It Doesn’t Get Any Better than this!

You know when you have someone tell you something emphatically, but then turns around and does just what they emphatically told you they WOULD NOT do, well you just have to relish your good fortune or laugh like hell at the irony.

No more commentary.  I will let the facts tell themselves.

Setting:

“Rumors” around the ECSO were that the Perdido satellite precinct office would be closed. Also Chip Simmons was hired to work as Chief Deputy. People had to assume the current Chief Deputy was going to be replaced.
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November 23, 2016: WEAR3.com

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**Chief Deputy Haines did not move; however his job was diminished and he will give up half his responsibilities.

 

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I Hate to Say “I Told You”….

Since late 2015, I postulated that Mark Smith of the Manning Sex Case would “walk” away from these crimes. On Thursday last week, that theory was proven true. I have been distressed to come up with a post in response to this crazy ass decision.  The way this case played out was more odious than I could have never perceived the events as they manifested. Not only did this degenerate “walk”, but he was found “not guilty”.  He can NEVER be held accountable for the crimes known to have been committed against Brittany Cutting or Kaitlyn and Kayla Rogers. How could that be possible? Ask Sir David.  He is the puppeteer of this tragedy.

I can hear people saying, under their breathe, that I blame Sir David for the rain. If only that were so. It would be easier to dismiss me and this post by saying I am on a crusade against what I perceive is the Devil himself. Regrettably the Devil himself could not evoke the despondency Sheriff Morgan has in the heart of girls whose only sin was the family they were born into.

I cannot make a more compelling case for the imprisonment of Mark Smith. I have put document after document out there that support the predatory nature of this man’s heart. I’ve asked the question as to how he got a badge to begin with. He was discharged from the US Navy due to a “Personality Disorder”. He explains he was young and threatened suicide. However, being familiar with military protocol, I know you don’t get out of your obligation to serve that easily. For this reason for discharge, there must have been evidence to justify that Smith was a LIABILITY to the service.

Furthermore, a fellow cop who has 15 years experience in criminal investigations was persuaded to investigate a colleague. Not only that but he convinced a judge, who most certainly was apprehensive in issuing the search warrant, to find cause to effectively shred the credibility of deputy. For this case to be so compelling as to have an investigator come forward on his own as well as a judiciary who finds legal sufficiency to go after a law enforcement officer is HUGE.

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To question the judgment of the arresting officer, Zack Ward is question all cases in his 15 years of service at the Sheriff’s office, including the Billings Case. If the evidence Inv. Ward found was not legally sufficient in the eyes of the jury, how could it have been sufficient for the State Attorney?  The question here is who dropped the ball.In a press conference BEFORE THE MANNINGS WERE ARRESTED, Morgan says:

 We received some information downloaded from computer systems involving this case,” said Morgan. “We have over 100,000 images that have to be reviewed in addition to videotapes. As you can well imagine what a labor-intensive process that’s going to be for us to go through all of that material.”

This means there were images from Smith, Thomas and/or the victims. Yet in a Facebook conversation 10/4/15 with Eric Haines, Chief Deputy of the ECSO, he says:

 I unloaded on him including attacking his religiosity.  But the point is clear, Morgan says there were videos and images

but NOW Haines says, there aren’t any videos and pictures. No video or picture evidence was presented to the jury.

What happened to them?

I’ve asked the question as to how he got a badge to begin with. He was discharged from the US Navy due to a “Personality Disorder”. He explains he was young and threatened suicide. However, being familiar with military protocol, I know you don’t get out of your obligation to serve that easily. For this reason for discharge, there must have been evidence to justify that Smith was a LIABILITY to the service.

IN ADDITION, lest we forget my post from over a year ago:

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Erin Ambrose is the starting point because the entirety of the story seemingly circles back to her. She is also the person in this story with the most influence and has the greatest obligation to do the right thing. Her job title and ethical responsibility is higher than the rest and her part in this story is the most egregious. This is not an isolated incident for the State Attorney’s office. They have been more concerned with covering things up rather than pursuing justice. This is case merely epitomizes what happens on a day to day basis under Bill Eddins and his cronies.

Ms. Ambrose, Assistant State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, is engaged to a deputy by the name of Jason Young (Jason Von Ansbach Young).

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Jason’s brother and soon-to-be best man in his wedding in January is Ryan Von Ansbach Young, an ex-deputy who is married to Mindy Von Ansbach Young, a current Lieutenant at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

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The Von Ansbach Youngs have foster children as well as their own children. Ryan Von Ansbach Young posted bail for his wife’s colleague, Mark Smith on 3/09/2015. This act which had to be known by the Sheriff’s Office due to the hand in hand relationships they have with bail bondsmen. If they did not know, it is because they did not want to know. Having a deputy, Ryan’s wife, suborning the release of a child sex offender, by extension, shows complicity of the entire organization for which she and her family represent. This is also the caveat that Ms. Ambrose falls prey to.

