Not only did police superintendent Garry McCarthy skip a Chatham community meeting where at least 250 people were waiting for him Saturday, but his spokespeople never offered organizers a clear explanation, saying only that he’d encountered a scheduling conflict.

McCarthy spokeswoman Maureen Biggane wasn’t any more specific when I got in touch soon after, telling me it was “a scheduling error that should not have happened.”

But Biggane did offer an explanation to the Trib’s Eric Zorn yesterday: McCarthy was at another event that was canceled about the time he got there.