone call, which I let roll over to my answering machine. A second phone call was recorded shortly before midnight.
Both calls came from the CSPD. They were recordings about a missing juvenile in the area of "Laredo Ridge," wherever that is. The first was to report her missing; the second was to report she was "found."
Put my phone number, 550-0010, on the City's "DO NOT CALL" list, except to return calls to me about specific crimes against me and my property. TRY to exercise some judgment and common sense about the timing of random calls to citizens.
This CSPD practice must be stopped. How many such disruptive calls were made? What sentient being decided to program these late night calls, and to whom?
What do you expect me to DO at midnight about some juvenile in the city who does not tell her parents where she is? I have no role in finding other people's thoughtless or runaway children.
I see a story and update are both in the Gazette; I assume it was the same girl who, unlike E.T., did not "phone home."
One modest response to CSPD's constant moaning for "MORE" is to curtail current stupid practices like this.
Carey must have pondered the message, because he didn't respond until 9:22 p.m. that same day, saying:
Mr. Bruce - While I can't honestly say that I appreciated it, I did want you to know I received your e-mail.
The notifications you received involved an "at risk" 15 year-old who went missing during bad weather, prompting various alerts in the specific area. We are blessed in that she was found fairly quickly, due partly to the advisories that went out.
I regret that the phone notifications took you from your beauty rest. In truth, the beauty rest ain't working anyway.
Your complete lack of care, concern and compassion for anyone but yourself fits perfectly with your obnoxious and bullying personality.
Perhaps some day you will be the person of interest that is missing and will need the public's help in locating you. Perhaps not, as that would actually require someone to miss you enough to make an initial report.
Moving forward, I will see what I can do to remove you from notifications for anything but your sole, personal welfare, if you promise to remove my e-mail address from any more boorish correspondence you choose to send.
Sometimes less really is more.
Chief Pete Carey
The emails were obtained by the Independent
from Bruce, and the Police Department confirmed Carey did, indeed, send the reply message above.