Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Definitive Show of Support!

     I have called for a show of support; we now have one.  A definitive one. 

     In an email to the City Manager from Councilman Barber;

On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 1:23 PM, Mike <Mikebarberlaw@aol.com> wrote:
Confirm you recd. tks!

Subject: Immediate need for increase in Police Salaries and Wages
Jim,
Based on a number of factors and concerns, I am formally requesting that you provide to council a budget and financial impact statement of a 6% to 10% increase to police department salaries.  I ask that this be provided by next Tuesday end of business.

I am aware that the impact is significant; However, I and others believe we are at a critical juncture in public safety.  I will outline a few of the many reasons this is needed immediately to maintain community safety:

-In past years, the disparity between the number of qualified recruits and open positions was far less.  Today, there is a disincentive to enter law enforcement, while the demand, according to experts, has increased exponentially.  This, coupled with the increase in violence and property crimes, makes it imperative that we act in the current budget.

-It has become far more difficult to find recruits that can get past the background check and physical fitness requirements-again, significantly impacting supply of potential officers to serve Greensboro.  As you know I made some inquiries and found that a significant and expensive recruiting campaign was undertaken which did not yield an expected number that could enter the academy.

-We must retain our existing force.

-There are many open positions in close proximity to Greensboro which provide an equivalent or greater pay package than we offer.  We are losing officers that were trained at our expense to these communities.  We are not protecting our investment.  

-A significant salary increase will show our commitment to our law enforcement officers, leadership, and employees, and show the community that we have not lost sight of the number one goal of every community-public safety.  It will positively impact a damaged morale, and mitigate the damage done by our inability to properly limit the harm done by a few who instigate and create factless and baseless issues.

Tonight shone a bright light on the need to reaffirm our commitment to the thousands of citizens that count on us to make Greensboro safe.

Please call tomorrow at your earliest convenience so that we can discuss.

Thanks for your continued leadership,
Mike B.

Mike Barber
Attorney
408 Hobbs Rd.
Greensboro NC 27403
     How did I come by this?  I was contacted by City Council member Mike Barber.  Let me say that again.
     Contact was initiated by City Councilman Mike Barber!  I didn't call and leave him a message.  I didn't write an email asking for him to contact me.  Mike Barber initiated contact asking for my support for his above proposal!
     Why is this important?  It is important because a member of our much maligned City Council has stepped forward and realized the crisis state that the City of Greensboro finds itself in.  I have documented in this blog the rapid and increasing rate of attrition that is currently under way in our police department.  I have documented the difficulty we have had in finding qualified recruits and our recent inability to fill and maintain recruit classes.  I have documented the lack of vocal support to equal the volume of those who are hellbent on tearing down the police department.  And I have documented the bottoming out of morale among our dedicated officers.
     As spelled out in the above email sent to the City Manager Jim Westmoreland, Councilman Barber gets it.  Allow me to provide Councilman Barber some ammunition.
     According to the website www1.salary.com/NC/police-officer-salary.html, these are the average field police officer salaries for the top paying municipalities in North Carolina as of April 27, 2017:

1.  Gastonia                $53,414
2.  Charlotte                $52,332
3.  High Point            $51,921
     Winston Salem     $51,921
5.  Cary                       $51,588
     Raleigh                  $51,588
7.  Salisbury                $51,541
8.  Kannapolis             $50,569
9.  Asheville                $50,477
10. Concord                $50,468
11. Greensboro          $49,627
12. Hickory                 $49,217
13. Durham                 $49,216
14. Chapel Hill            $48,384
15. Wilson                   $48,376
      Rocky Mount        $48,376

