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.
Since last week’s video release from the Escambia County Sheriff to the black community, a number of comments have been raised. The video has gone viral. One has to question, why a man running for office would willingly go on camera and essentially dismiss a huge demographic that he would need to be re-elected?
In doing some research, I went to Youtube and watched numerous publicly recorded speeches, interviews and press opportunities of the Honorable David Morgan for the last five years. I feel as if I got to understand Mr. Morgan and his politics. He repeatedly asserts statements about ECSO deputies arriving at scenes in certain neighborhoods and describing the hostily towards law enforcement by the members of the community over the crime that is taking place. While this situation may be overwhelming and no one is discounting that, he refers to these actions as “pack” mentality to try to intimidate the officer. Pack? That is a term used towards animals, wolves particularly. Is that what he’s equating these communities as—“packs”?
Another keyword for Sheriff Morgan is the “thug mentality” of the black community. That will also not win him any votes when he overgeneralizes all black people (not African-Americans, cause he believes that is offensive) as “thugs” and have a “pack mentality”. These characterizations intimate the fact he considers this community substandard to the rest of the community. Animalistic with criminalistic proclivity. That is the divisiveness that is in the community.
Here are some of the other quotes by the Honorable Sheriff on race and racial issues:
“I take issue with the time African Americans. We are Americans…The blacks that currently reside in the United States are not from Africa. Those sorts of terms society has chosen to use are divisive in nature. So what are the issues in the minority organizations within Escambia County? Many are real and many are perceived. I will tell you I think many are perceived. Here is why, again, let’s go back to the history of our nation and where we are today. Not that many years ago, the thought of electing an African American president would have been unthinkable in the United States of America. I would remind African American’s that you are a little over 13% of the entire population of the United States…..If those 13 % were the only ones that voted for President Obama, he would not have won that election….the statistics are if we are such a racist nation, why do we currently have an African American president?”
The inference of this video was the Sheriff Morgan was trying to smooth over race relations. What he actually accomplished was more proof of his racism. Another great speech of his was on the “Super-Predators” within the community. Here is an excerpt from that speech:
“The problem in criminal justice is system cannot be fixed by money…. The righting of the wrong is to start in the home. To get into our families, our homes, and yes our churches and start to bring back the training and integrity in our communities. Because we have raised an asocial generation. An asocial generation. Criminologists predicted this about 10 years ago, calling it the rise of the Super-predators. This again is that sociological problem called “anomie’. These are people who are not tethered by faith, family, or religion or community. ‘it’s about me” It’s about my wants needs & desires to the exclusion of anyone, everything and most assuredly institutions. We are seeing that today with the rise of the indiscriminate violence.”
Between both of these videos, the message seems clear. Sheriff Morgan has issues with the black community in Pensacola. He depicts them as “godless” heathens with no moral compass who cannot be stopped because they have no respect for authority or anyone, really. The blame for that he puts squarely on the families and communities.
My only question is how Mr. Morgan justifies his own stepchildren and their effect on society? For those of you who do not know, Mr. Morgan has 2 stepchildren, Greg & Antoinette Demetreon (sometimes known as simply Demetre) who are pornography producers and actors. They have also been charged in the past with “sexual racketeering” that was conveniently taken care of once Mr. Morgan became Sheriff. Wouldn’t they be characterized as “Super-Predators”?
Besides their Godlessness and lack of a morality, Mr. Morgan’s stepchildren can be classified in the other set of key words Mr. Morgan uses, because they are black (again not African-American). His children are black and criminals. As he insinuates, one goes with other. So if parents are responsible for their children role in society as adults, is Mr. Morgan willing to accept his failure as a parent to create some of the “thugs” with the “pack mentality” who happen to be “Super-Predators” that he holds solely responsible for the crime and downfall of Pensacola?
So with everything pointing to the fact the Billings’ were involved with cartels. Despite Morgan’s hot air, it is apparent that this is more than a home invasion robbery. I want to focus on the family. My interpretation of family are people who you grew up with, who raised you, day in and day out. Not necessarily blood but people who would put their lives down for you. Justin Billings doesn’t seem to feel that way about his parents. For that matter, neither does Ashley or Blue Markham. Byrd was funding Blue’s business; he was Ashley’s step dad that provided her with a more normal life than she’d ever had before. But none of these people are what they seem. Blue Markham was involved with this cartel according to everyone involved; he participated on Byrd’s behalf.
Let’s get this straight. Justin was in contact with someone on the fringe of the cartel minutes after the murder as well as days before. Blue Markham is in cahoots with Cab Tice, Hugh Wiggins and whatever evil they are peddling—drugs, guns, humans. None of these people are ever charged. Cab and Blue walk away from this crime without being thoroughly investigated. Hugh Wiggins tells the police NOTHING and walks away from an armory of federal gun charges plus whatever charges for covering up a murder after the fact.
DOES ANY OF THIS MAKE SENSE??
Think about this for a minute. The people closest to this family are not investigated; they gained all the estate. Why were they not looked at more closely? What kind of investigators don’t go to the heart of the investigation? It’s simple they were told to stand down. This case was much bigger than the murder of Byrd & Melanie.