The First Domino Falls

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To my great shock, the BOCC denied the increased millage which Sir David tried to shove down their throats. The most amazing thing is how verbally they expressed their contempt for the Sheriff’s tactics. Each of them, except for Underling, spoke to the press push that Morgan tried to use to get his way.  Underhill was the lone dissident vote, not surprisingly.

The issue here is not the raises for deputies; the issue is why Morgan hasn’t made it a priority. In April alone, Morgan gave away $35K to Underhill’s pet projects.  Assuming the starting salary of $35K, Morgan could have used the money he gave away to fund the Sheriff’s portion of 2 SRO’s–not to mention $5K to Pensacola Opera, $20K to PACE Center for Girls, $20K for Panhandle Charitable Open. That’s another $45K that could go to 2 1/2 more SRO’s salaries. While no one is saying these charities aren’t worthy (the opera is questionable), Morgan is spending money on all these things INSTEAD OF SRO’S.

The most ironic part is the article I found that Sir David wrote:

The pre-elected Morgan seems much more honorable and reasonable than the drastic contrast of the 3 term sheriff. It is funny when I was talking to people about what was going on in the county, I used the word “corruption” and I was told, “No, I wouldn’t say corruption; it is just the ‘good ole boy system'”.  By not using the word, it was like it was somewhat better than what it is. It is power that corrupts and we see this demonstrated in front of us with this article from several years ago and the issues of today. The budget has always been a point of contention for the Sheriff’s office and BOCC. But the tactics of this Sheriff are sophomoric and not in good faith. Good faith isn’t a concept 3-term Morgan knows at all.

 

The King of the Prevarication & Duke of Cronyism BACK TOGETHER AGAIN

YES, MORGAN & UNDERHILL are teaming up again to fleece the county.

This is not news to most of us, but Morgan has gotten much more bold with his latest campaign to discredit the BOCC for the extra fraction of the budget that he is not getting. The most recent confabulation is that he will have to cut SRO’s out of schools, end funeral escorts and cut courthouse security. This is moronic for many reasons but the best reasons are that a.) SRO’s are funded 50% by the school board. Pulling them out means Morgan will have to make up that 50% of SRO salaries normally paid by the school board. Thus no money is saved, but expended.  b.) court security is paid for entirely by Pam Childers. If that is pulled, Morgan would be on the hook for those officers entire benefits and pay.

The funeral escort situation is there to play on Southern civility which isn’t affected by the school and the courtroom scare. It is truly the only service in dire straits.

This is where UnderLING steps in. Morgan is making such a stink about not negotiating and has started a propaganda campaign, disclosing commissioners email addresses and direct phone lines. His call to action hasn’t turned out the way planned but Underhill is sending out emails to ECSO and the school board that clarifies his want to give in to Morgan’s demands.

This email fails to address the fact that according to Fla Statute, SRO’s can be funded through the controversial LET Fund. Sat Jul 22 2017 13-36-13 GMT-0500

While Morgan and Underhill conspire to keep anyone from looking at Morgan’s budget closely,  I suggest that the people start a real “ask the sheriff” by calling him & emailing him to ask why he is floating these BS scare tactics about schools when it is to his fiscal detriment that they are removed…a bigger money problem.  Or contact your BOCC chairman, UnderLING, and ask why he is trying SO HARD to cover the gap to keep the Sheriff happy.  Who cares what makes Morgan happy?  It won’t fix the problems in the ECSO.

Sheriff Morgan’s contact info: 850-341-7553; SHERIFF@escambiaso.com

Doug Underhill’s contact info: 850-281-1981; digdug15@gmail.com

Why aren’t people more pissed off that Morgan created not-so-safe neighborhood and THEN threatens to pull SRO’s out of schools? Isn’t that adding insult to injury? Aside from the money,  he made the neighborhoods more dangerous by running off deputies left and right.

THIS ISSUE IS ABOUT MORGAN MISMANAGING THE MONEY HE HAS ALREADY….NOT HOW MUCH THE DEPUTIES SHOULD GET PAID. THEY ARE THE VICTIMS OF HIS POOR MANAGEMENT. ALSO, MORGAN CANNOT AFFORD TO PULL SRO’S OUT OF SCHOOLS OR THE COURTHOUSE.  PLEASE CALL HIS BLUFF AND TELL HIM WHAT A LIAR HE IS AND TELL UNDERLING THAT HE IS NOT DOING HIS JOB BY GIVING IN TO MORGAN’S MONEY GRAB, SCARE TACTICS OR HARASSMENT OF THE COMMISSIONERS.

NEXT TIME YOU SEE MORGAN THREATEN TO CUT SOMETHING OR JUSTIFY HIS SPENDING, REMEMBER THESE POSTERS.