     That's right; the third largest city in North Carolina is 11th.  That number does not tell the entire story either.  Of these cities listed, only Charlotte, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Rocky Mount and Greensboro does not provide take home vehicles for their field officers.
     I spoke with a Durham Police Officer by phone while confirming this information.  He is retiring May 31st.  He advised that their current Chief of Police is working on salary and take home patrol vehicles as we speak.  They are in the infant stages of assigning cars and are close to having enough vehicles to accomplish that goal.  Durham has assigned 7 officers patrol vehicles and are working now to assign all patrol officers vehicles.  Take home vehicles are a huge selling point to recruits and officers due to the money it saves the officer in transportation costs.  With a huge push by local agencies such as High Point and Winston Salem to actively pursue lateral transfers with Greensboro officers being a main target, the need to take steps defensively to maintain our experience and numbers is at a critical point.  Greensboro is no where near being able to provide these vehicles.
     What to do?  Mr. City Manager I implore you to ask for the full 10%.  Our recruiters are being hamstrung to sell our department to the most qualified of applicants by salary and benefits.  If we cannot offer the "perk" of a take home vehicle you must provide our recruiters with something to distinguish the Greensboro Police Department from all the others.  Greensboro Police Officers and our department must have a distinction that they can call their own.  
     A 7% raise brings us to 3rd on this list.  With all of the political assaults and rancor being aimed at the Greensboro Police Department, all of the morale issues, all of the lack of trust in police administration that exists in our department, we need to be first on this list!  10% gets us there!
     I have known Mike Barber for over 30 years.  I haven't always agreed with his political positions but he has always listened and been able to discuss any differences of opinion.  I may disagree with him in the future.  He asked for my support on this issue and I emphasize Mike Barber initiated contact with me!  
     MR. BARBER YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT ON THIS PROPOSAL!
     If you are an officer or a supporter of the police department he should also have yours.  He believes we have the money to do this.  It has become a necessity.  I implore each and everyone that supports our police officers to contact the City Manager's Office, the Mayor and your city council representatives in support of this proposal!  I also ask that regardless of political affiliation you show your support and gratitude to Councilman Barber for his action as it is very much a "step out on the ledge" in this current ridiculous political time of bashing for our department and officers.
     Those councilmen that step to the front to alleviate this state of crisis within our city will be noted, congratulated and documented in this blog.  Those who don't; likewise.
     WE MUST SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL FROM COUNCILMAN BARBER AS LOUDLY AND ARDENTLY AS THOSE PREDICTABLE FORCES THAT WILL OPPOSE IT.

     Mike Barber has stepped to the front for our police officers.  We must join and support him on that front and back his action to the fullest!
       

61 comments:

  1. As someone currently in the ranks of patrol with gpd the city is going to have to do something. We have squads going out with 3 people. 3!That decreases call time, makes it harder to be proactive,unsafe, and gives us zero opportunity to engage in our community.

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    1. We do not need to waste tax dollars on a police force that serves to oppress 1/2 the city. Your department is dirty, has NO transparency and only a MORON would trust ANYTHING that you trained liars say. Fuck all of you and we will be pushing for PAY CUTS to all of you domestic terrorists.

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    2. Well now we know that "unknown" and "anon: are the same person on here.

      When the lowest paid city workers are making $15.00 am hour THEN we can talk about more money for everyone else.Until then stop being greedy moochers.

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    3. Right. People that work part time mowing ball fields deserve the same pay as entry level firefighters. You dont have a brain cell in your head. Thank God you prefer 11 year old boys and cant reproduce.

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    4. The true heroes like firefighters deserve a raise too. Read the above post. Cut police salaries now. Raise taxes on the lazy moocher 1%ers.

      Which did you prefer? The cheerleaders or the boys wrestlers? I know someone who knew you as a student while you were a school cop. Says you were an authoritarian prick.

      I bet you liked the boys wrestlers the best. You conservatives are giant piles of sexual repression and with your authoritarian tendencies I bet you are into leather and domination.

      We can speculate till the cows come home about why you use your one insult when you are intellectually painted into a corner by my superior comments. I bet it is a deflection from your own weird perversions. Its like people who constantly insult gays its a well known fact that they are compensating for their own sexuality. You are obsessed with sex offenders because you are one yourself.

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    5. https://www.queerty.com/brief-history-antigay-politicians-caught-gay-things-public-restrooms-20161009

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    6. Not an insult. Its a fact. Brian Drew Watkins intellectual?? Hardly. You are just a clown.

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    7. What is also a fact is that you are using a highly treatable mental illness as an excuse to demean and distract from our lying and police brutality enabling city council. what's next, anti bi polar or anti schizophrenic comments. You have already called disabled people "parasites" because you are an authoritarian elitist boot licker.

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    8. I have no idea what this means. I called you a parasite. What highly treatable mental illness do you have? Pedophilia? Delusions? Paranoia? Psychodelic drug addiction? Maybe you are hooked on diet pills? Do you even know what you are referring to?

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    9. Pedophillia in general is highly treatable. When guys like Corey Daniel dont get treatment because they didn't go to jail they are more likely to reoffend

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  2. So we can add extortion to the list of police crimes, the stance of police is "unless you pay us more money then we will not serve your agenda of racial and economic oppression" and it is for those reasons we need to give cops an across the board 50% pay cut. If you want more money go into a respectable line of work. Right now you are overpaid , jackbooted thugs with a revoked license to kill.

    We need fewer laws and fewer cops not this militaristic approach that you like so much now. If the rest of the city had the luxury of a 10% par raise I suspect poverty and thus crime would be reduced as well. Instead you think locking up poor people for crimes of poverty fixes something.

    Until the needs of ALL city workers is met I say fuck you to your already over bloated salaries.

