FOP Votes Tonight to Rescind Vote to Provide Bisard Legal Defense
January 6, 2011 16 Comments
Last month, you may remember that the FOP voted to pay for the legal defense of IMPD Officer David Bisard. Tonight, the FOP will hold a meeting and a vote to rescind the earlier vote that approved providing the legal defense for Bisard.
We’re hearing that many members of the FOP were outraged by the vote to provide Bisard legal defense particularly since the accusations against Bisard are incredibly embarrassing for the rank and file officers. In addition to that, there is a lot of chatter that many members have asked for legal defense and been shut down completely on much more low profile and less embarrassing cases.
The FOP Regular Business Meeting will be January 6th at 1800 hours. This email will serve as notice that a member has requested that the membership be notified that a motion will be made regarding a recent legal request that had passed in a previous meeting. The motion will deal with rescinding the original motion. According to Robert’s Rules of Order, if previous notice is given regarding a Motion to Rescind, then a simple majority vote is all that is necessary. If previous notice is not given then the motion requires 2/3 vote to overturn. Therefore, because of this notice, the motion will require a SIMPLE MAJORITY to pass/fail. I have heard from many of you regarding the legal requests that were voted on in the December meeting. This is your notice that there will be a motion, discussion, and vote on a member’s request for legal assistance.
It is pretty clear the FOP leadership knows it is in their best interest to fix this and fix it fast. Hopefully, the rank and file agrees.