This IS CORRUPTION

For years, when people told me about the crap that happened in Escambia County on a daily basis, they would say it was “back room deals”, “favors for friends”, “a show of good will”, but all those things are just sugar coating for what really was happening—CORRUPTION.

One definition of corruption is:

 An act done with an intent to give some advantage inconsistent with official dutythe rights of others.

Another is:

  1. Dishonest or illegal behaviors, especially by people in positions of power or authority.
  2. Impairment of moral principal, virtue, or values.

It always surprised me the reluctance to call corruption by name. It really doesn’t matter what label you put on it, the act is what it is.  One of the worst forms of corruption is not the quid pro quo; it is the lack of accountability for those who abuse the system. That  holds potential liability for everyone. Knowing of a wrong, failing to act, is abetting and aiding in the commission of a crime. This means the people “in the know”, who fail to act become just as legally culpable as the person committing the misdeed. This is the foundation of RICO. This is systemic or organized criminal endeavors that others allow to continue.

A good example of someone who should be charged with public corruption is a high level law enforcement officer, who has been given information about a crime within his agency, a federal crime of interstate fraud and identity theft by a naturalized citizen. This person married, bought property in various states under a relatives social security number. She obtained employment and ultimately became a citizen but because of the crimes she committed, her citizenship is not valid. The citizenship oath taken outlines the fact citizenship can and will be revoked if any illegal acts were committed prior to naturalization. So when this law enforcement honcho finds out there is more than smoke in this case and fails to dig any deeper to prevent finding the mess behind the green card, he is guilty of abuse of power. Legally speaking, because of his oath, he is obliged to act if he suspects a crime to have occurred even if this is his favorite employee. That is his duty.  Yet this person WILL fail to act. This is CORRUPTION.

Now we all know the master of the game of corruption, Sheriff Morgan, is most adept at manipulating money. He should be since it is said he first started in the military, hence his refusal to produce his military record or obtain security clearance to work with the feds. Giving him the ability to buy political power or capital via the LET money, he keeps manipulating the process. No one seems to care–least of all Pam Childers. She doesn’t know how the process works, nor does she know the true meaning of the law. Ms. Childers informed me the Sheriff did not have to follow the statute regarding LET  funds because Eddins said they came to an agreement. Can’t make this shit up…..

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I will get back to the LET Fund later and  yes, there are more sketchy payments, despite the BOCC supposedly overseeing spending.

What I want to discuss now is the $30K computer/software purchased by ECSO for Eric Haines to have in computer crimes. This should scare the hell out of everyone Haines has in his crosshairs. This set up is for the purpose of pursuing pedophiles and he is being trained to “white hat” hack.  While the computer crimes department is made up of Haines and one other person, isn’t it possible that he can create a backdoor to this new toy he has? We all know that he has targeted people in the past and now with these resources and permission to troll, what could possibly go wrong?

But according to an inside source,  Morgan agreed to this as a promised perk when Haines “self-demoted”.  So now Haines, officially, can spend 8 hours a day, on the county’s dime, to terrorize law abiding citizens he doesn’t see eye to eye with.  Citizens beware!!!!!!!!!!!

GUEST POST: BEHOLD THE BEARD

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:

http://www.northescambia.com/2014/12/man-dies-two-weeks-after-being-tased-by-escambia-deputies

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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.

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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!

Haines & Young: WTF?

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.

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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”.

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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?

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Chief Deputy Haines Reaches Out

So my week was heightened by a Facebook PM from Chief Deputy Haines.

 

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I am not sure where to start to address your condescending message. First, until your tax dollar wasting text with Lee Tyree, I didn’t see the picture you are referencing. I didn’t look at it closely and I just figured it was more surveillance footage.  And yes, you are right that particular picture is from “See No Evil” Episode 1, but that pic is not what anyone other than you, the Sheriff and Tyree believed was a huge deal. That picture is insignificant and does not diminish the truth being, Patrick Gonzalez’s van was NOT the one on the surveillance video.  It just isn’t and for you to spend taxpayer dollars focused on a picture, for the explicit purpose of trying to file some sort of suit against me is friggin nuts. You wasted time out of your life to try to “get” me, creating this entire spool of nonsense over something that is not relevant or pertinent to any discussion. How fucking sad.

