From the Comments Section
YES, it DID come from 35th Street.
But the 018 Commander was blindsighted, 'ambushed' is more of a correct term.
The reverend was unaware of what that 66 year old would say until she spewed it out. The Commander was totally embarrased!
He went directly to Chiczewski, Starks and Cline and told them of the 'total disaster.'
Cline (apparently) sent the Chief of Patrol that same day at check-off who apologized to all those present.
Williams admitted it was a snafu and indicated that he personally called the reverend and straightened it out. The rev offered to reappear to apologize. Chief Williams said it was "HIS" [brass'] duty to apologize directly to the troops, which was the reason for his appearance.
The troops at roll call showed great restraint in not confronting this woman at roll call so as not to embarass only ONE person, the Commander, who is highly regarded and respected by the troops in 018.
They did however, talk directly to the reverend and the woman AFTER roll call outside the station. Another class move on their part.
The Commander likewise appeared at roll and and took complete blame for the incident [although not directly at fault] and likewise offered his 'sincere' apology for the incident. If you know or worked for him you'd know he's a 'stand-up' guy. His sincere, from the heart apology was well accepted by those present.
Rumors and embellishments may have blown this out of proportion, but that's it in a nutshell.
A bad idea, that got worse.
Even the brass realized it when it was brought to their attention and went in for damage control to offer an explanation and admit fault.
Make your own conclusions but at least 'now' you have a little more information to make an educated opinion.
018 cop who was there for it all.....
And then sending Williams out to apologize on behalf of the brass? If we worked in 018 (which we don't), we would have sat through that apology with the same quiet we were forced into for the grandstanding "citizens" and so-called "reverends." Then we'd file out, have a beer, and reminisce about the Department we used to work for. A Department where you could actually look up to a few of the big bosses here and there and think that they actually appreciated what you went through day in and day out. If downtown had any balls what so ever, they'd have another Pax 501 sent to every district and send the brass out to every district BEGGING the blue shirts forgiveness for this slap in the face.
We might have to respect the rank, but the men and women wearing the uniform downtown right now are about the farthest thing from "Boss" that we could have ever imagined.
This entire Department has suddenly become much smaller in our eyes. Very much so.