Sunday, November 15, 2015

DeKalb F.O.P. Shop With a Cop Scheme

Haven't we been here before? Remember when a former DeKalb officer was scamming the F.O.P. and only giving them 10 percent too?

This is a blackeye for the F.O.P.

Click here to watch the train wreck.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The $474,000.00 Pay Study

UDATE: This is just the contract. Still waiting with baited breath for the actual study.

Click here to read. We are still trying to decipher it.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Opposing Views on Cityhood Before We are Off to the Polls

By Marjorie Hall Snook

For months now, residents of north-central DeKalb have been bombarded with the message that. in response to a corrupt and mismanaged DeKalb government, they should create more government.
Additional city governments will not address the problems facing DeKalb County. The county will still provide the major share of services to residents of these areas. What the new cities will do is increase the number of politicians and increase the cost of government, with no guarantee of improved services.

The cost of having a new layer of government is considerable. According to the projections of the Carl Vinson Institute of UGA, the additional administrative costs for a city of LaVista Hills would be nearly $6.5 million dollars annually. Close to 20 percent of tax dollars would be siphoned off to pay for overhead costs.

These expenses tend to grow. Three years ago, a new City of Brookhaven was projected to need $25 million a year to provide services. Their budget is now $33 million — an increase of 30 percent in just three years. City proponents use spurious millage rate comparisons to claim that tax burdens have not gone up. This is impossible. Common sense dictates that when the cost of government increases the citizens pay for it through higher property taxes and higher fees and fines.
The new DeKalb cities of Dunwoody and Brookhaven started out with projected surpluses. LaVista Hills’ projected surplus is very small — less than 5 percent of the budget. Later investigations done by independent researchers and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution have indicated that the city might instead start out with a deficit.

There is very little data that additional city expenses result in better services. Small-city police forces lack many of the resources of a major urban force like DeKalb County’s. Dunwoody is particularly instructive; a 2012 study in Dunwoody found that the small police force there was ‘often overwhelmed’. Just last month, the police chief sent a plea to the city council saying their force was ‘woefully understaffed’ and that they had the lowest number of officers per call of any force in the area. Crimes rates have increased significantly.

City politicians are not immune from the problems that have plagued county government. Adding more elected officials increases the opportunities for cronyism and corruption. Many new cities found themselves wrestling with their first scandals before the terms of the first elected officials were up. To make matters worse, the charters of the new cities have no provisions for independent ethics boards to oversee elected officials — meaning these new politicians have even less oversight that what we have at the county level.

The process that put the two current cities on the ballot was badly flawed. LaVista Hills and Tucker were introduced through a broken legislative process that was not transparent and that ignored citizen input. This resulted in a map that divides communities and neighborhoods.
DeKalb is a rich and culturally diverse county. By working together as a united community, we can confront the challenges we face in DeKalb and build a stronger, more ethical and well-run county. We need to find ways to reach across lines, not draw new ones.
Marjorie Hall Snook is president, DeKalb Strong

Tucker. They’ve Earned a Yes.
by George Chidi
I was asked a moment ago why I think it makes sense for Tucker’s voters to choose to become an actual city on Tuesday. After all, incorporation comes with costs.
Well, yes. Good government costs something.

We live in Georgia, where government is a curse word. So we cheap out. We contribute less tax revenue per capita than almost anyone. Starve the beast, and all. And then we wonder why DeKalb County management often can’t find its own ass with two hands and a sherpa guide.
There’s something to be said for having someone close to yell at when things are screwed up. There’s something more to be said when you’ve got someone close who is paid to yell at the right person, because you don’t have time to find out who that person is.

For residents of Tucker, the benefit is planning and zoning control, for one, along with the power of local legislation. It is worth noting that Tucker has been a dumping ground — literally — for corruption problems in DeKalb County related to this kind of control.
The DoJ indicted a state DoT manager a couple of months ago for taking bribes to allow dirty fill to be dumped in restricted areas … of Tucker.

Jerry Clark, who will be serving a sentence in federal prison for bribery, took money to let a shady nightclub operate without proper permits … in Tucker. That’s Lu Lu Billares — now La Vaca — on Chamblee-Tucker Road.

Local government gives someone — someone — direct responsibility to the local community to watch out for this kind of thing. We need eyes on these problems. Good government comes with a cost. Incorporation pays for eyes.

Here’s another reason: Identity matters. Tucker is fundamentally more than just a neighborhood. Most people already think they’re a city. Actually becoming a city reinforces local identity.
Identity matters because it breeds civic participation … which is the solution to 80 percent of the problems in this county, and in metro Atlanta. Civic participation rates in the metro region are among the lowest in the country, whether measuring voter turnout or community meeting attendance, school board meetings, PTA

That’s not a joke. Georgia ranks sixth in participation in online discussion of politics. Thank you Eric Erickson.

If the word “Tucker” means something to people, they’ll fight to defend it. And it’s the fight that counts right now.

One more: Tucker is about the last bastion of middle-class America left in metro Atlanta. A city of Tucker can maintain that. And that’s something that needs maintaining.

In this, Tucker is fundamentally different from LaVista Hills, which still feels like a 50-year-old marketing VP buying an overpriced BMW — incorporation as aspiration.
But metro Atlanta has the widest split between wealth and poverty in America. Communities are either very rich, or very poor. Buckhead, or Bankhead. North Peachtree or South Fulton. A gated community or a larval favela.