It is telling that this impropriety and the ability to connect this sort of deviant, sex offender with the people who are supposed to police and cage these monsters. Cozying up with them off the clock shows how little regard they have for the humanity they are supposed to be protecting. Of course, this gives a bad message to all that have knowledge of it. Of course, it de-legitimizes the entire criminal justice system in Pensacola, because cronyism trumps proper handling of criminal cases. This is the downfall of the entire community.

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The malfeasance is that with all these children in their home, the Von Ansbach Youngs, all current or prior law enforcement professionals, allow a sex offender into their home. They allow said offender to come and go freely with children in the home.

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The sex offender, who should not have contact with children is Mark Smith, an ex-Senior Deputy of the Escambia Sheriff’s Office. He is awaiting adjudication currently for multiple counts of sexual battery/rape of children over 16 and under 21, which has been minimized through the State Attorney’s office. Most counts being reduced to misdemeanors, even though there is video evidence of his impropriety as well accounts of sexual misconduct against others that the Sheriff’s dept. refused to acknowledge (See my post “Where’s Gavin?“)

Coming full circle back to Erin Ambrose, who is SUPPOSED to be an advocate of the children molested, battered and raped by  Walter Thomas and of course Mark Smith, who were both Escambia County Deputies at the time of the offenses.

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The most malicious of the acts in the fact that not only is Ms. Ambrose violating her position as Assistant State Attorney by being involved personally with a case she is prosecuting but she is closely entangled in this family that neglects their moral and ethical duties as servants of the county and officers of the court to protect children against exposure to child sex predators. She knows what happens in this close knit family that she is about to become apart of and is aware of Smith’s consistent presence in the home as well as his “access” to the children. That is a conflict of nature that corrupts the entire justice process.

The girls victimized by these sexual predators are not being protected by the system. The system is more interested in covering its as. In addition to this situation, regarding this same case, Sheriff David Morgan effectively endowed Gulf Coast Kids House with $50K for a new wing AFTER he personally became aware of the abuse of his deputies on children. This was a stop-gap measure to preemptively control the reaction of the Gulf Coast Kids House when the story inevitably became public. These two organizations colluded to sweep this incident under the rug with Gulf Coast Kids House turning a blind eye to the additional victims that may have been affected by the deputies that Sheriff Morgan failed to investigate.

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This is the price of silence in Escambia County. 

With my head bowed, I say “I was right”. 

The boundaries of victimization is overwhelming & this check shows you how justice is bought & paid for in Escambia County. 

Morgan Running Scared-Rightly So

So yesterday afternoon a press release came out from State Attorney’s office that Chief Deputy Haines violating election laws.

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The kicker of this is that they admit that this small infraction that it is worthy of the Elections Committee but does not rise to any criminal level.  However, think back to Greg Fink last year.

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This same infraction was pursued to its fullest–to a jury trial for a misdemeanor.

Thankfully a judge with common sense withheld adjudication in this matter after a jury found Fink guilty. Here is an article from PanhandlePolitico.com from June 22, 2016

Adjudication withheld for Panhandle Politico publisher on omitting political flyer disclaimer

The judge declined to convict Panhandle Politico publisher Greg Fink despite the six member jury’s guilty recommendation, at a June 17 trial, of failing to include an electioneering disclaimer on political material mailed during the 2014 primary election.

The disclaimer is required to detail who approved and paid for the message.

Electioneering communications are defined as material that may not necessarily directly ask voters to select a particular candidate, but have been mailed close to an election.  In this case, the applicable timeframe was within 30 days of the primary election.

First Circuit Court Judge Joyce Williams sentenced Fink to $500, with adjudication withheld.

 

 

The double standard press release came on precipice of Rally 2016 on WSRE–the Sheriff’s closed debate.  I have not seen the debate yet but I am told Morgan did not fare well. There were sources that claim after the debate ended Morgan took his microphone off abruptly, threw it down and left in haste.

To support this, just a few minutes ago, the last debate before the election scheduled for next week, was cancelled.  The official reason was that there was not enough interest. However, the timing of the cancellation, the lack of coverage on Morgan’s Facebook and lack of coverage by any news outlet under Morgan’s “influence”, an educated person might speculate that Sir David put the kabbash on the last debate.

The multiple State Attorney investigations into wrong-doing on Sheriff Morgan’s behalf has been bad press–albeit not in the mainstream press. There is a great deal of chatter on social media that seems to indicate the Morgan re-election is not going well. This latest series of events appear to be pushing Sheriff Morgan over the edge.  He has trouble with composure when he gets angry and of course, anything that threatens his public persona makes him angry.  That seems to be a better explanation for the cancellation of this final debate.

