Business as Usual: How Routine Public Corruption Affects People Like You

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Editorial:
I said there was going to be a followup blog on Jon Beard and his excessive force hi jinks, however, Beard’s personnel records have been delayed and then, well, the nation went into mass chaos with calls for “defunding the police”.  I didn’t want to add any fuel to that fire. So I apologize for not posting on this issue, which is a HUGE PROBLEM, for the ECSO, but I wanted no hand in encouraging behavior that compromises the community safety because of  improper timing.  The harm vs the truth ratio was out of balance for me. Beard’s story will be told, but the timing, to tell it, is not now.
I did want to speak from the heart on the world events.  I do this blog because of my personal sense of duty to do the right thing, not for personal gain, but because it is right. I think I have inspired others to step up, even though there is fear and uncertainty. Some cannot due to circumstances and that I understand. That is why I choose to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. There is no personal gain for me, other than peace of being able to live with my own choices.
I have been labeled as “crazy”, “lone nut”. I have been said to misunderstand events and the law. I have been told my efforts are for naught. None of these things prevented me from continuing on a path I consider my own. Some people I haven’t been able to help as much as I wish. While others, I feel, I aided their cause and progressed their fight for some amount of justice. I listen to everyone who comes to me and do the best I can to make sure everyone feels heard.  That is what is missing in society today. We let people talk, only to form a rebuttal. We try to discredit people whose stories initially seem implausible because of our own experiences.  That is probably the most infuriating feeling in the world.  I take great pains in trying to understand the issues. Yes, I know I’m an anomaly. I’m okay with that. Recently, I have lost a colleague I genuinely love because of petty bullshit. We are all batshit crazy in our own way and it’s okay to be passionate to fault in causes  that are important to us. However, it cannot be okay to be so passionate that we do not have compassion or that we get tunnel vision. I have spent a great deal of time contemplating my own zealousness.  Because of this situation, I took a break to gather my thoughts and analyze my focus. 
In doing “The Devil Got Appointed in Georgia”, I wanted to show that the same corruption exists in so many places and it is what is undermining our country now. The problem of sidestepping laws to aid friends, bending the law, for whatever reason, makes the scales unbalanced. Holding people to differing levels of lawfulness erodes public trust and confidence in the law and legal system. Corruption is the unseen theme in EVERY case I have discussed. It is my priority to expose it.  Wrongful convictions are an epidemic in Florida, as one of the top states in wrongful conviction exonerations. The system is meant to push people, innocent or not, into a system from which their lives are inextricably linked. My agenda is simple: Fix the underlying corruption that destroys lives. Now on to the next case.

An Introduction

This is the beginning of a new series. I wanted to briefly explain the importance of these stories.

Everything that has hurt the people of Pensacola, Escambia County, can be reduced to corruption. Yet no one calls a spade a spade. The “c” word is played down and rarely spoken there. Everyone seems to think it doesn’t really exist, but it does.  Any shortcut, work around, favor done that bypasses the law–no matter how insignificant it may seem—is corruption.  These practices are so ingrained in the culture, most do not even recognize exactly what is going on.  But each of these shortcuts, work arounds, favors means someone else gets hurt in some way. It may not be immediate, or even something the grantor of such things knows happens, but it is a ripple in the water.

Public trust disintegrates; the law is undermined; an example is set;  another line in the sand is crossed; the silent echo magnifies into the universe….By the time the harm is felt it is exponentially worse than the little transgressions that created them.  People cannot protect themselves from the silent danger they don’t know exists.

 

Part 1 of this series will be within the next day or so. It begins with a new case. Stand by.

Jackie Johnson: The Albatross of Georgia

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Chapter 6 of “The Devil Got Appointed in Georgia”

We all know those people who relentlessly end up in situations laden with drama. These people genuinely believe other people bring the turmoil to them. They fail to see they are the common denominator in all these encounters.

That is the story of District Attorney Jackie Johnson. She has been involved in numerous cases that were handled questionably. She recently insisted, in a radio interview, that she remained “intentionally ignorant to the facts of this (Ahmaud Arbery) case.”  She continued on to say (regarding the reporting of her misconduct by various news outlets),  “I think it’s retaliation for me being the whistleblower on their police department,” she said.

Despite Jackie’s protests and renunciations, documentation tells a different tale. The AJC delineated this quite nicely, in their article After Police Chief Indicted, Brunswick DA Recuses Herself from Case.

“Johnson’s office has been caught up in controversy since a video of Arbery’s shooting became public last month, including calls from the public that she be removed. In the Arbery case, Carr asked state and federal investigators to review Johnson’s conduct and the man she helped bring into the case, Waycross District Attorney George Barnhill. Johnson notified Carr she had a conflict after Barnhill had already been actively involved in the case and had made an initial determination that no crime was committed. Carr has been critical of their actions, which violated state guidelines for recusals.

For being over five counties, Camden, Glynn, Wayne, Appling and Jeff Davis, Jackie seems to be involved in a great number of “conflict cases” for her 10 years in the position.  Twenty seven. That doesn’t include the Arbery Case.

Here is a list of all the cases, she’s recused herself from in the last 10 years.

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I may be a bit ignorant to legalese but the fact that there is an” Appointee” column certainly appears that Jackie was the appointer. In a press release by Attorney General of Georgia, Chris Carr in relation to the Ahmaud Arbery case, Carr states:

On April 7, 2020, the Office of the Attorney General received a request from the Office of the District Attorney for the Waycross Judicial Circuit to appoint another prosecutor for this case. In that request, the Waycross Circuit District Attorney again did not inform the Office of the Attorney General of his prior involvement in the case before his appointment and specifically described to the Office of the Attorney General the actions that he took “upon taking the case.” In the request of April 7, 2020, the Waycross Circuit District Attorney indicated that he and the Brunswick Circuit District Attorney learned as of “about 3-4 weeks ago,” that his son who is employed as a prosecutor in the Office of the Brunswick Circuit District Attorney had handled a prior prosecution of Mr. Arbery and that one of the defendants in this case had also served as an investigator on the same prosecution. The request of April 7, 2020 did not provide any reason for the delay in contacting the Office of the Attorney General to request appointment of a new prosecutor since the discovery of those facts. Nor did the request of April 7, 2020, reveal that, on April 2, 2020, the Waycross Circuit District Attorney had provided the Glynn County Police Department with a written opinion that no arrests should be made in the case. In that letter, the Waycross District Attorney also confirmed “an initial opinion the day after the shooting” which would have been February 24, 2020. At that time, he had not requested, nor was he appointed by the Office of the Attorney General to this case.

On April 13, 2020, the Office of the Attorney General appointed the District Attorney for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit to this case. On May 5, 2020, the Atlantic Circuit District Attorney requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) conduct an investigation into the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The GBI commenced its investigation on May 6, 2020 and made two arrests on May 7, 2020.

Carr expressly states no one had the authority to “turn over” the case to the Waycross District Attorney other than him. Yet, Jackie did. In the list of recusals above, Jackie seems to have done just that time and time again. So the problem, that appears to me, is this woman has deemed herself above the Attorney General of Georgia & above the laws of state of Georgia. Has she not usurped her authority repeatedly and customarily appointed whomever she wants, whenever she wanted?

Nevertheless, Carr says this is not procedure. This makes those of us watching amused. That’s Jackie’s home run swing. Assign another district attorney and to ride roughshod over the cases she is “recused”. If, not via the direct pressure on the assistant district attorney, then via her staff under them.

A very good example of this is the civil case filed by Debra Gann, the mother of Katie Settles Sasser. Jackie helped author the complaint according to recent email published. In fact, she aligned the civil case to dovetail the witch-hunt she has undertaken on the Glynn County police chief, John Powell. Additionally the case filed against Powell and others, is clearly political retaliation for not covering up Jackie’s culpability in the events that resulted in 3 deaths. All this can be seen in the lack of finger pointing Gann’s 66563813930434564707950990721024attorneys toward Liberty Stewart, who played a role in the outcome of this entire massacre. That lawsuit doesn’t account for the “but for” principle in Jackie bailing out Sasser over the years beginning with the Caroline Smalls shooting. But for, Jackie’s manipulation of the grand jury, firing of prosecutors willing to push the case forward and failure to let people testify who were relevant and should have testified, it is more than arguable that Sasser, Kettles & Hall would be still alive today. But for, Jackie’s machinations, we would not be seeing the ripple effect on this Georgia community. Irrevocably, she has ridden this town into the cesspool of what we are seeing now.  Albatross, indeed.

Machiavelli said, “A prince will never lack for legitimate excuses to explain away his breaches of faith. Modern history will furnish innumerable examples of this behavior, showing how the man succeeded best who knew best how to play the fox. But it is a necessary part of this nature that you must conceal it carefully; you must be a great liar and hypocrite. Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived.”

 

GUEST POST: BEHOLD THE BEARD

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An anonymous guest writer from within the Escambia County Sheriff’s office asked me to post this in response to the civil unrest over police brutality. I am compiling a post to accompany this post for later this week.

Behold the Beard

 Do we have a loose cannon at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office as well?

On December 1, 2014, Deputy John Beard and another officer were involved in an incident in which Deputy Beard tased a man five times. The man died a few weeks later and a lawsuit was filed. This is a news article of the incident:

http://www.northescambia.com/2014/12/man-dies-two-weeks-after-being-tased-by-escambia-deputies

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On February 18, 2018, Deputy John Beard hit an arrestee who was already handcuffed. This incident was not caught on video; however, Dep. Beard was cleared of using excessive force because he claimed the arrestee attempted to head-butt him (ECSO18OFF003324).

On July 14, 2019, during the Blue Angel Airshow, Dep. Beard was attempting to arrest a subject on Pensacola Beach. The video of this incident went viral and depicts Dep. Beard on a man’s back.  The man was in the water and appeared to be resisting, or not complying with, Dep. Beard. Dep. Beard punched the male and eventually took the man into custody. Several officers observed on the video stood around and did not assist Dep. Beard. Text messages between administrative employees at the ECSO indicated that the man was in the hospital, unconscious, two days later. The arrestee was said to have been extremely intoxicated at the time of the incident. Deputy Beard may have also injured his hand during the incident as well because he was seen in a news video with a cast on his arm not long after the Blue Angel Airshow. According to a PNJ news article, the ECSO stated that they would be reviewing the Blue Angel incident. The results of this review have not been released publicly to my knowledge.

https://www.wkrg.com/northwest-florida/ecso-comments-on-video-showing-deputy-tackling-suspect-on-pensacola-beach/

On 09/15/2019, Deputy Beard was again involved in an arrest in which he hit a man who was already in handcuffs. Again, Deputy Beard claimed the man attempted to head-butt him, but according to the other officer on scene this did not happen. The other officer on scene, Dep. Ward, noted in his supplemental report that he felt that Dep. Beard’s use of force was excessive. The incident was investigated and Dep. Beard was EXONERATED!! What happened to the whistleblower in this case? The other officer on scene? Just as expected, and in true David Morgan style, Dep. Ward was suspended for a week without pay. The ECSO’s new Use of Force Expert is a training Sergeant. That Sergeant claims that many things COULD HAVE happened and Dep. Ward was punished based on what COULD HAVE happened because he did not participate in the incident to the liking of David Morgan. Dep. Ward was never allowed to give his account of the incident and was punished based on, once again, what MIGHT HAVE or COULD HAVE happened. And Deputy Beard? Well, he received no punishment for what actually DID HAPPEN. Why?? Is it because they did not want the public or the attorney for the first case to become aware of Dep. Beard’s actions since the lawsuit was filed? Too late.

And if that’s not enough get this…the Sergeant in training. The new Use of Force Expert, utilized by ECSO’s Internal Affairs Unit as an expert when they deem it necessary, is none other than the Sergeant who left a high-powered rifle and other miscellaneous ECSO equipment/ammo/etc. unsecured in his county-issued vehicle and had the items STOLEN!!! Was this a policy violation? Yes! Did he receive punishment for this incident when the guns and other items ended up on the street in the hands of criminals and some of the equipment was never recovered? NO! He was placed on Administrative Leave with Pay until the incident blew over and then transferred to train the new recruits! Do you think this Sergeant owes David Morgan for overlooking his “little” indiscretion/policy violation enough to write up an Internal Affairs case to David Morgan’s liking? One would tend to believe so.

One would also tend to believe that there may be other incidents involving Dep. Beard that have been overlooked, unreported or under-reported. Public Records requests sent to the ECSO to obtain a copy of the video from the 2019 incident have been ignored and unfilled. Why? David Morgan believes he is above the LAW!

Cory Sasser’s Final Act Part 2

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Chapter 5 of “The Devil Got Appointed in Georgia”

I’ve often wondered what people are thinking when they do the things they do. Do they have any intuition or pangs of the events forthcoming? Katie Sasser expressed an ominous prediction, possibly not fully appreciating the gravity of the words. Her mother recounted her saying, “the Glynn County Police Department will do nothing until someone leaves here out of a body bag.” While that statement, in and of itself is not completely true, I am sure Katie believed they were true and the parts she got right, chills me to my core.

Provided by FirstCoastNews.com

This is the bodycam footage captured after Sasser’s first domestic violence incident.

 

The Glynn County Police Department went to extraordinary lengths to prevent Cory Sasser from what he ultimately did. There is documented evidence of how Chief Powell tried to keep Sasser in jail after his prior episode. It can be found in the court documents and the Baxley Informer says:

“However, when Doering retired, a Police Chief was appointed that Jackie Johnson could not control. Someone who rearranged how the department was run. Someone who wanted transparency and honesty with the public. Somebody who, unfortunately, some in the community are now calling for the County Commissioners to terminate—the current Police Chief, John Powell.

