How Vets are Treated in Escambia County

Veterans come back from deployment overseas with numerous problems.  Just living like a civilian is a huge challenge.  Marriages of combat vets are more likely to end in divorce; Afghan & Iraq vets is over-represented in homeless communities and prisons.  The collision course between vets and the justice system has been so prominent that Veterans Courts have become a part of most areas. They deal with the trying to divert veterans into more appropriate ways than typical criminals. There are mitigating factors that throw these men and women returning from active duty combat into a justice system ill-equipped to handle them.

That being said, a case came to me of USMC Staff Sergeant Tim Chandler, a Pensacola native. His experience with the Escambia County Sheriff’s office and the State Attorney as well as the judicial system is laughable if it were not so disastrous. Tim’s PTSD exacerbated his martial issues but I think he can explain it better than I can.

 

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The REAL Story of the Naomi Investigation & Gaslighting of Suspect

May 31, 2017

2:30 PM—   Naomi is missing

8:35 PM—   Naomi’s mother arrested on outstanding, non-violent, non-drug related       warrant; called Klaas Kids to initiate investigation into daughter’s abduction; Klaas Kids contacted the FBI and FDLE to assist in investigation.

 June 1, 2017

4:26 AM—   Naomi’s mother released. SmartWEB Jail.clipular

8:00 AM—   Investigator assigned to case by ECSO

Naomi was killed with in 36 hours of abduction.  By the time ECSO, began investigation, Naomi has 18 hours or less to live. ECSO wasted 18 hours before starting investigation while simultaneously severing trust with family by arresting mom when she tried to report her daughter missing.

While coming in as the last agency to be involved, Sheriff Morgan held press conferences regularly, creating a facade that the ECSO was working diligently. FDLE was the primary investigating agency, due to the bumbling of ECSO from the beginning.

In my humble opinion, Morgan has blood on his hands

Let the propaganda begin:

On the evening of June 10, on Facebook, I found a post that was quite curious. Robert Howard had been arrested on June 8th for Naomi’s murder. It had been all over the news. Personally, I was hesitant about this man’s guilt due to confidential info I received on the state of Naomi’s body. She was not just strangled. She was mutilated. This guy did not fit the profile. Nevertheless, on Facebook, a friend of a friend posted this with a comment about Howard confessing.

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 I found a copy of the arrest report online that I had seen.redacted arrest howard

In communicating with the person who released the unredacted arrest report, I was told that this came from an employee at ECSO.

My question is why release that to mislead people. According to source on inside of ECSO, there was no real confession.  It was an off the cuff comment that is misrepresented in this version of the arrest report.  Had it been a real confession, Sir David would be up there taking credit for the “slam dunk”.  “The SOB confessed” might be the headline of the PNJ (AKA the Mullet Wrapper).  The term gaslighting seems  to fit.

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief. 

 

 

 

Naomi Jones: Can She Still Be Found?

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Naomi Jones went missing on May 31, 2017 from her Johnson Avenue home in Pensacola. That same day Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Naomi’s mother, Shantara Hurry for an outstanding, non-violent warrant. This arrest very well could have impeded the efforts by taking the most important person, Naomi’s mother, out of the search. As well as the broken trust regarding law enforcement that must have arose out of the arrest for this family.  Ms. Hurry reached out to Klaas Kids from jail. Brad Dennis of Klaas Kids amped up the search for Naomi including reaching out to the FBI & FDLE.  An inside source from the ECSO says that it was only then that Sheriff Morgan began “A REAL” missing person investigation–roughly 24-48 hours after the original report. This time is considered to be the most crucial time to gather evidence in any missing person investigation, especially involving a child. SmartWEB Jail.clipular

This is not the only child that the ECSO has been less than driven to find in recent years. Seventeen year old, Danielle Bell, disappeared in 2007. There was recently a reinvigorated effort to try to close this cold case by independent investigators and news affiliates. These sources also disclose that the ECSO has been less helpful than expected in trying to find out what happened to Bell.

Why is the ECSO less concerned about at-risk or missing children in Escambia County?

A REAL “ASK THE SHERIFF”

I got this letter in response to a Facebook post:

Jimmie,

Recently, you posted on Facebook to list crimes committed by Morgan or the ECSO. There were a few responses and I applaud those who can speak out. Had there been an actual chance of people being able to exercise free speech you would have had many more responses. Sir David does not allow the speaking of wrong doing if it could cause his image to be tarnished. Had everyone been able to speak freely you would have been told stories that demonstrates people who destroy others for their own good. Stories of inexperience and inept leadership would have been described. You would have been told of people who will judge and destroy others but refuse to be judged for flaws they possess.

