Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Marc Ridgill; "Mayor Vaughn, you need to resign"

"...no working man or woman, civilian or sworn officer including most of the command staff currently trusts the Mayor, the City Council or the City Manager to do their jobs properly or merely support them in their jobs.  Mayor Vaughn's apology to a convicted habitual felon using a body worn camera video as proof positive of two officers misconduct was reprehensible on many levels....

     ...One involves a local, known police agitator that represents and advocates for the Beloved Community Center which is Nelson Johnson's organization.  In his lawsuit in which he declared his arrest for Interfering with a Police Officer was unlawful, he actually admits to violating the law.  A magistrate found probable cause for the arrest.  The case was dismissed at the city level and we paid him $10,000.  I filed a PIRT request to obtain a copy of the lawsuit, confirmation of the payment and who authorized it.  I received the copy of the lawsuit and the confirmation of payment, however I was told that no information on who authorized the payment was available or could be located.  The city paid $10,000 of tax payer contributions to an admitted law breaker and did not record the name of the authorizing city employee?

Please confirm with documentation

     ...Now, we have a convicted habitual felon with over 50 entries on his criminal record that got caught attempting to break into his mother's house.  He has done it twice before.  His mother thanked us for stopping him and confirmed he had been banned from the property.  He had outstanding warrants.  He attempted to call help to assist him.  He was lawfully detained.  He did not comply with lawful orders.  75% of his 50 criminal entries on his record was for crimes of felonious deception; frauds, false pretenses, etc.

Please provide documentation of the the 50 entries

     The body worn camera videos were released in this case.  No, wait; they were leaked in this case to City Councilperson Sharon Hightower without the officer's consent...

Please provide proof Hightower leaked the video,
though I would not be surprised

     Then the evidence came out.  I've watched this video several times.  I have yet to actually see a punch in the face.

I don't recall, anyone confirm?

I understand entirely why the cell phone became a problem.  I watched the body language and heard the verbal cues that officers are trained to see and hear.  I have been there before; many, many times.  I saw a suspect that was refusing to comply therefore by definition of the law was resisting regardless of what he was saying.


...Could the officer's use of profanity be a violation of departmental policy; yes.  A firing offense; absolutely not given the heightened state of the incident.  Were there actions in the video I would have criticism of; yes.


However, these are actions that do not in any way constitute a criminal offense, give reason to eliminate the criminal actions of the suspect or warrant elimination of the charges and certainly not worthy of an apology by the Mayor of Greensboro.

...In my opinion Councilperson Sharon Hightower violated the law by her role in leaking the video.

Very possible if true

     ...troops now have no confidence in being treated fairly...

Relatively likely

...The entire chain of command who originally investigated this current case of an "innocent guy checking for a dog under his mother's garage door with a shovel" are now on pins and needles wondering if they are the next sacrificial lambs.

     ...How much longer before we have to lower standards once again to attract not just qualified candidates but any candidates at all?

...Mayor Vaughn is complicit in enabling Nelson Johnson to infiltrate city government and affecting police department personnel decisions.

Mayor Vaughn, you need to resign.

Corruption of Greensboro's political system
has negatively influenced our region's economic performance
through legislation, budget appropriation and over-taxation
to benefit a few at the expense of many.

     Councilperson Sharon Hightower, you have violated sate personnel laws and you are protecting the internal source of the video leak.

Councilperson Hightower, you need to resign.

     City Manager Jim Westmoreland, you have been complicit in assisting Nelson Johnson in his attempts to control discipline within the Greensboro Police Department and have not protected Chief Wayne Scott from Johnson's constant and persistent efforts to undermine and subvert his position as leader of the Greensboro Police Department.  You are complicit in reducing the morale and confidence in city administration of the dedicated law enforcement officers and civilian personnel of the Greensboro Police Department.  Because of your incompetence and lack of support for city personnel in general and the police department in particular you need to resign; you should be terminated.

Westmoreland should definitely be terminated, 
for other reasons

     There are other concerned citizens in Greensboro that can point to other examples of corruption.

Somehow this may have something to do with Adam Fisher

This example means the most to me and all those officers who have retired and help build the tradition and excellent reputation of the Greensboro Police Department.  We are not going to stand idly by and allow the most notorious civil agitator in Greensboro history and his minions to destroy our police department simply for his own personal gain.

Let's see some actual action then by more than a few,
as it's pretty hard to do

Citizens of Greensboro, please stand up and stop this hostile takeover before you have no department to protect you.


If you found the present negatively affecting the future
should you try to fix it? 

We are only a few negligent/mistaken/accidental/erroneous bullets/deaths/harassment away.


What could happen if a generation
of underemployed, underpaid, educated and indebted young adults
became disillusioned by their elders’ societal mismanagement
and seek to identify and punish those responsible?

Updated; Dallas etc... Debrief


What is a capitalist democracy 
that subsidizes to dis-favor the unconnected?

Sunday, October 25, 2015; "The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black" in Greensboro, North Carolina; "A version of this article appears in print on October 25, 2015, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: The Disproportionate Risk of Driving While Black."


If democracy is government by the people, plutocracy by the wealthy
oligarchy by a few, aristocracy by nobility, theocracy by clergy
corptocracy by business and autocracy by one 
who in Greensboro is whom
and who’s on who’s side and why?

Simple Possession and Resisting/Delaying/Obstructing Public Officer statistics obtained by City of Greensboro mayoral candidate Devin King unreported by Greensboro's News and Record and not mentioned by the New York Times posted on Sunday, September 6, 2015


Has Greensboro's government
reached an unsustainable level of incompetence?

A Hypothetical Adaptation; "Bloody Greensboro"