The chamber was packed with members of law enforcement, as the council mulled over what kind of ramifications of the law they were about to face."Make no mistake, there will be a lawsuit," said Tulsa city council GT Bynum.
On one side, the administration asking the council for a yes vote for a special election on the police contract."By state law we have the right to call an election," said Mayor Bartlett.
On the other side, the police union, pointing out that due to time constraints, the election won't hold water."Don't have a pointless, illegal, unconstitutional election," said Jim Moore, attorney for the police union.
Then why do it at all? Suspicions swirled of an administration with a Catch-22 strategy."Then they can say, you called for an election. It nullifies the arbitration award. We're going to the next fiscal year. The police officers get nothing," said Moore."Do you have a response to that allegation?" councilor Ewing asked the mayor. "I look to the financial integrity of this city, and I have the right, according to state statue to call for an election," said Bartlett.
Caught in the middle, a council none to pleased.
"We're having to sit here and talk about how we're going to legally defend ourselves for our vote on something that's never going to occur. I hope everyone appreciates what a ridiculous situation that is," said councilor GT Bynum.
So ridiculous, that despite facing lawsuits..."I'm ready to take the risk," said councilor Karen Gilbert.
One by one..."I thought when it came to the city council that the people that elected me gave me the right to vote my conscious," said councilor Jack Henderson.
The council voted against the mayor."I will trust that the citizens of Tulsa will get my back because they will feel like I got theirs today," said councilor Blake Ewing.(Councilor Phil Lakin was not present for the vote.)