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abc_gma_onsumsami_090715_msBy the way, no one ever said there were two vans used in the crime. To be clear, Pat Gonzalez’s van (that was in Lenny Gonzalez’s possession), did not run. It had not moved. It was used for nothing but smoking crack in. Lenny self-medicated. He was too mentally deficient to recognize the van on TV looked nothing like the van in his yard. Yet your agency made a square peg fit in a round hole without looking for real suspects. Way to go, you railroaded 6 minorities, one being a senior citizen with organic brain damage. Before you say that isn’t true, produce any interview with Ashley Markham.  There isn’t one. Also, explain to me why Morgan was there that night taking down names of people to be contacted and yet their names never appear anywhere throughout the thousands of pages of documentations. Thorough job, Chief.

Getting back to you, you paid zero attention to Jerome Zaid’s sexcapades that branched into molesting a child because you had to read my social media feed. Your entire career is going down the shitter while you wait for me or Phil Nix to post something you don’t want out. You know how you avoid that? Don’t do stupid shit! Do your fucking job. If you did that, you wouldn’t be giving us more fodder to work with.  What am I sayin? It’s too late now. You perjured yourself by saying you didn’t do county business on your personal phone. You absolutely knew you did and lied under oath.  The Brady List needs a name added.  Do you start your classes by telling students that you lie regularly and use your time trying to find “work arounds” on rules?

Oh, I want to let everyone know that I did give you an opportunity to correct any other misguided notions I might have. You declined. Remember that.

Bottom line, if Pat Gonzalez gets a FAIR TRIAL,  his case will be overturned, I promise you that. I will not stop until that happens. Your agency routinely mishandles evidence, has no clear procedure for ANYTHING and have ZERO knowledge of the law. The jokes write themselves. Getting his case overturned is important to me because I know the man, you are right. I believe it is a flagship case that shows that even when lives are on the line, the ECSO can’t find their ass much less solve a crime. That is the disgraceful part about it. You have run the agency and by extension the community into the ground. Do you know how long it will take someone to restore the damage you have done? It will take decades. The first thing that must happen is all the cowards that kiss your ass or at the least do nothing, MUST GO. Then competent officers must be brought in to establish an infrastructure for the agency that isn’t corrupt, but it is imperative that no one, who ignored all your shit be left standing with a badge. When all the real criminals (your administration) are in prison, I will stop. That is my end goal.

Oh, and yes there is communication with the US Attorney’s office. So have many others. So slander me, spend every hour of every day trying to get me and Phil and every other “hater” out there, but it won’t help you now.

 

 

Terrorists with Badges

The Escambia County Sheriffs Office has moved into another level of abuse of power. There were always threats and the desire of Haines to argue for arrest with many past employees. Most of the arguments were not legally sound and Haines never found the support to take his corrupt and abusive leadership tactics the next illegal level……………until now.

The States Attorney Office (SAO) has partnered with the ECSO to advance personal attacks and further the cause of Haines and Morgan. Their interest is in retaliation against any person trying to have their rights observed, any person willing to speak out against them, and to silence the rest from causing problems down the line. The recent arrests of Lisa and Kelly Hall is proof of them taking the nuclear option in a relatively nominal infraction. Everyone should realize that this issue was brought to resolution several months ago. There was ample time to remedy this issue when it was first investigated. The fact is it was not important until Kelly Hall decided to fight back for being wrongfully terminated. This is an arrest in retaliation for causing Haines to be held accountable. It isn’t the first time this has happen.

The SAO takes the ECSO at their word as is the “industry standard” for law enforcement. Any law enforcement agency should be honest and should be expected to be truthful with other agencies. The SAO should question information given to them by the ECSO. Haines and Morgan have demonstrated many times they are not honest or capable to effectively complete law enforcement tasks. They are bullies and will misuse their power to harm enemies of their choosing.

