Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Enough is Enough; Westmoreland Must Go

     This farce has gone on long enough.  We learned yesterday that the gutless and cowardly City Manager of Greensboro has once again bent over backwards to soothe the drum beats of our local opportunistic antagonists.  Oh I know what you're thinking; Greensboro and many cities like us have paid off frivolous lawsuits or even the threat of them for years if they determine it is more cost efficient to settle than go to trial.  I know it, you know it and the rest of the criminal world knows it.  So the actual paying off of two brothers who were lawfully arrested isn't so much the surprise.  However, paying them a whopping $50 THOUSAND is ridiculous.
     This is not the first time Jim Westmoreland has done this either.  I am currently awaiting a response on a PIRT request I made to the city three weeks ago regarding another such payoff though this one was merely $10 thousand.  Though less money, the reason for payment was even more ridiculous but followed the same procedure as this one.  While the city has responded confirming the payment, they are absolutely stalling on the part of my request asking who authorized that payment.  Of course, we know who authorized it.  I want it in writing.
     City Managers know little or in this case nothing about criminal law and procedure.  Westmoreland has demonstrated that he has no clue what constitutes a lawful arrest.  Further, he has forced dismissals of charges without obtaining opinions or rulings from court personnel about the validity of these arrests.  There is absolutely NO reason to force dismissals of criminal charges at the city manager level.  He is not in the judicial system.  He is not knowledgeable in the judicial system.  Without confirmation from those who are in the judicial system, he has absolutely no freaking clue whether an arrest is good or bad; ZERO!!
     These cases were found to have probable cause to arrest by a magistrate; a judicial official.  That in and of itself removes unlawful arrest from the equation at that point in the process.  These cases should have been heard at the District Court level by a judge; yet another judicial official.  Judges rule on the lawfulness of an arrest during criminal trials.  If the judge finds the arrest lawful, he then rules on guilt or innocence based on evidence presented that is compared to our judicial standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.  Not ALL doubt, a "reasonable" doubt.  If the verdict is guilty, then obviously the arrest was lawful.  If the arrest was unlawful, the judge would dismiss the case prior to the point of verdict.  This is not a difficult concept to grasp.  Nowhere in the US Constitution, NC General Statutes or even the Greensboro City Ordinances do you find a codicil giving the City Manager the authority to intervene in our system of justice and dismiss criminal cases for political folly.  Had these two cases been tried, guilty verdicts would more than likely have been rendered.  The arrests were good by the letter of the law.
     So, $60 thousand tax payer dollars have been spent basically to gain silence and cooperation from a strong voting block.  Even worse, two officers were actually docked two days pay as punishment for violations they did not commit.  Besides the City Manager and the opportunistic antagonist that was driving the issue, who else called the arrests unlawful?  Not Internal Affairs.  Not the Police Department.  Not the District Attorney's office.  Not even our own City Attorney.  Just who IS running the show downtown?  Who has given Jim Westmoreland the authority to throw thousands of dollars away regardless of the true facts?  And worse still, why are police officers who are not just doing their job, but doing it correctly having money taken out of their pay when no proof of any unlawful arrests exists?
     The answer is simple.  Both circumstances involve members of the Beloved Community Center and have been driven by Nelson Johnson.  Currently, Nelson Johnson has strong influence over a majority of our City Council.  He terrifies the City Manager.  For all intents and purposes, Johnson has a female lapdog named Jim.  Recent articles involving trends and statistics in economy, jobs and livability continue to paint Greensboro in a bad light.  Political deals made behind the scenes with no evidence to support these frivolous claims accompany these bad statistics and accelerate the downward spiral our city is in.  There is no confidence in the current leadership in Greensboro, be it at the Council level or within city administration.  Voter apathy and a feeling of hopelessness is rampant with no change of direction in sight.  In Greensboro, the city manager has decided that crime does pay; well!
     Is their any recourse?  I believe so and am actually exploring such a remedy.  If a judge did not dismiss the case, it's not really dismissed.  Any citizen can file misdemeanor charges as long as the statute of limitations has not run out.  Those same involved officers can be subpoenaed to court to testify even if they did not participate in the filing of the charges.  These folks can still be prosecuted without the police department's involvement in the filing of the charges.
     Why do this; three reasons.  One, the lawfulness of both incidents needs to be determined by qualified court personnel.  Two, once guilty verdicts are handed down this City Manager needs to be held accountable for his reckless disregard of spending tax payer money on frivolous claims.  Third and most important, those officers that have been harmed and their reputations besmirched by Jim Westmoreland should have their files expunged of these incidents and their pay restored.  Is it worth the effort?  I believe it is.
     If the citizens of Greensboro do not stand up and insist that our City Council and administration support our police officers, this city will continue to be influenced by selfish agendists.  We are Baltimore already.
     If an officer does wrong hold him or her accountable; no one is suggesting otherwise.  If the court determines the arrest was unlawful, I have no problem with the city offering settlements as long as it was the unlawfulness of the arrest that is being settled on.  "Not Guilty" verdicts do not constitute unlawful arrests.  However, a police officer deserves and is constitutionally guaranteed the same presumption of innocence until proven guilty that every other US citizen enjoys.  Jim Westmoreland making judgements on the lawfulness of criminal charges without allowing an infinitely more qualified court system to decide that issue is not due process.  It's time for Jim to take his Civil Engineering background and apply it to a Civil Engineering job.  A Public Administrator he ain't.
             