It is not even difficult to point out how unfair the ECSO leadership has been and continues to be. Now, one could believe that because Morgan has not been held responsible and is not mindful that he too must follow laws.  Another explanation, for such blatant disregard for law, is because of ignorance to knowing the law. I would guess that it is a combination of the two obvious reasons. Sir David is an ignorant and inexperienced sheriff that has not been held accountable for improper actions. He has created a “brand” that resembles the rise of the Backstreet Boys more than it shows a law enforcement leader taking charge of a community to protect the citizens. The crime in that is appalling. Sir David has wasted 100s of thousands of dollars branding his poor law enforcement performance and creating a belief that he actually knows what he is doing.  Those who support this effort are rewarded with undeserving promotions and pay increases. That is a fact that could never be argued. Anyone in the job, that truly understands law enforcement, would say that the ECSO has two worthless Majors that never accomplished mediocrity as deputies. Our PIO should feel fortunate that she isn’t paid based on the length of her skirts. If that were the case she would have to mortgage her home to pay the ECSO to work there. Sir David demonstrated that he does not care about the employees or the citizens by carving out the budget dollars he has for three people to pay back political or other favors.

Maj. Andrew Hobbs is making over $35 an hour and does not even supervise 10 people. In fact he is responsible for 6 employees. Two of the employees of Maj. Hobbs are sworn officers. Both of the officers under his supervision have more experience and accomplishments, as law enforcement officers, than Hobbs. The remaining employees are civilian employees with the assigned task of making Morgan appear to be a knowledgeable sheriff. That is a job that should come with a substantial pay increase. It must be a daunting endeavor to make Morgan appear to be competent with the lack of verifiable experience he claims to have. Couple that fact with his laughable antics in the numerous press conferences he has participated in and accomplished only looking like a poorly executed SNL skit. One would pause to consider how he found that many individuals to take on that job or why they would want that job.

Amber Southard receives a salary that is over $2600 for an 80 hour work period. This is appalling when you consider her job consists of mainly the production of propaganda to boost the image of an incompetent sheriff. She is provided an agency vehicle and fuel for the vehicle. She works a day schedule and, unless she has an abundance of drama in her private life, is never shot at, or spit on and is relatively safe during her work hours. Now, compare that to a sworn officer that will be paid just over $1300.00 for the same 80 hour work period. In no way does that seem to be a decision that any competent sheriff would make. In fact, it appears to be just what it is. Morgan provides for those who further his agenda void of consideration of the ethical obligation he has as a sheriff of our county.  

Sir David has several law suits against him for wrongful acts to employees. He has allowed and been involved in destroying others for fictitious reasons but allowed others to avoid accountability when proven wrong. Lt. Frank Forte is a great example of Morgan ignoring wrongdoing because of personal reasons. Lt. Forte was caught lying under oath in his official capacity. Morgan took no substantial action against a lieutenant when proved to be a liar under oath.

Lt. Forte made a complaint on Sgt. Philip Nix about a court appearance. Lt. Forte stated that Sgt. Nix was “blurting” out derogatory remarks about the ECSO writing illegal tickets during a traffic hearing. Sgt Nix appeared under subpoena and testified in the case. Lt. Forte stated that Sgt. Nix was making comments that were embarrassing to the agency. Col. Steve Hardy responded to the complaint by Lt. Forte. He made efforts to get transcripts of the court appearance but never located the transcripts. Lt. Forte then had an opportunity to testify in an Internal Investigation interview and say whatever he wanted about the conduct of Sgt. Nix. Lt Forte continued to lie and embellish the story about court. Lt. Forte made an attempt to completely tarnish the reputation of Sgt. Nix. After reading the statement of Lt. Forte that was given to Internal Affairs one would conclude Sgt. Nix was an out of control maniac in court.

Apparently, Sgt. Nix was aware of the unethical conduct of Morgan and his posse. Sgt. Nix had paid for a transcript of the court hearing. Sgt. Nix did not provide the information to the ECSO and allowed the situation to take its course. The professional court transcript proved that Lt. Frank Forte was a liar. None of the accusations made about Sgt. Nix were true and Sgt. Nix had conducted himself as a professional would. I use this example because Nix is one of the only people who is not afraid of the backlash of using his real name.

Morgan took no action on Lt. Forte. The fact Lt. Forte is a liar was ignored…..for now. There will be point in time that Lt. Forte will have to explain his reason for ignoring the obligation that an officer takes to always be truthful and honest.  Morgan will get the chance to explain all of the wrongs he has committed and many of those following his lead will enjoy that journey as well.  I hope that they understand a Grand Jury is not as tolerant of liars and cheats as the Morgan administration is and what they are due will be paid.

In another incident, with an employee at the ECSO, an investigation by internal affairs finds reason to sustain or sanction policy violations for obeying the law. Most of you will read that sentence twice. It is true. An employee became a target of the ECSO administration and the rules, policies and laws were twisted until it was reconciled in their twisted minds the employee could be fired. The violation consisted of cooperation with an attorney during a deposition. The attorney was party against the ECSO so that would never be tolerated. Again, a career destroyed.

This matter will also be settled through a lawsuit. Morgan will distribute more taxpayer dollars to pay for the wrong he committed. More waste because of a staff that lacks the courage to tell Sir David he is wrong. It could be they are too selfish to take a chance on ruining their gravy train to stand for what is right. Many of those in a position of power in the ECSO staff is concerned that their “yes man” mentality did not prepare them for the job they have with Morgan or they don’t want to be exposed for the indiscretions committed in the past.  Either reason creates a setting that forces them to vacate their principles always seeking Morgan’s approval first. There is no cost too high to pay for the approval of Morgan. If you follow the rules set by Sir David you will be rewarded with favors that have benefits some in his staff could never enjoy if based on their proven ability.