    In fact we need to double the salaries of the actual heroes, firefighters and make the terroristic cops take a 50% pay cut.

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  3. Pay your own gas like the rest of american workers, stop sponging off the city by wanting to use city vehicles for your wasteful commuting efforts.

    Lazy fucking moochers, each and every one of you.

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    1. I find it hilarious that Brian Drew Watkins would call anyone a "moocher" or a "sponge" or "lazy". I guess if you are going to hand out with domestic terrorists you might as well be a hypocrit as well. Every time you post you discredit yourself and those uou hang out with. You are nothing more than a 350 pound parasite.

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    2. if you want more money hire fewer cops and make fewer arrests, start in any of the housing projects, then provide a few jobs then all of a sudden all that crime is a thing of the past, instead you think you will arrest your way into stopping the growing unrest.

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    3. are those "domestic terrorists" you mention the same "paid protesters from out of town" that you made up the last time??

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  4. If Barber is behind it then it's a scam designed solely to get votes. Look carefully at how the proposal gets written and when it actually gets voted on, becomes effective, and what might be done to void it. Barber will say anything to get elected.

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    1. Would you mind if officer blackbeater mentions that in his next video?

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  5. That city council meeting was great. GET OUT!!! LMAO

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    1. Officer blackbeater will continue to discuss the crimes of the gpd without regards to what any windbag has to say about it.

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    2. Currently, I am reviewing all the footage from this evening, so I can give my own view of what happened. I doubt it will be what everyone wants, however, it will be not be sanitized.

      Two things I would like to say. Mr. Barber a special thank you and message to you. Brian Watkins, I will refrain from calling you names anymore, because it is beneath me. However, I did get personal satisfaction of you being put on notice.

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    3. On notice huh?

      Sounds like a threat for speaking out against police

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    4. How did you misconstrue Barber putting you on notice as a "threat for speaking out against police"?

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    5. nothing was misconstrued, your threat was genuine.

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    6. So please inform me how did I threaten you? Did I spell out what I said in the most simplistic way? "You being put on notice"; even Hightower could easily comprehend the statement as not being threatening.

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    7. considering all I am doing is exercising my 1st amendment rights any "notice" is a threat to that.

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    8. To quote Merriam-Webster, the definition of a threat is; "[A]n expression of intention to inflict evil, injury, or damage".

      Please utilize the above definition to expound on how my statement was a threat.

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    9. Once again I owe you no explanation for anything

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    10. Is it because you do not have the intellectual capacity to make a salient argument? Or is it because this level of discourse is above what you are used to?

      I do know that shouting from the audience does take a bit of courage, but this is not the same arena. Please, for all of us, do not base your formulation of responses to me or anyone else unless you have a valid point. Because what you say, makes you sound shallow and pedantic.

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    11. insults will not goad me into your little game of entrapment.

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    12. Besides you are a no name troll (although you are chris stella i'd bet on it) people use my identity as a distraction from the first amendment covered police abuse statements I make. You hide YOUR id because you are a coward bootlicker who wastes the time of police accountability activists.

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    13. Of what are you meaning by "entrapment"? I am trying to get you to engage in genuine dialog, free of simple one-line phrases and buzz words.

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    14. I have no problem with statements you make, as long as they are truthful and have valid evidence; not perception or feeling, but factual and rational statements.

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    15. You are not worthy of my time or keyboard battery life to give you long explanations, You are a mere fictional character designed to elicit an emotional response.

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    16. Again, who is Chris Stella? I have never heard of his name, except the two times you have typed it on here. If this Chris Stella does follow this blog, please let us know, to clear up any confusion.

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    17. Yes, I believe EVERYTHING about who you say you are or in your case are not. No name trolls like you NEVER lie to manipulate a situation. You act just like that police informant did when he infiltrated "occupy" meetings.

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    18. When you mention police accountability, I do agree there needs to be such an animal. However, there needs to be more of an intellectual discussion on what is an accountable action.
      I believe we need to have a communal accountability, such as the days of old; where if there was an accusation, only the individuals involved would have the chance to have evidence presented.

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    19. The current policy of hiding details of all police incidents under "personnel law" stinks of fascism and the proverbially evil "secret police" .

      Every use of force needs to be scrutinized by a 3rd party. lives are at stake

      If I want to do a background check on any particular cop by looking at his personnel disciplinary record and complaints against them I am barred from that but with a civilian its just a $19.99 background check and all of their mistakes are on file.

      Because police have a license to kill their actions need to be scrutinized to a much higher standard.

      How can I trust weather a cop is "one of the good ones" if I am barred from finding out any information about his individual job performance.

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  6. Oh it gets better. NCGS 14-202.5.