As a rule, the Baxley Informer does not back political candidates, however, since the Chief of Police is not an elected position, we have decided to make an exception in this instance.

From all the legal documentation we have come across, it appears that Chief Powell is an honest and transparent leader. The Glynn County Commissioners would be making a colossal mistake if they caved to public opinion and fired him.”

https://www.baxleyinformer.com/post/jackie-johnson-s-path-to-destruction

Here is a timeline of events (compiled from timelines from the FBI and D.A.’s office respectively)

GBI timeline from May 29, 2018-June 25, 2018

GBI timeline https://www.scribd.com/document/386984379/14-0002-25-19-Timeline


Jackie Johnson Press Release

Very different events description not a lot of details in Jackie’s version. No real info about the circumstances leading up nor is there mention of her part in them.

Going on to the following days:

 

 

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Each of the ****** next to events indicates a point of contact that was either law enforcement or court officer by Sasser. In the last two days, there are 34 times someone with training had contact with this man prior to him “going postal”. Think about that. 34 times there were opportunities in that last two days that something/someone should have intervened. Wow.

Here is Jackie’s version:

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Of course in Jackie’s version, nothing is mentioned about contact with her office via Liberty Stewart, which happened twice that day. 

Lawyers are taught about a thing called the “but-for” test.  If “but for” x,  y would not happen. If, but for Jackie’s behind the scenes shucking and jiving, Katie Sasser and John Hall, would be alive.

Cory Sasser’s Final Act Part 1

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Chapter 4 of “The Devil Got Appointed in Georgia”

Robert “Cory” Sasser was a loose cannon as an officer of the law in Glynn County, Georgia.  In the course of time, he went even further beyond just being a loose cannon. Despite the fact, Sasser barged into his ex-wife’s home and threatened her, his actions were still not taken earnestly by officials and the judicial system. The Glynn County Police Department had him arrested for Domestic Violence. After being arrested, with privileged expeditiousness, Sheriff Neal Jump pulled strings by calling a judge after hours to do a bail hearing to get Sasser out of jail. This is the impetus of everything to come.

The domestic violence incident was May 13, 2018. At some point that night or the next day, Sasser and his friend, Robert Hamilton Moore, contacted Joanna Hall, the wife of the man with Sasser’s ex-wife to tell her about the affair between Katie Sasser and John Hall, Joanna’s husband. Sasser continued to annihilate every part of his relationship with Katie and created mass chaos, all around. The importance of this, is that it should have been another red flag for the trained professionals looking on. Although, it was not wildly known at the time, Sasser expanded his madness to include other people. Several “friends” of Sasser who were law enforcement officers should have seen his contacting of Joanna Hall as an alarming progression of the dire circumstances as they were occurring.

According to the Baxley Informer:

“Attorney Alan Tucker was contacted on May 15, 2018, by an employee of Judge Bart Altman and asked to represent Cory in court. Keep in mind that Judge Bart Altman was Cory Sasser’s defense attorney during the Caroline Small shooting. Caroline’s murder, and the way it was handled, had come under scrutiny over the years. Because of that, Jackie Johnson and Judge Bart Altman had a vested interest in keeping Cory’s name out of the media.”

Special protocols should have been taken.  However, in a divine reprieve, another intervening opportunity manifested. In the morning hours of May 17th, after Sasser was released, he called a another friend, Perri Rothemich. While on the phone with Rothemich, a gunshot was heard. Because of concern over Sasser’s welfare, officers and deputies started a search for him. After several hours, they eventually find him in a wooded area in his vehicle. Contact is made with Sasser and the SWAT team was called in.  A standoff ensued. When SWAT descended on the vehicle, they found Sasser had not injured himself  but they had to taser him to take him into custody for violating the terms of his bond.  He was also charged with 2 felony counts of Obstruction of Justice for this standoff. swat arrest_Page_1swat arrest_Page_2swat arrest_Page_3

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It was decided to take Sasser to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.  The Sheriff and the Judges allowed this to happen preventing any arrest for felony charges by the Glynn County Police Department. They allowed Sasser to voluntarily admit himself to the facility for treatment with the caveat that if he checked himself out, prior to being discharge, he would be taken into the custody of the Glynn County Sheriff Neal Jump. This seems out of line with the best interest of the county as it was Sheriff Jump who sidestepped due process to prevent a criminal from spending time in jail.

While Sasser was in the treatment facility, Chief Powell went to the FBI in an effort to get federal intervention with Sasser to prevent any further issues.

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On May 21, 2018, when Sasser was released from treatment into Sheriff Jump’s custody. According to the Baxley Informer, still pulling strings for Sasser behind the scenes, Jackie arranged for a bond hearing on the felony charges and even appeared in this hearing. Court transcripts show that to be the case.

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The Baxley Informer, also, reports:

“….On May 24, 2018, thirty minutes before Cory Sasser’s bond hearing, Officer Hyer, one of the officers who Cory assaulted, (during the standoff) talked to A.D.A John B. Johnson. John immediately started the meeting by stating, ‘just want you to know that I will listen to everything that you have to say, but regardless of what you say, I am going to tell the judge that Cory needs to be released’.

A.D.A John B. Johnson’s mind was made up, and nothing anyone said would change it.

A.D.A John B. Johnson continued by asking Officer Hyer how long he had been a police officer. When Officer Hyer answered, “four years,” John condescendingly responded, “Well, I’ve been doing this for forty-one years and in my experience, there have been very few times where the offender has actually come back and actually sought violence against the victims.”

Officer Hyer disagreed. He was concerned for the other victims and believed that Cory Sasser would try to kill him. Then when Officer Hyer asked if he would be allowed to make a statement in court, John Johnson told him that he “should be able to.”

Per the Georgia Victim’s Bill Of Rights, Officer Hyer didn’t need John Johnson’s permission to give a statement in court—as a victim, he had a right to give it. Despite knowing this, John Johnson neglected to recognize Officer Hyer during the hearing and never told the judge he’d wanted to speak.

John Johnson violated Officer Hyer’s rights, and then completely disregarded the concerned statements made by Katie Sasser reported in the Crime Victim Liason logs (which, by the way, the district attorneys can access from their office).”

So without much consideration given, on May 24, 2018, Judge Flay Cabiness granted the bond agreement negotiated between the DA’s office.  Requirements in that agreement were for Sasser to turn over his guns to his oldest son and declare that Sasser be banished from Glynn County except for court appearances as well as barring contact with Katie Sasser or the officers he’d assaulted. The judge added that Sasser would be required to check in with his probation officer and showing his location via an app on his smartphone. This was in contrast to the requirements suggested by Chief Powell which were an GPS ankle monitor and seizure of Sasser’s weapons rather than depending on him to turn over weapons.

The phone app used for Sasser to check in on, was wholly voluntary as Sasser had to open the app and manually sign in to show his location versus the recommendation by Chief Powell, which would have kept constant track of Sasser’s whereabouts without his permission.  But Sasser had no intention of using the app; he contacted his probation officer to advise he would be seeking to modify the bond requirements and thus would not be setting up the app at all. The judge and the DA essentially left it to Sasser to comply even though he’d shown he was willing to violate his bond previously and was in a dangerously passionate marriage break up. Right off the bat, Sasser was changing the terms without anyone having any concern about the possible fallout.

As to be expected, Sasser didn’t honor his terms. Officer Hyer was right.

 

U N T O U C H A B L E

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CHAPTER 3 OF THE DEVIL WAS APPOINTED IN GEORGIA

Robert “Cory” Sasser’s law enforcement career was marred by repetitive  behavioral and procedural transgressions. Quite obviously, he was an albatross around the Glynn County Police Department’s neck.  His extensive Internal Affairs cases tell a story of a man who had serious problems with authority, and a brazen & corrosive contempt for the rules. His increasing disregard for all people & things is shamefully apparent to everyone around this man. Intelligent professionals, who were around him day to day, should have seen Sasser for what he was, a train wreck waiting to happen.

Here is a brief summary of Sasser’s documented discipline issues & indiscretions (2001-2011):

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Note, there is a huge gap from 2005-2011; there is no hint of the Caroline Smalls shooting in 2010 nor is there a mention of another dubitable shooting of a drug dealer in 2005. In this shooting, again, he shot the suspect through the windshield.  Perplexingly, he was cleared for both shootings; however, the departmental policies and procedures that were no doubt violated, are absent in this laundry list of Sasser’s misbehavior. Another exclusion is an incident in January, 2011.  Sasser arrogantly flaunted the fact he was “untouchable” to his colleagues.

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Understanding Sasser’s history of perpetual and escalating misdeeds, a practiced legal professional had the duty to weigh the second shooting in 2010 (a shooting that was nothing less than first degree murder) heavily. D.A. Jackie Johnson made the purposeful, informed choice to disregard Sasser’s pattern of escalating misbehavior. She willfully undermined the prosecution of Sasser and in that act, she diverged from the position of D.A., electing, instead, to become Sasser’s voluntary co-conspirator in any and all crimes he, later, committed .  And as to be expected, Sasser and Jackie’s stories marched into historical notoriety.

In May of 2018, after Sasser and his wife, Katie, separate. Predictably, he began terrorizing her. This is body cam footage from an incidence on the 13th of May, 2018:

 

Sasser is not arrested during this incidence. Anyone else would have been arrested, without question, on the spot. On Monday,  the 15th, when Chief Powell finds out about this event, he lost his cool. Based on Sasser’s “untouchable” standing with the D.A., Powell requested the elected Solicitor General, who, in Georgia, reviews & prosecutes criminal cases, and the Chief Judge Magistrate, to review the evidence for potential criminal charges. This was not protocol but Chief Powell believed his office would be seen as bias and the D.A., who works hand in hand with judges, may subvert the case and criminal charges. The Solicitor General, believed to be a lesser biased politician, and Chief Judge Magistrate reviewed the case and the body cam footage. Both agreed that despite the responding officers’ belief that there was no probable cause for arrest, the Solicitor General and Chief Magistrate found probable cause did exist for Sasser’s arrest that night. Their decision was that only misdemeanor charges of simple battery and criminal trespass provided that probable cause. An IA was initiated on Sasser and was put on admin leave without pay until the IA was concluded. The officers on the scene of this domestic violence event were later disciplined by Chief Powell for their failure to take the appropriate action the night of the incident. Their relationship with Sasser recklessly tainted their judgment.

On the following Thursday, May 17th, Sasser turned himself in. Enigmatically, before anyone knew he had turned himself in, he was released on bond. Sheriff Neal Jump facilitated his bond and ensured Sasser received an expedited first appearance, outside of normal court scheduling. Jump also gained an extraordinarily fastidious release for Sasser on domestic violence charges. Sasser, literally, bonded out within the hour after his arrest. Here are the documents from this arrest, including the bond :

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A victim advocate contacted Katie Sasser to tell her of her husband’s arrest and immediate release. The victim advocate was concerned about Cory’s welfare, believing him to be suicidal. It isn’t clear that this advocate feared for Katie Sasser’s well being. By all accounts, it was suggested Cory Sasser was the focus of concern, rather than his wife. This was uncustomary all the way around. Sasser’s history was indicative of someone who would re-offend in this situation. Domestic violence cases have such a high predictability of ending with murder or suicide. That is the reason risk assessment measures by trained officers on the scene and the legal system are educated on perils and statistical consequences involved in domestic violence cases; it is they that dictate the level of precautions to be taken.

Despite the cumulative training, all the professionals involved had (you guessed it), this was not the end of the story.

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The Continuation of the Devil Got Appointed in Georgia: New Details in the Caroline Smalls Case

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Before I move on to the next saga which will be Cory Sasser’s IA record, I want to restate that this entire shit show only happens because of corruption.  For now, it bears understanding a bit more the backstory to the Caroline Small Shooting.  To those of us without that sort of Machiavellian thinking, which must be factory installed, it is stupefying to see all the behind the scenes machinations. That is why I want to go back to the appointment of Jackie Johnson.

The District Attorney, prior to the shooting, Stephen Kelley, was appointed to a Circuit Court judgeship and had named his predecessor for the remainder of his term, (roughly less than 6 months), as David Perry.  Perry disclosed publicly, he wasn’t running for the position in November of that year. He was always strictly a temporary prosecutor.  Unbeknownst to him at the time, he became more temporary than even he thought.

When he originally watched the dashcam video of the Smalls shooting with Chief Doering,  (included in the prior post) Perry reportedly turned green and instantly decided this was a criminal event and he would be seeking indictments against the officers involved in that shooting. After hearing him say this in the press, Jackie Johnson, who announced she was running in the November election for that position, went to the then Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering.  Doering who vocally sided with the officers put himself on the opposite side of justice and this issue with Perry.  Doering simultaneously was dealing with the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation). They were called in to review the actions of the Glynn County Police Dept. This resulted into a parallel investigation. There were continuous clashes between the policing agencies and resulted in finger pointing from both sides. Glynn County Police Officer, Tommy Tindale, head of Internal Affairs outright told GBI agents that they were only called in “for public perception”, implying the GBI was supposed to feign to investigate, while allowing the police department to make the real determination. This sort of statement is brazen and very reminiscent of Chicago in the 1920’s.

Further, flaunting the perversion of justice, Doering, in a gesture that should be insignificant in the overall scheme of things, wrote a letter to then Governor Sonny Perdue recommending Jackie Johnson be appointed immediately, prior to the November election. In a more paradoxical deviation of all reasoning, Perdue acquiesced and removed Perry, replacing him with Jackie. She, then, unsurprisingly, summarily fired Perry for his handling of this case as well as ceasing the proceedings, while lambasting Perry for the convening of a grand jury against Sasser and Simpson.  She cited increased friction with the Glynn County Police Department that could not be tolerated. However, no one else was cognizant of any friction between the DA’s office and the Glynn County Police except perhaps Matt Doering. Point of fact, the friction was between the GBI and the Glynn Police and the DA’s office that Jackie’s appointment further exacerbated.