45 comments:

  1. Amen, Marc. I was scratching my head this morning wondering how the arrests were made null and void by the city manager when I was reading this story in the N&R newswrap. I thought I was missing part of the story, but you have filled it in pretty good.

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    1. The part he left out is that people who actually hold law degrees took legal action against the city because the arrests were illegal to begin with and in both cases the cops need to be in jail for perjuring themselves to the magistrate.

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    2. No "legal" action was taken. No perjury occurred. Neither arrest was illegal. At least one case will be tried.

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    3. Waiting for "the bronze" to slap curley ridgill and poke him in the eyes for being a chowderhead that is NOT an attorney.

      The Vo case will destroy the remaining credibility of the public in the racist murdering GPD. All court cases will require police video PROVING a crime.

      Now we need to keep fighting for FULL civilian oversight of your racist buddies.

      We will be working to put COWARD tim bloch in prison for killing that woman and lying about "feeling threatened". The smacked out drug freak Tim Bloch should be put in general population with a t shirt that says "I used to be a cop but then I killed a mentally ill 90lb asian woman because I am a little wimp and "felt threatened".

      DEATH TO THE KLAN

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    4. I am soooo looking forward to this.

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  2. Wow. Am swimming through all these posts that people have made to support Marc "curley stooge" ridgill in his infinite wit and wisdom and his continued efforts to prove he is not an attorney. Nyuck nyuck nyuck.

    I am officially renaming this article "whiny crybaby moans and complains when cops are held accountable "

    And just think every time the idea of making police Payback the money the city spent on these lawsuits is discussed publicly the people want to see these settlements come out of the police's salary and pension every time one of your corrupt buddies get sued like that coward Tim Bloch (I called him that publicly tonight) who murdered Miss vo the cop will be paying the city back for generations.

    Don't worry you guys are really going to have your cojones handed to you from the lawsuit from the killing of Miss Vo. 6 million dollars you guys are going to have to write a whole lot of speeding tickets to make up for that.

    And just think more and more middle-class white people are having a good lower and lower level of trust with the Greensboro police that's what any lucid and wise person would believe

    If we keep this up in another year or two the cops will need video to make a parking ticket stick. It's becoming more and more clear that no one in their right mind should be trusting the police.


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  3. Hey Marc, as infuriating as this is, Westmoreland's decision comes as no surprise. Additionally, with the current city council, I don't forsee any positive changes for the Police department or the citizens of Greensboro on the horizon. Maybe something will eventually happen providing Greensboro with a city council that more accurately reflects its citizens.

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    1. Hey Moe, You need to slap and poke your stooge Curley Ridgill, in the eyes, he is oblivious to the plummeting trust level in police right now. Police video is eroding the public's trust in the GPD. The Vo case will eventually prove to even the most blue stripe wearing simpleton on the block that police will lie to cover their asses

      Even conservative whites are losing trust in the police, he truth comes out. Police are not for crime control, they are for race control, world renowned attorney, author and supreme court clerk Michelle Alexander said so, right here in greensboro.

