Instead, he got out of his car and engaged the officers who were trying to move the traffic while Righeimer was allegedly throwing his planning commissioner's weight around. After Righeimer got his meeting, the participants could have disengaged at that point, but the police union chose to keep the acrimony alive. Had Righeimer quit while he was ahead, he would have looked more like a saint than an overbearing egotist out to court — instead of avoid — danger.
But, instead, the union went for the dirt. What they got was closer to a soufflé of liens, business failures and late payments of loans, all properly repaid, that made Righeimer seem almost heroic. But he, apparently, didn't see it that way, either. Instead, Righeimer also chose to keep the heat on by sending a letter through his attorney to his major critics, particularly the police union and blogger Geoff West.