Former Sheriff Morgan paid $75k on 2 bronze statutes to put in front of the ECSO. He used money that should have been used on resources internally like upgrading equipment, investigations and training. I don’t know how many times over the years I have said this jackass routinely misuses funds he is in charge of. Look at the money piddled away on political capital via the LET funds. The back pay of the deputies that is still in limbo and hasn’t been paid out to date. The Honorable Sheriff came up with an algorithm to give the deputies their dues. It spreads them out over time. But so many of those guys have been forced out of the agencies before they got what was due. What happened to that money???
Morgan was rumored to have misused a government credit card when he was in the Air Force. I definitely see a pattern of behavior. There are so many other times he has been irresponsibly played with funds. When you have accounting officials skimming for years, without detection, you must question the oversight of all monies into and out of this agency. If there are checks and balances, embezzlement would be detected in short order. But the CFO Henrique Dias never scrutinized anything, because he was too busy manipulating other monies at the behest of Morgan. Then you have Pam Childers, the comptroller, who doesn’t verify funds are spent appropriately concerning LET funds. What else is she not looking at?
This statute is so characteristic of this egomaniac, His malignant narcissism (Malignant narcissism is a psychological syndrome comprising an extreme mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder and sadism. ) will not allow him to quietly fade into the ether. He has shown time and time again that his overblown sense of self importance exists in every action and every word he uses.
Now he has agreed to buy the his own statute. But shouldn’t he pay for both? Potts could not have commissioned and approved spending on a statute of himself. Morgan did. So why is Chip allowing the money on that statute be wasted as well?
Andy Marlette chimed in:
Yeah right!! This is just the beginning. Outzen is completely disconnected to anything dealing with Morgan and his misdeeds.
Strangely enough, Marlette wants this to be put out on display.
This little rant is reminiscent of the same argument I and others have made in the past. Isn’t that justification to have the Confederate monuments stand? Morgan has harmed so many people in the community and if it is necessary to memorialize him as a symbol of the era of his reign, then it is just as necessary to memorialize the other men of the community and their actions/legacy. Morgan has been responsible for the community losing good deputies, not acting on sexual predators within his command, misappropriating money that benefitted him only and this is just part of his betrayal of public trust. Hundreds, if not thousands, have been victimized by Morgan. Let’s not forget the astonishing growth of his net worth while being a public servant.. The millionaire sheriff.
So come on Marlette, let’s keep all the statues where they belong in the public forum, to remind people of the atrocities. This is a direct parallel, except the Confederates didn’t personally commission their own statutes. The community made that decision. But hey, Confederate officers deserve to be relegated to a corner of a museum. We don’t want anyone remembering history. Better they should not take heed of past event, to more easily facilitate repetition of such things.
It is with regret that I must inform you, friends, and political supporters of my decision to withdraw from the 2022 Mayoral Race. Family medical issues, which I had prayed would resolve by years end will not.
Those with political experience know that campaigns are high energy and intensive affairs, where candidates and their families must be solely committed to the effort. It is not fair to a candidates supporters, and the process itself, to continue knowing you cannot remain fully engaged.
We of course will be refunding all campaign contributions. Any expenditures to date will be paid by me.
Susan and I thank all of you for your encouragement and support. You will all be forever in our hearts.
Sincerely, David Morgan
I am doing a post about the campaign donations later. I would like to address the “medical reasons” listed and the speculation that has been brought to me the last couple of days.
Most people are not aware of medical issues Morgan faced in his last 2 years or so of his tenure. He was frequently not at the ECSO; he traveled extensively, including trips out of the country. Personnel in the office claimed he was looking rough, losing weight. It was easily recognizable that he was ill. These trips, throughout the country and internationally, left personnel speculating that he was seemingly hiding his treatment for some reason. It was the Sheriff’s health that was, in question. I say that because there were many people who were told Susan Morgan had cancer right around the time he was elected. People were told Susan had stage 4 cancer. Anything over a year was a blessing. As a child of someone who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, I know what that means. To say Morgan misrepresented her condition is a vast understatement. If you are stage 4 cancer patient, the prognosis of survival of more than 5 years is nearly nil. It has been 12 years since this was asserted. Susan has been very social and vibrant. Morgan’s claim that she had stage 4 cancer 12-13 years ago, makes it appear as though this was an untrue claim, at least, in part, if not, in full.