After Perry’s firing, the ADA’s in the office with Jackie were targeted, as described in the prior post. Keith Higgins maintained the physical file of this case in his office until his termination. He is adamant Jackie never once came down to get that file to review while he was still employed, even when she was preparing the purely theatrical grand jury later seated with the officers having the upper hand. Her appointment by Perdue is confounding, especially considering, Perry was sufficiently navigating the waters of a powder keg case that Sasser and Simpson lit with their 8 shots into the windshield of a single mother.

My questions, so far, in this mockery of justice are:

  1. What individual motives are there for all the actors to obfuscate justice? Is it a common incentive or do they individually have motivation?  Or is it, truly, that these people are so inept that they cannot investigate a crime?
  2. Why did Doering’s recommendation carry so much weight to prompt the governor to replace Perry, right then? Was there more than just Doering’s recommendation that paved the way for Jackie to jump in?
  3. Why is Sasser, specifically, important to protect?

The Caroline Small case is more than a tragedy; it is a state sanctioned murder. No sense has ever been made of this single solitary event, let alone the events that were to come. Arthur Conan Doyle said it best, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” To have the outcome in cases like Caroline Smalls, or Patrick Gonzalez Jr., where there is no real quest for the truth,  after all other explanations are ruled out, all that is left is corruption.

 

The Devil Got Appointed in Georgia: A Series on the Senseless Consequences of Politics in Southern Georgia

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Chapter 1

So it came to my attention via an article forwarded to me, that John Powell, a man who ran against Morgan was indicted in Glynn County, Georgia, where he is the Police Chief. You may recall, Morgan had him arrested on a misdemeanor campaign finance violation, (the only person in Florida ever arrested for this violation) during his campaign against Morgan. Naturally, it was a farce and the charges were dismissed. Because of his connection to Escambia County and as an acquaintance of mine, I was naturally intrigued and felt compelled to look into the story behind the indictment. It may appear this chapter isn’t connected but I promise you it is.

It seems the beginning of this Georgia injustice began in June 2010. Caroline Smalls, a mother with alleged mental health issues was in a parking lot when a caller called the police because they believed the woman was openly using narcotics. Here is the dashcam footage:

Of the two cops that were involved were Robert “Cory” Sasser and Todd Simpson, Cory Sasser is the name to remember. By the way, this woman remained in this car, alive, for a bit before anyone called EMS.  She died a week later. Enter Jackie Johnson. Roughly 6 weeks after this incident, Sonny Perdue, then governor of Georgia, appointed Jackie Johnson to the office of Brunswick District Attorney. Jackie promptly fired a prosecutor, David Perry, who was vocal on prosecuting these officers.  Another prosecutor, Jonathan Miller, resigned from the District Attorney’s office to run against Jackie, specifically because of this case.

And even another senior prosecutor dismissed from her office, Keith Higgins, says an animated video re-enactment presented to the grand jury was inaccurate and misleading, showing Smalls had room to run over the officers, which clearly is contradicted by the video. Jackie let the officers  and their attorneys speak in the grand jury proceeding without being under indictment. This is unprecedented. She also allowed them to have all the evidence prior to their appearance before the grand jury, in fact, for 2 months before it was convened, again, unprecedented.  Jackie refused to let people most familiar with the case testify and fired people in her office that questioned her, including a victim advocate. To be expected, the grand jurors came back with no “true bill” against the officers. Jackie claimed that her actions were only to preserve alliances with the Glynn Police Department, although there was a loud outcry of injustice from fellow officers.

By covering for these officers, Jackie walked, with intertwined arms into their legacy and notoriety. As the succession of posts come to pass, the intermingling of Sasser and Jackie will unfold…to the very end.

This is the first in a series of articles about the preposterous political absurdities in Southern Georgia.

Vinson’s Dismissal of the Rogers’ Cases

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Judge Roger Vinson dismissed the lawsuits against Sir David last month. Morgan made short order in getting his version out in spite of the Corona Virus Craziness. I’m sure he’d hoped my response to this would be seen poorly, as an attack on the “first responders”.  I did wait to reply as I see this whole thing will decline quickly, restoring Morgan’s image as a the coward he is rather than the false facade of heroic first responder.

Vinson claimed the one claim by Zarzaur that made these federal cases was the “deliberate indifference” of children in the home with the foresight to see that sexual abuse of the girls could be predicted.  He found no evidence to be presented that definitively showed Morgan was aware of the existence of the Rogers twins and thereby couldn’t be indifferent. The following passage says it all:

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So the other things mentioned….he doesn’t run a tight ship regarding sex on duty and that he interfered with Internal Investigations of such misconduct, are now facts of law.

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I have attached the full opinion here and I believe sexual deviance could be predicted. We know sexual predators don’t stop or go backwards. Sexual deviance progresses much the same way. The thrill is in the taboo of the situation. Once the taboo loses its excitement, something more “taboo” and exciting will be sought. Given that there were adolescents in the home that sexual escalation was absolutely forseeable.

But the biggest “gotcha” is that Morgan despite many many times claiming he didn’t “have sex with that woman”, did not convince a judge .i could not would not

Commentary:  I believe Bill Chavers is collateral damage here of a vindictive Mindy Pare.

 

Haines Brothers: Predators at Large

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The Haines brothers just keep on victimizing people and very little is being done to protect the community from these guys.

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Chief Deputy Eric Haines had his PBA membership revoked due to his continuous malfeasance and abuse of officers’ rights. No one has ever had their membership revoked. One person was unseated from the PBA board, but he still maintained his regular membership.  This is huge. His actions are contrary to the mission statement and fundamental operations of the PBA. What does that say? This is unprecedented.

Oh and remember the “cancer sex” website he wanted to start. That nugget of info came out in Laura Montoya’s case. Common theme….sexual harassment.

 

Scott Haines

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office demoted Scott Haines after an IA investigation corroborated, in part, the sexual harassment of a subordinate. The finding of dildo underwear in his desk was the part being disciplined. The investigation concluded everything else is “he said” “she said”.

With his prior IA for viewing porn on his office computer as well as answering personal ads on Craigslist for hookups, there should be little doubt this guy is a sexual problem that is just amplifying due to the lack of REAL discipline. This dude is a threat to the community. Let’s not forget, he is exploiting an old lady for her money.

Why the hell are these guys allowed to oversee any staff at all? What the hell happened to these guys growing up that they have such vile proclivities to victimize people? Sexual abuse ? Possibly. All I can say for sure is these dudes should never be able to use their position, power or standing in the community to prey on said community.

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There are serious sexual issues in these two departments.  These two brothers are at the center of it all.

SRSO Scott Haines: The Exploitation of Dorothy Rogers

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Previously I posted on Scott Haines an SRSO officer who wormed his way into a family, isolated a 90 year old woman with Alzheimer’s, Dorothy Rogers, and convinced her that her family was out “to put her away”. By detaching her from her family, via false accusations, civil complaint, and arrest warrant, Scott convinced her that only he was looking out for her welfare, being a law enforcement officer sold it. Aren’t cops supposed to be the “good guys”?

He got her to change an Irrevocable Trust by arresting the trustee, the person who is entrusted to protect the trust, Matthew Groelinger, for stealing from her estate, exploitation of an elderly person.  Those charges were later dismissed, nolle proseqi, but only after Scott was named the new trustee of Rogers Trust and Estate, valued into the millions of dollars in real estate and assets. New documents have been released, authenticating Haines’s abuse of power and profiteering off of this woman.

This is the link to land sales to Haines for the sales of tracts of land owned by Rogers, deeded to Haines for $20 each (estimated value of each tract is $20K+).

These are the links to evictions from Rogers’s trailer park, executed by Rogers. The notes in Rogers own handwriting show her confusion and that she, not only believes Scott is her grandson, but that he is forcing her to evict these people and she doesn’t know why.

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SR Clerk 10.3.17 Rogers v Bishop #8

SR Clerk 7.24.18 Rogers v Dempsey #3

SR Clerk 7.19.18 Rogers v Walther #6

SR Clerk 7.19.18 Rogers v DJones #4

SR Clerk 5.9.16 Petty Theft #23

SR Clerk 2.5.19 Rogers v Clayberger #2

 

 

Haines & Young: WTF?

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Having gotten a glimpse into the daily life of David Morgan and his cronies, via court order, from Judge Rodger Vinson, the ECSO provided text messages between Chief Deputy Haines including other members of the administration, like David Morgan and Mindy Young, among others..  The text messages produced validated many whispers about what is going on behind the scenes and prove the corruption of this administration.

The fact that the court had to issue an order for such common and completely public records is astounding; any person in a position of leadership at the ECSO should know their responsibility of operating in manner transparent to the taxpayers. Public Record laws are not a new creation but an existing process are meant to create successful, transparent operation of our government at every level. Public Records of ECSO belong to the citizens of the county and should be provided when requested, without all the drama of having to cover something up.

Reading the court order by Judge Vinson can shows his frustration with the ECSO for not being completely transparent with these text messages.

THE COURT: Well, obviously Chief Deputy Haines is the

one that you’ve sort of focused on specifically, because he said

he didn’t use his private phone.

THE COURT: Well, let me tell you where I am so we

can — perhaps we can save some time. I don’t find anything

that’s happened here warrants sanctions, so we can set the

sanctions request aside, because I think there’s ample grounds

for saying this wasn’t necessarily encompassed.

Chief Deputy Haines’ private phone, though, is

certainly open to reopen, because even though it wasn’t an

absolute negative, it was left as a negative response saying he

didn’t use it. So I think — I think that’s open to further

discovery. And the question is, in addition to that, what else

and where else do we go.

 

The existence of county business on his personal cell (which happens routinely)  in the form text messages to and from Haines prove he was untruthful and lied under oath about the use of his phone. The near sexting event that occurred between Mindy Young and Eric Haines was a bonus  and a mounting proof of the corruption. I doubt anyone would have condoned the supervisor-employee communication that is this  inappropriate especially when you consider she is currently  investigating him.  And it is most certainly obvious this group felt comfortable enough to openly discuss mishandling of investigations and other ECSO business.  The constant ego stroking shouldn’t be a shock.

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What should be a shock is that Haines continues to work in the same capacity even after a federal judge rules Haines was less than honest. In fact, Haines has been found to have fallen short of having the integrity that is expected of a law enforcement official at that level.  Haines was promoted beyond his capability as a law enforcement officer. Few if any have ever truly had any respect for him or his terroristic style of leadership. Haines demonstrated what occurs when an administrator lacks actual skills and experience in law enforcement and is escalated to a level he isn’t qualified to fulfill. It would be far too difficult to debate a law enforcement issue, beyond the theoretical, for Haines. He has exactly as much law enforcement experience on a basic level as Morgan.  This lack of experience forced them both to resort to abuse of  power to control those that have law enforcement experience and those that question their leadership.

When reading the text exchanges between Haines and Mindy Young consider this could be you or your loved one being discussed. Imagine making a complaint concerning an issue as important as your career. The complaint is filed in accordance with every rule and law. You believe the investigation is occurring with an investigator that is objective and fair. Then you learn that the person you made a complaint about under investigation by their SUBORDINATE! Obviously, this is disturbing!

As the investigation continues, there is a presumption that there is a true effort being made by the investigator to discover the truth. The unusual relationship of investigator and subject officer is still lingering in the back of your mind, questioning the most basic sense of decency. Everyday you have to question if the corruption you believed to exist does exist. That is what this is. CORRUPTION.

 

The text messages between Haines and Young leave no doubt about corruption was a real concern. Imagine reading the words “fuck those people” knowing that comment was intended to describe the feelings the investigator has you. Then realizing that the investigator you doubted from the beginning is discussing your case with the person you complained about! The investigator is upset at not being able to share a special dinner because of an investigation she is conducting on the subject officer. Her response is a promise to “sting” the complainant and proclaiming a waste of her time to complete the investigation. As if there could be any doubt left of an “understanding” between Haines and Young, she is even told by Haines “you will make a good commander one day”.

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The described actions of the two ECSO administrators are criminal. Again, this is perfectly acceptable behavior for administrators, according to this administration. No action is taken to respond to the improper behavior of law enforcement professionals. Each day that passes is proof the current leadership is not opposed to the conduct displayed by Haines and Young. Obviously, there is a relationship between the two that would prevent anyone from believing there was a chance of objective finding in the investigation.

The ECSO has become indifferent to justice and the law. To true law enforcement professionals that take pride in serving their community, this is disgraceful. The current leadership has made the ECSO an example of what happens when amateur, egotistic, self-serving imposters are allowed to ruin a law enforcement agency and the community.  It is time that the issues that continue to plague the ECSO be taken into hand. Enough consideration has been given to the tantrums of Morgan and Haines and clearly, even with all their self-praise for one another, all they have achieved is an absolute failure making the agency a joke.

The facts described here should confound any law enforcement official that values integrity and honesty. And it should frighten people to the core that law enforcement professionals within the agency that see the dissent and are too cowardly to do anything about it are the same people that are supposed to be protecting you from the evil in the world.  If anyone wearing a badge refuses to stand up for themselves, can you really rely on them to protect you?

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Chief Deputy Haines Reaches Out

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So my week was heightened by a Facebook PM from Chief Deputy Haines.

