New Sheriff, Same LET Game

On June 21st, the PNJ ran an article about a foundation, The Escambia County Sheriff Foundation. This foundation’s mission is, as follows:

The Escambia County Sheriff Foundation, Inc. is a public  501 (c) (3) organization formed to support the mission and employees of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.  We will work to further and foster engagement opportunities while promoting public safety through community outreach.  The Foundation will endeavor to improve the quality of life for every citizen in Escambia County.

There are a few things wrong with this whole thing. While it is supposed to “divorce” the LET money expenditures for the ECSO, it then becomes an agency that handles that money and is less transparent. Let me explain: On April 6, 2018, as part of a huge voucher, the Panhandle Charitable Open received $20K from LET. According to WEAR, after the event, in November that year, $300K was raised, which will benefit 27 non-profits in the area. Now, to explain what the process should be:

  1. The fundraiser fills out an application for the LET funds
  2. The Sheriff approves it
  3. Then it goes to the BOCC for approval.
  4. The check is cut to the charity.
  5. Then the agency receiving the funds must provide an accounting of the LET money as a way to make sure it is properly spent. This is the ECSO’s responsibility.
  6. Lastly, it is submitted to the clerk of court for an audit by them to make sure all the players did what they should.

In Escambia County, as it has under Morgan, this is the process:

  1. The charity can fill out the application, or Morgan offers them money.
  2. He approves it and cuts a check.
  3. He then submits to the BOCC for reimbursement. Since the ECSO, is using their general fund to pay the charity, against statute, the BOCC is more than compelled to reimburse without question.
  4. And no one follows up on how the money is spent. The financial officer at the ECSO advised me that he is not responsible for that follow up paperwork; the clerk of court is. When I emailed the clerk, she acted like I was speaking a foreign language. She claims she didn’t know to check for that, she never has and frankly thought I was making up the particulars of the Statute. I also had to explain that as Comptroller, she is supposed to be the final verification of things being done correctly. She responded by telling me that Bill Eddins had worked out an agreement with the BOCC and worked around that. I told her she can’t be directed to not follow the statute. If the SA is telling you to do something that basically gives a pass on fiscal accountability. The email exchange is here.

Getting back to this foundation, I am not a criminal mastermind, but here is a scenario that seems like a way this process can be perverted. This purely an example I can see happening, since we are still playing by Morgan’s rules, let us review the Panhandle Open from requests funds from LET ($20K in 2017; $30K in 2018); it is approved; the Panhandle Open distributes the money to various charities without accountability to the ECSO. Then these charities can in turn, can use the money to “donate” to this ECSO foundation. It could even end up in a candidate’s donations. Now it is clean….laundered. The more people shuffle the money, the more chance there is for misappropriation PERIOD!

I mentioned the campaign donations because over the years, I have had a few people who were at charity events where Morgan bestowed LET money is a celebratory fashion. He literally handed the chair of organization a check and with the other hand, received checks in exchange. This was done openly and like I said a few people saw this and did not know it was wrong. But it is money laundering.

Real life examples:

Denver Sheriff’s Foundation (This foundation handled donations other than LET, but to the same end)

Milwaukee County Forfeiture Misappropriation

Capistrano Unified School District Foundation (This foundation operates similarly)

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Charged with RICO violations

Minnehaha, South Dakota Sheriff’s Office & Deputies Association Misuse of Forfeiture Funds

This list is not all inclusive. This is just one problem with this foundation.

The second issue is the composition of the board of directors. It is made up of people that are sketchy. The president is Brian Williams. He is connected to contractors that are committing fraud each day. That is another post soon to be released. The vice president is Whitny Lucas, the wife of a ECSO garage employee Jake Lucas. She is also the girlfriend of Chip Simmons, who is her husband’s boss. This all was revealed in another post.

There are other people on the board, such as Andy Hobbs who is a part of the admin who was promoted because of who he knew, not merit and he is a good friend of Chip. Of course, Tommy Lyter is in the mix. We have Chris Roney who is connected to Williams via Big Brothers & Big Sisters, an organization that was provided for lavishly by LET funds. We also have a Studer connection in DC Reeves. It is mixed in with Lewis Bear’s family. Unfortunately, they are backing Morgan for his mayoral run. This foundation is sit up in the midst of a corrupt agency, not yet cleaned from Morgan; the oversight of the money people who have an interest in receiving LET money. This foundation is easily susceptible to corruption and connected to a corrupt agency…well I think you get the picture.