We have seen officers go to hotel rooms to exchange drugs for sex while on duty. The public didn’t see this because it was all a huge secret to avoid negative publicity for the ECSO. This is easily seen if one takes the time to read the texts messages recently plaguing the agency that shows the dishonest behavior of Haines and Morgan. It could be that these arrests were to distract from the current narrative that Haines is corrupt based on his text messages.

It is also old news that there is an employee currently at the ECSO that has admitted to using a Social Security Number of a person deceased to avoid deportation. This investigation took place and proved that the employee had purchased property (Mortgage Fraud}, acquired credit cards (Wire Fraud), and the theft of another deceased SSN (identity theft). No action taken against employee.

Most recently a staff member commits a battery on a subordinate. The incident was on recorded video. No arrest of the former staff member. This is a blatant example of how Haines and Morgan guard those who could cause the most damage to their corrupt behavior and tactics. Battery is a crime but there was not a need to arrest the criminal in this instance. There is clearly a sliding scale as to what punishment employees receive. The ones named above are the “favored” people, thus their punishment is negligible Yet, Kelly & Lisa Hall deserve annihilation, really????

This issue is far from over. There will be information coming soon about all these situations. It is imperative that the citizens oversee their government. Government will run out of control if allowed to do so. The ECSO is not operating with honor or integrity. Haines and Morgan must be stopped from abusing their power and position as leaders of the Escambia County Sheriffs Office as their playground of torture and anarchy.

Catching Up on the Insanity

I have been completely out of the loop the last couple of weeks. But I want to catch up on the absurdity of last two weeks. Beware, I cannot make this shit up.

  1. October 22 & 23, 2019- The Fair

I got a call around 8 am from Philip Nix, head of the security for Don Frenkel at the Pensacola Interstate Fair as well as a former ECSO involved in a lawsuit with them currently in state court. Phil was livid. He went on to explain that after he got home from the fair and was climbing into bed, a phone call came in from the lone security guard at the fair. The security guard said an ECSO was standing at the door to the money office and he was there to tell him that a 9-1-1 call came in from someone needing assistance at the fairgrounds. The deputy, acting under orders from his commanding officer, Sgt. Vestal, #118, was there to tell the security guard that the ECSO was not to respond to 9-1-1 calls from the fair.

Now let’s think this through. A deputy was there to say he would not respond to a location he was currently at right then. And that because of the animus between Sheriff Morgan and Don Frenkel would not help anyone who called 9-1-1 from that location. WOULD NOT HELP ANYONE WHO CALLED 9-1-1.

Phil was livid. He immediately called Chip Simmons, #2 in command at the ECSO. Chip denied knowing anything about this or any sort directive given to anyone to not respond to the fair. Chip said he’d look into the matter when he got to work.

During the next few hours, it came out that there were multiple calls that came in from someone at the fair prior to the deputy arriving just after 1 am. So now we have multiple calls coming in with the deputy responding to say he wouldn’t respond at least an hour later.  So I think the proof is in that timeline. Chip claimed that the problem was that there the perception that FDLE was working the fair. While this was true during while the fair was open but at night, no one but a security guard was there after hours as like many businesses in the county. To say that because there is private security, no law enforcement would respond to an emergency call, is not only terrifying to anyone but that isn’t the case for any other private business in the county. So that explanation doesn’t hold water. After receiving the call reports from the ECSO, the coding shows the calls were closed as deferring to another agency (even though no other agency was called). But the cherry on top of it all is this:

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It is clear Vestal did as he was directed; he was promoted 10 days later.

Moral of the Story: There is a lack of professionalism by the ECSO, especially when the county is sleeping, you’d better be prepared to handle your own emergencies if you are on the wrong side of David Morgan.

2. October 28, 2019

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The alarming part of this is that it took 18 minutes for the ECSO to respond. 18 MINUTES!! A minute must have seemed like a friggin’ year, but 18 minutes could have easily seen this entire family murdered. After looking into it, I am told that 13 minutes was the respond time per the ECSO records, but that is still ridiculous.

Moral of this story: If you call 9-1-1 and tell them a crazy person is threatening to kill you, you better be prepared to take matters into your own hands. ECSO won’t be there in time.