I would be remiss in my description of the ECSO if I were to leave Eric Haines out of this discussion.  There is no rational reason that this imposter made his way to Chief Deputy. He has pretended to be something he is not his entire career. I regard to his advancement at the ECSO it could not be argued that he was successful in padding his retirement. Had our retirement system required that an employee actually demonstrate law enforcement ability during his career he would be on food stamps at the time he retires.  Haines advanced his career pointing at the other person and pretending to be far more intelligent than he actually is. His bully personality is effective when you are in control of someone’s career. However, his actions have proven time and again that he has no conscious or consideration for any misery he causes. He appears to be the guy that is getting even with the world because he somehow feels life dealt him a losing hand. I can agree that he has numerous reasons to be pissed at life. Most people would consider themselves in hell if they were forced to be Haines. Haines does not have the right to continue to harm and destroy an entire agency and the employees who suffer from his foul display of a failed attempt to prove him a leader. He is not a leader and will never have the respect he is in search of because respect does not come from a title. Respect is earned slowly by those who make an observation of a person. They observe a person who is able to demonstrate needed ability to accomplish success in the area they are leading. Haines has never been successful at being a law enforcement offer and therefore will never gain any measurable amount of respect from true law enforcement officers.

All roads in this equation lead to Morgan. His fairy tales about law enforcement accomplishments and experience have proven to be laughable. It is easy to target him for silly “dress up like a big boy” uniforms and senseless remarks made in a desperate attempt to make it into the media cycle again. Then it comes to mind that this leadership has caused so much misery to those that encounter him with an opposing opinion. Worse there are lives that have been lost that effective leadership could have saved possibly. It is not that laughable when you actually take the time to evaluate who David Morgan really is in this situation. He is a failed sheriff that has hidden from the responsibility of that office. The citizens are suffering and they are unable to see the cause because the tax dollars they pay are being spent by Morgan to create an illusion all is well.

It is a shame that “Ask the Sheriff “isn’t a real thing. If it ever is I have questions. David, why did you leave the Air Force?  Did you really pay for that cross thingy? Do you see the harm you have caused? Do you care about the lives you have ruined or caused to be lost? Do you lie in bed at night regretting the horrible things you have done to people? Do you really trust those you have surrounding you? You caused them to cut and run when you offered a better deal. Imagine what will happen when you are not the best deal anymore.       .  

Sincerely,

No Longer a Victim  

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Morgan Fiddles While Escambia Burns

Tuesday was a unique day. There were multiple serious crimes going on and Morgan holds a press conference on a cyberstalker. What?

While I understand the cyberstalker may have harassed people and made them uncomfortable, does that really compare to the stabbing, shooting and bank robbery happening in real time?

This is a perpetuation of Chief Haines’s trolling on social media to tattle tale on deputies instead of focusing on the rising crime rate.  Hello!!! There are things that are happening IN THE community that they seem to not see.

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This reminds me of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. He is told that people are storming the palace and he tosses the telegram because it’s time for tea.  Eventually the people, who he never really saw, were his demise.

 

 

 

 

 

This is an example of the disconnect of the administration (Morgan & Simmons).  Or this could be blatant manipulation. Morgan parades a non-violent criminal around who a fairly new criminal enterprise. He makes sure not to acknowledge the violent crime that plagues the community. In the 40’s, this tactic was used as propaganda tool by Hitler. He played news stories of the German wins, when in reality, they were defeats. Is this really the kind of community people want to live in?

The reason the local news doesn’t cover this goes back to the “Witch” murders in 2015. Sir David was ambushed by a reporter in the ECSO.maxresdefault.jpgHe was from WKRG channel 5, but despite that fact, Morgan believed the news director, Kim Wyatt, put this man up to the aggressive tactic of following Morgan through the ECSO and outside despite the fact Morgan dismissed him. This doesn’t show Morgan in a good light and he lashed out

.  Kimberly_Wyatt.jpgAccording to sources close to the situation, Morgan’s ire at Ms. Wyatt had him assign a plain clothed deputy (who recently got promoted) to follow Ms. Wyatt. He then called the GM of WEAR and asked if he knew where Ms. Wyatt was, because he did. This is the epitome of coercion. Since then Channel 3 has not made any attempts to portray Morgan in a “tainted light”.  Morgan strong-armed the GM and stalked the news director over a perception of a situation that may or may not have been true.

How is this “momentum”?  Is this the Escambia County of the future?  A community where this severity and frequency of crime is the norm and a thug controlling other thugs for his own personal agenda…..but hey who cares….he talks a good talk.

 

Doug Underhill: Eroding Pensacola

My last post on Underhill resulted in the almighty Sheriff producing a video to refute the claim that the Perdido substation was closing. Sir David is using semantics here. That substation is effectively a back-up or satellite station; the ECSO is still in possession of it but no one reports there. Now, it appears the police presence in that area is minimized. The Sheriff claims it is due to the shifts in crime. However, the trends according to the crime map of calls responded to in the county shows a consistently higher rate of crime on that side of town.
But my point is, I pointed a finger at Underhill and he tried to create damage control by contacting the Sheriff and then the Sheriff making a video.  Underhill was trying to minimize my message.  The problem is you can’t pass off a zebra as a horse. The situation is what it is. There is no spin to be done. Meanwhile there are other issues of greater importance such as the Osceola community’s sidewalk problem in which Underhill has ignored wholly.
Underhill has a history of trying to manipulate the community. The following post clearly shows that.