So we have a vulnerable agency, not so-level board members and money. Draw your own conclusion.

FYI Corruption has certain characteristics, abuse of power (political favors), bribery/coercion, misappropriation of funds, money laundering and eventually tax evasion. All this equals RICO.

Frowny Morgan

So I received a tip that Morgan was in a snit that the FBI honored the ECSO deputies who were involved in the NAS shooting. Now let’s put this in perspective. Morgan refused to recognize Mike Hoyland as THE one that shot the terrorist. He was the only one running towards the shooter, who didn’t flee. He honored the two who hid and got shot through a door and the other was shot in “friendly fire”. But why begrudge heroes under your command?

So I started looking online for photos of Morgan and these ceremonies. These photos are from January, 2020.

Now just look at Morgan in these pics. I realize he probably wanted some gravitas, but there is no pride on his face. He truly begrudges these men.

The Morgan Legacy

As for the Legacy of Morgan, I’m nixing the series. I came up with a whole list of legacy titles and all the documentations, such as:

The Arbitrary Sheriff; applying the law to people arbitrarily

The Murderer Sheriff; being legally responsible for the deaths of Kayla Crocker, Naomi Jones, Lenny Gonzalez, Pam Long Wiggins, Robert Earl Simmons & David Paul Weinstein (jail explosion victims).

The Corrupt Sheriff; weaponizing his position to intimidate, bully and pretty much do whatever he wanted, legally or illegally.

The Blame Sheriff; failing to take any responsibility.

The “I” Sheriff; creating a culture of employees looking out for only themselves rather than working as a team.

The Lawsuit Sheriff; having record numbers of lawsuits against him by the deputies and the community.

After putting these posts together, I really felt like I was beating a dead dog, especially since I’ve been told his office is pretty much vacant. So I am going to write a short note to Mr. Morgan.

Mr. Morgan, I want to give you a little clarity on how things are going to work now that you aren’t Sheriff.

Regardless of where you sit your ass, my attention to your activities will keep on going. I WILL ALWAYS BE PULLING THE DARK SHIT YOU DO TO LIGHT.

I will stop the day you are in prison for the rest of your life.

Your deeds follow you, Sir. All the people you have hurt with your corruption are going to see some measure of justice. I promise you that.

-Your Favorite Blogger

The Media Whore Sheriff

Morgan started his tenure in 2009 and almost immediately got a “big” case.  The night that Byrd & Melanie Billings were killed catapulted Sheriff Morgan to the national media stage. This was “the feather” in his cap. 

According to Edward Bronson, a media expert retained by the defense. Morgan was featured in 239 articles in the PNJ in reference to the Billings case and Patrick Gonzalez. That does not count the numerous national TV appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Dr. Bronson reviewed 250 newspaper articles from 2007-2010 mentioning Patrick (Poff)
Gonzalez. 11 of those were from 2007-2008, prior to the murders.  Here is an excerpt from his report:

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The quotes by the sheriff in this case:

“Among his notable achievements during his first  term in office,were …His commitment to this level  of cooperation and transparency extended to his  handling of the investigation of the Billings  homicide case in 2009, where, through mutual  cooperation with the national media and his  exemplary investigative staff, in approximately 96  hours, 7 suspects were in custody and in 118  hours an 8th suspect was arrested.”—  www.voteDavidMorgan2012.com

The next serious of news exposure did not portray the Sheriff in such a positive light.

“David Morgan Is Wrong, Terribly Wrong

Two Florida cops shot an innocent, unarmed man in his own driveway. And then their sheriff started talking.”Slate, August 15, 2013

“Oh, Baltimore, man it’s hard just to live..”-The Field Negro, April 27, 2015

An excerpt:

I submit to you, though, that it is people like Sheriff David Morgan of Florida who is to blame for our current racial state of affairs in cities like Baltimore, Maryland.

A video from 2013 has come to light showing the sheriff of Escambiaso County, Florida, David Morgan, sputtering on nonsensically about black culture.

Morgan’s bizarre speech begins with a criticism of the term African-American with Morgan emphatically stating:

the blacks who currently reside in the United States of America are not from Africa.”

 “I would remind black Americans that you are little less than 13% of the entire population of the United States.”  “Had every one of those people been voter eligible only 13% could have voted for President Obama.”  “If we’re such a racist nation, why do we have an African American president?” [Source]

Lord have mercy! This is a sheriff, people.

The headlines across the internet this created were phenomenal.