3. October 30, 2019

 

 

“Johnson states the suspects are from Escambia County.

He says crime from that county is spilling into Santa Rosa County.

According to Johnson, 670 people were arrested last year with Escambia County addresses.

So far this year, he says 705 have been arrested.”

After this Chorus Nylander spoke to Sheriff Morgan for a comment. The best part is the following:

Sheriff Johnson said Santa Rosa saw 670 arrests in 2018 of suspects that lived in Escambia County, this year before the year’s end the number is more than 700.

“I certainly didn’t take offense at Sheriff Johnson’s press conference I think he was outlining to folks a situation they are dealing with,” Sheriff Morgan said.

Sheriff Morgan said that crime spreading to neighboring counties is just a natural byproduct of how crime works and something his office can do little to prevent.

“It’s called the displacement theory and that theory is you never eliminate crime you kind of move it around but it pretty much stays there prostitution is a good example we focus on prostitution in Brownsville that moves on highway 29 we go on North 29 and it goes back to someplace else so we can’t throw a net obviously over crime and criminal activity as much as we’d like to contain it,” Morgan said.

This is perhaps one of the most preposterous comments Morgan has made in a LONG time. The displacement theory in criminology is a theory that says when law enforcement has been SO SUCCESSFUL, they have run crime out of one area; it must move because it cannot occur in the place it originated.  This theory has been disproved. The crime we are referring to here is street crime vs white collar crime. Street crime takes place in lower socio-economic areas.  When a successful law enforcement presence lowers crime in those areas, it doesn’t move to another area. People don’t have the means to move. Crime just dissipates.

I think we all know that crime isn’t getting better in Escambia County despite Haines’s skewed stats. It’s expanding and that is what is happening in Santa Rosa.

Moral of the Story: Don’t listen to a thing Morgan says. It doesn’t make sense.

 

Evil Knows No Bounds

In previous posts, I have covered how Naomi Jones’s investigation was bungled; how the ECSO refused to do a missing person report when Gavin Clarke’s mom attempted to get help in her son’s disappearance; how so many children have been discarded because the ECSO failed to do their jobs. This story is more than that. When children go missing, there MUST be trust in law enforcement by the community. However, the distrust in this case is well earned by the ECSO.

The case I am speaking of is Jada McNeal aka Jadekiss McNeal. She went missing in December of 2015.  This case has been mishandled by the ECSO since day one. The original missing personsimage0000001 report was “lost” apparently by the agency without anyone as much as attempting to look into the disappearance. She was labeled a chronic runaway.

Three months later, when Jada’s grandmother contacted the ECSO, she was told no report was done in December, so she proceeded to file one right then. However, since Jada had been gone so long, the ECSO considered the case “cold” and used that as an excuse to do virtually nothing. Sometime soon after a lead came to the ECSO that the young girl was in a sex trafficking ring that ran from Louisiana to Las Vegas.4829175381491712.png

Until May of this year, nothing has transpired in this case, or so it appeared when the family did a press conference to refresh interest in the case. In typical Morgan fashion, Sir David held his own press conference lashing out at the family for doing such a thing. The investigator assigned to the case was promptly demoted for not making Sir David aware of the family’s press conference prior to it happening.

Skip ahead 2 months, I got a call from a colleague in the media who received a lead on Jada’s case. My colleague’s source claimed that a lead came to the ECSO about an inmate in Miami/Dade County jail  that had told investigators there that he had information on Jada being trafficked throughout the state of Florida and the last time he had seen her she was alive. The authorities in Miami contacted the ECSO and spoke to Mike Gilmore head of investigations. Gilmore told him the ECSO was not interested in sending anyone down to speak to this guy who had apparently been arrested in connection with sexual crimes. The authorities in Miami were shocked that the ECSO wasn’t interested in at least hearing what this man had to say. But that wasn’t the end of it. Mike Gilmore called Miami back later and made a request for the original statement this inmate made regarding Jada. Gilmore’s request for the “original” documentation concerned the authorities in Miami and they refused to send any original documentation to the ECSO. Chatter on LEOAffairs.com reflects this corroborating the story I was told