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Cognitive Dissonance & Fiscal Illiteracy

I know, I know—Big Words.  Cognitive dissonance is confusion resulting from dichotomous & opposing views about one principle.  Sir David is the personification of cognitive dissonance.  His latest publicly embarrassing rant is about deputy pay raises. Morgan fumes to WEAR:

“It’s nonnegotiable,” Sheriff Morgan exclaimed. “We’ll settle this in front of Governor Scott. We’re not going to negotiate this. This is nonsense, I’m done. I have a board of county commissioners unfortunately that appears to believe that they’re smarter than we are…..It’s OK for an officer to catch a bullet from a thug, but county commission won’t give them a pay raise.”

While these statements have a great deal of truth to them, the BOCC is smarter than any and all the admin at the ECSO & the officers that retired in 2009 had more longevity with greater performance based success that reflect in the crime numbers.  They also had higher standards to pass on a day to day basis. According to sources at the academy, as many as 65% don’t pass the full curriculum.  Of that remaining 35%, a high percentage  (what is estimated to be half) of them find their first couple of months in FTO, proves to them  that a place in this agency is not for them. Now that could be because the people being recruited come from PCC (sounds like a punchline but it is, unfortunately, true) or because the standards have been so low to populate approximately 2.5 times the number of classes churning through the academy than any other point in the last 15 years.

To get back to the cognitive dissonance of Morgan’s latest tantrum on the news lies in the fact that while he accuses the BOCC of letting his deputies “take a bullet for a thug” rather than get a raise, he fails to disclose the increase in the budget at the beginning of this year that he BLEW on hiring an “UnderSheriff” to soak up funds to populate 1 job position for 2 of his followers, Chip Simmons & Eric Haines. Two salaries for 1 job that has been parceled out to 2 people. A colossal waste of funds.  Not to mention the money, he gave Andy Hobbs, David Ingram and Amber Southard that makes every raise in the ECSO look like chump change; his fiscal illiteracy provides the cognitive dissonance we see today.  Yet his strategy is to bitch about and shame the BOCC members when he, not them, wasted approximately $200K in these horrible decisions to stack the top of his agency rather than put the money towards the rebuilding of the agency he single-handedly dismantled by forcing out 62 deputies last year.

Now let’s talk about that number, 62. Of those 62 who left the agency last year, at least a third have entered into civil suits for discrimination, civil rights violations and sexual harassment against Morgan personally and professionally. That is a skyrocketing number of suits against any ONE Sheriff. Another meritorious distinction this non LEO sheriff claims.

To simplify this for some of the current admin at the ECSO and the Honorable Sheriff, you can’t bitch about how the BOCC regards your deputies’ pocket book when you already stole from them too. That is cognitive dissonance–berating someone for something they shouldn’t do when you did it as well but don’t think you should be berated or judged. Hypocritical is another term in this case that would apply.  The money in the budget he gave to Chip Simmons, Amber Southard, David Ingram & Andy Hobbs. They got the money that deputies deserved. Morgan mismanaged that money by rewarding his favorites in a grandiose fashion, leaving the rest in the cold.

That brings us to the fiscal illiteracy. The fiscal illiteracy refers to his failing to manage the agency in the way it should be, despite the fact the Honorable Sheriff claims he can. I don’t know, maybe Webster University’s graduate level business classes,  37+ years ago, didn’t prepare Morgan to actually use numbers as high as the Honorable Sheriff has to work with today. Maybe there are too many big numbers for him to understand in one budget. I don’t know.

Let’s look at the over all money issues historically Morgan has had:

*in the military, he allegedly was skimming government money via credit cards, resulting in his early retirement

*the mishandling of the budget regarding the jail that resulted in him losing the oversight of that jail

*the employee that embezzled $150K from the LET fund for years without anyone knowing and his CFO keeping his job even though he facilitated larceny

*the citizens’ complaints on how LET money is spent resulting in an investigation by the State Attorney.

There is a pattern of misappropriation.  It seems very clear to those of us who pay attention.

The conclusion, based on the past history of this Honorable Sheriff leads to the reasonable assessment that, either he is criminally responsible for misappropriation of taxpayer funds as well as mismanaging criminal justice principles and personnel necessary for a LEO agency in the 21st century,

OR

He has been given too much responsibility for his capability.  He cannot seem to handle doing the duties of his post, which is to maintain law and order while sustaining the county’s fiscal well being and safety.

You decide.

I almost forgot to give a shout out to Gerry Champagne for trolling and liking my FB page for Florida Open Gov. Initiative.

CORRECTION:

I mistakenly said that 65% failed the academy. That is incorrect. The cadets go through the academy fine; it is 65% failing out of FTO or discovering this job is not for them.  My Bad.

A Day that Changed Pensacola History

The Billings' Murder

Yesterday was the 8th anniversary of the most infamous murder in Pensacola history. Two citizens of Escambia County were ambushed on a quiet summer night inside their own home.  Seven people were arrested in break-neck time. The case was wrapped up with all the elements tucked into a nice narrative that made everyone feel as if they were safe again.

In the last few years, 2 of the people arrested for the crime died in jail of excruciating deaths; both literally wasting into nothingness. The “happily ever after” Ashley & Blue Markham, are embroiled in a low key divorce that was originating prior to the death of Ashley’s parents. The looming divorce was sidelined to make the facade of a loving family play better in the media–local and national.

