Cory Sasser’s Final Act Part 2

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Chapter 5 of “The Devil Got Appointed in Georgia”

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jackie Johnson Press Release

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

Going on to the following days:

 

 

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

Here is Jackie’s version:

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

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

U N T O U C H A B L E

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CHAPTER 3 OF THE DEVIL WAS APPOINTED IN GEORGIA

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

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

2001-2011

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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