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    1. it is NEVER illegal to criticize the government in a nonviolent way.

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    2. So will you address what Mr. Ridgill has posted or will you deflect away from the issue at hand, sir?

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    3. You do not get to frame or steer the conversation, I say nothing that does not suit me.

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  7. Why am I censored from steering the conversation? What you have implied is a violation of my right to free speech.

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    1. i really care about the "free speech" of some no name jackass who wont show his face in public.

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  8. Please explain to me, if you can, how I am a "jackass"? I do show my face in public everyday. I choose, however, not to make a public spectacle of myself, I choose my paths carefully.

    Am I to understand that you take the stance of no one deserves free speech unless, it is you?

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    1. I owe you no explanation of anything. I neither answer to you nor do I care about the opinion of a made up troll.

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    2. Your simple notion of responding to what I am posting on here, is in itself caring about my opinion

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  9. Sleazy incompetent lawyer pisses off wrong people and jeopardizes political career to abuse his power. http://www.greensboro.com/blogs/around_town/susan-ladd-a-tale-of-two-meetings/article_134453e5-359e-55ce-a58e-3ced91f24bba.html

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  10. Sleazy loud mouthed sex offender gets called out for his ridiculous immature behavior and has the abdolute worst columnist in America make excuses, though he isnt important enough for said columnist to bother finding out his name. Her writing is hogwash and void of any truth. Its about time somebody up there stood up to your nonsense. I loved it. Its my second favorite video, right behind your three minute cry baby tearful complaint about me to the Mayor. I can watch that three minutes over and over. Your so "pitiful" in that clip.

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  11. Susan ladd refuses to kiss cop ass. Susan ladd is a hater. She is anti police. Susan Ladd sympathies with black people........ Blah blah blah.

    I suppose you like the rhino times. The kkk liked them enough to put their racist fliers in that paper.look it up. In other words the kkk wanted to recruit new racists by appealing to rhino times readers. Look at the letters the inbred rednecks write in . they are always whining about black people getting uppity and gays and Muslims.

    Make murica great agin.

    Tell me again about you voting for a guy who "grabs em' by the pussy" but then claim to hate sex offenders.

    Why do you continue to disparage mental health patients who suffer from treatable illnesses? Oh yeah you only know how to make cheap shots about sex offenders who were not on the GPD. Got it.

    Hypocrite

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  12. Even though I bet ridgill is on the wrong side of history, watch this video to see where you stand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOsN-P5abVg

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  13. Why do you keep violating the law by using social media?

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  14. I cannot add anything else to this discussion; however, I am going to undertake an experiment. I am posting this video to see what inaccurate and/or erroneous statements are made.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZseuKHgMdI&t=52s

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  15. I would have to see the cop's official report before I could tell you what inaccurate or erroneous statements the police have made.

    My questions are.....

    Why was the driver pulled over?

    Was it a legitimate offense or was it part of a revenue generation speed trap or other predatory operation like a checkpoint or civil asset forfeiture racket??

    What did he do to make the driver to feel threatened by him enough to defend himself the way he did? He clearly was concerned for his safety because a man with a gun and a license to kill was approaching his car. He just wanted to get home to his family at the end of the day. Civilian lives matter.

    Alas in greensboro all such questions would be unanswerable, sealed under a "personal law" written by and for police.

    At least the guy lived. The cop probably was reprimanded for not killing him.

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  16. Your entire response to the video is not shocking, to say the least.

    My point was made; the use of deadly force was justified, even more so under North Carolina State Law. As I learned in my CCH class; deadly force is met with deadly force, as long is said deadly force was not excessive. Everything else is irrelevant.

    I am left to ponder, when did Law Enforcement become James Bond with what you say is "a license to kill". If there is such a thing that states police have a license to kill, I would kindly ask to see it.

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    1. When you can, under state law, kill someone in the performance of your job, even if the person does not have a gun, that defines "license to kill".

      Because a mentally ill asian lady 15 feet away with a knife is such a justification to kill her. She could have killed him from that distance and all...............He gave her instructions (that she could not understand) so it's ok to kill her??

      You literally have the permission of the state to be judge jury and executioner.

      I was also pointing out the double standards that allow cops to discuss what the person they killed did but the cops actions are part of their "personnel record" and protected from public scrutiny.

      I was just spinning the video the very same way police spin a death by cop. Using the SAME terminology they do just to prove that anyone can say the same things about cops getting shot and deaths BY cops.

      I have the same questions as before about what, if anything the cop did to provoke this.

      Guys like curly stooge here have NEVER admitted to police error and civilians deserve the same protections as cops from threats to their lives.

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    2. Are you still denying that you are chris stella but yet refusing to give your name while using the name of a police critic as a weapon against them??

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