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Veteran Deputy’s Plea to Escambia County

I have written several times to you about the miserable state of our agency. I have voiced concern about officer safety, corruption, and the dismantling of our agency. Each time I attempt to describe our situation I am always hopeful that people will see how serious the matter is and make a stand. Often, I am left with the feeling it is just our problem and those outside the agency will not care until the adversity, we, as officers, live in everyday, impacts their life. I hope that isn’t true. The impact of poor leadership that I predict is coming will cause great heartbreak for any that become victim to it. This is not getting a car door opened that was not locked. We are not talking about having some change stolen from the console of your car. I am attempting to emphasize that you will have none of the protection you have enjoyed from your only law enforcement agency. There is only one ECSO. If you call 911 and the ECSO isn’t there that call goes unanswered. You will be on your own.

How many people are truly prepared to handle the burglar that is breaking into your home while you sleep? I try to give examples to support my position each time I send you a thought. Today is an example of what poor leadership looks like at its best. This email was sent today by our Chief Deputy. This email is not a joke. This is not fabricated or edited in any way. This is an actual peek into the daily life that officers live each day.

 

new doc 6_1This is an actual email that was produced by the Chief Deputy of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The day after another officer falls in the line of duty by the hands of evil who hate cops. After incidents that prove cops are being hunted like animals the Chief Deputy has laser focus on how best to play Pokémon Go at work. How can this be real? I would bet that if you were to examine your local McDonalds email you would not find where a manager has instructed teenage workers how best to preserve work areas while playing a game designed for a child. Now, consider that you are in a leader in a career where your employees are being hunted for killing. How do you even have thoughts about a child’s game that would preempt searching for information or training to ensure that you didn’t lose a life of an employee? Then imagine you not just a leader of the group being hunted and murdered but you are being paid over $110,00.00 a year to be that leader. It is a sad day when this behavior is allowed and these people are allowed to decide the fate of so many lives.

Instead of Pokémon Go, I wish our Chief Deputy would have the same dedication to law enforcement and the monsters on the street. The monsters you “capture” in that game won’t ever kill you, Eric. What will kill you (and by you, I mean the hard working cops in the street) are the real monsters that are being allowed to roam our streets while Princess 1 and Princess 2 get to play pretend cops and robbers while you organize your best plan of attack to catch a cartoon monster on your phone. There is nothing about this that is humorous or cute. Play pretend all you want, because the truth is you can’t be touched……yet.

I hope that we can see you gone before you and the fiction you live as reality causes us to see one of our own fall because of ignorance and inability. I stay hopeful but maybe you could keep enough battery life on your phone so you don’t miss the call if it happens. I know how important catching those menacing Poke monsters can be but I am sure King David will want a press release to put the spin on how he cares about everyone. Hell, you could even blame the Poke monsters. It couldn’t be worse than blaming witches for a murder because we had a moon one night. Just so you know, not a single soul I am aware of believes you are anything less than a complete moron. You just do not have the right to call yourself a leader of any law enforcement agency.

Why Chief Deputy is Wrong About Crime Stats

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This article was extremely inflammatory to me. As a criminologist, it is insulting  and it is ridiculous garbage.  Mr. Robinson, do you homework please.

Chief Deputy Haines and Prof. Hough are misleading the public with the interpretation of the statistics. First, Chief Deputy Haines is trying to look at the long term statistics to say you are safer today than in past decades. The problem here is that he is off point. The focus of all this is explicitly the time Sheriff Morgan has been in office. That is the time in question. Since he was sworn in, crime has been out of step with dropping crime rates within the state and within the country overall. The percentages have been disproportionately higher consistently throughout his administration. The attrition rate (loss of deputies) is directly correlated to this rate. Less officers = more crime.

The next misleading thing Haines throws out is about total arrests. Total arrests is no indication of crime. How many arrests were thrown out, improper or even resulted in numerous crimes being committed under that 1 arrest?  He is trying to confuse you with interchanging 2 terms that are not the same.

Moving on, the following graph shows the God’s honest truth. Escambia County  (from 2009-2015) has a higher crime rate than the state average—consistently. As for Dr. Hough’s suggestion that the .1-.3 percent increase is insignificant, in real numbers, that.1-.3 percent  accounts for 200-250 more violent crimes.  That is significant in Escambia County.

Now to address Dr. Hough’s claim that 2/3 of all crimes are committed indoors.  The semantics here are ALL crime vs violent or street crime. His statement is about all crime. It is misleading  by throwing in other crimes to diminish the statistical value. To make Dr. Hough’s 2/3 statement true, you must include white collar crimes such as embezzlement, fraud and identity theft. Those are not considered “violent”or street crimes and have no place in the statistics. Removing those crimes takes the veracity out of his assertion that 2/3 of crimes (that we are talking about) are committed indoors.

Subsequently, having directed patrolling (patrolling in high crime areas routinely, maintaining a police presence) has always positively affected crime rates. People are less likely to be the victim of a crime in the areas where there is more of a threat of incarceration. This is not rocket science. This concept can be reduced to simple human interactions. When you take your eye off of a kid, will they take a cookie they know they are not supposed to have? Possibly. Will they do it while you are there? Less likely. Reducing the opportunity for crime in the areas where it is most likely to occur is the fundamental cure to high crime.

