Public Safety

Who said Florida was the STRANGE state?

Emeryville from inside the Hilton on the Marina
Emeryville from inside the Hilton on the Marina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Police Chief of Emeryville Ca.  Chief Ken James is quoted by The Examiner as saying “A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power,” he asserted, explaining to the audience that police officers don’t carry weapons to defend themselves, but to do their job in a “safe and effective manner.”  He is further quoted as saying that the idea of a “GUN” being a defensive weapon is a “myth”.

So is he saying their  job not to defend anyone but  “show of force” and to “intimidate” the citizenry?  This from a Chief of a Police of a City with only 8,000 people?  It must be a rather large department, compared to the size of the City, considering that fact that the Chief has 4 stars on his collar….

According to The Examiner he is the Police Chief Association’s Firearms Committee Chairman.  I did not see anything in the article saying if he had worked his way into that job, or if he was appointed to it..

At the bottom af the article they point out that his remarks have been ridiculed by “gun owners”…  personally I think what he is saying is pretty clear.  The job of his police officers is not one of protection but one of intimidation.

Am I wrong and he just misspoke?  Or does he truly see the people in his down as a group that must be “intimidated” into line?

This is the kind of attitude we must guard against…  This man would appear to fit in with the kind of people who would give us a “Police State”.


That Joe Guy.

Public Safety What are they thinking?

Attention Contract and Serial Killers….

Seal of the City of Bradenton Beach for fair u...
Seal of the City of Bradenton Beach for fair use to illustrate the article about Bradenton Beach , Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It would appear that the spirit of Barney Fife is alive, well and working for the Bradenton Beach Police Department….

About two years ago Sheena Morris was found hanging in a Bradenton Beach Motel shower, Bradenton Police quickly determined that it was a suicide.  It was, if you listen to the Bradenton Beach Police, a simple case, and that is all there is to it.

Some time later, down in Miami Michael Berkland, a forensic pathologist with over 6,000 cases to his credit, is shown pictures of the crime scene, and determines that it was a staged scene.  He disputes the procedures of the investigators, and the Manatee Country Coroners office changes the cause of death from suicide to undetermined.

When asked about these discrepancies Bradenton Beach Police Chief Speciale says that all of these 36 points, brought up by the experts, were just points of OPINION, and that they were not there.

Detective Diaz, who was brought over from another department due to the lack of experienced investigators at the BBPD, had not worked a solo murder investigation before, and his sole experience was with the Palmetto PD.

There might be a change, depending on a review by the Florida Department of Criminal Law Enforcement (FDLE) but, that review is to only consist of a presentation, by the BBPD, of gathered information, and unlikely to include anything that might contradict previous finding.

The question is : Who’s opinion would you go with, Barney Fife or someone with over 6,000 cases to their credit?

Lets try to get JUSTICE for Sheena Morris…

Florida Politics

Florida is #1.. in corrupt Government?

PAUL JANENSCH in todays Guest Editorial wrote:

Of course, Florida may be one of the most corrupt states in the union — making it a happy hunting ground for investigative reporters. A couple of years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that Florida topped every other state in convictions of local, state and federal officials.

Other good newspaper states include California and North Carolina. Someday I’ll tell you about the bad newspaper states. There are a lot of them. Some have almost as much corruption as Florida.

I ask: is it because we have so many people who have retired, or escaped,  the northern states?  I used to hear about how, in small towns, you knew who people were, and so you knew who NOT do deal with.  The problem I see here in Florida is that it is rare to find someone who came from here, and, of course, the ones who came from up north, Yankees, only tell you what they want you to know.  Look at the masters of the Ponzi schemes that came down and cheated so many investors..  The Sarasota Police chief who thought it was OK to payoff a victim in order to spare the Department embarrassment.  Do these people come here to hide from their past?  Like most of the people in Florida I am from somewhere else. I was born in Raleigh, NC in 1955 and our family came here in 1956, so I am not really a native of Florida.  On the other hand I have lived here for as long as I can remember, and resent what I see as efforts to turn Florida into a displace Northern State, which means:  I don’t care what you had up north, if you don’t like out state you are free to return up there.

I will apologize for using the work Yankee, if it offends anyone, and will only say that I am like the comedian who said “I was in my 20s before I found out that “Damn Yankee” was two words.

P.S. could someone show the guys from “Celebrity Apprentice” how to use a spell checker?