Just because I question this doesn’t mean every person is not afforded the right to their health privacy, including either of the Morgans. But I did not put health into the ether as an issue relating to either of them. I would have not mentioned any of these health issues had he not cited medical issues for his decision to bow out of the race.
Medical reasons were given with Marcille when he bowed out from the State attorney election. It has not been an issue that anyone can see, giving way to the idea it was less about medical reasons and more about not being able to win against Ginger Bowden-Madden. So this standard dictum could be an excuse that no one could question. Having said that, it has been brought to my attention that someone affiliated with the agency recently passed away. This person’s death has been very ambiguously described. I have been told it had nothing to do with Covid. It was “autoimmune” related somehow and any other specifics are being hushed. This person was named in the Leah Manning Sex Ring case, as was Morgan. Now I absolutely understand the right to medical privacy. There is no intent to slander anyone or to assume a conclusion that was not already speculated by many, but this does raise obvious questions.
Is his withdrawl from the race now sheer coincidence? Maybe. Maybe Morgan bowed out because the Billings case is quickly turning into his worst nightmare. It’s possible questions and concerns I shared about the Citizen P.I. with the show runner in London created concern. I contacted Steve McLaughlin and shared my concerned about the hacked email between a journalist and Patrick Gonzalez Jr., published by Outzen. He was not privy to see, much less publish. He even mentions; he couldn’t be sure it was from Patrick, but he was willing publish it. That is unethical at the least, criminal at the worst. I also mentioned Patrick was not represented by counsel who was fully working on his behalf when the production company reached out.
Then, of course, there is the FBI corruption investigation in Santa Rosa County. Scott Haines, Eric Haines’s brother, had several hard drives seized that opened “Pandora’s Box”. Morgan is one degree of separation from that, very possibly zero degrees. All of these things may have proved to be just too much shit to overcome for Ye Olde Sheriff. Maybe his health is really to blame. I doubt it is his wife’s health. because I have my reservations about her being that ill at all.
This post is merely me putting forward things that come to my attention that has not otherwise been discussed publicly. Draw your own conclusions. I am just relieved Morgan’s mayoral run is over. It was laughable to even entertain, but I know the “powers that be” don’t need it to make sense. They just need to get a person in they can control. Well I must admit, Morgan has been a good tool for the GOB.
I am writing this to obtain clarity after your pronouncement that Rakeem Florence’s recantation was moot due to the fact there was overwhelming evidence and his testimony being corroborated by the surveillance video. I take exception to both statements, specifically in the Patrick Gonzalez Jr. case.
I want to first remind you that this young man was a black 16 year old. He knew people that were on the periphery of this investigation. Your former boss, Mr. Eddins, informed the public this is a capital case. Florence is of the demographic most prone to false confessions. He is the only person of color, besides his family members, when he is interviewed by law enforcement. The circumstances of the crime, ie the media circus, the Sheriff constantly on television calling for public outrage as well as public help in finding the perpetrators of these murders, all culminate in a situation that probably seems like a no win situation to young black man. Imagine coming forward with information (which he & Thornton got straight on the way to police station) and realizing you could easily become a scapegoat. He was in over his head when he got there. Even his mother thought he only knew about some aspect of the murder; she did not believe her son was there.
This is an excerpt of the cross examination by Michelle Hendrix of Florence in Donnie Stallworth’s 2nd trial, which ended in a hung jury.
Do you know if Florence or Thornton ever talked to Hugh Wiggins, prior to them coming forward?