Please don’t take my word for it. In Journal of Human Sciences, Vol 3 from April 2016, Murat Ozkan discusses the conclusion to his research which boils down to exactly this point. The article is called, “A paradigm shift in policing: Crime reduction through problem oriented policing”.  The main high point of this article is that policing that focuses on people and their motivations for crime, doesn’t work; focusing on reducing the opportunity for crime to occur (ie locking doors, having police presence, proper lighting in high crime areas etc) works.  This is an old concept that is still the most valuable approach to reducing crime.

Sheriff Morgan is trying to put the responsibility of crime on society. He does this by implying citizens don’t control their kids.Then he is implementing numerous neighborhood watch programs trying to make communities the police. If that worked, he shouldn’t have a job to begin with. People with the authority to put other people in jail are more compelling than people without that power, who potentially endanger themselves to try to stop a crime in progress. That is just good sense. It is denigrating for him to say “your bad ass kids cause crime and don’t call the police, fix it yourself”.  That is the line of crap he is laying out.

Finally, Prof. Hough claiming that 2/3’s of all crime happens indoor is lumping in many other crimes than we are talking about here. Many crimes initiate out of doors. What crimes (relevant to the problem in Escambia County ) happen outdoors? Typically, prostitution, car jackings/theft, car burglaries and drug deals happen in open areas. Cervantes Street is known for a reason. Very few car burglaries, which are the big problem here, happen to cars within a parking structure or garage. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, most crimes happen to people transitioning between activities. In a car, leaving work or the mall, or even leaving home to go to work, school or what have you is where you are most likely to be victimized. That is the crime that can be reduced by police presence.

Also, be aware that according to senior deputies within the ECSO, there is a skewing of these statistics. Deputies have been told to code or report crimes with the least severe code they can. Making a burglary a petit theft for instance would keep that crime off the statistical radar. Sir David is shifty like that.

In the end, people feel the change in safety. More guns are sold; more padlocks or additional security items are flying off the shelves. This isn’t because they feel safer. Also, Eric Haines is doing the community a disservice by skirting the issues and misrepresenting the facts. He is still trying to justify his own inadequacy as Chief Deputy.

Moral of the story: Don’t let anybody try to throw statistics out to convince you one thing is true when you know it is not true. Several different organizations have labeled Escambia County more dangerous than it should be. The talking heads of the ECSO can’t explain that away. (Mostly because it reflects badly on them personally). And by the way, no billboard will make you safer either.

By the way, Mr. Robinson, you should fact-check the people you try to make look smart. You are slanting the information being delivered just as much as the Chief Deputy. You discredit yourself.

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Part II-An ESCO Deputy Speaks Out: We are Pissed Off!

 

It is not difficult to describe the dysfunction of the ECSO. There is more material to work with than you can imagine. As employees, we see the double standard that is in this place daily and routine for those who are at the top. The constant chatter is that the ECSO has never been run by anyone with the integrity of this administration. As observers of the inner machinations, we are disgruntled when we perceive that the administration–any administration– is incorrect or wrong about an issue. That is commonplace in every organization, but, in this administration, there is no tolerance for disagreement with those who nest in the Ivory Tower.doodle-810-ivory-tower

It is confusing how they believe they are so deserving of respect when we see the workings behind the curtain. Morgan has not made any effort to encourage the officers that work for the ECSO. He spends money on coins to give away so he can look important. If you are lucky,  you may have the chance to be given one–if you are in the right place, at the right time. He gives thousands of dollars to organizations that have little to do with improving communities, drug awareness or crime prevention. But none of those are real problems, according to Chief Haines. They easily circumvent the law due to the vague construction of the65a89-img_3335-1024x768 statute. He actually said that on a live radio show. This is an example of just how honest they are. They are so honest that they will admit on live radio they take advantage of the money from LET because the law isn’t clear.  Wow……..that is alarming by any standard.

We could look at some of the ways Morgan could have spent money from LET that would have been completely honest and would leave no room for judgement.  We can start by looking at equipment. It is not a secret that officers are seeing suspects that are armed with superior weapons than the standard issue 40 cal. handguns that are those issued for deputies. All of the officers assigned to patrol could be equipped with a weapon that would give them an equal chance of survival with an armed suspect. The cost for all officers assigned to patrol, to be issued a weapon that is adequate, is roughly 120K. That is less than the cost of the billboards that have Morgan’s picture plastered on them with the idiotic advice of locking doors. No shit, Moron. I doubt any of us who own a vehicle were confused about what that clicky thingy was on our doors! Yet, he decides to go and spend 130K on putting his picture out there on every sign he could buy. We are supposed to believe  him when he explains that it was a coincidence that it just happens to be a political season. You have got to be kidding me. If he thinks anyone with a brain, with actual activity, believes that, he is an idiot. Of course he bought the signs with the idea that he would be seen everywhere and was assured by his intellectual giant of a Chief that he could smooth it over with deputies who disagree.  The law of the land is this: “The minions will be told what they are to think and that will be that. We will fire them if they think independent thoughts without permission.” Just ask Buddy Nesmith.

