The Joke’s on Them

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

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

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

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

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.
lee supergenius