The theater at each and every trial, as well as each of the 2 compassionate release hearings were full of drama…

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Really?? WTF???

In watching the press conference by the State Attorney’s office on Thursday, I was in a state of awe at the crazy shit I heard. Bill Eddins saying “Massatusetts” multiple times distracted me, but the show wasn’t over yet. Sir David of Wonderland made a statement that seems to be a long string of randomness that came to his mind as he spoke. He said:

“For those of you who don’t know, we lead the nation in our solve rate…. We are always in the 80-85 percentile solve rate in Escambia County and that is only due to the cooperation of the State Attorney’s Office and all the associated agencies……..FDLE is one of the preeminent agencies in the United States probably rivals the Federal Bureau of Investigation with their lab capabilities.”

There is a saying: There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.  This seems to be all of the above. I’m not sure if any of that statement is true.

FDLE reports this statistic:

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In speaking to veteran deputies about what “clearance rates” really are, I found out why those numbers may not be accurate, specifically due to internal practices inside the ECSO. A clearance of a crime, to the average person, implies the case is “solved”.  That is not the case. Cases can be cleared as inactive (no further leads can be developed), closed due to special circumstances (Example: cases where investigators have evidence of a perpetrator, but no means to close the due to fact that person is already incarcerated, unlocated or dead. ie Danielle Bell) or just closed due to the state declining to prosecute. All of these types of clearances are bunched together with “solved” cases.

Just in a quick Google search, I turned up this:

Feb. 2014

Evidence tampering fallout at FDLE lab still unclear- (excerpt)

Dozens or even hundreds of criminal cases from across the state of Florida could be affected by a Pensacola crime lab supervisor who resigned Monday amid an investigation into missing drug evidence.

June 2015

Attorney: FDLE concealed DNA evidence in quadruple homicide  (excerpt)

Hobbs argued in the filing FDLE’s “conscious, willful and deliberate attempt” to conceal the DNA information in a timely fashion hurt his ability to track down leads and prepare for the defense of Segura, who faces the death penalty.

Jan 2016

FDLE: Backlog of rape kits will take millions, years to test (excerpt)

FDLE: 9,484 rape kits still need to be tested

The report says it will take between $9-32 million to test the old kits and that it will take 3-9 years for the testing to happen.

Now I don’t know about anyone else but this does not seem like the work of  a”preminent agency”. The backlog on rape kits has the biggest egregious connotations. In some states, the statute of limitation for rape will expire before the rape kits can be tested. Then there is always the built in defense argument of sample degeneration when biologicals have been sitting for years before testing. This is a no brainer. It green lights sexual assault, because the DNA backlog is literally not going to catch up with offenders. While people are still arrested, the DNA is usually the make-or-break evidence in cases of rape. If this describes “preeminence”, then God help us all.

Back to the Sheriff’s diarrhea of misinformation, in talking to sources within the ECSO, it is clear that they were subverted in this case, despite the lip service as to the ECSO assisting in this case.  No one in investigations knew anything about this case until the press conference. That should be a red flag to Morgan. It appears, in an effort to mitigate gross error, other agencies are recognizing the liability of this agency.  Can’t say that it could happen to a better person.

My last observation from this crazy press conference has to do with the intentions of the State Attorney’s office after they extradite the suspect from “Massatusetts”. Bill Eddins said:

“Charges from our office filed in this case are for second degree murder. That is for extradition purposes….Upon extradition, our office will be seeking an indictment of first degree or felony murder….which could result in a life sentence or death”

What? So for purposes of extradition, we are going to do a bait and switch to get the suspect to make our job easier.  That’s what I heard. Why not seek an indictment for first degree or felony murder now before extradition? I have been told by a veteran investigator that this is a standard procedure, no intent to deceive, but why the shift of intention if not to deceive? I may just be naive but if I were a suspect sitting in a jail, thinking that I was being charged with second degree (non-death penalty) murder, I might make a decision, believing in good faith that was what was waiting for me. Then to have the tables turned after the fact, seems reminiscent of what Greg Marcille did to Pam Long. …Oh you have immunity but after everything is said and done, we will charge you with bullshit crimes that we knew we were going to charge you with all along.

Deceptive?  Hell yeah!

I am a proponent of the law. I know people will not believe it when they read it, but I believe our criminal justice system is founded on good principles and to see dirt bags like Morgan, Marcille, and Eddins lie, manipulate and deceive using those principles disgusts me. I am a law abiding citizen…never been arrested but I don’t trust these jokers to make any moral judgments that affect me. They are sociopaths without the ability to be human. There is no blind justice in this county. It is tainted with politics and double dealing.  As I have said before, churning out victims is not the intent of the criminal justice system, but that is what it is in Escambia County every day of  the week.

Watch your backs. It doesn’t take much to get you arrested in Escambia County and God know you don’t have to have legitimate evidence to convict you if you are arrested.  The game is rigged.