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Excerpts from November 21, 2016 in Sandspaper.com titled Underhill Lays Ambitious Aims for Escambia:

Underhill envisions looking at Escambia’s budget with fresh eyes, approaching it from a “zero-sum” perspective. And he would like to see the county move from what he describes as “personality-based politics” to a more “process-based” style of governance….. Because when that’s a part of the discourse about whether or not an idea is good, really what you’re saying is ‘I know this person and so I trust this person, and so I’m not even going to look into the merits of the idea, it’s just coming from somebody I trust.’

Commentary: I have no problem with the “zero-sum” perspective. It is practical; the problem is the last part of the statement–“Personality Based Politics”–is where I have take immense issue.

“Personality based politics” is a fancy phrasing of the “good ole boy system”.  It essentially means people are electing people they know and like regardless of qualifications.  Here’s the problem: that is a basic tenant in politics. If people don’t “like” you, you don’t get elected.  Take the Nixon-Kennedy debate. On the radio, Nixon was considered the winner because of his ideas; however, the television viewers thought Kennedy won by a landslide. Why did that happen?

Even though Kennedy had less quality to his speech, he delivered it with charisma that television viewers took to immediately. Let’s take the more relevant, David Morgan in his “landslide” victory. People elected him because of his persona that he portrays, not his achievements; not his shady finances; not his increasingly growing crime stats; not because of his complete loss of employee respect. None of that mattered because he flashed his “$30K” smile and put his face in as many places as possible. His personality (publicly only) won him the election and is what kept Underhill in his position because he is Morgan’s bitch.

The hypocrisy of his statement is only half the disturbing part of all this.

You may recall, we were being pushed to purchase the old AES building on W Street, north W, it’s just south of the Pentecostal church. We were under pressure to purchase that, for some exorbitant amount of money. It’s just steel shell building with a stucco facia on it. And we were needing to buy that for our corrections department — ‘Because we got people working at desks out in the hallway.’ Ok? That was Tidwell that said that.
I said, ‘Ok, well, show me.’ You know how many desks were out in the hallway that people were working on? That’d be zero.
Ok, that’s called an ‘Escambia-fact.’ It’s an emotional thing, it sounds pretty meaningful, but when you actually peel back the layers it’s not there.

His article continues to belittle the Escambia citizens in that he talks of “Escambia facts”, which are facts people claim but when evidence is looked for after the fact, it proves to be untrue. Now, let’s understand something. The statement was made about people in the hallways—time passes—Underhill responds. What happened in the time passing? In my experience, Underhill most likely corrected the matter through others and then called out the complainant after the issue was quickly covered or fixed. He has does this in situations I have called him out on-twice so far; so this is a pattern of how he handles things. This “Escambia fact” was indeed a fact when it was brought up—I would bet the farm on that, but Underhill manipulated the situation to make him the good guy and the complainant the bad guy.

Why? Why not man up and fix the issue and not cast stones on the people in the community? It is the actions of a man trying to prove his worth by belittling others. His greatest asset should be showing humility and fixing issues rather than covering them up.

The most disrespectful thing implied in this article is the portrayal of the community by someone who does not “get it”. There is a thing in the South that is a fundamental undercurrent of the culture–Southern Honor. Southern honor is what makes Southerners hold integrity as the pinnacle of everything. Southern honor says your name is all you have and you have to live up to every single person who carried that name from the beginning. We don’t take that lightly. We honor others that show that same respect, which might be construed as “personality based politics” because we do look to the people who appear to be most like us. Southern honor is ingrown in every person who ever grew up with lack. When you have nothing but your name to hold onto, it becomes everything.

Underhill doesn’t get it. He’s seen as an outsider because he doesn’t carry this trait. Morgan feigns this and uses against the community but Underhill doesn’t get it. He can’t grasp the culture of the people he is ruling over. Look at some of the comments on social media. He ignored the Osceola community’s concerns with flooding; he looked to force out the Tomato Man and Georgio’s Greek trailer. People who have been figures in the community that beloved by most. Why?  Here is Underhill’s response to Stuart Kaplan’s questioning of the food truck, Tomato Man issue:

Stuart,
Please, try to get a handle on some basics of a civilized society. There have to be some simple standards, or are we advocating for pure anarchy? The County is very receptive to food trucks, and they prosper throughout the County, with no problem meeting our simple standards.

Why is it that a citizen who expects the rules to be followed and calls code enforcement deserves your profanity and bile? Moreover, while you guys rant about the oppressive government in everyone’s business are you simultaneously ranting about how the accident on the bridge last week was the government’s fault? Y’all always fuss about the accidents on the Key and say we need a four lane. Considering that almost every accident on the island involves intoxication, distracted driving and/or excessive speed, aren’t you advocating for a $100 Million government expense to overcome failures in personal responsibility?