There are some good causes out there that could benefit from LET money. We could start with youth sports. It is a great cause and many kids are saved by being involved in team sports. However, Lumon May is not the only one who is involved in sports. There are many deputies that take the time to coach kids in a variety of sports. Why would Morgan not let every employee know that the agency they work for will help with any sponsorship that is needed for youth activities? The majority of baseball teams are required to raise an average of $500 for a full sponsorship of a team. If you consider 25K given to Doug Underhill for the Cyberthon program, helping approximately 50 students a year ($500/per student), it starts to be concerning. That same amount of money would have sponsored 50 baseball teams. There is an average of 13 kids on a team. Morgan could have helped 650 young people (at about $39 per student) with a chance to experience the joy of being a part of a team. He could have offered a chance for 650 kids to be off the street learning about something other than drugs and crime. This is a good analogy of the community. Morgan wants to help the few–more elite– than the many whose lives could be changed by that $39. 

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In case the point was missed, I’ll explain further. Morgan cares about pleasing a certain few that increase his positioning in life. May and Underhill to name a couple. I mentioned the name Lumon May and left out the details that even his brother is in on the gig. These two guys are in charge of raising money at ball parks and churches all over the county. The same guys that refused to obey lawful commands of a sworn police officer. These two people get the proceeds from our agency that was obtained by officers risking their life. Why? I can tell you that it is offensive but only a person that has been a cop would know how it truly feels. It is so insulting to see Morgan give money to these guys when he has seen the conduct and sense of entitlement they display when involved in a situation they don’t like. Morgan would have no idea how this feels or looks from an officer point of view because he failed to ever become a cop. He can’t rely on his staff to inform him because it has been established they are mere peons.   I guess it is a way to buy his way into the club and it has a net cost of zero to him. He didn’t risk his life obtaining the funds. Why would he care who gets the money?

In all fairness he has given to PHS girls soccer……wait I think a campaign contributor has a kid on that team. In fact, that contributor happens to be the CFO for the agency. Would there be any bets on if the name Underhill shows up? If you said yes you would be correct. It almost slipped by because the donation is in the name of the wife of Underhill. I guess they didn’t think we would put that together so fast. That is only a quick look at the contribution report. Imagine what would happen if someone actually took the time to look at each contribution and each LET expenditure. It isn’t just Morgan that is to blame. The people on that list know what is happening. Especially Underhill, a quick search of public records would show he has extensive knowledge of how to manage money or maybe mismanage would be a better description. This is the guy that Morgan considers best for the job. He has no proven record of managing even his personal affairs and is slippery at best.  

If you listen to Morgan his “blind” promotion system has been a wonderful addition to the agency. If it works so well why wouldn’t he use it for his staff? One reason could be Haines and his wife probably wouldn’t donate to him. Tharp wouldn’t donate. He would lose thousands of dollars from his staff. It is such a hypocritical message and insulting to believe Morgan thinks everyone is too stupid to see it.   

The truth is that Morgan does not care about the employees or the kids. Haines said it best “we can use the money for anything because the laws are so vague”. With that mentality why would you care about using the money for what it was intended to be used for in the community? Use the money for what best serves the needs of the administration. It is not a secret that all of the administration will be job hunting if Morgan gets beat. Where else could they go and have such a commanding presence with so little ability? thug life1

The dangerous part of all of this is that it just shows Morgan’s disregard for the safety the community. The crime stats just prove that it is harmful to all of us for this man to be in charge at the ECSO.  He gives cops all over the country a bad name. Then as if that isn’t bad enough Morgan have the audacity to claim that “his administration” possesses integrity. Simply put………………….PATHETIC!

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So in a nutshell……..we, the deputies, are not so stupid after all. We know what Morgan is doing and it makes us hate going to work. The problem is–until someone sees it– we, the deputies, are stuck. We are all caught up in Morgan’s game of expanding his influence and wealth.  We are being used and will be promptly thrown out when we serve no further purpose to that end . A man in his position that cared about employees and the community would not be so careless with the money that men and women that are truly honorable risked their life to get.

Views from Inside the ECSO: A Deputy Speaks Out

 

Over the last year, I have had many deputies come to me in fear of speaking out themselves. They have been sources for my posts and have had to be cloaked in the shadows because of the threat of losing pensions, job security, and an unbelievably hostile work environment. Today that changes. One deputy wants his words to be heard.

This is a deputy’s view of the inside of David Morgan’s Sheriff’s administration. This is the “good morale” Morgan spoke of in the debates.