 

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I am not sure where to start to address your condescending message. First, until your tax dollar wasting text with Lee Tyree, I didn’t see the picture you are referencing. I didn’t look at it closely and I just figured it was more surveillance footage.  And yes, you are right that particular picture is from “See No Evil” Episode 1, but that pic is not what anyone other than you, the Sheriff and Tyree believed was a huge deal. That picture is insignificant and does not diminish the truth being, Patrick Gonzalez’s van was NOT the one on the surveillance video.  It just isn’t and for you to spend taxpayer dollars focused on a picture, for the explicit purpose of trying to file some sort of suit against me is friggin nuts. You wasted time out of your life to try to “get” me, creating this entire spool of nonsense over something that is not relevant or pertinent to any discussion. How fucking sad.

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abc_gma_onsumsami_090715_msBy the way, no one ever said there were two vans used in the crime. To be clear, Pat Gonzalez’s van (that was in Lenny Gonzalez’s possession), did not run. It had not moved. It was used for nothing but smoking crack in. Lenny self-medicated. He was too mentally deficient to recognize the van on TV looked nothing like the van in his yard. Yet your agency made a square peg fit in a round hole without looking for real suspects. Way to go, you railroaded 6 minorities, one being a senior citizen with organic brain damage. Before you say that isn’t true, produce any interview with Ashley Markham.  There isn’t one. Also, explain to me why Morgan was there that night taking down names of people to be contacted and yet their names never appear anywhere throughout the thousands of pages of documentations. Thorough job, Chief.

Getting back to you, you paid zero attention to Jerome Zaid’s sexcapades that branched into molesting a child because you had to read my social media feed. Your entire career is going down the shitter while you wait for me or Phil Nix to post something you don’t want out. You know how you avoid that? Don’t do stupid shit! Do your fucking job. If you did that, you wouldn’t be giving us more fodder to work with.  What am I sayin? It’s too late now. You perjured yourself by saying you didn’t do county business on your personal phone. You absolutely knew you did and lied under oath.  The Brady List needs a name added.  Do you start your classes by telling students that you lie regularly and use your time trying to find “work arounds” on rules?

Oh, I want to let everyone know that I did give you an opportunity to correct any other misguided notions I might have. You declined. Remember that.

Bottom line, if Pat Gonzalez gets a FAIR TRIAL,  his case will be overturned, I promise you that. I will not stop until that happens. Your agency routinely mishandles evidence, has no clear procedure for ANYTHING and have ZERO knowledge of the law. The jokes write themselves. Getting his case overturned is important to me because I know the man, you are right. I believe it is a flagship case that shows that even when lives are on the line, the ECSO can’t find their ass much less solve a crime. That is the disgraceful part about it. You have run the agency and by extension the community into the ground. Do you know how long it will take someone to restore the damage you have done? It will take decades. The first thing that must happen is all the cowards that kiss your ass or at the least do nothing, MUST GO. Then competent officers must be brought in to establish an infrastructure for the agency that isn’t corrupt, but it is imperative that no one, who ignored all your shit be left standing with a badge. When all the real criminals (your administration) are in prison, I will stop. That is my end goal.

Oh, and yes there is communication with the US Attorney’s office. So have many others. So slander me, spend every hour of every day trying to get me and Phil and every other “hater” out there, but it won’t help you now.

 

 

My Dear Jackie Letter

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Jackie,

I have mulled over how to reply to your discussion of me with Chief Deputy Haines. In light of the article about you being a “Citizen Advocate”, it is ironic that you participate in aiding the deprivation of another citizen’s rights. Your comments with Haines show your desire to shut me up.  Sorry about your luck on that but what I really want to get at is the imbecilic way you impulsively accept what this man says versus the truth of any situation.

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For example, he claims that I started the “rumor” that Leah had sex with the Sheriff. That isn’t true. That rumor came to me but that is not something I find of any importance. So the Sheriff has horrible taste. That’s between him and his wife.  The fact of the matter is I was called before the Manning story ever hit. There is a post that I did the same day the news broke. This story was one I told from the beginning. In fact, Leah Manning called me from jail because she was offended I called her a bad mother. This opened a dialogue in which she claimed to have a sex tape on a cloud drive of Sheriff Morgan and subordinate deputies having sex. I was told the gender of the subordinate(s) was not female.  Being intrigued, I asked for proof. She claimed after she got sentenced she would release the video. She was concerned for her safety if she released it while in the Escambia County Jail.  That came and went and no video. So I assumed it was just posturing on her part to bait me into following her version of events.

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Fast forward to 2019, when Joe Zarzaur says there are images of the Sheriff in a motel, I immediately believed the tape had been released.  So if I had spread any “rumor”, it would have been more than just Leah and the Sheriff, I assure you. But here’s the thing, I don’t have to justify or explain my actions. I simply didn’t do the things they like to accuse me of doing.

But I know, I have no credibility in your eyes because of Pat Gonzalez and the Billings case. You know what, Jackie, Haines says the van used in the crime was not Pat’s van.  Yet they pushed this narrative which is fundamental in the case against this man.  My persistence in getting under their skin, as I most certainly have, has now forced Haines to admit something that makes the rest of you look foolish for believing in the first place.

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Joe Zarzaur is my hero. He has doggedly pursued the truth from the ECSO & has put your ass in the hot seat to show how this administration goes after people who try to bring the truth to light. He showed how they fail to punish cops who are sexual deviants and the effects of that inaction in the Zaid case is proved to be parallel to the inaction of deputies floating through the Manning house. Eventually, the deviance escalates. Both circumstances evolved in the sexual abuse of children. And your buddy Haines let that happen. HE WILL NEVER ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT, but he was in a position to prevent this from happening and he was too busy reading my blog and obsessively scrolling through Facebook. Your tax dollars at work.

Even though I don’t ever give you a second thought, “Escambia Rose”, you apparently are just as unhinged as Haines.  But hey, keep up the good work, the two of you are proving my point every time my name is mentioned.  At least, I’m making a difference. You are a name on a Facebook page and someone who pulls strings to get publicity for paltry endeavors. Even without the the news covering anything I post, I have more impact on the community than you do by a country mile. Under oath, Haines validated one of the grossest injustices of this county for which I carried the banner for the last 7 years.

I know that I know that I know there are so many people being hurt by your buddy, Haines and his boss, Sir David.  Joe Zarzaur dragged that fact into the light via court actions. He has validated my work and shown what a petty bitch you are.  Thanks, Joe.

Karma’s a bitch, Jackie.

Regards from Kentucky.

Guest Husband Post

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As a former resident it is easy to dismiss the things that go on in Escambia County, due to the distance. Yes, even with my dear wife being the author of this blog. I hear the conversations throughout the day and night, including many calls from Chief Simmons. I see the messages, emails and even letters. I am a sounding board at times. Most of the time, I am astounded but just disconnected. While always amazed and so proud of my wife’s diligence and concern. Occasionally, the pieces of trash that are considered the leaders of the ECSO try and reach into my home. Yes, I am speaking about that pussy Sheriff Morgan, his bitch Chief Haynes and of course god forbid, the future Sheriff Simmons.

Today I saw some of the texts between Morgan and Haynes trying to find a way to create a reason to arrest my wife. Its time like that as a loving husband I get pissed!

Just want everyone to understand a few things about my wife. She is a stay at home mother, due to her suffering from MS. She has good and bad days, but throughout it all she is on her phone trying to help people and the community that she grew up in. Trust me, her dedication is intense. Because of that dedication, the corrupt Sheriff is trying to frame a potentially disabled mother and wife. He would like to have my wife jailed because he is a piece of trash.

What’s amazing is that these so-called law enforcement officers are so clueless about the law. Feeling that they could subpoena her as an out of state resident, then when she didn’t show up have her arrested. These are the brain trusts that oversee the ECSO. WOW!!!

There are days that my dear wife has her hopes up that something will finally take down Morgan or one of his stooges. Hell, we were honestly hoping Morgan was going to die when the rumors of his travels to Europe for treatment arose. Our religiosity is challenged by the hypocritical Haynes continued existence, let alone the philandering Chief Chip. The prayers continue for justice against this threesome, asking for some extreme biblical justice to befall them.

But in the end, I just want to say FUCK YOU to Sherriff Morgan, Chief Haynes and Simmons.

Really Dougie?

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I wanted to take a minute to clear up some comments being spread like manure on a couple of random sites.  First up is Doug Underhill’s comment to a gentleman on Nextdoor.

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Now I can’t see this normally because I’m not a member of this neighborhood forum, but thankfully someone who is a member forwarded it to me. So I would like to say “bravo” to Chad Swan for calling out Dougie. I also wanted to set the record straight, that even if I am “certifiably crazy”, so what? Does that make anything I said about him wrong? Does he even assert that I am wrong? No.  If that is the worst he can come up with,  that’s pretty weak.

Dougie, adults know that when one adult helps another adult, there doesn’t have to be any carnal longing. Maybe in your world that’s the way you see things but most people know men can help women and women can help me without there being any sexuality involvement.  Doing the right thing without anything to gain cannot be reduced to sexual affection. The two are not even on the same ethereal plane. As for my “hate” of Morgan, I wouldn’t use that word. “Hate” has an overly emotional connotation. I would use the word “antipathy” or “animus”.  What is someone suppose to think or feel about a real life evil person who victimizes people on the regular?

But the biggest irony of your statement, Dougie, is that your ad hominem attack directs the other guy to “try to stick to the facts”.  The fact is you are a dick and you treat people like shit. That was the discussion at hand. Focus, Dougie, you can’t accuse him of falling off the logic path when you are ass end over a tea kettle off the side of the road.

Your comments parrot the anonymous poster on LEO affairs. Most likely it is Eric Haines’s minion or perhaps Haines himself.  Either way I find infinitely amusing that you and he both ruminate on me. Funny, I really don’t think about you at all until your next big gaff  in pissing off your constituency.  The fact I’m in your grey matter, with all the shit you are juggling, and I do mean shit and the worst thing you can say about me is a lie, it pleases me to no end. It also validates the work I do.

In a back-handed way, you paid me a compliment. Please proceed to disparage me. It just proves me right.

 

Honoring the Missing

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Today is the 4 year anniversary of the disappearance of Jadekiss McNeal–the real anniversary of her disappearance. I point that out because this is the last time she was seen and when ECSO was first notified; however, they never made a missing persons report. Just one of a series of ways this case was bumbled from the get-go. This is hardly the first case of a missing child that was mishandled or was given little to no attention that it deserved.

Let’s not forget Naomi Jones and how her mother was arrested for an old warrant when she went to the ECSO for help. They arrested her and didn’t open a case to look for her daughter who was murdered before they decided they should look for her.Still this isn’t the only other missing person who got little to no attention. But instead of harping on what wasn’t done, I going to devote this post to all of them.62407570429050886072486700253184 (1)658508245709619260724867002531845151529177448448

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The Haines Brothers: Duality in Abuse of Power/Victimization III

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The victims of Eric Haines of Escambia County is vast and been seen here in various posts; however, this is first post in that most people get to see the Haines Brothers are truly birds of a feather and the DNA link can be seen in the victims they choose.

A civil lawsuit was filed over the weekend exposing Scott Haines’s exploitation of a mentally impaired, elderly woman in Santa Rosa County who has vast properties and net worth. The official allegations are as follows:

  • False Imprisonment/Arrest
  • Civil Conspiracy to Elicit False Imprisonment/Arrest
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Tortious Interference with a Business Relationship
  • Conspiracy to Tortious Interfere with a Business Relationship
  • Abuse of Power
  • Civil Conspiracy to Provide False Information that Becomes Part of a Public Record to Further a Felony (Exploitation of the Elderly)
  • Common Law Negligent Retention & Supervision

Here are the basic facts:

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Supporting documents:

A. DCF/ APS Report

B. Baker Act Documents

C. Deposition of Deputy Marshall Kilburn

D. Deposition of Dorothy Rogers

E. Deposition of Scott Haines

F.  Land Sales to Haines

G. Email from Asst. State Attorney Liles to Brian Hoffman

 

Important facts to remember in this situation:

  • This was set up as an IRREVOCABLE TRUST by Rogers and her family when her mental acuity was NOT in question.
  • The only way Haines could get this irrevocable trust revoked is by staging a scenario to appear like Rogers’s grandson exploited her. This was done via the false arrest as DCF/APS report did not corroborate this allegation.
  • A determination of dementia was made by the physician Ms. Rogers had for an extensive period of time. Doctors who subsequently contradicted this spent far less time with Ms. Rogers.
  • There is a monumental value to Ms. Rogers’s real estate holdings in the eye of the Department of the Navy.

 

Railroading people is a hereditary act in the case of the Haines brothers. Their greed and need for power combined with their position of power in their respective communities, makes them extremely dangerous to anyone they set their sights on.

Oh also, Eric Haines is in pictures with Scott Haines and Dorothy Rogers. So maybe there is a cross county conspiracy here too.

 

 

 

Zarzaur’s Latest Filing

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This was filed on November 18th, 2019; it is PLAINTIFF’S RULE 37(c) MOTION FOR SANCTIONS FOR MATERIAL DISCOVERY VIOLATIONS AND/OR MOTION FOR LEAVE TO PERMIT LIMITED DISCOVERY ON RECENTLY UNCOVERED MATERIAL EVIDENCE. After Zarzaur received the texts from the PBA and well…here ya go.

The most important pages are below. For the whole document, click here.  The exhibits are here.

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Morgan and Haines are caught in lies under oath yet. Bill Eddins says their lying.

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As for the exhibits, this is the most exculpatory is his list of sex cases of officers listed by Morgan, is less than truthful.

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Morgan’s response as flimsy as it is can be found here.