I know that those who long for the good ole days of corruption and privileged access have a hard time with this, but in Escambia today and for the forseeable future, “One set of rules applies equally to everyone all the time.”
Respectfully,
Commissioner Doug Underhill

This is a disrespectful response that doesn’t do anything but turn blame back around. He twists facts to make him look like he person being victimized; What did he say that was productive or doesn’t focus on blame?  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

Let’s apply the rules of ethics that Underhill broke when he had the Sheriff endorse him on camera.  UNETHICAL! Yet when it was brought to the Florida Ethics Committee, no fault was found. Yet the canons state:

Fla. Code Jud. Conduct, Canon 7A(1)(b) Except as otherwise authorized, a judge or candidate may not publicly endorse or publicly oppose another candidate for office.

Yet we have this:

Morgan endorses Underhill for Escambia’s District 2

Underhill does as he wants while ignoring his constituents, belittling the culture of the people and recklessly speaking about things to which he has no knowledge…ie the sociological culture of the South & Southern Honor.
Might I suggest a good read for Mr. Underhill? Southern Honor: Ethics And Behavior In The Old South by Bertram Wyatt-Brown
The irony in all this is that Underhill wants respect because of his role as an elected official. He also claims that merit not personality should garner that respect. Yet his merits have not garnered JACK. The only reason people are cordial to this jackass is because of the culture of the community….the same culture Underhill belittles continually.
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PREDICTION: The first words out of Underhill’s mouth will be that I have no idea of what I’m talking about. However, understanding respect and community without corruption is simple. There is no mystery to it. It is not that complicated.

Mr. Underhill, people elected you; do your job without disrespecting the community. It doesn’t get more basic than this. Many have done this before you and will do this after you. Blaming the community makes you look weak and that speaks to your grasp of Southern Honor. Should you take issue with my post, MAN UP AND COME TO ME. DON’T BE A LITTLE BITCH AND POST TO FACEBOOK PAGE YOU KNOW I CAN’T RESPOND TO OR EVEN VIEW.

Voice from inside ECSO

Again the Escambia County Sheriffs Office was recently in the news. Again, it is not there for the right reasons. Again an officer is in the spotlight for an act that was destructive—what boils down to a domestic violence incident. Again the administration tries to disassociate themselves from the deputy as fast as they can.

I am not going to discuss the officer or the issue that made the news because that isn’t what I’m here to address. The thing to address is the administration response and part within this story. It is a terrible situation and none of us know the specific details. We know that it is obvious the deputy was in a psychological place that none of us would ever want to find ourselves to be.  Emotional agony is difficult and all of us have had a time that has caused us to feel depressed and temporarily desperate. Not everyone makes the mistake that we know he made. Or could it be that some have just never been pushed past the point that they can control their actions?

Our agency has had many years of experience leave in the past 7 years. We have lost officers that possessed the ability to apply logic and common sense to everyday situations. It is often difficult to understand what is legal and illegal if compared to what is right and wrong. Just because a person does something that could be worded in a report as illegal doesn’t make it right to take law enforcement action. There are many times a person could be arrested because it could be articulated that a law was violated. There is more to making an arrest than that or there should be. An officer should evaluate the full scope of the situation. What are they actually seeing?  Then they have the discretion to decide if an arrest is warranted, possibly a warning issued, or maybe even just a moment of human understanding, where the deputy uses common sense or compassion to not make an arrest. Deputies should first learn to use that tool before slamming down the rule of law. Balancing law enforcement with the overall good is a balancing act.  We are given the discretion that allows for compassion and consideration that should be applied to a human being in a human situation. It keeps an officer from viewing individuals as simple numbers on a list. Understanding discretion means that an officer sees a person first and starts at that point to do the job that has been tasked.

Many of the officers I work with now believe the action they take is not ever a part of the equation. They simplify the matter by rationalizing that it was not any fault of their own that a person was arrested. It is the job of cops to arrest people when they violate the law. That is true to some extent. However, our first responsibility is to help people. If an arrest is being made so an officer has the numbers at the end of the month to impress our administration, then maybe not.  Maybe the administration should understand that some of our best work could never be gauged by statistics measuring how many arrests we make.

Taking the time to talk to a child that interrupts you having lunch, is not measured at the end of the month. Stopping to help a person that is stranded on the side of the road is a good thing. Taking an extra minute to walk around the homeowner’s house because they were scared of a noise is reasonable. Explaining why we do take people to jail is understandable if a person wants to know. All of these acts are expected of an officer, in my opinion. None of these acts get any credit when totaling up our monthly statistics. They are not factored into any officer evaluation.

I say all of that to make a point. I am not attacking the officers doing the job. I am not attacking the way they do the job. They are doing the job the way our administration expects them to do the job. It has been said many times that our leaders have not ever been real cops. Here is the proof. Any law enforcement leader that believes an officer’s worth is based on the total number of arrests made each month, is not a leader. In fact, it is more important to keep citizens from violating the law. It is much more difficult to turn a life around than it is to drive them to jail. The problem is it takes much more effort to help a person in a struggle with life than arrest them for a mistake that was made. Officers will have the chance to make more than enough arrests in their career. They should just understand that an arrest is made for a reason more than making statistics. That is where the lack of law enforcement in the ranks plays a factor. There is no encouragement to use personal judgment to evaluate the situation before making an arrest. The administration sees the world in black and white, but we all know that is not the case.

