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Scottsdale Mayor denies moment of silence to honor police officers shot

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"Michael" asked Mayor Lane for a moment of silence but was denied. "Michael" asked Mayor Lane for a moment of silence but was denied.
Mayor Lane in a statement Wednesday apologized for his actions. Mayor Lane in a statement Wednesday apologized for his actions.
Jim Hill thought the mayor would ask for a moment of silence before the meeting. Jim Hill thought the mayor would ask for a moment of silence before the meeting.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

The flags at Scottsdale City Hall are at half-staff in honor of Officer John Hobbs.

Tuesday night, during the public comments portion of the Scottsdale City Council meeting when a man got up to speak he asked Mayor Jim lane for a moment of silence. The Mayor responded but not as you would expect.

Michael: "And I'd like permission mayor and city council to have one minute of silence for a fallen police officer in Phoenix, would that be alright? I'd like on minute of silence."
Mayor: "I'm sorry Michael, please just continue with your statement. We'll look to that, okay, that's..."
Michael: "Is that a no mayor?"
Mayor: "That's a no for you for your now."

"It gives such a bad impression for the City of Scottsdale," said Jim Hill.  Hill is the President of the Police Officers Scottsdale Association was in the meeting and thought the mayor himself would ask for a moment of silence for Officer John Hobbs at the beginning of the meeting.

"And then when it took a citizen to get up and request it, and get denied. I was stunned, angry, I couldn't understand why he was being denied," said Hill.

On Wednesday Scottsdale's Mayor Lane defended his decision to say no saying it was a matter of keeping the structure and control of a meeting. FOX 10 asked him if he could go back and do it differently if he would or not. "Actually I'm not sure if I would do it all that differently . If I had it all to do over again, we would have probably said it at the beginning of the meeting.," said Mayor Lane.

Mayor Lane has asked for moments of silence at the start of meetings in the past. Several weeks ago he asked for a moment of silence for no specific reason. "We do not have any presider for the invocation so I would ask that we simply take a moment of silence for whatever intentions you might feel in need."

The council did take a moment at the end of last night's meeting, nearly three hours later, to honor the officer when Councilman Bob Littlefield suggested it.

"I suggest we take this opportunity to have that moment of silence for the police officers that were shot yesterday. We didn't get a chance to do earlier," said Bob Littlefield.

Mayor Lane released a statement Wednesday afternoon after our interview as follows.

First, let me apologize.

As public servants, we are deeply saddened by the loss of Detective Hobbs and grieve along with his family, friends and fellow police officers.

I was caught off-guard by this citizen's request for a moment of silence during his public comment. It wasn't appropriate to turn over the City Council agenda to an individual during the public comment portion of the meeting, but I see why people are interpreting this as a sign of disrespect.

No disrespect was intended.

It is our policy to acknowledge and express our thoughts about these matters at the beginning of the meeting and I take personal responsibility for that omission.

We did observe a moment of silence for Detective Hobbs as a Council item at the end of the meeting.

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