Officer Zaid is missing. Officer Custer is also missing. The CFO, Henrique Dias who allegedly got caught in another jurisdiction with a transvestite prostitute.  Another set of employees were caught having sex on duty in the garage parking lot. Oh and how about the civilian who was caught exposing himself at the Creighton Rd. Walmart. Employees of a news outlet attest to being on site after hearing the incident on a police scanner. Somehow it is alleged that Morgan talked to the PPD and got that incident erased. Unfortunately, there were a few witnesses who have nothing to gain by telling this tale. Even if the CFO and the civilian incidents can’t be documented, thanks to Morgan and Haines having evidence destroyed, the others are disturbingly absent from the list. Why?

They are others that are alleged but also cannot be proven due to the lack of documentation generated on the incidence. In the texts, Haines talks about not wanting Tyree to “create a public record” with the PBA letter. That is a theme I have heard about too many times.  In speaking of the texts, I am mentioned a number of times within them.

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I love to see how much I’m in their heads, particularly Debra Little. She seems to have a contempt for me that is stronger than I would have guessed. Oh well.  I will let the documents speak for themselves. I don’t believe it is too difficult to glean the intent of Morgan and Haines in these documents.

 

Terrorists with Badges

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The Escambia County Sheriffs Office has moved into another level of abuse of power. There were always threats and the desire of Haines to argue for arrest with many past employees. Most of the arguments were not legally sound and Haines never found the support to take his corrupt and abusive leadership tactics the next illegal level……………until now.

The States Attorney Office (SAO) has partnered with the ECSO to advance personal attacks and further the cause of Haines and Morgan. Their interest is in retaliation against any person trying to have their rights observed, any person willing to speak out against them, and to silence the rest from causing problems down the line. The recent arrests of Lisa and Kelly Hall is proof of them taking the nuclear option in a relatively nominal infraction. Everyone should realize that this issue was brought to resolution several months ago. There was ample time to remedy this issue when it was first investigated. The fact is it was not important until Kelly Hall decided to fight back for being wrongfully terminated. This is an arrest in retaliation for causing Haines to be held accountable. It isn’t the first time this has happen.

The SAO takes the ECSO at their word as is the “industry standard” for law enforcement. Any law enforcement agency should be honest and should be expected to be truthful with other agencies. The SAO should question information given to them by the ECSO. Haines and Morgan have demonstrated many times they are not honest or capable to effectively complete law enforcement tasks. They are bullies and will misuse their power to harm enemies of their choosing.

We have seen officers go to hotel rooms to exchange drugs for sex while on duty. The public didn’t see this because it was all a huge secret to avoid negative publicity for the ECSO. This is easily seen if one takes the time to read the texts messages recently plaguing the agency that shows the dishonest behavior of Haines and Morgan. It could be that these arrests were to distract from the current narrative that Haines is corrupt based on his text messages.

It is also old news that there is an employee currently at the ECSO that has admitted to using a Social Security Number of a person deceased to avoid deportation. This investigation took place and proved that the employee had purchased property (Mortgage Fraud}, acquired credit cards (Wire Fraud), and the theft of another deceased SSN (identity theft). No action taken against employee.

Most recently a staff member commits a battery on a subordinate. The incident was on recorded video. No arrest of the former staff member. This is a blatant example of how Haines and Morgan guard those who could cause the most damage to their corrupt behavior and tactics. Battery is a crime but there was not a need to arrest the criminal in this instance. There is clearly a sliding scale as to what punishment employees receive. The ones named above are the “favored” people, thus their punishment is negligible Yet, Kelly & Lisa Hall deserve annihilation, really????

This issue is far from over. There will be information coming soon about all these situations. It is imperative that the citizens oversee their government. Government will run out of control if allowed to do so. The ECSO is not operating with honor or integrity. Haines and Morgan must be stopped from abusing their power and position as leaders of the Escambia County Sheriffs Office as their playground of torture and anarchy.

Thoughts on the Haines’s Texts

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The recent text messages from the ECSO have been eye opening. I believe with the help of people on the inside, former employees and inane press conferences by Sir David (that never show him in a positive light) that the ECSO is in a death spiral. The texts corroborate every story and every person who has come forward about the lack of morality and the nonexistent rules for some and high threshold morality imposed on others (shown for Steve Kay’s profanity). The lack of leadership from the top spot was inevitably going to have adverse effect on the agency, which is seen in the lack of leadership and malleability of Haines’s piety and intangible common sense of everyone blindly following the leader, which is Nazi-esque in nature. Remember the Nuremburg Trials? Just following orders blindly is the name of the game in order to preserve oneself.  Did Morgan believe he could hoodwink citizens forever?  His display of clueless antics, in pretending to be a career law enforcement officer, have simply become dangerous for the citizens.

Morgan has no experience in relevant law enforcement. He has never held a certification in any state or city. He has never made an arrest of a criminal. He has never investigated a crime as a law enforcement officer (except for his lame attempt in the Billings case where he appeared on the scene and interviewed people there that night but those notes nor those people were ever included in any documentation of the case.) His experience is made up of patchwork resumes and lies that he spreads to the citizens of our county as
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The recent text messages from Chief Haines should be paradigm shift to even the most staunch of Morgan proponents that the foundation of this agency is not worthy of supporting a real law enforcement agency. It is common knowledge that Haines has never been much of a law enforcement officer himself. What was discovered is that the common bond of the ignorance of how to be a law enforcement officer (much less leader) which has brought Haines and Morgan closer. Like the manipulation of facts, the backstabbing maneuvers of Haines, Morgan and Debra Little their counsel should be appalling to the constituents and to law enforcement officers that know what strong
leadership is.

The most disgraceful thing is watching Morgan, Haines and Little eviscerate the United States Constitution. We have seen Morgan ask for the surveillance of ‘hater sites’ because of public exposure of wrongdoing by the ECSO. Which brings me to a more appropriate question which is to ask Morgan to identify the criteria used to label “haters” and the sites believed to belong to these haters. The 4th amendment is clear on the surveillance requirements of a law enforcement agency. What makes an individual a “hater” verses a citizen providing oversight to a public official elected by citizens of Escambia County?

Also, we know that Due Process has little impact on decisions of Morgan or Haines. Anyone attempting to exercise their rights are met with persecution in the form of a barrage of stone casting and character assassination. Most of the litigation against the ECSO involves the attempt to deny rights and retaliation against those in opposition of the ECSO poor leadership. Morgan, Haines and Little have ignored the law and their obligation to not only enforce our laws but to protect the Constitution. When the time
comes, they will expect to have the benefit of Due Process for themselves when the agency eventually implodes, which it will. Some would say that they should be treated the way they treat others. I disagree. I want to be better than they are and feel confident that should REAL justice will be served by law abiding professional who can follow the law in prosecuting these criminals. The corruption they are facilitating will be
proven while observing ALL their rights. Only then will a victory for justice occur. The best way to win is to be honest and play by the rules.

 

Haters…Haters….Haters

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Texts from Sir David, Chief Nonsense (Haines) and Debra Little, their in-house counsel show how the highest law enforcement echelon within the ECSO view criticism and the people who openly criticize them.  They also demonstrate how much they need their egos stroked. Or maybe brown nosing is Haines’s super power.press passivitypassivity contd compliment

 

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Condescendingly blather about the strife of the county seems to elicit humor. And of course, releasing info to disparage “the haters”, knowing full well it is untrue also seems to create a chuckle. Their perception of what the public cares about is so skewed that they don’t see that the mistreatment of their employees just shows they have no respect for any one in the community.  Is this really what the Sheriff and his staff should be concerning themselves with?

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No Time for Protecting the County

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This first set of excerpts are texts specifically talking about Jerome Zaid, the deputy who repeatedly raped a young child zaid 1zaid2

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Who’s Protecting Escambia County?

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Once upon a time, when people spoke of Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, there was respect in their voices, an air of reverence and admiration that went without question. Now, there is just an aura of malevolence and shame. That is all that remains.

We all are aware that Morgan is NOT any example of a law enforcement officer. We are also cognizant that Haines is not any closer to be a cop than Morgan. His success come from instilling fear, manipulating honorable people into dubious situations for no better reason than he wants to control. In order to survive, “yes men & women” are necessary to fall in line.  Rank and file led by historic failures and an embarrassment to law enforcement.

Recently, there was a public records request obtained that included text messages from ECSO staff members. It should be noted the texts are from people in leadership positions at the ECSO. The same people making decisions about how to investigate cases, make arrests and keep the community safe. These same people are responsible for deciding the fate of so many people without opposition or any check and balance.

During the summer of 2019, make-believe investigation was ordered on Chief Deputy Eric Haines by Sheriff David Morgan. This supposed investigation was to be centered around his treatment of females. Keep in mind that a Federal Court judge has ruled long ago that Eric Haines had displayed conduct that indicated gender bias. The investigator assigned was Mindy von Ansbach Young, who is a subordinate of Chief Haines. Young is in the chain of command for Haines. Still Morgan believed it was a good idea to have a subordinate investigate a supervisor.

Surprisingly, Young fulfilled the dog and pony show of an investigation and it was determined that Chief Haines had committed no violation! How lucky for him. The following text messages were obtained from the ECSO through a hard-fought public records request. The content speaks for itself. Incomprehensibly, Young seems to deeply admire Haines. For this reason, she should have never been assigned to investigate him.

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The witnesses highlighted are in the command staff or is Lee Tyree.

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Here is the link to the entire IA:  I2019-015_Eric Haines IA_unlocked

Just to remind everyone, Mindy von Ansbach Young has previously been mentioned in this blog.

For further entertainment here are some of the texts between Young & Haines:

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Eric Haines’s Worst Friggin’ Nightmare

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What is his worst nightmare? That would be me having legally obtained texts from his personal cell phone.

This is just a snippet.

Media manipulation…..  JC is JC Lowe General Manager of WEAR. And apparently Hannah McKenzie was ECSO’s new go-to-person as is Kevin Robinson at the PNJ

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The federal task force on guns.

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To be continued…….

Catching Up on the Insanity

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I have been completely out of the loop the last couple of weeks. But I want to catch up on the absurdity of last two weeks. Beware, I cannot make this shit up.

  1. October 22 & 23, 2019- The Fair

I got a call around 8 am from Philip Nix, head of the security for Don Frenkel at the Pensacola Interstate Fair as well as a former ECSO involved in a lawsuit with them currently in state court. Phil was livid. He went on to explain that after he got home from the fair and was climbing into bed, a phone call came in from the lone security guard at the fair. The security guard said an ECSO was standing at the door to the money office and he was there to tell him that a 9-1-1 call came in from someone needing assistance at the fairgrounds. The deputy, acting under orders from his commanding officer, Sgt. Vestal, #118, was there to tell the security guard that the ECSO was not to respond to 9-1-1 calls from the fair.

Now let’s think this through. A deputy was there to say he would not respond to a location he was currently at right then. And that because of the animus between Sheriff Morgan and Don Frenkel would not help anyone who called 9-1-1 from that location. WOULD NOT HELP ANYONE WHO CALLED 9-1-1.

Phil was livid. He immediately called Chip Simmons, #2 in command at the ECSO. Chip denied knowing anything about this or any sort directive given to anyone to not respond to the fair. Chip said he’d look into the matter when he got to work.

During the next few hours, it came out that there were multiple calls that came in from someone at the fair prior to the deputy arriving just after 1 am. So now we have multiple calls coming in with the deputy responding to say he wouldn’t respond at least an hour later.  So I think the proof is in that timeline. Chip claimed that the problem was that there the perception that FDLE was working the fair. While this was true during while the fair was open but at night, no one but a security guard was there after hours as like many businesses in the county. To say that because there is private security, no law enforcement would respond to an emergency call, is not only terrifying to anyone but that isn’t the case for any other private business in the county. So that explanation doesn’t hold water. After receiving the call reports from the ECSO, the coding shows the calls were closed as deferring to another agency (even though no other agency was called). But the cherry on top of it all is this:

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It is clear Vestal did as he was directed; he was promoted 10 days later.

Moral of the Story: There is a lack of professionalism by the ECSO, especially when the county is sleeping, you’d better be prepared to handle your own emergencies if you are on the wrong side of David Morgan.

2. October 28, 2019

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The alarming part of this is that it took 18 minutes for the ECSO to respond. 18 MINUTES!! A minute must have seemed like a friggin’ year, but 18 minutes could have easily seen this entire family murdered. After looking into it, I am told that 13 minutes was the respond time per the ECSO records, but that is still ridiculous.

Moral of this story: If you call 9-1-1 and tell them a crazy person is threatening to kill you, you better be prepared to take matters into your own hands. ECSO won’t be there in time.

3. October 30, 2019

 

 

“Johnson states the suspects are from Escambia County.

He says crime from that county is spilling into Santa Rosa County.

According to Johnson, 670 people were arrested last year with Escambia County addresses.

So far this year, he says 705 have been arrested.”

After this Chorus Nylander spoke to Sheriff Morgan for a comment. The best part is the following:

Sheriff Johnson said Santa Rosa saw 670 arrests in 2018 of suspects that lived in Escambia County, this year before the year’s end the number is more than 700.

“I certainly didn’t take offense at Sheriff Johnson’s press conference I think he was outlining to folks a situation they are dealing with,” Sheriff Morgan said.

Sheriff Morgan said that crime spreading to neighboring counties is just a natural byproduct of how crime works and something his office can do little to prevent.

“It’s called the displacement theory and that theory is you never eliminate crime you kind of move it around but it pretty much stays there prostitution is a good example we focus on prostitution in Brownsville that moves on highway 29 we go on North 29 and it goes back to someplace else so we can’t throw a net obviously over crime and criminal activity as much as we’d like to contain it,” Morgan said.