My point was recently made clear in a post that was made on Facebook. A comment was made concerning the deputy recently in the news. The poster stated that he felt the administration could have done more to stop the deputy from going too far. I do not know if that is true. It is very possible that the officer reached that point and it could not have been detected even with the best of administrations in place. Who can say? We have the administration we have and it is far from accomplished. It can be said that the issue, I believe, exists with the agency was displayed in the response from our very own Chief Eric Haines.

True to form Haines responds to the post asking several rhetorical questions that the poster could not possibly answer.

Here is his post from Facebook and Escambia Citizen’s Watch page:

Eric Haines: Tim Dorsey — the expert in law enforcement administration. Enlighten us Tim. What’s your background? What resources are offered to officers having problems? Is there random drug testing? Would it have caught this? Do you even know who this deputy is? How long they’ve worked there? What is their work history? What did they do at the ECSO? What do they pay Facebook LEO experts these days? You’re a piece of work. Please share your wisdom with law enforcement administrators everywhere as to how to ensure officers won’t make terrible life decisions.

 

I’d like to respond to Eric directly:

 

Eric,

I am a cop with more than a decade of experience than you. I have worked patrol, investigations, narcotics and a couple of office jobs at the ECSO. During my career, I have told parents that their children were dead and children that their parents were dead. I have witnessed suicides and murders. I have seen children that were raped. I have seen people who have died from gunshot wounds to the head, face, back, chest, stomach, and other places if you care for me to continue. I have seen people in car crashes that were killed. Sometimes I was lucky enough to get there and hold their hand before they died so they didn’t have to feel alone when they died. I wish I could have helped them all out from the mangled cars but it just wasn’t always possible. If I continue with my background, I’ll add I became a cop because I think cops are decent people and I like to help people. I really didn’t realize I wouldn’t get to help more than I have. I thought it would be much easier than it turned out to be actually.

Going in order of your questions, you ask about resources. I feel more than sure the poster could never answer this question. I said at the start I have been here a decade longer than you and I have no idea. I am aware of the place we go when required after a shooting or something that it is mandatory to visit. It was always my belief that we went there to reduce agency liability. I have been for my share of visits at that place and with the contract doctor. I believe that unless I was actively murdering a person at the time I was in his office, he would not notice if there were any serious mental concerns. Why should he? He is a busy guy and has dozens of court ordered pedophiles to see after me. I guess you couldn’t expect more than that from the lowest bidder.

Then you ask probably the most ignorant of your questions. Random drug testing?   That wouldn’t have caught anything in this situation.  The deputy does not have a drug issue.  Maybe you were just spouting off because you knew the poster wouldn’t respond because you were at an advantage in this exchange.

The next several question I will answer all at once. I have known him for over 25 years. He is a great guy. He was a respected officer and he had a ton of knowledge when it came to being a cop. He has proven himself as a cop on so many occasions I couldn’t count. He has done nothing in his life but be a cop. He is a man I am proud to know and proud to have worked with for many years. Find a single person to say half the things I just said about that man when describing you ………..and mean it without laughing.

I don’t believe there is any pay for being an “LEO expert” on Facebook. I do believe that it is possible to fake being one at the ECSO and get paid over $100k a year. You already know that because you have had that position for a bit now. You are the only Chief Deputy in history that screwed it up so bad that they hired a second one to come in and run things. I just don’t get why they kept you around.

The most telling of all of your post and how you have molested our agency is in you last line. The wisdom I would want to share is simple. Treat people like they matter. Don’t pretend you know when you don’t. Realize that it is people who are hired to fill those positions and not machines that can be programmed. Understand most that it is about choices. The choices you make on how to treat people included. That man didn’t make a “life choice”; he was emotionally weak at this point in his life. He was broken down mentally from many things I am sure. Issues that will never bother you in your life may have got to him. You will never be in that situation or feel what he feels. You believe that it is because you are so much better but that isn’t true. You will never have those feeling because you were never a cop. This is the wisdom I can pass on. Don’t ever be a good cop and you will never have to think of all the horrible things you seen being a good cop. Your mind will stay fresh and ready to judge others for something you never could do.

 

My point is that we have people without the good sense God gave a goat that are making evaluations of people and affecting lives through their scope of ignorance. Having LEO’s that live in a community is a must because they understand the community. Yet the ones we have don’t have the life experience to make the better choices and are not ever going to get the training from a simulator that prepares them for real life situations. When cops are slaves to arrest numbers, innocent people go to jail. When cops are under extreme pressure without the support of the brotherhood—the agency—there is no telling how that will manifest.  It’s a pressure cooker situation at that point and people get shocked because cops—human beings—snap.  It happens in all occupations but in this administration, at this time; it is more prominent than it has ever been. There is no sense of belonging within the agency that builds teams and support. Deputies are pitted against each other to keep them isolated and less likely to question poor leadership decisions. But this isolation from other officers may end up being the death of that cop. How can the leadership justify that?