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  4. Hey Marc, as infuriating as this is, Westmoreland's decision comes as no surprise. Additionally, with the current city council, I don't forsee any positive changes for the Police department or the citizens of Greensboro on the horizon. Maybe something will eventually happen providing Greensboro with a city council that more accurately reflects its citizens.

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    1. Hey Moe, You need to slap and poke your stooge Curley Ridgill, in the eyes, he is oblivious to the plummeting trust level in police right now. Police video is eroding the public's trust in the GPD. The Vo case will eventually prove to even the most blue stripe wearing simpleton on the block that police will lie to cover their asses

      Even conservative whites are losing trust in the police, he truth comes out. Police are not for crime control, they are for race control, world renowned attorney, author and supreme court clerk Michelle Alexander said so, right here in greensboro.

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  5. What curley ridgill is too stupid to realise, is the fact that if police body camera footage were made available to the public then it would not be necessary for citizens to film police and advise future police victims of their legal rights. Of course the racist murdering cowards like TIM BLOCH would call such activity "interfering" and then whine like a little crybaby when the charges for an ILLEGAL arrest are dropped. Then they fill their diapers to capacity when they realise the citizens are getting paid AND demanding that police be forced to pay back the money for these settlements.

    But yeah, keep trying to give us shoe leather and telling us it is steak. The Vo case proves once and for all that police can and will lie to save their ass and only an idiot thinks the current police procedure that cleared the smacked out drug freak tim bloch is anything close to justice. FULL CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT AND NOTHING ELSE WILL DO.

    The COWARDS on the city council who refused to release the video tuesday night proved once again they are in the back pockets of police bully thugs like Fraternal Order of Police, and Police Benevolent Assn. they are good little female lapdogs for those anti citizen special interest EXTREMISTS. (see, your own words dont taste very good do they when they are used for the correct reasons)

    Do you have a court date yet? I want to make sure I have a curley ridgill shirt made up in time for the trial.

    Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck
    Stooge

    DEATH TO THE KLAN

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  6. You're a funny guy. Now go turn yourself in.
    Nyuck Nyuck nyuck

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    1. Hey Moe, you need to take the chowderhead aside, cut his skull with a novelty saw and come back with the teeth of said saw bent in a comically askew fashion. Grab his nose with a pair of plyers and remind him that old washed up cops are NOT lawyers and police retaliation methods such as the ones you describe are an obvious ploy.

      Whooooobb Whoooob Whoooob.

      Here is recently discovered audio of ridgill planning his retaliation methods with the rest of the stooges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkHsbO4zU2o

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  7. Here is video of police chiefs nationwide reacting to the fact that police are losing MASSIVE credibility and the Vo video will only expand this trend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAAKPJEq1Ew

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  8. On second thought don't. I want a picture of your fat self being squeezed into the back of a police car.

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    1. Ohhhh, a wiiiise guy,
      Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck.

      This is how seriously I take you. Talk is cheap.

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  9. Murdering wimps who commit perjury to a magistrate and have people falsely arrested for calling them murdering wimps define the term wimp. I guess since I am not a mentally ill Asian woman he did not feel comfortable shooting me 5 times. Fuck both of you.

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    1. Yes. I agree seeing him arrested for lying on a warrant will be the best to come.


      Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck
      So a certain murdering cop can be Larry stooge. He will have to grow his hair out to achieve the same accurate look that curly ridgill possess.

      Using the police to arrest people who speak out against the police is tyranny no matter what idiotic label you put on it to the magistrate.

      Death to the Klan

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    2. Hey Marc. I saw the video of Bloch's shooting. It is sad the woman died from her wounds, but Bloch did an outstanding job. Anybody who thinks this was a bad shoot doesn't understand the meaning of the word reasonable.

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    3. Hey Moe. Maybe curly ridgill should slap you for being a stooge. He violated protocol about language impaired people and mentally. He just shot her like a cold blooded cowardly murderer. No more free passes to killer cops.

      I truly am terrified by bloch. The last time he "felt threatened" a woman died and he claims to "feel threatened" by me.