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I was stunned by this news. If I had a child missing and I found out even one lead–no matter how far fetched–wasn’t followed up on, I would have someone’s head on a pike. I proceeded pass along this information to a member of the ECSO admin who has attempted to convince myself and colleagues of his interest in correcting the problematic issues within the ECSO. I was apprehensive about this because anyone associated with this agency who either sees the issues of cutthroat behavior towards the employees not to mention the detrimental effect on the community this agency has built up or is there but unaware of these issues, wouldn’t typically get any benefit of the doubt from me. The list of casualties of this agency to the people within it and the community will take years to rehabilitate. I simply don’t know that it can be rehabilitated with the administration in place particularly Eric Haines and David Morgan.

Without any real options, I took a leap of faith and told this one person in a position of authority about the lead I got. He said he would look into it and keep me posted. In the meantime, my colleague I received the original tip from contacted me to tell me that her source clarified that the ECSO received this tip 2 years ago and failed to follow up. This tip sat–unfollowed–in a file for 2 years. I lost my mind. Statistically, the chances of finding this little girl alive are exponentially less every day; in the last two years, the lack of give a shit by the ECSO very likely cost this little girl’s life or depleted the chances of finding her to NIL.

The person at the ECSO I confided this tip in with the hopes of helping this little girl corroborated that this tip was indeed two years old and unfollowed up on. He refused to assign blame but promised to properly handle this lead ASAP. Since then, 3 trips to areas around the Southeast have been made running down this lead. A few names have been given and they are being run down–2 years too late–but possibly to some end.

My heart has been broken by this story. I was put into contact with members of the family via Cindy Martin, an advocate in the black community who contacted me about doing stories about crimes against people of color that have been inadequately handled and less sufficiently covered by any media. For example, James Beasley who contacted Pensacola PD about someone who was tried to kill him, only to be shot dead two hours after they refused to assist him. Or Devin Kennedy of Pensacola who was killed in Seminole, Alabama with neither the Pensacola PD, ESCO or the Baldwin County Sheriff’s office investigating the crime.

How is it possible in this day and age that these things can happen? The fact they almost exclusively happen to minorities adds a level of perception of rampant racism or indifference to those socio-economically below the threshold of most politicians level of sight.

Getting back to Jada, if anyone has any information on this little girl at anytime since December 2015, please contact Milton Search & Rescue’s Steve Williams. He seems to be the only one seriously investigating for this family.FullSizeRenderIMG_6222

Chief Deputy Haines Hiding Public Records from Deputies

On 8-13-2019, I received a notice from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office concerning a public record request made. The request was for a letter prepared by the Florida Police Benevolent Association Inc. The letter details the change in procedure for employees being investigated or disciplined by the ECSO, taking the point of contact person out of the agency and replacing them with a PBA attorney. This is a drastic move but a positive one for deputies, if they know about it. The letter calls out Eric Haines & the IA investigators for multiple complaints of “intimidation and blatant violations of LEO bill of rights”.

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The letter is addressed to Lee Tyree. Tyree is the President for the local chapter of PBA. He is the only paid board member for the Northwest Florida PBA. Tyree receives a paycheck that is funded by the members of the PBA. The dues the members pay is to ensure that they are protected from improper employment practices. The members are paying to have their careers protected from corrupt leadership. They pay and trust that Lee Tyree will take the proper steps to protect them if needed. The members should be severely disappointed with what they have received from Tyree, while the PBA asserts his ineffectiveness to do his job as being in fear of retaliation, from people on the inside, the ineptness of Tyree is more about keeping favor with Haines, not avoiding retaliation, which is a different motivation altogether

After receiving this letter Tyree was instructed to hand deliver it to Haines. When Tyree provided Haines a copy of the letter, Haines, for obvious reasons, did not want the letter to be a public record. Honestly it is not a letter that belongs to Haines nor is it his call to determine what is a public record. The letter is addressed to the President of PBA, Lee Tyree. However, if Lee Tyree allows Haines to dictate his actions and tells him it is now part of an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into Haines. Yes, Haines is overseeing his own IA investigation.  But without any balking, Tyree accepts this direction and without hesitation allows Haines to hide the letter from the PBA membership and public.

