The chief of staff for Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham is apologizing to the public in a letter for her conduct after she was arrested last month.
Video released by Tucson Police shows Katie Bolger's arrest after walking in front of a police car. A police report says her speech was slurred and there was a strong smell of intoxicants on her breath. When officers placed her under arrest, Bolger told police she worked for Cunningham, and officer described her as "verbally abusive."
Cunningham says he is handling the matter internally. The head of the Tucson Police Officers Association has called for Bolger to resign.
Open Letter to my fellow Tucsonans:
On Friday, March 22, I conducted myself ina manner that is deeply embarrassing. I am extremely regretful and offer myapologies to the men and women of the Tucson Police Department, who were doing their jobs serving the community.
I was walking home after a night out onFourth Avenue. I crossed Speedway at Fifth Avenue and was stopped by a Tucson police officer. The officer informed me that another car had to perform an"evasive" maneuver to avoid hitting me.
Instead of acknowledging that I had dangerously crossed the road, I became angry with the officer. Three more patrol cars responded to the scene and I became verbally offensive.
Multiple times I was asked to sign the citation for jaywalking, but I stubbornly refused and instead spent the nigh tin jail. On Sunday March 24, I called Tucson Police Chief Villasenor to offer my apologies for my rude, inexcusable, unprofessional conduct towards his officers.
I am a public official in that I serve as staff member for an elected City Councilman. For this, I am held to a higher standard of public conduct—as I should be.
I write this letter not only as an apology to the officers who were witness and subject to my unbecoming conduct, but to the residents of the City of Tucson.
I was born and raised here in Tucson. I have never lived anywhere else. I am blessed in many ways. I have been given the opportunity to work for the City I love.
I have embarrassed myself, family, friends,and co-workers, and for that I am truly sorry.
I want to thank Councilman Cunningham for believing that I am worth a second chance serving in his office. My goal is to prove to him, and the Tucson community, it is a chance worth taking.
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