Here is a story that Gary Sumner’s mother told to me. Prior to the murders, Sumner and Wiggins had a business arrangement. Wiggins provided some capital to help Sumner stay afloat. As so, Wiggins called Sumner and told him he had dropped off a white van, after hours, at the shop. The next morning, Gary gets in and grabs the keys left in the dropbox. He gets into the van to move it inside. He claims there were 4 dead bodies in the back. He got out of the van, called Hugh to say the message was received. He believed it was a threat. Now whether you believe this story or not. It does not even matter if it was true. All that matters is that the teenagers thought it was true.
Also, I find it fascinating that you never called Florence to testify in Stallworth’s third trial, but I do know why. Michelle Hendrix impeached him with all the other testimonies he gave in the other cases, ex. Coldiron, Gonzalez Jr. etc. She really proved his testimony was worthless. Despite that you seem absolutely sure he was telling the truth. I am going to take a moment to speculate why you are all on-board with Florence and his testimony. I think you are more invested in this story than you are about finding the truth. Morgan conducted a shotty investigation, which the SAO never questioned just prosecuted. No one seriously looked at the family, who should have been scrutinized because they financially gained so much from their parents death. Morgan is a keystone cop. And yet, you took this far-fetched narrative rather than looking at the real issues. Here are some really good suspects: Hugh Wiggins, Justin Billings, Cab Tice. Remember originally Blue Markham told police he sold the van used in the crime to Cab Tice.
Here is just some of the cross-examination by Hendrix:
In fact, Florence tried to withdraw his plea on April 27, 2011. Yet now you seem to think Florence is disingenuous. This young man is the prime demographic of the textbook case of false confessions. As Ms. Hendrix proved in her cross-examination, his testimony was never consistent. He was not a good witness and you realized this as well. You opted not to put him on the stand in Stallworth’s third trial. It seems obvious you believe Florence was single-handedly the reason the jury was hung. So in your repetitive trials against Stallworth, after running him out of money, forcing him to opt for a public defender, you did not investigate whether there was something hinky with Florence’s testimony. You could and definitely should have further inquired as to why his story was ever changing. I mean, if the interest is in justice, that would have been the only prudent course. Yet your concern was the win; it was never justice.
Interestingly, I emailed Rakeem and asked him to explain what he called “evidence” of his coercion. This is his reply:
I hope, Mr. Molchan, you realize he is asserting you coerced him and provided the narrative that was factually questionable. You mention that the video surveillance corroborates both Florence’s testimony and Thornton’s testimony. It sounds like the reason it matches the video is because you crafted his testimony. Now ethically, it plainly looks to be improper for you to blast him on the news, knowing he does not have the same access to those media resources you have. Nevertheless, you are the one saying his recantation is moot, especially since he is accusing you of coercing this testimony. Convenient.
In reading every page of the thousands of documents dumped into the public domain prior to trial & the trial transcripts, I must presume you either do not know what evidence is, or you are so arrogant to think the pittance of information presented in Gonzalez Jr.’s trial, would put him on death row if presented today.
Here are some excerpts from the trial transcript of Mr. Eddins’s opening statement:
The highlighted portion is misleading. There was no “proof” only testimony by admitted co-conspirators.
This entire section is factually anemic because Leonard Gonzalez Sr. never testified in his son’s case, nor was his statement entered into evidence. In fact, this is a violation of Rule 4-3.4(E) of the RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR. That rule provides: A lawyer shall not … in trial, allude to any matter that the lawyer does not reasonably believe is relevant or that will not be supported by admissible evidence, assert personal knowledge of facts in issue except when testifying as a witness, or state a personal opinion as to the justness of a cause, the credibility of a witness, the culpability of a civil litigant, or the guilt or innocence of an accused. The state attorney was doing none of these things; he was exaggerating the totality of the evidence. This statement alludes to Sr. testimony which was never admitted. Carol Brant was Sr.’s common law wife and her testimony would only be admissible if it were corroborating Sr’s testimony, but it was not. These statements potentially taint the jury with facts which were never admitted into evidence, such as the Brady violation by not submitting the most recent criminal history of Smith and Eisa which was unknown by the defense and would have contributed to the weight their testimony carried to the jury.