This is perhaps one of the most preposterous comments Morgan has made in a LONG time. The displacement theory in criminology is a theory that says when law enforcement has been SO SUCCESSFUL, they have run crime out of one area; it must move because it cannot occur in the place it originated.  This theory has been disproved. The crime we are referring to here is street crime vs white collar crime. Street crime takes place in lower socio-economic areas.  When a successful law enforcement presence lowers crime in those areas, it doesn’t move to another area. People don’t have the means to move. Crime just dissipates.

I think we all know that crime isn’t getting better in Escambia County despite Haines’s skewed stats. It’s expanding and that is what is happening in Santa Rosa.

Moral of the Story: Don’t listen to a thing Morgan says. It doesn’t make sense.

 

I call Shenanigans (and Misfeasance)!

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The Tymar Crawford case has been a glorified case of “shenanigans”. While this South Park reference is funny, the concept is not. Shenanigans, trickery, in legalese, is misfeasance. According to Wikipedia, “generally, a civil defendant will be liable for misfeasance (in public office) if the defendant owed a duty of care toward the plaintiff, the defendant breached that duty of care by improperly performing a legal act, and the improper performance resulted in harm to the plaintiff“. That misfeasance is on the part of the State Attorney Bill Eddins. He set up a kangaroo grand jury to take the burden off of his shoulders in publicly announcing that no one would be holding Daniel Siemen accountable, legally, criminally for his actions ie “breach of duty of care” or “breach of public trust” to establish there is “nothing (criminal) to see here”.

Eddins claims that the officer was operating  in the moment of the incidence and us looking at it in hindsight doesn’t do it justice. But what I see is a bad traffic stop ending in unnecessary lethal force. What I mean by that is the premise that they used to engage Crawford was not procedure, policy or legal probable cause for the stop, thus a bad stop cannot end with a good shoot.

 

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According to the 1st two pages of  the Grand Jury report, the PPD officers saw Crawford roll by and they recognized it was him driving. They remembered he had a history of narcotics, violence and weapons charges and that he possibly had a suspended driver’s license but that couldn’t be confirmed. So they claimed, they both smelled “fresh marijuana” as he drove by. This is laughable especially because of the change in laws regarding marijuana. There was no reason for the stop ergo there was no reason for anything that resulted beyond.

FDLE believed Siemen would be charged. How does Bill Eddins prevent that? He obfuscating the facts of the shoot. Nothing happens in a vacuum and judging the acts of a cop in midst of such a conflict isn’t fair, but judging the acts that escalated to this conflict can be judged and calculated. If every action ripples into history, the choice to pursue Crawford without a reason, becomes the central flawed premise in the theater of shit.

Once that threshold was crossed, the fate of it all can be predicted and a life was lost. Regardless of what you think of Crawford, if being black and having a record was not a reason to be stopped even adding in the possibility of suspended license and possible the smell of marijuana, neither of which could be known for a certainty prior to the stop, then you must concede he would still be alive had that choice to enter into such questionable actions by the officers.  The lack of thinking through the consequences of stopping someone they believed had a violent streak for such a bullshit charge would have been calculated since LEO’s are supposed to be trained on such things. The truth is this decision could have resulted in more innocent people being hurt in the escalation of events that such training should have considered, had any consideration had been done.

Fact is one bad choice down a wrong path ended with the death of a young black man. That bell cannot be unrung. God have mercy on Pensacola!

 

Morgan’s Legal Team Laughable in Latest Motion

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Sheriff David Morgan’s stellar, top-notch counsel has now filed a Daubert Motion to Exclude Testimony of Plaintiff’s Expert Witness, Michael D. Lyman & Memorandum of Law in the Rogers’ girls cases against him. A Daubert Motion is motion to have a legal expert deemed to not be considered an expert in a particular case. In this instance, Michael D. Lyman is a police consultant who is formerly a criminal justice professor, formerly a narcotics agent, and formerly a criminal investigator with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He is considered an expert in police procedure matters, use of force, arrests, search & seizure matters, as well as management and supervision issues (hiring, retention; evaluation/assessment; termination).

Lyman’s resume and CV is far more extensive than the combined command staff of the ECSO.

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Now look at Michael Lyman’s CV

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The funniest part of all this is that expert testimony is explicitly, expert opinion.  An opinion given by someone with a background who would know. If Michael Lyman is not to be considered an expert and his background is far more law enforcement/criminal justice extensive than the top tier at the ECSO, then the conclusion that the top tier is not competent to hold the positions that have currently.

But just for fun I am putting the entire Daubert motion for public perusal.

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The Joke’s on Them

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The last few years, there have been a marked de-evolution of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.  The agency as a whole is failing the citizens of Escambia County as well as the deputies it employs.  I have asserted many times that the leadership of this agency has willingly and wantonly violated Florida Law. I have written posts on the illegal behavior by the ECSO Command Staff with respect to the treatment of employees. Examples of the leadership in the ECSO ignoring facts & evidence concerning illegal acts or behavior of employees have been numerous. Yet they still manage to accumulate more and more bad acts to add to their repertoire.

Nowadays, it is difficult to keep up with all the politics at the ECSO. Really no one should want too live in that world. The behavior of the Command Staff has become even more of an embarrassment across the state. There are too many jokes made about the lack of leadership, the dysfunction of management and not all are from officers. It has spilled out into the community.

Just to highlight, I have compiled the Top 5 joke worthy facts of the ECSO.

  1. David Morgan is not and has never been a cop. He has never completed any training that would allow him to function as a law enforcement officer in Florida. He has NEVER made an arrest of a suspect for a crime that he investigated.
  1. In 2016,  Frank Forte filed a false complaint on an officer. During the Internal Affairs Investigation it was proven that Lt. Forte is a verified and documented liar. He lied under oath about an officers’ conduct. Shortly after he was exposed for being a liar, Lt. Forte was assigned to the OIC position of Internal Affairs. He now controls every investigation that ECSO is responsible for completing that involves improper officer conduct.
  1. Steve Cappas confessed to mishandling sensitive evidence that could involve child pornography a few months ago. Now, it is reasonable to assume that immediate attention was given to this revelation. But, in fact, that assumption is wrong. Lt. Cappas continues his daily routine, not having been disciplined for mishandling evidence, nor re-trained on evidentiary procedure.  He, now, is busy spreading propaganda about those he feels is responsible for bringing his criminal acts to light. Cappas not only mishandled the evidence in the case, but in all likelihood, if we consider the preponderance of evidence, he destroyed evidence also. NOTE: During the time Cappas has avoided responsibility for possible criminal acts, there have been 3 other officers forced to leave the agency. One for simply cussing in a private setting. NONE HAVE BEEN ALLOWED DUE PROCESS!
  1. Chief Deputy Eric Haines was described by a federal Judge as being bias and having animus toward female employees. His recent conduct was captured on audio recording making threats to a female employee and her attorney. This audio recording is chilling especially considering the person refusing Due Process is a person that took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
  1.  The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office refuses to have a working relationship with ANY law enforcement agency. This should be alarming to all of us and why don’t they play well with other peace officers? What law enforcement leader would refuse the help of other agencies? Incompetence is the prime suspect; criminality is second runner up. That brings us to the biggest joke–Chief Deputy Eric Haines. Haines has cried and whined like a sleepy two-year-old about losing officers due to poor pay, and after receiving raises(that he withheld as a way to get deputies to open up their PBA contract to allow him to remove their rights), still cannot keep officers. As I have said for YEARS, the personnel shortage is because of the shortage of ability Haines displays as a law enforcement leader NOT low pay.

 

The people listed here are just a small sample of the corrupt individuals embedded inside the Morgan camp. There is more and more will be published until these individuals are no longer able to hamstring good, hardworking cops. None of those listed individuals have the integrity to admit wrong or admit not being capable to effectively perform their duties. The conduct they have displayed is criminal and they should be charged for the unlawful acts committed while in their official positions. The least that should occur is for the criminals destroying the agency to be removed and never allowed to present themselves as fraudulent law enforcement officers again.

More Morgan Drama

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So the Rogers vs. Morgan lawsuit has heated up. This is a new twist. Mindy Pare claimed her letters to and from Leah Manning were not relevant to this lawsuit only to be proven wrong after an inspection of the letters on camera.

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The excerpt says:

“I hope to make Morgan eat his words from the press conference (in 2015). He deliberately gave false information about the pictures and the computers, just to make a bigger better case. Fuck him and his election year! ANYWAYS! I feel he did it so it would make us look our daughters predators and it would get picked up by more news affiliates instead of just teens accusing of wrongdoings! And then he got to throw my sex life in and make the juicy twist. What goes around comes around and he has quite alot going around in his life. I wonder if he (illegible) his cell # when it showed up in my phone? LOL! Enough about that for now. It’s like a tv show. …to be continued!”

 

2 Sheriffs, One Sex Scandal

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On February 23rd, 2017, Chief Deputy Eric Haines started an internal affairs investigation into deputy Heath Jackson and with allegations of Jackson giving information to Leah & Doug Manning when they were on the run in 2015.  The IA investigation was thrown together and completed very quickly. It consisted of testimony of Doug Manning, Leah Manning, Heath Jackson and phone records. There was no true investigation as pieces of the criminal investigation and other internal affairs investigations were cropped together, to give the facade of an actual investigation being conducted. Naturally, the IA found the claims unsubstantiated. This was a political favor because Heath Jackson had political ambitions. He wanted to run for Sheriff in Escambia County, Alabama. In 2019, Jackson was sworn in after winning that election.

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The entirety of the IA file can be seen here.

This is an investigation that began on February 23, 2017, with Heath Jackson contacting Eric Haines. The first interview of this IA is Doug Manning from January 2016. Why was no IA started then? Then, an IA interview with Doug on February 10th, 2017 (before the IA began).  How is that possible?  Answer: IT ISN’T.

Evil Knows No Bounds

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In previous posts, I have covered how Naomi Jones’s investigation was bungled; how the ECSO refused to do a missing person report when Gavin Clarke’s mom attempted to get help in her son’s disappearance; how so many children have been discarded because the ECSO failed to do their jobs. This story is more than that. When children go missing, there MUST be trust in law enforcement by the community. However, the distrust in this case is well earned by the ECSO.

The case I am speaking of is Jada McNeal aka Jadekiss McNeal. She went missing in December of 2015.  This case has been mishandled by the ECSO since day one. The original missing personsimage0000001 report was “lost” apparently by the agency without anyone as much as attempting to look into the disappearance. She was labeled a chronic runaway.

Three months later, when Jada’s grandmother contacted the ECSO, she was told no report was done in December, so she proceeded to file one right then. However, since Jada had been gone so long, the ECSO considered the case “cold” and used that as an excuse to do virtually nothing. Sometime soon after a lead came to the ECSO that the young girl was in a sex trafficking ring that ran from Louisiana to Las Vegas.4829175381491712.png

Until May of this year, nothing has transpired in this case, or so it appeared when the family did a press conference to refresh interest in the case. In typical Morgan fashion, Sir David held his own press conference lashing out at the family for doing such a thing. The investigator assigned to the case was promptly demoted for not making Sir David aware of the family’s press conference prior to it happening.

Skip ahead 2 months, I got a call from a colleague in the media who received a lead on Jada’s case. My colleague’s source claimed that a lead came to the ECSO about an inmate in Miami/Dade County jail  that had told investigators there that he had information on Jada being trafficked throughout the state of Florida and the last time he had seen her she was alive. The authorities in Miami contacted the ECSO and spoke to Mike Gilmore head of investigations. Gilmore told him the ECSO was not interested in sending anyone down to speak to this guy who had apparently been arrested in connection with sexual crimes. The authorities in Miami were shocked that the ECSO wasn’t interested in at least hearing what this man had to say. But that wasn’t the end of it. Mike Gilmore called Miami back later and made a request for the original statement this inmate made regarding Jada. Gilmore’s request for the “original” documentation concerned the authorities in Miami and they refused to send any original documentation to the ECSO. Chatter on LEOAffairs.com reflects this corroborating the story I was told

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I was stunned by this news. If I had a child missing and I found out even one lead–no matter how far fetched–wasn’t followed up on, I would have someone’s head on a pike. I proceeded pass along this information to a member of the ECSO admin who has attempted to convince myself and colleagues of his interest in correcting the problematic issues within the ECSO. I was apprehensive about this because anyone associated with this agency who either sees the issues of cutthroat behavior towards the employees not to mention the detrimental effect on the community this agency has built up or is there but unaware of these issues, wouldn’t typically get any benefit of the doubt from me. The list of casualties of this agency to the people within it and the community will take years to rehabilitate. I simply don’t know that it can be rehabilitated with the administration in place particularly Eric Haines and David Morgan.

Without any real options, I took a leap of faith and told this one person in a position of authority about the lead I got. He said he would look into it and keep me posted. In the meantime, my colleague I received the original tip from contacted me to tell me that her source clarified that the ECSO received this tip 2 years ago and failed to follow up. This tip sat–unfollowed–in a file for 2 years. I lost my mind. Statistically, the chances of finding this little girl alive are exponentially less every day; in the last two years, the lack of give a shit by the ECSO very likely cost this little girl’s life or depleted the chances of finding her to NIL.

The person at the ECSO I confided this tip in with the hopes of helping this little girl corroborated that this tip was indeed two years old and unfollowed up on. He refused to assign blame but promised to properly handle this lead ASAP. Since then, 3 trips to areas around the Southeast have been made running down this lead. A few names have been given and they are being run down–2 years too late–but possibly to some end.