Every member of this chapter of the PBA should file a complaint against Tyree with the sender of this letter. Tyree has allowed countless employees to be mistreated and disciplined by Haines, knowing violations of employee rights were occurring.  Tyree even helped assist Haines by talking employees into resigning convincing them there is no other options. Tyree was seldom concerned enough to put up a strong defense for employees being harmed by Haines.

Now that we have seen the letter, we know it doesn’t relate to any investigation. There is not a true reason to refuse a public record request because of confidential status. In fact, it is an informative document advising the President of  this chapter of the PBA that a process that has been in place for over 25 years will change. A process for handling investigations and discipline will change because of improper conduct of “upper management” specifically Eric Haines and Internal Affairs investigators. This was a letter written to Tyree so he could inform the membership that PBA was taking action to protect them.

Unfortunately, but predictably, Tyree went the course of conspiring to hide the letter in a bogus Internal Investigation. Tyree is most concerned with being promoted apparently. He jumped at the chance to please Haines even though he was derelict in the performance of the duties he has been paid to perform as PBA President. He did nothing to inform the membership or post the letter for consumption by the membership. Tyree is the person responsible for protecting employees but instead assisted with committing law violations by concealing a public record. Why?

All PBA members should demand an explanation from Tyree and try to determine exactly how much he has kept hidden from the membership. A review of his conduct should be completed to determine if he should return funds received because of  shirking his required duties. In fact, it appears Tyree was more concerned with personal gain and has provided little service to members of the union. His recent contract negotiation left PBA with a shell of a contract and even less job protection. Seems more appropriate for Haines to be paying Tyree and not the membership of PBA for this service of undercutting deputies’ rights.

As far as Public Record request are concerned this is an old issue with Haines. He routinely makes attempts to delay or avoid Public Records requests. Haines should be held accountable for his conduct with this issue as well as the issues brought up by PBA. The fact that the ECSO would consider avoiding public record laws is a major concern. Why is that? What could they be hiding?
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Here are a couple of public records requests that have been difficult to obtain. Maybe some of the readers could attempt to obtain some records. If anyone is willing, go to this link  & please find out for yourselves how certain subjects really upset the ECSO leadership. You probably will not be successful, but you will get a first-person view of corruption at work. Here is the standard template. Copy and paste any all of the requests.

 

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. Monthly total of off duty fee collected from extra duty employment
  2. Any document indicating deposit, expenditure, or disbursement of funds collected from off duty

 

 

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. Any investigation relating to any employee investigated for improper use of SSN
  2. Any employee investigated for committing fraud by stealing identity of a deceased person
  3. Investigation completed by Capt. Ray Briggs on the listed issues.
  4. Any recorded interviews of the subject of the investigation
  5. Crime stoppers tip that notified the ECSO of employee not being a legal citizen

 

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. All training records documenting the training Steve Cappas has received concerning evidence handling.
  2. All training Steve Cappas has received making him qualified to examine electronic evidence

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. Any internal communications, emails relating to & from David Morgan or any public information officers from 7/9/2009-7/15/2009 (Billings case)
  2. Any internal communication relating to server failure for the above time frame

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. All Gulf Coast Crimestoppers payouts for any given year.

In Accordance with FSS Ch 119 I request the following record:

  1. Evidence logs showing chain of custody of all evidence in reference to the Manning case.
  2. All internal correspondence that mentions the name “Jimmie Staley” or “Conjuring Justice”

If anyone gets this information, please share. You will likely be told that the record doesn’t exist or there was never an investigation. Just because they say it doesn’t mean that it is true. A good rule to follow is to verify that the record exists from someone inside the agency. This is my rule of thumb but the powers that be inside the agency haven’t  seemed to figure this out yet.