Mr. Molchan, to recap, there was no legitimate, untainted testimony evidence that Gonzalez Jr. plotted anything. Not to point out the obvious but Thornton’s testimony was concocted in tandem with Florence’s.
As for the physical evidence, your office destroyed the red van you claimed was used in the crime. That evidence is no longer admissible. Carol Brant passed away. So, there are two co-conspirators, who developed their story together and now one has said it was false. You have no credible person to say Jr. plotted this crime. As for physical evidence. In the video, the shooter grabs Bud and Bud grabbed him in this struggle. This is confirmed by the only eyewitness, the child in the room. GMA reported the child stated:
There is DNA under Bud’s nails. And a profile for that DNA was developed. But Patrick Gonzalez Jr. is excluded as a contributor.
There is no DNA evidence to put Jr. at the seen or any of his DNA on any clothing. And let’s talk about the guns. The murder weapon was never linked to Gonzalez Jr. except by Hugh Wiggins who had possession of all the guns, the bloody clothes and the safe. Now tell me why he would not be the logical suspect? Remind me again who the owner of the weapons was. There seems to be no report showing the ATF established whose guns they were. You have Jr.’s fingerprints on the 2 of the guns not shot in this crime. You never established he did anything but touch those guns. Let’s say he did touch them, there is no evidence to suggest he touched those guns that night or during any crucial timeframe. Fingerprints do no come with a time stamp.
Morgan is a keystone cop and the SAO hitched its wagon to his “investigation”. Your office did not question it when he did not investigate the family, the people with the most to gain. What about Cab Tice? Remember Blue Markham told investigators that he sold the van used in the crime to Cab.
With real leads uninvestigated, how in the hell can you claim you are competent. There is so much reasonable doubt,. To sum it up, no physical evidence, no credible circumstantial evidence, leads not investigated. If Gonzalez Jr.’s case was tried today, how could you justify the amount of energy and taxpayer dollars you wasted aggressively pursuing a unviable set of cases. These are people’s lives, Mr. Molchan. There is so many unanswered questions, and you are a public servant. Years ago, I was told there is “no justice in Florida”. I have to say there seems to be so much tunnel vision.
Checkmate, Mr. Molchan. Your case is inviable. It’s time to put your ego aside and find the truth.
Recently I had a conversation with a deputy I frequently talk with. We discussed a few different things like Sheriff Chip Simmons, morale of the agency and employees that are still shining bad light on the ECSO. It was an honest conversation about the overall aura of the agency. Here is how the conversation went:
JS: So how is the morale of the agency?
Deputy: We expected, when Chip was running for office, he would run through the doors and give the agency back to the good employees that want to do good in the community. But there has been little movement in ridding the agency of the cancer. There are still “problem” employees or in some cases, criminals within the agency.
JS: Isn’t he concerned about looking like an extension of Morgan?
Deputy: It is rumored he wants to be viewed differently than Morgan and understandably so. However, keeping the holdovers that destroyed the optics of the department will only fuel the people claiming Chip is more of the same. The fact of the matter is it appears Chip has done little to hold people accountable for their actions and this continues to make the ECSO lose respect in the community.
JS: Doesn’t he realize he is under a microscope and by allowing those “hold-overs to remain, he is still destroying the potential the community had for him?
Deputy: He has been lackluster in his efforts to regain the confidence of the employees. People should never be harassed, and Simmons should not involve the department as the arena for political retribution that we witnessed under Morgan’s tyrannical regime. He had a front row seat of the destruction of good people at the hands of incompetent bullies under the command of Morgan and Eric Haines.
JS: Right. Joe Zarzaur pulled the curtain back on many of the shenanigans in the ECSO.
Deputy: Lie after lie has been identified in sworn testimony given by Morgan and Haines. Haines was even identified as a person with animus toward women in his command. Judge Vinson said that in a federal lawsuit filed against the ECSO involving Morgan and Haines. Yet Chip retains Haines and seems unlikely to make Haines answer for his poor leadership decisions and actions. Granted those actions happened before Chip, but Haines is still an employee and his actions on behalf of the agency will always remain relevant whether they happened yesterday or last year.