 

Dangers of Being an ECSO Deputy

It is funny how so many deputies, scared of losing their jobs, want to speak out against the administration under Sir David & his cronies. Here is yet another deputy with a message.

Editorial by a Deputy

As the holiday season starts, I began to reflect on the year. The one topic that causes the most concern is how cops are being attacked. We are 70% more likely to be killed this year compared to last year. That is such an alarming jump. No officer deserves to be killed for merely being a cop. Our society is failing when we allow this to occur and take no action. This should be at the top of the list of concerns of every law enforcement agency in our country.

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It is unfortunate, but obvious, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office does not have the safety of officers at the top of the list. We have seen that thousands of dollars were spent to inform people to lock their doors. Thousands were spent to give David Morgan exposure during an election year. Had Morgan ever been a cop, he would understand the feeling that cops have when they are subject to unprovoked attacks. Morgan would know what the dangers are for cops in the national sphere and here locally.  The increased fear to go into the street and attempt to enforce the law knowing just wearing a badge could mean the end of the officer’s life is a REAL THING. Had he ever actually completed a tour of duty as a cop, Morgan would have likely considered spending the money on dealing with the increased pressure and scrutiny to generate good PR for officers for their own well-being instead of widening the gap between the community and law enforcement.  He could have addressed the elephant in the room in talking about how Ferguson, Trayvon and other national events might affect the cops and community of Escambia County. But instead he has wasted training dollars on senseless simulations, THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS on billboards with his face and meaningless reminders for the community to lock their doors. Or how about the time and cost of educating the ECSO on guidelines for Pokemon GO?  And the real kicker is the time invested in convincing cops that ratting on other cops for minor indiscretions to the upper echelon will get you brownie points. Internal Affairs cases have exponentially increased over the most stupid things like not having signed in on a training log in sheet. Cops are not prepared to work the streets where reality and tragedies occur.

Unfortunately, Morgan chose to take the path of a liar and does what he says he will not do on a continual basis. Moving officers from a precinct may technically not be “closing” it, but it absolutely has the same effect in lack of law enforcement for that area. Morgan will have his social media trolls do their best to insult anyone that tries to present this argument. They will be attacked and told they are not cops and could not know what is best. Documentation will be produced to show that there is not a change of coverage and that geographical area is getting the same if not better coverage. Really that is a lie.

I had the misfortune of being a part of the transition of the Cantonment shut down.  It is a fact there are times there is not ANY officers beyond Kingsfield Road. It is a fact that there are times that only ONE officer is working an area that is supposed be manned by a minimum of 2 at any given time. It is a fact that the coverage is not what it was when there was an active precinct for that part of the county.

When the social media attacks come, know what questions to ask so you are comparing apples to apples. When the roster showing an officer was 10-8 (on duty) in that area is produced, ask to see a roster to compare it to from last year at the same time. When the roster is produced to show that on each shift an officer is assigned and there is always coverage, ask about the total number of officers assigned at this time last year. What Morgan and Haines will not volunteer is that each of those precincts has “flex officers” that do not work traditional shift hours. There will not be a shift from in-town to provide coverage for those positions. Those officers will be lost completely. The overall numbers will fall drastically when compared to the new system of assigning officers. In fact, the total number of officers, including supervisors, will decrease by a minimum of 3 officers each day. Be prepared for Haines to attack this number and show documentation that the number is wrong. He will say that there is no change. The only way he could be correct is, if manpower has been so reduced that there is not a current deputy assigned and the position is vacant.

The truth is this administration has to reduce services because the ability of the leadership has been reduced as well as the funds to develop and keep good cops. Morgan is not a cop and assumed the ECSO would run itself while he was busy trying to get re-elected or networking to enhance his social standing in pure pretense. Haines is not able to admit wrong in any thing he implemented and will not admit when he makes a mistake. He spends more time trying to validate a bad decision and convince everyone else how it is actually a good decision than he does correcting what is wrong and improving the situation. Instead he rides a dead horse on principle.  The result of this failure way of running the show causes us to have less capable officers and officers not having the same experience as we once enjoyed.  Our agency is imploding on itself, but it’s all good if we are making sure that Morgan keeps his celebrity status in good order. Haines is not concerned by failure because he doesn’t know what a successful agency looks like. He wants to build the illusion he has been successful. His objective, or maybe his destiny, is to leave the agency. That is welcomed by any cop that cares about the good of the agency.

My one request to the powers that be is to please just stop chasing off good cops that want to be here and care about the dangers currently facing this community. If nothing else, you should preserve these cops because their community impact will only improve the overall perception of the agency and thereby your own agenda of pleasing yourself. This is a pipe dream because anyone who reads this and is in the position to fix it has been critiqued which is only going to hurt their feelings and cause retribution to the rest of us. But someone has to say something. Someone has to care and that is not David Morgan or Eric Haines and I fear, not Chip Simmons if he is enjoying being David Morgan’s new BFF.

Birds of a feather…..

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Confessions of a Lawman

*This post was written by a deputy at the ECSO.