Sheriff Morgan Revives “Racist Speculation” “Urban Legend,” and “Junk Science,” to Smear All Young Black Males in Escambia County as ‘Super Predators’CJ’s Street Report, April 12, 2015

Let’s not forget the “Blue Moon/Witchcraft Case”. Morgan made the prophetic statement that “this is witchcraft” about a triple murder purely on the basis of a Wicca book at the suspect’s home. Colossal rush to judgment. I personally contacted nationally recognized paranormal expert, Michelle Belanger, to comment on this statement of the Honorable Sheriff. She made a video to respond.

“The biggest problem in Pensacola right now is you got a Sheriff who is jumping to all kinds of conclusions. He’s creating his own kind of red herrings. …My other problem with Sheriff Morgan is, your average person doesn’t know what a Wiccan is, doesn’t know what a Pagan is. They hear these words from an authority figure, like Sheriff Morgan. What he is doing, either through his own ignorance or his own willful misdirection of the actual facts of the case. He’s betraying the trust that people have put into him……..He is misleading people who he’s their only source for whether or not that’s true. And because he’s seen as an authority figure, they are not going to go out and Google to find out that he’s actually talking out of his posterior in a grievous way that could honestly incite hate crimes.”

Michelle Belanger

I really could go on for days about the attempts of ye olde sheriff to try to bombast everything he can, but I do have other posts on his legacy.

** From the last post, here are the links to Morgan’s financials.

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Thoughts on the Haines’s Texts

The recent text messages from the ECSO have been eye opening. I believe with the help of people on the inside, former employees and inane press conferences by Sir David (that never show him in a positive light) that the ECSO is in a death spiral. The texts corroborate every story and every person who has come forward about the lack of morality and the nonexistent rules for some and high threshold morality imposed on others (shown for Steve Kay’s profanity). The lack of leadership from the top spot was inevitably going to have adverse effect on the agency, which is seen in the lack of leadership and malleability of Haines’s piety and intangible common sense of everyone blindly following the leader, which is Nazi-esque in nature. Remember the Nuremburg Trials? Just following orders blindly is the name of the game in order to preserve oneself.  Did Morgan believe he could hoodwink citizens forever?  His display of clueless antics, in pretending to be a career law enforcement officer, have simply become dangerous for the citizens.

Morgan has no experience in relevant law enforcement. He has never held a certification in any state or city. He has never made an arrest of a criminal. He has never investigated a crime as a law enforcement officer (except for his lame attempt in the Billings case where he appeared on the scene and interviewed people there that night but those notes nor those people were ever included in any documentation of the case.) His experience is made up of patchwork resumes and lies that he spreads to the citizens of our county as
fact.

The recent text messages from Chief Haines should be paradigm shift to even the most staunch of Morgan proponents that the foundation of this agency is not worthy of supporting a real law enforcement agency. It is common knowledge that Haines has never been much of a law enforcement officer himself. What was discovered is that the common bond of the ignorance of how to be a law enforcement officer (much less leader) which has brought Haines and Morgan closer. Like the manipulation of facts, the backstabbing maneuvers of Haines, Morgan and Debra Little their counsel should be appalling to the constituents and to law enforcement officers that know what strong
leadership is.

The most disgraceful thing is watching Morgan, Haines and Little eviscerate the United States Constitution. We have seen Morgan ask for the surveillance of ‘hater sites’ because of public exposure of wrongdoing by the ECSO. Which brings me to a more appropriate question which is to ask Morgan to identify the criteria used to label “haters” and the sites believed to belong to these haters. The 4th amendment is clear on the surveillance requirements of a law enforcement agency. What makes an individual a “hater” verses a citizen providing oversight to a public official elected by citizens of Escambia County?

Also, we know that Due Process has little impact on decisions of Morgan or Haines. Anyone attempting to exercise their rights are met with persecution in the form of a barrage of stone casting and character assassination. Most of the litigation against the ECSO involves the attempt to deny rights and retaliation against those in opposition of the ECSO poor leadership. Morgan, Haines and Little have ignored the law and their obligation to not only enforce our laws but to protect the Constitution. When the time
comes, they will expect to have the benefit of Due Process for themselves when the agency eventually implodes, which it will. Some would say that they should be treated the way they treat others. I disagree. I want to be better than they are and feel confident that should REAL justice will be served by law abiding professional who can follow the law in prosecuting these criminals. The corruption they are facilitating will be
proven while observing ALL their rights. Only then will a victory for justice occur. The best way to win is to be honest and play by the rules.