More Sketchy ECSO Facts

In my last post, the procedure of how the “sensitive” or “exceptional” investigations conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office were handled was explained by LT. Steve Cappas. Zach Ward pointed out how a report with critical evidence that he handled was inexplicably missing from the case file while it was replaced by another report done a year later by a different person. This illustrates tampering and/or destruction of evidence. Steve Cappas tried hard to cover up and explain away inaccuracies told by Sheriff Morgan in his press conference. It was obvious that evidence that should have been handled professionally and securely, was not and many people were aware and had access to sensitive information that could be manipulated for self-preservation by many. I am not saying it WAS manipulated but just the fact that the opportunity and access facilitated the possibility of multiple hands altering evidence to preserve their livelihoods, reputations, and marriages, exists. It would just take one desperate person feeling backed into a corner, with the ability to distort the facts of the case via the digital evidence. While I am not saying it did happen for a fact, often, good people make bad decisions if the opportunity presents itself. This was a politically charged case that could have led to career ending implications, possible jail time repercussions and even personal life destruction. And the handling of evidence was so sloppy, that we cannot know for a fact it wasn’t tainted. That is the reason for police procedures is to minimize opportunities and preserve chain of custody. That did not exist in this case.  My question is how many other cases happened like that over the tenure of Sheriff Morgan?

 In trying to understand if it is possible other cases, big or small, may have been handled just as unprofessionally, we must look at the people in charge of such investigations. Today, I want to continue the discussion with a look at the most recent head of Internal Affairs investigations, Frank Forte. Under his watch, many deputies’ careers have passed through his hands.  Just to give some context and clarification, during Zarzaur’s deposition with Eric Haines, done last week, it came out there is no internal procedure or process of handling or even initiating IA investigations. IA has been used as a tool for the administration to conduct witch hunts against deputies they consider, unworthy of the badge. Any reasoning works and depending on how vehemently Eric wants people gone, it can be a nonsensical and even unlawful process. An example is Tama Barber’s writ of Mandamus, where Morgan decided there would be no compliance hearing that is available to deputies via Florida statute. Morgan doesn’t have the authority to deny that, yet he did. This is standard operating procedure.

None these mishandlings of IA investigations can go on, if a professional is at the head of this department, assuring deputies’ rights aren’t violated as well as procedure is followed to protect the ECSO from liability in wrongful termination suits. Forte being the head of this particular department, is very interesting because there is documentation showing Frank Forte perjured himself.

Because my colleague, Dr. James Scaminaci III delivers the facts as elegantly as I would be able to, I differ to his article on CJ’s Street Report from December 14, 2016:

The basic facts are these.  Sergeant Nix was working a side job in Pensacola Beach.  He gave permission to three vehicles to park in a “Loading Zone” area.  Sergeant Nix knew that there was no Florida statute prohibiting parking in such a zone (there is now).  Sergeant Nix advised Deputy Cripe that he had given the car owners permission to park there and that it was legal.  Deputy Cripe complained to Lt. Frank Forte who instructed Deputy Cripe to write the tickets.  Once Nix left his side job, Cripe wrote two tickets on Saturday and one ticket on Monday.  The three tickets involved two car owners.

Sergeant Nix was subpoenaed to appear as a defense witness, as was Deputy Cripe as a for the prosecution.  Lt. Forte attended as an observer.

After Nix’s testimony had concluded, Lt. Forte told Col Hardy that Sergeant Nix had violated ECSO guidelines in his testimony.  In the June 28, 2016, memo from Col Hardy to Chief Deputy Haines, Hardy wrote:  “Following the hearings, I was contacted by Lt. Forte and he informed me that it was his belief that the testimony given by Sgt. Nix against the Sheriff’s Office during the hearings rose to the level of Unbecoming Conduct in violation of ECSO policy.”

In the very same memo from Hardy to Haines, Col Hardy informed the Chief Deputy that he had checked to see if there were any evidence that could contradict or corroborate Lt Forte’s belief.  There was no such evidence.  Thus, the second Internal Affairs investigation began.

It is important to note that this second Internal Affairs investigation proceeded once Hardy and Haines were assured there was no evidence that could contradict Forte’s statement.  It would be an officer’s word against a sergeant’s word, backed up by a deputy, Cripe who was in the courtroom.

Unbeknownst to Haines, Hardy, Forte, and Cripe, Sergeant Nix, already in the gun sights of the ECSO due to the ongoing first Internal Affairs investigation seeking to charge him with felony grand theft, paid for a court reporter to record the proceedings of the traffic court.