JS: You and I spoke about the recent shooting. Others have reached out to echo your views on this. That seems to be a circumstance created by Mindy and Haines that reared its ugly head.
Deputy: You mean, Sgt. Veltkamp? Most all of us believed her actions were questionable. It was difficult to have much sympathy for her because prior to being promoted, many felt she was a weak deputy and had trouble making good decisions. Her mental condition is in question here, as well. Imagine if she were an accurate shot, she’d have killed an innocent citizen on his property. In today’s climate, every deputy is afraid of being crucified. With cell phones and cameras, most of us are over cautious. Because you never know if one of your dumbass decisions will be played constantly until your family is harassed and the jobs are gone. What scares the hell out of me is that Sgt. Veltkamp has a position of authority with a known mental deficiency or at least an inability to manage emotions.
It is unfair to the agency and Sgt. Veltkamp. Maybe the friends that were attempting to cover up her breakdown were not actually friends. Did her friend help her or just kick the can down the road for a more serious incident to happen later? I think the incident that put Veltkamp in the spotlight speaks for itself.
JS: Do we know if she is stable at this point? What follow up was done to assure her emotional and mental fitness for the job?
Deputy: Unfortunately, Veltkamp could be a victim of circumstance. Her emotional state may not have been as serious as it seems. However, when your closet friends have lost credibility and proven they are less than truthful people, the perception makes everybody question. Mindy Young is the friend believed to be most instrumental in the cover up. Hell, look at Mindy. We all saw the texts that came out that showed she planned the demise of a complainant officer in an investigation she was conducting. She plotted to cause the employee to feel her “sting” with the subject officer in the complaint. This is proven with actual text messages that exchanged between Mindy Young and Eric Haines. This is beyond disgusting and a violation of Florida law.
I certainly wish the best for Sgt. Veltkamp. But some people are not made to be in law enforcement, or any position giving them a gun. I hope some leadership, some place at the ECSO will pick up this issue and remove the problems and the criminals of the days of inept leadership under the Morgan regime.
JS: I heard from someone else that Veltkamp was cleared of the shooting.
Deputy: I believe that is true. In honesty, there is no record of her psychiatric state in the past, thanks to Mindy. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have issues that people need to be aware of. Maybe it is even more important for her psychological status be more widely known. The man in the store is very lucky. Next time, people may not be so lucky.
JS: But as a few people have brought forth info, is there really good reason to be concerned about Veltkamp?
Deputy: Without a doubt. A seasoned officer with a clear head would not be in the situation she found herself in. I hate to say, this makes female officers look bad all around. Veltkamp’s problems play into the stereotype that female officers are weak and are liabilities because of their emotional reaction. I don’t find that to be true, but she certainly makes the case that can be used against other women in law enforcement.
For those that know me, you know Rick and I are not friends. I challenged his integrity after he consulting him at the beginning of my quest for the truth in this case. Rick provided a wealth of knowledge that was never published and I was able to corroborate that. His facts were never disclosed and he was “sitting on them”. I asked why he never did anything with that information. He said, “well time moves on; people lose interest”. That was really interesting to me. The facts I speak of point to the innocence of Pat Gonzalez Jr.
So my reply to his statement that time moves on was, “This is a man’s life; you’re telling me you just didn’t feel like pursuing the truth. So what does that say about your integrity?” He stammered, hemmed and hawed. Finally hung up on me. Tried to intimidate me to redact a column of his regarding this murder in my book. It was fully credited to him, but he said for $25K. He’d abandon his claim on that article.
I replied after consulting an attorney. Needless to say, nothing ever became of it.
So this article ,published on theInWeekly.net site, is a recap of the Billings case as well as sort of tribute to Sheriff Morgan and his tenure. Naturally, I have many issues with it. I will copy the excerpt that I find less than accurate.