 

Manning Case: ECSO Employees Contend Evidence Mishandled/Possible Tampering/Destruction

Lieutenant Steve Cappas & Deputy Zach Ward were deposed in the Rogers vs. Morgan civil case. Under oath, both ECSO employees contend evidence was not properly stored in a secured location and reports were missing from case file.

Zach Ward, the first of the two to be deposed, says that chain of evidence was in tact up until the reports he created on the composition of Leah Manning’s devices in this sexual abuse case. In review of the case file, it becomes obvious the reports Ward claim to have run on the evidence he received in 2015 were not in the case file but a second examination of the phone of Leah Manning had been inexplicably run over a year later and was in the file where his report should have been.

In Lt. Cappas’s deposition, this is what he says about storage of evidence

When asked where Leah Manning’s IPad is, Cappas replied

Cappas was asked about the fact Morgan’s number was in Leah’s phone and the veracity of the statements made by Morgan in his press conference

When Cappas was asked about my blog publishing that Leah had the Morgan’s number

You MUST be Joking….

After finally getting back around to look at Leah Manning’s daughters’ case, I was floored to see a motion for protection by Sir David Morgan. In reading the motion, Morgan claims that he, the Sheriff, should not be deposed in this lawsuit, because of his position as the Sheriff. The truth is wants this sealed and to not be subjected to the inevitable questions in a deposition that is public.

But why should he be afforded that opportunity? He will use this lawsuit to eviscerate these young girls and the horrific things they were exposed to by their mother and step dad. In documents that will be public records, he will attack them as promiscuous and delusional, as he already has to people who will listen. There is no doubt he had a relationship of some kind with the girls because he gave them a puppy they named Morgan after him. Does that sound like something he has ever done for people he doesn’t know? Much like the self-serving hug he gave Ashley Markham that he has framed on his wall….that is not the relationship he has had with ANY other stranger in his tenure, leading to the obvious assumption there is a personal relationship prior to that moment.

Here is the protective order he filed that I hope will get denied by Judge Vinson.

What do you think?

Jury Trial for Gross Misconduct for Morgan & Haines

So Morgan and Haines may be held to task for their gross misconduct by a former employee Laura Montoya, a Hispanic female.  One last settlement conference was yesterday and there was no real settlement offered and now it is on to jury trial. Montoya is the only employee out of the many who hasn’t settled, or given up on this long formidable legal proceedings. Congratulations, Laura!!!
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
PENSACOLA DIVISION
LAURA MONTOYA,
Plaintiff,
v.
DAVID MORGAN, Individually and
in His Official Capacity as Sheriff
Escambia County, Florida; ERIC
HAINES, Individually; RICKY
SHELBY, Individually; and FRED
ALFORD, Individually,
Defendants.
________________

For the foregoing reasons, Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment, ECF

No. 78, is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part, as follows:
1. Summary Judgment is GRANTED on all claims of race discrimination
and GRANTED for Defendant Alford on all claims;
2. Summary Judgment on Count I and Count II (First Amendment Retaliation) is GRANTED;
3. Summary Judgment on Count III (Equal Protection/gender) (Defendant
Sheriff , official capacity) is DENIED as to the demotion, GRANTED
as to the termination;
4. Summary Judgment on Count IV (Equal Protection/gender) (Individual
Capacities) is GRANTED for Alford on all claims, GRANTED for Shelby, Haines, and Morgan on claims respecting the termination decision, GRANTED on grounds of qualified immunity for Shelby, Haines, and Morgan on the demotion decision, and GRANTED
as to Shelby, Haines, and Morgan on the hostile work environment claim;
5. Summary Judgment on Count V (Gender Discrimination/Title VII and FCRA) (Defendant Sheriff, official capacity) is DENIED;
6. Summary Judgment on Count VI (Gender-Based Hostile Work Environment/Title VII and FCRA) (Defendant Sheriff, official capacity) is GRANTED;
7. Summary Judgment on Count VII (Race Discrimination) is GRANTED;
8. Summary Judgment on Count VIII (Race-Based Hostile Work Environment) is
GRANTED;
9. Summary Judgment on Count IX (Retaliation/Title VII and FCHR)(Defendant Sheriff, official capacity) is GRANTED;
10. Summary Judgment on Count X (Conspiracy, Section 1985) and Counts XI
and XII (Section 1986) is GRANTED.
Trial will be scheduled by separate order.
DONE AND ORDERED this 30th day of September 2018
M. CASEY RODGERS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Let the games begin…get these “honorable” citizens under oath. The lies will then begin flowing.  The people can then pass judgment.

