Why I became an activist
Many ask why I left the police department. It primarily was Money, being in a negative environment and politics. I was making $10/hr Part time, then when I become full time it was 11.00/hr advances in pay were only about 3 percent per year after 8 years I believe I was at 16.00/hr. Not a survivable salary, with benefits or not. After those years I realized you are fighting a battle within the department and with those on the street. I had started my businesses and was planning an exit. Thankfully it was the best decision I had. I did vest and collect my retirement, so all is not lost.
1. The beginning of misuse of authority
Remember my wife was holding the phone recording. At this time body cameras weren't in existence. The camera was shut off as I had work the next morning and couldn't miss it. The Smith V. Cumming case law was in existence, but was not well known at that time, so there was some intimidation when recording commonly that occurred.
3. A city who wouldnt do anything
The harassment (stalking) continued with my neighbor for a year during a remodel of our home. The Neighbor was recording our home, driving by slow
and was seen peeking over fences at 5:30-6:00 in the morning. We asked for help
with law enforcement after he threatened to shoot a mortar through our home on
4th of July. Police did nothing citing, its not stalking. However stalking is the repeated following and harassing of another person. That's it.
4. Disarmed in my yard
When police were called due to that threat of shooting a mortar into my home. They arrived and since I was armed, and alerted them to that, I was drawn down on in my front yard when I told them.
When I told them I had a firearm on me they said they didn't hey even lied on the body camera saying "they didn't hear me due to traffic" There was ZERO traffic around at 11pm in a residential neighborhood.
The police then made contact with the neighbor and left me with the firearm alone. I grabbed it and put it up. It made no sense except just a stupid power trip. Thats what I continue to realize is that they keep the power trip going and going.
5. Refusal to sign charges
4. I Begged and begged to sign charges, they denied it. citing "CIVIL COMPAINT" After giving
ultimatums, the police said its civil as always, they said to go to State
Attorneys Office. In Florida Stalking and Harassment CAN NOT be processed
directly through the State Attorneys Office. They finally let me sign charges
and they falsified the charging affidavit, told me that I could just sign it
and they'll do a supplement. I declined and said it needs to be correct. They
brought a supervisor in to try to convince me to sign it. That supervisor was
later fired for unrelated issues.
6. The beginning of misuse of authority
9. Beginning to film and document
After a few times filming, gathering evidence to add more complaints, police were taking notice and becoming aggressive towards me. I was trespassed from a post office for filming a police officer threatening an older man that he was going to go to jail.
I learned quickly that they do not care, they do not work for you, and when you are friction in their easy game
10. Surrounded in a parking lot
Later after things settled, one of the officers from the surrounding me in a parking lot stopped me for dark tint. He played as if he didn't remember who I was but he went out of the way to stop me and it was recorded all on the tesla cameras.