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I would say that the vast majority of deputies in Escambia County are good people that had good intentions when choosing law enforcement as a career. It takes dedication to accomplish becoming a deputy.  It requires a person to complete Basic Recruit training, “Rookie School” as the deputies refer to it, before even being considered for a job by an agency. This job will start out at less than 35K a year and offer little appreciation from the public. I am sure some would believe that is a decent wage. It is a decent wage if you take away a few elements of the occupation. First, take away the fact that every call you respond to is a person that is at the worst point of their day. Take away that often law enforcement officers are confronted with armed suspects that will kill cops. Take away that officers are among the highest rate of divorce. Take away that most of the career will be spent dealing with the negative aspects of society. Now, with all of that out of the way it wouldn’t be a bad salary.

The truth is that you can’t take away those parts. Those are parts of the job that create most of the issues for law enforcement officers. Those parts are what will create the perception that cops are assholes. It is those parts that will cause a cop to believe the world is a bad place. The sad part is that cops will discover that the worst part of the job will come from the administration. As if dealing with the public that does not appreciate you isn’t enough, they get to deal with administrators that care more about how they look than how the officers are performing. It is very common to find that administrators are often not the ones that stood out as a great cop. It is sometimes that those in administration stood out as straight up ass kissers. If you haven’t already guessed it–that is very helpful, depending on who is picking the administration.

The problem with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is a very simple problem to solve. Get Morgan out! If you consider that the number one guy (AKA Car 1) has never been and never will be a cop, it is no surprise that Escambia county gets a top ranking in the state for violent crime. Car 1 has never made an arrest as a deputy sheriff in any county…………ever. Yet, he will sit in judgement of those who have a decade or longer in the career. That seems odd in any situation. I could never be convinced that any person could be qualified to be in charge of a profession that lacks any credible experience in that profession. I have heard Morgan make the claim that he has 100 years of experience or some bullshit in PRIVATE and professional law enforcement.   What in the hell is PRIVATE law enforcement? Laws are created by government and enforced by government. If there were such a thing as private law enforcement, I would apply and have Morgan arrested for impersonating an officer. That is a ridiculous statement that makes absolutely no sense. The term for private law enforcement officer is a vigilante and is a violation of law. He should have considered that before bragging about being a private investigator and calling it law enforcement.   The point is this is the top of the Escambia county Sheriff’s Office. The top guy has never made an arrest, is not a certified officer, and could not even run a shift on patrol.

Most would believe that the top guy would be intelligent enough to recognize that although he may not know how to be a cop, he has almost 500 cops to choose from that do know. Well…..you would be wrong. His Chief Deputy Eric Haines is not much better. He did get certified and passed a state test. The end! He goes downhill from there. This is a guy that spent a minimal amount of time on a patrol shift. If he has made more than 50 arrests in his career it would shock every deputy at the ECSO. He was promoted quickly through the ranks and then comes Morgan. Morgan picks this guy to be Car 2. If you read the bio on Haines, he says he worked patrol and was Sgt. at Pensacola Beach. Get the f**k out of here! That’s it……nothing else. Not investigations or narcotics maybe a specialized task force? Nope just that and that’s it. Now he did move to the inside and worked a variety of desk jobs. It would be compared to mowing the grass at Turner Field so they ball players could play ball. Not much of a cop is an understatement. Not the first round draft pick most leaders would appoint to this position.

Moving down the line we get to Car 3. Cmdr. Dale Tharp. Now this guy knows his stuff. I pissed myself laughing just typing that. He is by far one the biggest ass kissers in the history of living cells on Earth. He worked in SRO since the program was started. He did nothing to prove himself or gain any respect of the officers. He would never attempt to have his own opinion unless he accidently thought the same thing as Morgan or Haines. He would cut the throat of his first born child to advance in the ranks. I bet he has not completed an arrest report in over 15 years.

All of that brings us back to the cops. They need leadership. If this were the United States government hierarchy we were talking about, we would be past the Speaker of the House and still have not found a leader. This organization will not survive another four years of this administration. The good officers that were at the ECSO are rapidly dwindling. The administration does not know how to be cops. That means they can’t lead by example or experience. That does not mean they sit idle in their office. They find plenty to do. They police the police. It is easy for them to police their own. They get to make the rules, define the rules, and judge you for breaking the rules.  Now if that is not a train wreck waiting to happen I do not know what is. In fact, the crash is occurring right now. We have dozens of vacant positions and very few qualified applicants. The ones that are there are scared to move fearing the administration will feel like working one day and they will be on a hit list. The ones that were the true leaders were too much of a threat to Haines and were forced away. That is what poor leadership will get you. Morgan is defining a level of poor leadership at the ECSO that will never be equaled. The problem is that he has to be stopped now. The county will not survive another four years of this collapse.

Don’t let David Morgan lie to you about the condition of the county or his deputies. He expects you to believe his words over the facts and testimony of other seasoned law enforcement officers. Remember the Emperor’s New Clothes?  The moral of that story is the same as this; people should not believe everything they are told without empirical evidence. The empirical evidence here is that crime is up, morale within the organization is disintegrating, and the citizens are paying the cost.