My heart has been broken by this story. I was put into contact with members of the family via Cindy Martin, an advocate in the black community who contacted me about doing stories about crimes against people of color that have been inadequately handled and less sufficiently covered by any media. For example, James Beasley who contacted Pensacola PD about someone who was tried to kill him, only to be shot dead two hours after they refused to assist him. Or Devin Kennedy of Pensacola who was killed in Seminole, Alabama with neither the Pensacola PD, ESCO or the Baldwin County Sheriff’s office investigating the crime.

How is it possible in this day and age that these things can happen? The fact they almost exclusively happen to minorities adds a level of perception of rampant racism or indifference to those socio-economically below the threshold of most politicians level of sight.

Getting back to Jada, if anyone has any information on this little girl at anytime since December 2015, please contact Milton Search & Rescue’s Steve Williams. He seems to be the only one seriously investigating for this family.FullSizeRenderIMG_6222

Morgan Has Some Explaining to Do

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Yesterday a document was filed in the federal case, Rogers vs. Morgan et al, that establishes that, according an official Apple store, Leah Manning’s IPhone 5S was water damaged. This is funny considering that damage occurred while in the ECSO custody.  We know that the phone was NOT water damaged when it was taken into custody because the phone was functional at the point that ECSO employees extracted data from it.  We know Steve Cappas testified UNDER OATH that the phone appeared to be in good condition prior to the judge ordering them to turn it over to the Plaintiff for inspection and extraction. But since that time (in July 2019), the battery has swollen and the phone has been damaged by water.water damage_Page_1.jpg

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How does that happen when the phone is in evidence in a law enforcement agency’s custody? This particular version of the IPhone 5S is more resistant that earlier versions of the phone to common humidity, sweat and simple drops of liquid. The indicator light in this model is triggered by pressure of water, meaning submersion. How does an IPhone, presumably independently damaged among other evidence in evidence storage, get submerged?

I will leave that to you to figure out. There is no simple or justifiable answer but this is highly indicative of evidence tampering and/or mishandling. And if this particular piece of evidence, which is stored with other pieces of evidence, from other cases, is damaged and/or tampered with, how do we know other evidence has not been mishandled, damaged or tampered with?

After at least 2 people in the past couple of years, Joseph Graves & Christine Rollins, have been convicted of stealing narcotics, which is evidence tampering, and now this, every single piece of evidence is absolutely suspect.

Lee Tyree Letter to PBA Members

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The unedited letter to the PBA members from Lee Tyree.
Greetings NWFPBA family,
   As many of you have been made aware there will be a change to the way the PBA will be handling the representation of our members who are facing discipline at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. I received notice of this change after some discussion with our General Council Stephanie Webster and our Executive Director Matt Puckett. The catalyst was the recent handing of a 112 violation for our Chapter Senior Vice President Tama Barber. This violation was a difference of legal right to communicate with council during an I.A. as it is viewed by the Sheriff’s Administration and the PBA. Both the PBA and the Sheriff’s Office have written to the Attorney General’s Office and both are awaiting a ruling.
   The initial letter from the PBA about this change was addressed directly to me from Matt Puckett. I did not release this letter to membership, the media, the public or even my board as a whole (although many of the upper board members knew what was going on). I’ve been asked why and I have told some directly when asked, I also explained the situation at the last General Membership meeting, but until now I’ve not released a statement as to why.
   There are several reasons why I didn’t put this letter out, which of course was all for not, since it eventually made its way to the public. First, I didn’t feel like a letter which was derogatory to the administration is one that I should be putting out to the public at this time and place. I’m of the opinion that this agency, just like many agencies has its share of dirty laundry, but it is the place that I have worked for the past 22 years, the same place that both my mom and dad worked and retired from and I hate seeing our department disparaged. In recent months we as an agency have had our image tarnished in the public. You only have to think of the Manning civil case which have been making the rounds on media, the case involving Zaid or the 2 cases involving former crime scene techs from our department. I didn’t want the letter to add to our ever evolving negative image.
   There is also a bit of embarrassment that came with the letter. I’ve been representing members for over 15 years and feel that the past 4 years as President, our Chapter has done a tremendous job not only in making our members better protected, but also to improving our contract and our salaries. Although Matt Puckett says in the letter that this is no reflection on the service that the Chapter Board and I provide the members, it still stings that an announcement of this type was needed at all. While I support the letter and know that it demonstrates the amount of displeasure the PBA feels over the situation involving VP Barber, I also have an opinion having worked as a rep for employees that this type of approach could create a bigger issue for some members who have discipline issues of a minor nature, where the bringing in of an attorney could make the situation more pronounced than it might need to be.
   Finally, while discipline is a big part of what I deal with as President, I also need a working relationship with the administration in order to work through all types of Union situations. I need to have an open line of communication, in order to assist our members with situations that pop up all the time. This time of the year, I get many questions about promotional exam eligibility, questions about the Chapters position on interpretation of situations that are not clear in policy and even questions about simple stuff such as detachments for training and such. For all of these reasons, I felt that the letter from Tallahassee to me would be best served as a simple notification from myself to the Administration to notify them of why all of the sudden lawyers would be showing up for all discipline matters. I let all of my reps know that lawyers would handling the discipline issues until told otherwise and to have all requests go through me so I could coordinate with Tallahassee.
   Do I agree with the PBA on their assessment of the 112 violation, yes, I have always said and will continue to say, what use is a rep or attorney in an I.A. if you cannot consult with them during the interview. My hope is that we will soon have an opinion which will put our agency I. A.’s back to normal. Should the AG’s office come back against us, then we will adjust and continue on assisting our members as best we can.
   If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and ask away!
Lee Tyree
Northwest Chapter President
Florida PBA
Can’t make this shit up! Tyree thinks he can decide what is a public record and what is appropriate to tell the members that pay dues to have men like him represent them. The letter was written to him to deliver to Haines and for him to pass the message to everyone accordingly. He was too chicken to do that.
With his intellect, he should be chief deputy in no time.
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Bureaucratic Insanity

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I sent the following email to various agencies including FDLE:

I am contacting you in reference to violations of Florida Statute regarding LET fund. Via public records requests, I have found that the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is not obtaining the followup accounting per statute 932.7055(5)(c). I have requested this documentation from the Sheriff’s office. The CFO, Henrique Dias, was confused about my request but emailed me that his office just disbursed the funds, someone else did the followup.  So I contacted the Board of County Commissioners, who have to OK all donations and they do not do any follow up as they insist the Sheriff’s office should. But they did tell me that the Clerk of Court may have the documentation as they are supposed to verify that paperwork is done. Today, Pam Childers, the Clerk of Court, said there was no way for her to fulfill request and re-directed me to the Sheriff’s office.
Each step of the way I had to CONVINCE each of these entities that follow up reporting is required by statute. What that tells me is they aren’t properly handling the reporting. My question is if this can go on without anyone regarding the law that establishes procedure, what else is being mishandled?
A serious inquiry should be done. Even though this is just follow up reporting, it shows how used to cutting corners the officials in this county are. This is merely a symptom of a much deeper problem when all the checks and balances are not in place properly.
Jimmie Staley
This is the FDLE response I got:

Dear Mr. Staley,

Your recent correspondence with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) was received by the Office of Executive Investigations (OEI). In your correspondence, you addressed concerns about the handling of civil asset forfeitures. Upon review, it was determined that your complaint does not warrant an investigation by FDLE. If you believe that employees of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office did not follow proper procedure or statute, you should provide that information to their internal affairs or command staff. Florida law states that the employing agency is responsible for investigating complaints against officers and employees within their agency. Therefore, any complaints regarding alleged misconduct by members of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office should be directed to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs / Professional Standards Unit for their review and any action deemed appropriate.

Sincerely,

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Office of Executive Investigations

 

This could be a form letter from any agency, honestly.  It is this sort of thinking that enables corruption; surely this is by design.  Archimedes said, “Give me a place to stand & I will take over the world.” Sadly this is not the mantra of the average American. But what I wanted to point out to people is that just to get to the point to report wrongdoing or send a complaint, as simple as it was, takes someone a very long time to work up to doing. The average person has to weigh the cost of “rocking the boat”, either personally or professionally.  This person would have to be absolutely sure the result would outweigh the cost and be heard by the recipient. This is where people will abandon vocalizing their concerns. Once someone from an organization or agency, in effect, tells them there is nothing they can do, that generally ends it. The person re-thinks their intuition and rationale thinking that led them to the point of reaching out. They start to doubt their understanding of the process and procedures that make up “the system”–sometimes even falling in the trap of thinking they aren’t smart enough to navigate the plain language of laws, rules and regulations.

This isn’t true in most cases, but that is what people are led to believe. Stepping up against politicians, figures of authority, is a huge deal that can paralyze the average citizen. Robert F. Kennedy said in his speech, dubbed, The Ripple of Hope Speech,  “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Kennedy points out 4 dangers to people stepping up to do the right thing. The first is the risk of futility, or being afraid the stance they choose to take, isn’t enough to make a difference alone. The second danger is of expediency, not having an immediate impact that is measurable. The third is the timidity of being cast aside by trusted and respected people in the community, or being a pariah. Finally, the risk of falling into a position of comfort and not wanting to create discomfort in everyday life for themselves or their family.  All of these dangers are valid and reasonable obstacles that prevent 90% of the population to stay quiet in the face of obvious injustice and corruption.

FDLE tried to accomplish this with their response to me. They pointed out “after review” they are not the entity to be contacted, roughly a week after they received my initial email. This hits upon the lack of expediency, while they also assert that after their “review”, which gives the impression someone thoughtfully and attentively read my complaint and carefully crafted an answer. Nothing could be further from the truth because of the obvious fact they did not understand, THE SHERIFF is the issue, not just an employee on his staff. This reflects the futility Kennedy pointed out of being heard, but not making an impact. In reality, I wasn’t heard, so it is not futile to think that a complaint won’t render a positive outcome.

In my case, the final point that is relevant from Kennedy’s speech is pushing my comfort level by referring me to confront the ECSO directly. This is the laughable part because I have vocally and gregariously made statements directly to staff about this. I fail to fall prey to 3 out of 4 dangers in this example, as Kennedy outlined in this one speech over 30 years ago.  My message to everyone reading this is simply to be mindful of the traps of the insanity and wild goose chase that people may inevitably be directed to fall into via lack of analysis of what they are told and inattentiveness of the respondents to the initial contact.

One person can make a difference. I am living proof of this. So my advice is to scrutinize your answers as critically as possible before abandoning the path chosen.  Bureaucracy is red tape outlined to trip those up who are not serious about pursuing the right cause of action, for the right reasons. It says more about them than it does you.

Sheriff Morgan Makes False Accusations Against PBA

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Sheriff Morgan,

I feel compelled to respond to your letter to Matt Puckett of the PBA. You accuse the PBA of leaking the letter sent to Lee Tyree, stripping him of his PBA obligations due to Haines’s tyrannical handling of deputies’ rights.

I know you are aware I posted that same letter on Facebook a couple of days ago and did a blog post on my blog, ConjuringJusticeBlog.com, yesterday.

Make no mistake: your administration through a NUMBER of sources leaked that document to me, not anyone in the PBA, although I called PBA first after I heard about it. However, my voicemail to Ianna Durning was not returned. Haines’s attempt to hide the letter in his own IA investigation was a terribly misguided thing to do. Everyone aware of that was appalled and reached out to sources to leak it to me.  You have more people in your administration leaking information than ever before. Why do you think that is? Don’t bother with headhunting in this case. There were so many people who contacted me, you would literally have only the handful of people who did not want this left out. I have more supporters than you do, at least in terms of people you supposedly oversee.

As for airing your ex employees’ dirty laundry, I hope Bain Custer sues you for defamation.  You used county resources to do a DNA test of fluids found in his office to prove he had sex on duty. The problem is, the male DNA found was not Bain’s. Was it another sexual deviant in your admin? That expensive test the taxpayers footed the bill for backfired on you. It only reveals the more serious problems of in your agency with you and Haines turning a blind eye to favored employees while you conduct witch hunts for those you don’t. The favored ones are a smaller group every day.

Your prevarication regarding lawsuits is being observed by many. You were not honest in asserting that all cases were dismissed or abandoned, not settled. Anita Hemphill and Jeff Van Camp settled their lawsuits with you, just to name a few. And the ongoing cases include, Laura Montoya, Philip Nix, Mindy Pare, Adam Narvaez and Tama Barber and hopefully Bain Custer soon. And this is not an all-inclusive list. I believe there are more, but you would have to ask your counsel, who is paid for by the people. They have an accurate count I’m sure.

Your rush to judgment on how the PBA letter got out is not surprising. It is much like your impulsive press conference asserting you don’t remember ever meeting Leah Manning, or your rush to think there was no Billy Boyette was in woods next to the vehicle he left abandoned, when, in fact, he was; that poor decision cost another life. All these poor decisions from the number one law enforcement officer in the county. Is there any wonder the people who call you boss, are reaching out to anyone who will listen asking for intervention?

But to be clear, this is me accepting responsibility for leaking this letter that I RECEIVED FROM YOUR OFFICE. You may want to apologize to the PBA.

Sincerely,

Jimmie Lee Staley,

aka “The Blogger who doesn’t deserve airtime”

 

Chief Deputy Haines Hiding Public Records from Deputies

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On 8-13-2019, I received a notice from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office concerning a public record request made. The request was for a letter prepared by the Florida Police Benevolent Association Inc. The letter details the change in procedure for employees being investigated or disciplined by the ECSO, taking the point of contact person out of the agency and replacing them with a PBA attorney. This is a drastic move but a positive one for deputies, if they know about it. The letter calls out Eric Haines & the IA investigators for multiple complaints of “intimidation and blatant violations of LEO bill of rights”.