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  11. It was justified. Anytime an officer has to take the step to deadly force it is unfortunate. As to the above incoherent and completely made us stuff about "protocal", ignore him. He is clueless. Any idiot can shout out derisive BS at a council meeting these days it seems. One of these meetings Im going to wait for him to shout out "murderer" or some other nonsense and Im going to shout back "pedophile". But thats okay. I got approval the other day to take care of this enabled problem.

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    1. Thank you for admitting that you are colluding with the gpd to use irrelevant character assassination to stop dissent.

      Thank you for mentioning pedophile Corey Daniel and his free pass. oh wait that's what I say as soon as you open your curly stooge mouth

      Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck

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    2. When cops "take care of people" they have a nasty habit of turning up dead. I am tramautised and terrorised by you. I most definitely "feel threatened"

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  12. A step ahead of you, Marc. Remember what I said about arguing with idiots?
    KSQ662.....

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    1. More collusion to commit civil liberty violations. Are you still on the force?

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  13. How much do they pay you bore me with your stoogish antics? I hope you aren't wasting all your time for free.

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  14. When you hear the sirens behind you, the primary thing to recall is not to freeze. Simply take a full breath and draw over as securely as could reasonably be expected. Try not to remove your safety belt as you may get an activity ticket for this also. Try not to open the glove compartment to get your enlistment. Reason for a cop's dismissal?

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    1. It's better than much of what you write

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  15. You are always lying by saying I hate all cops, here are 4 cops who deserve the medal of honor. They tried to clean up the dirt in their own department and they were targeted.

    http://www.greensboro.com/jury-rules-in-favor-of-former-mocksville-police-officers-awards/article_886732bd-8dc4-56af-b2cf-752ad12f5c81.html

    it's kind of like the "black book scandal" that ensnared dep chief henson (another good cop) by GPD gang members who put a tracking device on his car and falsely labeled him a drug dealer.

    But yeah, keep pretending that I don't have a GIANT fat bag of dirt on the the rollout boys on GPD.

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  16. You dont and just like everything else you try to bring up you have zero understanding of the "black book" incident, nor have you a clue where I stand on it. Your clueless. You like to hear yourself bloviate. And yes, its obvious from everything you publish that you hate police officers. I find it VERY interesting that you consider Asst Chief Hinson a hero now and that you single him out. I like James but when YOU promote him that is "interesting".

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    1. Nothing "interesting" it's just that you are lying about me hating ALL cops. Now a corrupt or a brutal cop that's a whole other ball of wax. Capt Cranford has ruled against a number of corrupt and abusive cops but only with hard and damming evidence.

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  17. The reason I publish little positive info about the gpd is because their own site is just pandering pr fluff that is censored to protect their ill gotten good reputation.

    A perfect example is that dog and pony show press conference yesterday that was RIGGED to exclude the public (the police TRIED to keep the public away and even asked the press not to announce it) they didn't want all those angry members of the public getting caught on news cameras calling that cowardly murdering WIMP Tim blochhead the cowardly murderer that he is. They tried all kinds of sneaky tricks to control the inevitable backlash.
    The cowards on the city council also completely ignored the vo family when they were in the city council chambers but they practically gave Tim blockhead a handjob and almost declared him cop of the century for gunning down a mentally ill woman.


    Thanks to terrorist support organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police and the patrolmen's benevolent Association police Nationwide are reading from the exact same Playbook on sweeping corruption under the rug and discrediting those who speak out against police (this means YOU). And they have a Stranglehold our local state and National politicians so they can pass their anti citizen, pro police agenda.

    A perfect example of this is the current state Personnel laws which the city used for 2 years to hide tim blochead's cowardly act from the public

    And the reason why I am so harsh on police that abuse their power is because I have seen profound human rights violations committed by Leos on a near-daily basis while I was away during that time in my life that you like to keep bashing me over the head with. I've also seen the arrogance of police and prison officials who KNOW that the system is so rigged that a guard could beat someone up on camera and get away with it Scott free.

    That same system exists here in Greensboro and it cleared Tim Blochhead from the murder charges he deserved and gave him a get out of jail free card for his FELONY drug case.