“The crime exposed an underbelly of Escambia County that few locals wanted to admit existed”
This is the most truthful assertion of the article. Those that know the Billings Case intimately know that there is great deal of info that came out about Byrd Billings and his businesses, families and that opens up the door to incites into his murder. None of these things were ever officially investigated.
“…established Sheriff David Morgan has (presumably ‘as’) one of the top law enforcement leaders in the country. “
This is a flat lie and cannot be proven by any stretch. He is a legend in his own mind but the world does not share that delusion; Rick appears too as well.
While his “policy” may be not to go to the scene of a homicide, that did not stop him from showing up at this one. That will never be found in any report. Which begs the question, why?
I know Morgan was there because of the account from Robbi Jones, a lady who lived on the property with her husband, Samuel. They did odd jobs for Byrd and Robbi was home at the time of the murder. She didn’t have a clear line of sight of the main house as she lived in a trailer behind a detached garage. But you’d think she and her husband would have given a statement at least or would be questioned. That didn’t happen. However, the kids, April, Ashley, Blue and Justin all gathered in her trailer with the kids when Morgan arrived. He wrote down Robbi’s name in his little notebook and probably was in her home for 20 minutes or so. However, nothing ever came of it. She literally is excluded in history and was never investigated as a possible suspect.
When Robbi contacted me last year, I was shocked. I had not ever seen her name or her hubby’s in ANY paperwork. Robbi told me she was on Dateline with the family. This is an excerpt of the transcript of that episode, ” No Safe Place”:
Robbi and James both saw Morgan and talked with him. Why is that part left out of the narrative. Morgan alludes to it by saying his “policy is not to go to the scene of a homicide”. You can almost hear the “but that night….” that surely followed in this quote. Conveniently left out.
Robbi’s other contribution is that she can attest to the chaos, lack of procedure, lack of securing the scene overnight as well as deputies coming to get Justin to access the video. That is such a sloppy law enforcement act. That evidence is tainted by virtue Justin could have easily accessed another video, deleted part etc….this breaks the chain of custody and this evidence should have been excluded by this act alone.
None of this “organization” or him sitting down asking how to make this easier for them to investigate. In fact, there were several people working different parts of the case. For example, a pair of investigators looked into Lenny Gonzalez and the van. Another pair went to investigate differing areas but none of these investigators EVER sat down and shared their findings with each other. No one knew more than there task. It was all coming in to Morgan but he wasn’t disseminating.
Chris Baggett’s depo sheds more light on the level of coordination and checks and balances.
So Morgan is the Top Law Enforcement Leaders in the Country? HA!
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:
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.
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!
Chief Deputy Haines chose to self demote effective May 1st; he will be a lieutenant working in cyber crime. Speculation is that he is seeking protection from PBA. That seems terribly unlikely with all the acrimony Haines has caused. I am also hearing he has the ability to “back out” of such a deal, anytime prior to May 1st.
This was a result of Eric trying to somehow be a part of Chip Simmons’s campaign. Chip declined the offer. There was a push to get some assurance of Haines’s job security when Chip becomes Sheriff. Seems as if Chip planned to put him in a innocuous, non predatory position, if he was kept at all. This lack of future job security ostensibly rattled the poor bastard because he agreed to self-demote to lieutenant. .
Morgan is none too pleased about this failure of Chip’s to keep his “little buddy” on as the bully in charge within administration. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I totally believe Morgan is going to file to run again by the June deadline. I think his narcissism will not allow him to become irrelevant, which is what he will be without the Sheriff’s badge. Mark my words, Morgan cannot let go of the wheel. He will be claiming the citizens are begging him to run.
I did inquire about whether Haines will be getting a pay cut. I am told he will lose approximately $50K a year in the demotion, which will knock him down to a cool $100K a year. Poor bastard will need to stop taking cruises now. But he is get his cruise on as he has been on 2 in the last month. The one he’s on now is with his pervert brother Scott. I guess they need a break from being evil.
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.
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”.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?