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The letter is addressed to Lee Tyree. Tyree is the President for the local chapter of PBA. He is the only paid board member for the Northwest Florida PBA. Tyree receives a paycheck that is funded by the members of the PBA. The dues the members pay is to ensure that they are protected from improper employment practices. The members are paying to have their careers protected from corrupt leadership. They pay and trust that Lee Tyree will take the proper steps to protect them if needed. The members should be severely disappointed with what they have received from Tyree, while the PBA asserts his ineffectiveness to do his job as being in fear of retaliation, from people on the inside, the ineptness of Tyree is more about keeping favor with Haines, not avoiding retaliation, which is a different motivation altogether

After receiving this letter Tyree was instructed to hand deliver it to Haines. When Tyree provided Haines a copy of the letter, Haines, for obvious reasons, did not want the letter to be a public record. Honestly it is not a letter that belongs to Haines nor is it his call to determine what is a public record. The letter is addressed to the President of PBA, Lee Tyree. However, if Lee Tyree allows Haines to dictate his actions and tells him it is now part of an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into Haines. Yes, Haines is overseeing his own IA investigation.  But without any balking, Tyree accepts this direction and without hesitation allows Haines to hide the letter from the PBA membership and public.

Every member of this chapter of the PBA should file a complaint against Tyree with the sender of this letter. Tyree has allowed countless employees to be mistreated and disciplined by Haines, knowing violations of employee rights were occurring.  Tyree even helped assist Haines by talking employees into resigning convincing them there is no other options. Tyree was seldom concerned enough to put up a strong defense for employees being harmed by Haines.

Now that we have seen the letter, we know it doesn’t relate to any investigation. There is not a true reason to refuse a public record request because of confidential status. In fact, it is an informative document advising the President of  this chapter of the PBA that a process that has been in place for over 25 years will change. A process for handling investigations and discipline will change because of improper conduct of “upper management” specifically Eric Haines and Internal Affairs investigators. This was a letter written to Tyree so he could inform the membership that PBA was taking action to protect them.

Unfortunately, but predictably, Tyree went the course of conspiring to hide the letter in a bogus Internal Investigation. Tyree is most concerned with being promoted apparently. He jumped at the chance to please Haines even though he was derelict in the performance of the duties he has been paid to perform as PBA President. He did nothing to inform the membership or post the letter for consumption by the membership. Tyree is the person responsible for protecting employees but instead assisted with committing law violations by concealing a public record. Why?

All PBA members should demand an explanation from Tyree and try to determine exactly how much he has kept hidden from the membership. A review of his conduct should be completed to determine if he should return funds received because of  shirking his required duties. In fact, it appears Tyree was more concerned with personal gain and has provided little service to members of the union. His recent contract negotiation left PBA with a shell of a contract and even less job protection. Seems more appropriate for Haines to be paying Tyree and not the membership of PBA for this service of undercutting deputies’ rights.

As far as Public Record request are concerned this is an old issue with Haines. He routinely makes attempts to delay or avoid Public Records requests. Haines should be held accountable for his conduct with this issue as well as the issues brought up by PBA. The fact that the ECSO would consider avoiding public record laws is a major concern. Why is that? What could they be hiding?
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Here are a couple of public records requests that have been difficult to obtain. Maybe some of the readers could attempt to obtain some records. If anyone is willing, go to this link  & please find out for yourselves how certain subjects really upset the ECSO leadership. You probably will not be successful, but you will get a first-person view of corruption at work. Here is the standard template. Copy and paste any all of the requests.

 

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. Monthly total of off duty fee collected from extra duty employment
  2. Any document indicating deposit, expenditure, or disbursement of funds collected from off duty

 

 

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. Any investigation relating to any employee investigated for improper use of SSN
  2. Any employee investigated for committing fraud by stealing identity of a deceased person
  3. Investigation completed by Capt. Ray Briggs on the listed issues.
  4. Any recorded interviews of the subject of the investigation
  5. Crime stoppers tip that notified the ECSO of employee not being a legal citizen

 

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. All training records documenting the training Steve Cappas has received concerning evidence handling.
  2. All training Steve Cappas has received making him qualified to examine electronic evidence

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. Any internal communications, emails relating to & from David Morgan or any public information officers from 7/9/2009-7/15/2009 (Billings case)
  2. Any internal communication relating to server failure for the above time frame

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. All Gulf Coast Crimestoppers payouts for any given year.

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. Evidence logs showing chain of custody of all evidence in reference to the Manning case.
  2. All internal correspondence that mentions the name “Jimmie Staley” or “Conjuring Justice”

If anyone gets this information, please share. You will likely be told that the record doesn’t exist or there was never an investigation. Just because they say it doesn’t mean that it is true. A good rule to follow is to verify that the record exists from someone inside the agency. This is my rule of thumb but the powers that be inside the agency haven’t  seemed to figure this out yet.

The Biggest Threat to ECSO is the Actions of Deputies/Sheriff

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Apparently, in the wake of my last few blog posts, Steve Cappas has been trying to figure out a way to sue me to get his transcript excerpts taken down. I find this so amusing because this man has committed numerous felonies against so many people, depriving them of their constitutional right to due process, and I am his concern. Cappas should be concerned about Joe Zarzaur’s next move or perhaps the real likelihood of prosecution or maybe the number of cases he has handled that may be overturned in light of his participation and questionable evidence handling.

In researching the duties Cappas should have upheld, according to FDLE, I found this (My apologies for the blurry quality. Please see the link for a clearer view):

Plainly, as simple as the rules appears to be, Cappas had difficulty following them .He stripped constitutional rights from individuals on a whim. He allowed evidence to be exposed to tampering threats and possibly lost that could be exculpatory to individuals currently incarcerated or that could have put more people who broke the law behind bars, justifiably.

In true fashion of the ECSO, there has been no response or change in policy regarding the shocking evidence handling procedures, Cappas has adopted. The agency staff members have been busy overseeing back to back investigations on one officer as well as preparing admin for the numerous jury trials against them in the near future.

One of the claims being investigated is that an officer used profanity. The recommended punishment is termination. The supporting evidence includes a statement given by Capt. Hall. She is also on leave for misconduct involving dishonesty. However, her statement getting an employee fired was taken as truthful, but she will likely suffer adverse employment action for being dishonest.

Another investigation into Facebook posts or gossip including derogatory remark about David Morgan has recently been completed. The employee suffered serious penalty as well. There was no law violation. There was no indecent behavior. Never tampered with evidence. Never destroyed evidence to avoid detection of a crime. This employee insulted David Morgan unknowingly and will suffer serious consequence.

In accordance to status quo, the idea that Cappas being untruthful would catch the attention of ECSO staff members is a fallacy. However, it seems like if officers can be terminated for using profanity when upset, there is no doubt admin would expeditiously handle the admitted criminal behavior of Cappas. But sadly, that assumption would be wrong. Cappas is a follower. He is willing to evade lawful conduct and hide behind the fact he is following orders. He should know he isn’t excused for improper behavior because his superiors don’t choose to follow law. Yet I am sure I will be the scapegoat if Cappas is, in fact, arrested for criminal activity.

Cappas should seek advice on how best to avoid that inevitable outcome because currently, he is a fall guy for improper/criminal acts in the Manning case. He may be satisfied with being sacrificed. If he is sacrificed and loses his freedom and/or job, he can at least celebrate not having to explain how one person could be so spineless and blindly follow orders that are contrary to procedure and law, affecting anyone’s freedom . His conduct should be addressed immediately by the ECSO Administration and he should be investigated while on leave just as all other employees when an investigation begins that is serious in nature like offending David Morgan. However, offending, Sir David is far more serious in the eyes of this administration than wrongfully, criminally mishandling cases. This is your Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Evidence ECSO Damaged/Destroyed IPhone

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Joe Zarzaur has found that Leah Manning’s IPhone, evidence in the Rogers vs. Morgan et al lawsuit was damaged while in the ECSO’s custody. It is speculation that it was microwaved or cracked to destroy internal data, preventing disclosure of pictures and videos of the explicit child molestation by deputies and other damning evidence of inappropriateness by Sheriff David Morgan.

More Sketchy ECSO Facts

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In my last post, the procedure of how the “sensitive” or “exceptional” investigations conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office were handled was explained by LT. Steve Cappas. Zach Ward pointed out how a report with critical evidence that he handled was inexplicably missing from the case file while it was replaced by another report done a year later by a different person. This illustrates tampering and/or destruction of evidence. Steve Cappas tried hard to cover up and explain away inaccuracies told by Sheriff Morgan in his press conference. It was obvious that evidence that should have been handled professionally and securely, was not and many people were aware and had access to sensitive information that could be manipulated for self-preservation by many. I am not saying it WAS manipulated but just the fact that the opportunity and access facilitated the possibility of multiple hands altering evidence to preserve their livelihoods, reputations, and marriages, exists. It would just take one desperate person feeling backed into a corner, with the ability to distort the facts of the case via the digital evidence. While I am not saying it did happen for a fact, often, good people make bad decisions if the opportunity presents itself. This was a politically charged case that could have led to career ending implications, possible jail time repercussions and even personal life destruction. And the handling of evidence was so sloppy, that we cannot know for a fact it wasn’t tainted. That is the reason for police procedures is to minimize opportunities and preserve chain of custody. That did not exist in this case.  My question is how many other cases happened like that over the tenure of Sheriff Morgan?

 In trying to understand if it is possible other cases, big or small, may have been handled just as unprofessionally, we must look at the people in charge of such investigations. Today, I want to continue the discussion with a look at the most recent head of Internal Affairs investigations, Frank Forte. Under his watch, many deputies’ careers have passed through his hands.  Just to give some context and clarification, during Zarzaur’s deposition with Eric Haines, done last week, it came out there is no internal procedure or process of handling or even initiating IA investigations. IA has been used as a tool for the administration to conduct witch hunts against deputies they consider, unworthy of the badge. Any reasoning works and depending on how vehemently Eric wants people gone, it can be a nonsensical and even unlawful process. An example is Tama Barber’s writ of Mandamus, where Morgan decided there would be no compliance hearing that is available to deputies via Florida statute. Morgan doesn’t have the authority to deny that, yet he did. This is standard operating procedure.

None these mishandlings of IA investigations can go on, if a professional is at the head of this department, assuring deputies’ rights aren’t violated as well as procedure is followed to protect the ECSO from liability in wrongful termination suits. Forte being the head of this particular department, is very interesting because there is documentation showing Frank Forte perjured himself.

Because my colleague, Dr. James Scaminaci III delivers the facts as elegantly as I would be able to, I differ to his article on CJ’s Street Report from December 14, 2016:

The basic facts are these.  Sergeant Nix was working a side job in Pensacola Beach.  He gave permission to three vehicles to park in a “Loading Zone” area.  Sergeant Nix knew that there was no Florida statute prohibiting parking in such a zone (there is now).  Sergeant Nix advised Deputy Cripe that he had given the car owners permission to park there and that it was legal.  Deputy Cripe complained to Lt. Frank Forte who instructed Deputy Cripe to write the tickets.  Once Nix left his side job, Cripe wrote two tickets on Saturday and one ticket on Monday.  The three tickets involved two car owners.

Sergeant Nix was subpoenaed to appear as a defense witness, as was Deputy Cripe as a for the prosecution.  Lt. Forte attended as an observer.

After Nix’s testimony had concluded, Lt. Forte told Col Hardy that Sergeant Nix had violated ECSO guidelines in his testimony.  In the June 28, 2016, memo from Col Hardy to Chief Deputy Haines, Hardy wrote:  “Following the hearings, I was contacted by Lt. Forte and he informed me that it was his belief that the testimony given by Sgt. Nix against the Sheriff’s Office during the hearings rose to the level of Unbecoming Conduct in violation of ECSO policy.”

In the very same memo from Hardy to Haines, Col Hardy informed the Chief Deputy that he had checked to see if there were any evidence that could contradict or corroborate Lt Forte’s belief.  There was no such evidence.  Thus, the second Internal Affairs investigation began.

It is important to note that this second Internal Affairs investigation proceeded once Hardy and Haines were assured there was no evidence that could contradict Forte’s statement.  It would be an officer’s word against a sergeant’s word, backed up by a deputy, Cripe who was in the courtroom.

Unbeknownst to Haines, Hardy, Forte, and Cripe, Sergeant Nix, already in the gun sights of the ECSO due to the ongoing first Internal Affairs investigation seeking to charge him with felony grand theft, paid for a court reporter to record the proceedings of the traffic court.

Unfortunately, I do not have an electronic copy of the second Internal Affairs documentation.  However, I do have hard copy of Lt. Forte’s sworn recorded statement regarding IA # I2016-012 dated July 22, 2016.

On page 9 of his sworn to be true testimony, Lt Forte told ECSO investigators, “…and the exact words, I can’t remember but I can tell you that part of it was, I was assigned to that beach for a long time and I’m aware that deputies have a habit of writing illegal tickets there.  And I couldn’t believe that he made that statement in court.  First of all, it’s not a true statement.  But to make that statement is bad enough….Our deputies sitting there shaking their heads.  Got their heads down shaking their heads like they can’t believe those words just came out of Nix’s mouth.”

On page 10, Lt. Forte’s sworn to be true recorded testimony reads:  “POLLOCK: And is this opinion of these illegal tickets or did he just kind of make some blanket statement?  FORTE: Nix blurted the statement I gave you.  Uhm.  He was never asked, what is your opinion or anything of that nature.  I didn’t hear that.  What I heard was Philip Nix explaining how he gave them permission and then he continues on to say something to the effect of, I’m very familiar with that red curb because uh there’s been numerous deputies that have written tickets on that, uh illegal parking tickets on that red curb.  Uhm, and when he made that statement uhm I can assure you no one asked him his opinion or asked him any of that.  He, that was, that was