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A Call to Action for Escambia County

Quote from a press conference 3/10/16 after a sting in Brownsville:

“You don’t have a law enforcement problem here you you’ve got a societal issue.”

I was absolutely floored that Sir David continues to blame the community for the crime problems. In a raid of Brownsville, they arrested 12 people who had been arrested some 49 times collectively. “We are doing our jobs by arresting them. This is a community problem.”

There are so many things wrong with that thought process. First of all, arresting criminals does not deter crime. The idea is to stop the crime prior to that arrest. If patrols are out interacting with the citizens of a county in a combined effort, crime is lower.  If you are proactive in a community, you don’t have to be reactive as this Sheriff is. Has he not read anything on criminal justice?  When you see an area turned around from crime-ridden to crime-free, they universally use specific components to succeed.  As I mentioned, establish a law enforcement presence through patrolling AND working with the community. If the community does not work with police, neither will be successful. Get the deputies out in the area meeting and interacting the community.

Secondly, directed patrol in “hot spots” at “hot times”. This prevents the crime prior to arrest. It makes it harder to be a criminal if the police are constantly where they do business. The presence of this uniformly in the county results in a safer county.

Thirdly, lead from the top. A fish rots from the head down. Without strong leadership, you have ineffective policing. Morgan has shown he does not have a clue as to how to fix this mess he created. His second in command, Chief Deputy Haines, has no practical investigative or policing knowledge. He spends his time policing social media. With these two role models, there is no clear directive. It’s like kids with two parents who aren’t around, what kind of stability or discipline can the child draw on, when they never see it in practice?

Lastly, funding actual activities within the community to detour crime is supposed to be what the LET (Law Enforcement Trust) Fund is geared toward specifically.  News Flash! The people Sir David is investing in are not doing anything to detour crime. Maybe he needs to worry more about doing his job and less with getting campaign and/or private money in his pocket. Fund after school programs, put more money into measures for neighborhood watch programs, DARE, MADD etc. But ultimately putting more money into deputies in problematic communities on a consistent basis—not just for a “sting”—will be the key to lowering crime.

These are common sense things. The head of the Sheriff’s office has been decomposing since 2009 and it’s working its way down in the form of loss of massive amounts of deputies. Some were bad apples but most were good guys who couldn’t lower themselves to the incompetence. One of the first moves is to get Haines off his ass and in the community.  He needs to know the people in the problem areas. His face should be out there with the men under him

Ultimately, the decay of society as Morgan claims is an anathema for all of us. Every state and county has the problems. Escambia is not unique. The people there aren’t bad as Morgan’s claiming. He’s outright saying YOU, THE RESIDING CITIZEN, ARE THE PROBLEM.  You didn’t raise your kids right. You didn’t do everything you could to make the community safe. That is a cop out. Society has changed, yes, but you know what? The safest county in Florida is doing something to counteract that by forward thinking law enforcement. Proactive policing, having a presence in each community. The deputies should be acquainting themselves to the people in their area. You should see them periodically through your neighborhood. You should know which deputy is in your area.

The residents can’t fix the crime; it’s on Sir David to provide a following of proactive deputies who know their jobs and do it. GET OUT OF THE CARS! Don’t wait for a crime to happen put someone in the “hot spots” patrolling. In turn that “hot spot” will move and you put people in the new location, eventually pushing outside this county. That is law enforcement. Not waiting for a robbery or murder and arresting people over and over.

To Sir David: Stop the crime before it happens. That’s what you get paid handsomely to do.  When you say it is not your problem, you are disrespecting every person breathing air in the county. You are pushing the problem onto the citizens rather than accepting the responsibility of your oath of office. Since you don’t seem to understand that, you need to get the f**k out of the seat.

The National Institute of Justice, under the Dept. of Justice says this:

Basic principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) include target hardening (controlling access to neighborhoods and buildings and conducting surveillance on specific areas to reduce opportunities for crime to occur) and territorial reinforcement (increasing the sense of security in settings where people live and work through activities that encourage informal control of the environment). Most community policing models include the decentralization of police services, the collaboration of police departments with other city agencies (such as parks or utility departments) to resolve problems, and regular police-citizen dialog about perceived problems

Police can:

  • Conduct security surveys for residents and provide security improvements such as adequate lighting and locks.
  • Conduct park patrols and patrols of other public spaces to eliminate crime and drug use.
  • Use their substations to inform residents of high-risk locations in the neighborhood.
  • Work with urban planners and architects to review the designs and plans in order to enhance community security.
  • Prepare educational materials for building owners and managers to deal with problem tenants and enhance the livability and security of rental units. These materials are useful because they address not only the manner in which the physical environment is designed but also how the environment can be managed more effectively to enhance public safety.
  • Control traffic flow to reduce the use of streets by criminals and enhance neighborhood cohesion and resident interaction. Streets can be closed or traffic diverted to create residential enclaves that give residents greater control of their living environment.