Unfortunately, I do not have an electronic copy of the second Internal Affairs documentation.  However, I do have hard copy of Lt. Forte’s sworn recorded statement regarding IA # I2016-012 dated July 22, 2016.

On page 9 of his sworn to be true testimony, Lt Forte told ECSO investigators, “…and the exact words, I can’t remember but I can tell you that part of it was, I was assigned to that beach for a long time and I’m aware that deputies have a habit of writing illegal tickets there.  And I couldn’t believe that he made that statement in court.  First of all, it’s not a true statement.  But to make that statement is bad enough….Our deputies sitting there shaking their heads.  Got their heads down shaking their heads like they can’t believe those words just came out of Nix’s mouth.”

On page 10, Lt. Forte’s sworn to be true recorded testimony reads:  “POLLOCK: And is this opinion of these illegal tickets or did he just kind of make some blanket statement?  FORTE: Nix blurted the statement I gave you.  Uhm.  He was never asked, what is your opinion or anything of that nature.  I didn’t hear that.  What I heard was Philip Nix explaining how he gave them permission and then he continues on to say something to the effect of, I’m very familiar with that red curb because uh there’s been numerous deputies that have written tickets on that, uh illegal parking tickets on that red curb.  Uhm, and when he made that statement uhm I can assure you no one asked him his opinion or asked him any of that.  He, that was, that was solely on him.”

Pretty damning stuff.  Except not one word of what Lt. Forte swore to be true under oath under the penalty of perjury was true.  He lied through his teeth believing there was no way his perjured testimony could be challenged by Sergeant Nix.

According to the transcript of the traffic court hearing, here is exactly what was said in the exchange between Mr. Chris Rabby, the lawyer for the car owners, and Sergeant Nix, witness for the defense:

“Question: So the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department has been illegally ticketing people for years for parking in front of The Dock?”
“Answer [NIX]:  “I don’t–if there is no statute for it, I don’t know what they are being ticketed for.”
Mr. Rabby:  “I don’t have any further questions of this witness.”

Maybe in an alternate universe there is a Sergeant Nix transforming a question from a lawyer into his own statement, but in that traffic hearing on that day, Sergeant Nix answered in the negative.  Lt. Forte’s sworn to be true testimony is false.  He perjured himself.  Surely there is some violation of ECSO policy for bringing a false accusation against a fellow law enforcement officer, providing false testimony, and wasting the ECSO’s resources on a fake crime.

Was Lt. Forte investigated or otherwise disciplined for making a false accusation, providing false testimony, and wasting ECSO resources?  In the voice of an insurance company model, “No.”

Here, outsiders can see clearly two standards of justice.  If you are a favorite of the ruling class–Morgan and Haines and Hardy–you can lie under oath, as long as your lies are in the service of the ruling class.  In that case, you are golden.  But, if you stand up for ordinary residents being falsely accused by the ECSO of parking their cars in a prohibited loading zone, well, you better have a lawyer and a court reporter on your side.  But what is legal and what is true are of no concern to Morgan and Haines.  What counts for them is blind obedience–the law and truth be damned.

Any resident should be able to understand this case and the jeopardy that puts you in.  If Sheriff Morgan wants you to be fined and/or prosecuted, there are deputies willing to perjure themselves to keep their jobs.  And Morgan will protect them.  We know that because Sergeant Nix advised Sheriff Morgan as to the lies told and Morgan did absolutely nothing

So we have established we have a lieutenant over Special Victims or Investigations that doesn’t secure evidence, now the Lieutenant over Internal Affairs who has perjured himself and been apparently rewarded for doing so by subsequent promotion to his current position after the perjury was made clear to admin. Why should we expect any investigation to be handled correctly when we cannot expect proper handling of big cases, like the Manning sex case nor the civil case involving parking tickets illegally issued?

Anyone wanting to read the entire, lengthy statement of Frank Forte, the court transcript from the civil traffic court case or the result of the IA against Forte for perjury which exonerated him can click links above.