There is a problem in Escambia County. It is a problem that starts with the ECSO and its administration. The problem is not a typical workplace issue. The problem that faces the ECSO is one of greater proportion. It has become a plague that is reflected in the community. Staff members would want you to believe the problem is caused by disgruntled employees with agendas or grievances or because of the low level pay scale. They would say there are generational or societal differences causing friction within the administration. Point of fact, there could be cases that demonstrate any one of those scenarios. Any business with as many employees as the ECSO will have some cases of bad employees. It just is not possible to have a MAJORITY of employees images.duckduckgo.jpgthat are unhappy or that fall into these categories.  A fish rots from the head down. The most likely cause of the anathema in the ECSO is that the leadership has failed.

David Morgan may have had good intentions when he decided to run for the office he now holds. He likely believed that his ideas would improve our community. His vision was based in the understanding that he had from the point of view he could have as a civilian.  I say civilian because he never had any LEO certification, training or experience enforcing the law. He has shifted that stance from outside civilian to now assert experience via uncorroborated military service. Please never make the mistake of believing he had any law enforcement experience based on the jobs he performed in the Air Force. One could not claim to be a chef because they can microwave a frozen burrito to perfection.

Becoming a law enforcement officer takes much dedication and commitment. It takes the ability to apply yourself to a change the way you view everything you ever learned. You understand that the authority that is given to you is a huge responsibility. You must learn to use the power that comes with being an effective law enforcement officer so the best outcome is reached even in the most difficult of circumstances. Morgan never had the opportunity to discover the path that leads an officer to the good even if there is only evil lurking along that path. The ability to make good choices isn’t taught in a classroom. It is impossible to read about the correct way to reached desired goals. Accomplishments are gained through experience and exposure to the real-life situations that are encountered each day as a law enforcement officer. Often the best lessons are taught through making a mistake.

Early into Morgan’s “career” as a law enforcement officer he was thrust into a very rare type of case for any officer. A murder with multiple victims. Morgan found himself in the spotlight. The cameras and lights in his face. All attention given to his every word. His one liners taken as candid talk from a law enforcement professional. Very sexy to hear the story but could not be further from the truth.  Morgan got the opportunity to narrate a story contrived without all the facts in record time with a record number of suspects. Any seasoned officer with experience with homicide investigations will tell you that the case was too complex to unfold in this fashion under the scrutiny of the press and the community given all the factors involved. It was implausible at best to wrap the case up that quickly and self-serving and malicious at worst. But everyone liked him. The media loved his persona and bought the shoddy result without so much as a second glance. Morgan’s MO is to define a narrative from the onset then when facts come in, they are bent to fit the narrative. That’s what rookies do. The facts are supposed to structure the narrative. But Morgan is a storyteller. He tells a story, such as the humdinger or the “ritual” witch killing. The story led the investigation in both cases.  The only things investigated were those things that went along with the story. There is no justice in that and by the way, how is that police work?

Morgan was given a taste of fame and importance. He began to believe he was the person that the media made him out to be. This is where the story takes a sad twist. Morgan started to act as his presence bestowed favor to the ECSO. Morgan believed he was such a capable individual he could understand a job in only a few months that takes veteran officers decades to fully understand. He believed he was beyond any person that has ever walked through the doors of the ECSO. Morgan sealed his destiny when he allowed his ego to guide his actions.

Take a moment to ask yourself a few questions. List all the accomplishments that are a positive result of Morgan and his leadership since being elected into office. I would guarantee that the first thought that came to your mind was either a campaign effort to lock your doors or that Escambia County was in the top spot for crime in Florida. Neither should be on your list. Telling citizens to lock the car door is not law enforcement it is common sense. Escambia County did not get to the top spot in crime because our doors were unlocked. Our county is at the top because we have robberies, murders, burglaries, and so many other violent crimes in our community.

Give one example of what David Morgan has done to decrease crime in this county. You could not say he has the manpower up. Our county has less experience on the street now than ever in the history of the agency.  Our officers are working with less training and less guidance than should be allowed. There is not a doubt that Eric Haines would argue that the agency has more training than ever before and give you a total number of hours each officer spends a year in training. Understand that artificially inflating hours of training does not mean that the training is useful or beneficial to our community. It can be information to rely on when you are making a pitch to create the illusion that you have been useful in the leadership of the ECSO.  It sounds amazing when you are on a radio show several times a week for convincing the public this agency-our agency–is above all others. I question why there needs to be constant reminders of why I should feel safe and not just feel safe.

The truth is our agency has developed into a public relations machine to further the iconic David Morgan and his celebrity status. We hire news reporters and public relation assistants. We have numerous radio and television programs. We have a studio that is dedicated to the production of scripted news reports and propaganda created by the Morgan machine. Why? Criminals will not be deterred by the “top cop” being popular. A criminal is reluctant to commit crimes when a law enforcement agency is strong on the enforcement of laws. If Morgan had performed as a law enforcement officer he would not have to be told that. He would know from experience that strong enforcement equals reduced crime. I guess that makes the point that Morgan was not ever a cop so he needs to be told.

 

This is why crime is so high in the county. Morgan has turned our agency into a public relations apparatus. A sheriff should not be a huckster.