The development of these initiatives affects various factors such as the level of communication and cooperation among police, city staff, and residents; the type, amount, and use of community education and orientation programs; and the methods by which crime prevention programs are described, measured, and evaluated. Currently, these factors apply more to law enforcement agencies because modifying a community policing model may require changes of significant magnitude.

While the Pensacola Opera may be entertaining, it does not meet the criteria of crime prevention programs or safe neighborhoods as outlined by statute to be funded by the Sheriff’s office. Nor does NAS. They have an awesome museum but it is not up to snuff for this funding.

Proper funding of deputies and community programs would aid in reducing crime statistics. The cronyism of paying your upper echelon of do-boys while claiming there is no money for raises to deputies is wrong. Buying a ticket to the society elite with law enforcement money that should be going into making the community safer is wrong. Until people see this, nothing will change.

GO TO THE NEXT ESCAMBIA COUNTY BOARD MEETING. THE COMMISSIONERS, PARTICULARLY LUMON MAY, SIGN OFF ON THESE RIDICULOUS, SELF-SERVING DONATIONS.

Since we cannot fix stupid in the Sheriff, let’s make his money people accountable. They allow him to do this with your money. Want to stop this frivolous spending? Go to the County Commissioners responsible for Morgan…that’s how you cut off his spending of Escambia dollars in return for campaign donations.  You have a voice ESCAMBIA!  Get your voice to the next meeting before it’s too late.

 

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Leah Manning Wants to Talk

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According to a source, Leah Manning is talking to the State Attorney’s office, trying to make a deal to roll on her co-defendants, including her husband Douglas and “friends”, Mark Smith and Walter Thomas. This is intriguing because this is a logical move. However, her story is damning for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. There is chatter that one of the higher ups, that just abruptly left the ECSO, is possibly going to be named in deal.

But before anyone gets their hopes up, the State Attorney does not have the “greater good” in mind here. They want to make this whole situation “go away. Look for deals all around and the unnamed person who fled for his reputation, there is little hope that he will be prosecuted, because to make all this go away, the damage must be minimized.

Remember Haines did say there is no evidence against the deputies.  The surveillance footage from inside Mark Smith’s house is damning, and it was taken into custody by Zach Ward, but Stephen Cappas was the primary investigator.

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That in and of itself speaks volumes since Cappas only has the ability to cover shit up. From what I understand, that’s all he’s ever done.

 

 

VMO2016 #5-Sheriff Morgan’s Money Handling Skills Need Attention

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In September 2015, Sir David jeopardized the Filipino-American Club’s tax exempt status. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, they have to abstain from political activity in any form and be complete apolitical . Yet they rented out their building, which they own, to the Republican candidate Morgan. This is violation that the IRS does not let slide easily. This was one of many of Morgan’s “karaoke night” fundraisers which fellow blogger Dr. James Scamanaci was escorted out of by Chief Deputy Haines even though he paid the $10 donation entrance fee to the event.  Yes, I said entrance fee and donation in the same sentence.

But the onus was not merely on the Filipino-American Club, Sir David should have done his due diligence to not put a supportive organization under the gun for involvement in his campaign, but he didn’t.  Not that anyone is surprised.

Florida Statute 106
(b) Candidates, political committees, affiliated party committees, and political parties may not solicit contributions from any religious, charitable, civic, or other causes or organizations established primarily for the public good.
(c) Candidates, political committees, affiliated party committees, and political parties may not make contributions, in exchange for political support, to any religious, charitable, civic, or other cause or organization established primarily for the public good.

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But WAIT, THERE’S MORE……

 

On October 27, 2015, the Irish Politicians Club hosted a fundraiser with high dollar people, supposedly in attendance, like Sandy Sansing & Jim Reeves.  These guys give and give big.  Yet look at the total amount of contributions reported for this “high dollar” event.Candidate Reports - Candidate Log In.clipular (3)

Somehow with all the money people hosting Sir David, he only walked out of this fundraiser with $100 cash from 1 couple. Really? No one else gave to Morgan ?  The cost of the invitations and flyers alone wouldn’t be worth it.  For just $100.  I would suspect that the money NOT REPORTED that changed hands or perhaps the fact that out of all the people there who supposedly hosted this event, Sir David failed to impress, thus not receiving funds.  Either way, there is something rotten going on and it is a pattern of behavior for Sir David.

Given that Greg Marcille had Greg Fink arrested for failing to have a disclaimer on the bottom of a flyer, it stands to reason that NOT REPORTING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS & ACCEPTING FUNDS IN VIOLATION OF FLORIDA STATUTES ie Filipino-American Club.

So which is it did Sir David just blow an opportunity to wow the elite of the community or did he embezzle the funds he collected?  I say embezzle because money off the books is embezzlement.

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