    I have seen jail officials react to efforts to organize inmates with torture methods like months of solitary confinement on end which includes sensory deprivation and jail induced vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunlight. Nine months of solitary confinement to be exact. every Human Rights group in existence has declared the solitary confinement specifically of American inmates to be tantamount to torture. Mental health groups unanimously say if someone has a mental health issue that going to prison and especially and most severely going to solitary confinement will most likely be a near permanent detriment to their Mental Health.

    But people like you marginalize them by saying "well they're only prisoners who cares" Or they say "don't do the crime if you can't do the time" the phrase should be Rewritten to say "if you want to do crime then get a badge and you can get away with it all the time"

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  18. I didnt realize I had written an article about prison guards. Of course, you seem to have a knack for reading things in my articles that are not there. There is no one that looks at your facebook page that will one iota of you liking any officer. But I know why you like that one.

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  19. In a way you had. Prison guards and police are protected at the expense of the general public by the same groups of people the FOP and the PBA. See the connection yet?

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  20. Not really. Of course Im not a member of either organization.

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  21. On that same note, you don't have to be a member of an organisation to enjoy the fruits of its labor. Laws sponsored by those groups increase prison sentences for smaller and smaller crimes and increase protections for police, all things that keep more and more americans locked up, or as cops call it JOB SECURITY. If you are doing the bidding of one, you are doing the bidding of the other, police and prison guards are there for race control, not crime control and no matter how non racist an individual cop may or may not be they are part of a system that no matter how you cut it affects black people at a disproportionate rate.

    Besides, legal standards for citing racial bias against law enforcement have gotten to the point that the cop literally has to admit to racial bias to be charged with it. The stats are legally irrelevant no matter how conclusive they are in reality.

    dont take my word for it, here is a law professor explaining it. the numbers don't lie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ6H-Mz6hgw

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  22. Black lives matter, explained to conservative white people. https://www.facebook.com/groups/760100747400377/

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  23. You can cite all the left wing academics you want. They dont live in reality. Its all the cops fault. None of those folks broke the law. Give me a break. The fact is that despite the court system AND law enforcement's efforts to come up with alternatives to incarceration the numbers remain high. Why? Because radicals like you waste all your time making excuses for bad behavior instead of trying to solve the problem which is a high crime rate. You have no solution that fits your agenda of boo hooing that law enforcement enforces laws therefore you play the blame game. You playing the race card is laughable. Almost as laughable as Lewis Pitts and his clown show.

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  24. Yup, all those college professors, and legal professionals, what do they know, they are just experts in their fields and all, Nope it busts your little "police are all good" narrative to even admit the possibility that our legal system targets black people, deny deny, deny, Just like deniers of the holocaust and the 1979 massacre deniers.

    You police radicals are always making excuses for the bad behavior of police killers and cowards like Tim "get some pills" Blochead instead of trying to solve the problem of corruption and a lack of transparency and oversight. your sentence was faulty so I fixed it for you.

    Democracy and the people governing over the police is a "clown show" to you. THIS is why Tim "larry stooge" Blochead needs to put your head in a novelty vice and hit you in the head with a rubber hammer for being a lame brained giant curly ridgill stooge for the police.


    Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck

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  25. Here is an old home video of ridgill talking to Tim "larry stooge' Blochead and the keyboard coward Moe "the bronze" Stooge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZSyGCIBDEs

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  26. Youre a communist. Why would you cite "democracy"? Convenience?

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  27. You clearly are not familiar with Karl Marx or his writings because actual Marxism is the purest form of democracy because the laws favor the common people over the wealthy. We live in an oligarchy masquerading as a democracy.

    Billionaires from both parties have flat out bought and paid for our elections

    Democrat and Republican is meaningless, they all favor a corporate master with the possible exception of the old guy from Vermont running for president.

    Everybody else receives millions in corporate contributions to then pass laws which favor corporations. Things like a lower minimum wage, higher Health premiums and then they help out private prisons by passing tougher and tougher laws that lock up more and more people giving us the largest prison population in the world.

    Bernie is too conservative for me though because he's not pushing hard enough for reparations to repay the centuries of Oppression experienced by black people in America however anybody close to Democrat is crazy for wanting gun control

    both parties are out to screw you, they just use different methods. the only thing either party actually disagrees on is the best way to get your freedom your money and to trick you into your vote. But rest assured they're all in the pockets of our billionaire ruling class

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