Morgan Tells President to Pound Sand

In an unprecedented move, Sheriff Morgan refuses to lend support to presidential detail for Trump. WTF?  He claims he is shorthanded but this is the Commander in Chief, you make it work or at least give a token few deputies as a show of good faith. In a military town, from a former officer of the Air Force, this is unreal. This begs the question, why?

Photo op and fanfare but no Morgan??? This seems ridiculous. In talking to a military source, a reason that was floated as to this missed press optic, may have something to do with Morgan’s LACK OF SECURITY CLEARANCE. Morgan refused to be vetted for a security clearance to be apart of the Joint Terrorism Taskforce, meaning he is not a party to any terrorism threat in Escambia County. He cannot be privy to details of any info that every other agency in Northwest Florida has access to, like PPD, FDLE, & FHP who work with federal agencies. Morgan can’t be at the table.

Is that a point of contention? Or is it a perceived point of contention? There is no reason for the military Sheriff disrespecting the President in a military town.

Sheriff Morgan: It’s OK for Deputies & Daughters Get Their Groove On

traffickingMedium2 For a small community, Escambia County has more than its share of sex issues. Recently, 2 EMT’s (Doug & Leah Manning) were charged with sexual assault and child abuse for offering their teenage daughters to sleep with Escambia County Sheriff Deputies. Two men were videotaped with the 16 year old twin girls who were the kids of Leah Manning. The deputies were Walter Thomas & Mark Smith–both 40+ years old– and are only named specifically because of aforementioned video on a cell phone. The disturbing part of this situation is threefold; 1. How many other deputies sexually assaulted these girls who were not necessarily recorded? 2. How many other teenagers in these girls’ clique may be involved? 3. Why isn’t the Sheriff’s Department actually investigating this OR rather why isn’t a less corrupt agency investigating this? Do bad kids usually punish themselves?

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Mark Smith

I have part of an answer. Despite the fact there could be additional sex offenders with badges slapping cuffs on with one hand and slapping asses with the other or more kids that were molested by the men in green, the Sheriff is playing CYA (Cover Your Ass). Truth be told, the “free love” lifestyle is rampant among the Escambia County Sheriff’s office. Sir David is believed to participate in “free love” as well as Rick Outzen, his puppet, who pulled a major political favor out of Morgan by having his girlfriend given a fictitious job upon Morgan’s election as Sheriff. David Craig, Major, Community Policing Coordinator, Communications Director (depending on the day) was also bestowed a job within the Sheriff’s office as a condition of Morgan’s election.

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(Damn, I never noticed but they could be brothers!) Surrounded by people indebted to the him, unwilling to live up to their assumed responsibility as well as deputies acting like gerbils crawling all over each other, Sir David doesn’t want his office to look bad.  Who would want all this to come out? Definitely not Outzen—his wife and kids don’t know what kind of kink he has in his step. Certainly not the people who are inservitude to Sir David.  Absolutely not the people who are screwing each other as well each others’ children. We could take it to the Chief Deputy who is a man of God, right?  Holier than though Haines seems inclined to watch Sodom & Gomorrah burn, while he standing by idly. He sees the sins and the sinners but chooses to do nothing to stand up for his supposed values and God. Praise the Lord and pass the popcorn. IMG_3335-1024x768 Should we turn to FDLE, who composed of ex-deputies with buddies involved? Should we look to federal intervention in a region where a criminal informant is given carte blanche to kill while everyone covers it up? Like that really matters in light of a Sheriff who pronounces a “death sentence” over anybody that comes forward. To clarify, “you will wish you were dead if you speak outside this office”. IMG_20150404_185524-1 Justice at work people. Who is next on the victim list? Maybe you? Maybe your children? Don’t let these people walk free in your community. If deputies are so sexually liberated to speak openly about their lifestyle in the workplace, it makes sense that they are prioritizing their pleasure over their responsibility. How many on duty deputies rotated in and out of the Manning house? Last count was 10-15. THIS IS NOT OK. There are reasons for ethical codes for peace officers. They are morally held to a standard that we should all live at. Yet they have the ability to commit the vilest of crimes without word one in the news. C’mon!  In the Billings’ case, every detail and piece of evidence was dumped into the public and pictures were released to get press. Where are those cameras now? Why isn’t someone hounding the Sheriff to keep the public apprised of the further investigation in sexual depravity and molestation in his own HOUSE?