There are few places around here in the middle. There are damned few that also have a healthy ethnic mix, one reflecting America’s future. That social and economic combination of melting pot middle class values can actually breed the kind of leadership that makes sensible politics possible in Georgia.
We need that. We, as in this county and this state, need that. We are rapidly forgetting what that looks like. We will soon forget how to make policies relevant to that.

So. Vote yes. Vote yes on the ethics referendum and yes on Tucker. After acting like a city for about 100 years already, they’ve earned it.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lavista Hills donors FINALLY revealed


We will never know who donated most of the money to start the cityhood movement. The group raised eyebrows back in August by holding a $500 'suggested minimum donation' event, where they actively solicited money from vendors who do businesses with cities.

Cityhood supporters dodged questions about the attendee list for weeks. But LaVista Hills is required by law to disclose who has been paying for all the robocalls and mailers as they have waged this campaign. The list of donors went public yesterday, one week past the deadline for disclosures.

So who has been 'investing' in creating a new city? Many businesses who contract with and/or benefit from development in cities. These businesses are not only located outside of the LaVista Hills area, but many are not even located in DeKalb County.

Who are these donors?

The Council for Quality Growth. This group, which was involved in the push to build the Braves stadium in Cobb County, "formulates policy and legislation critical to the development industry."

Lowe Engineers. Jon Drysdale with Lowe Engineers, based in Dunwoody, gave $1000 to LaVista Hills. Lowe Engineers gave more than $2000 to Brookhaven Yes and were promptly named the manager of the city's public works department.

Clark Patterson Lee. Kevin McComber of Suwanee, with the firm of Clark Patterson Lee, gave a $1000 to LaVista Hills. He also gave $1000 to the Brookhaven effort, and was named head of their Community Development Department.

The Collaborative. The Collaborative, based out of Boston, is a for-profit corporation that manages planning and zoning, building inspection, and code enforcement for the city of Sandy Springs.

Moreland Altobelli Associates. A resident of Duluth who if the Chief Financial Officer for this firm gave $500. Moreland Altobelli is an engineering firm founded by former GDOT chief Tom Moreland. Their client list includes a large number of municipalities  that contracts with many cities. They have been involved in several high-profile road-widening projects.

Riley McClendon Law Firm. Bill Riley of Marietta gave $1000 to the LaVista Hills Alliance. He has set up the municipal courts for the cities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Brookhaven, John's Creek, and Chattahoochee Hills. He may be best known for sending a sanitation worker to jail for starting work too early.

Charles Abbott Associates. A Dunwoody resident who is an CEO of California-based Charles Abbott and Associates donated $1000. This is a for-profit company that runs city departments, including Brookhaven's code enforcement department.

Coleman Talley. Thompson Kurrie, former Brookhaven City attorney, left the city after it was found that he had violated state Open Records Act and transparency laws. The Valdosta-based law firm provides city attorneys to many small municipalities in Georgia. Kurrie has given $750 in cash and in-kind legal services to the Alliance.

InterDev. Alpharetta-based InterDev provides services to municipalities seeking to outsource their entire IT departments. Their CEO donated $250 in cash, and the company provided mapping services to LaVista Hills.

When corporations help to create new cities that promptly hire them, often at a greatly inflated cost from what just hiring government employees would cost, taxpyers are stuck footing the bills.

Time is short before the election. Please post and share and let your neighbors know who is behind this effort to to create a new layer of government, and who stands to benefit

Monday, October 26, 2015

Police Union Calls for Boycott of ‘Purveyor of Degeneracy’ Quentin Tarantino’s Films after Anti-Cop March

The president of New York City’s largest police union called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films after the director participated in an anti-police rally in the city on Saturday.

Tarantino fired up about 300 protesters during the RiseUpOctober march on Saturday, telling the crowd: “When I see murders, I do not stand by… I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

The anti-police rally happened just four days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot in the head and killed while pursuing an armed suspect in Harlem.

In a statement on Sunday, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said it was “no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too.”
The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls “murderers” aren’t living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies — they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem. New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous “Cop Fiction.” It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.
Tarantino, who reportedly flew in from California for the event, had told the New York Post that the timing of the rally was “unfortunate.”

“It’s like this: it’s unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories,” the Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction director told the paper. “That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.”

Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, will debut in theaters on Christmas Day.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Command Staff To Recieve Raise

The command staff, Captains and up are receiving pay raises, some up to $10,000.00 per year. That's right, $10,000.00 per year!

 So we ask; where is our pay raise? Why are the pay study results not being released? Is this the results? Pay the command staff but not the line troops?

 Isn't pay just one of the many reasons officers are leaving for other agencies? And we are
rewarded with this?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Latest Promotins

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Thursday, October 1, 2015


We'll get the last laugh, punk.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Retired Sergeant Tom Mester Dies

We have just learned Sgt. Mester has passed away. Funeral details pending.

Go in peace brother!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Retired Sgt. T. (Tom) S. Mester In Failing Health

Retired Sergeant T.S. Mester has been admitted to Northside-Forsyth Hospital in critical condition. No further details are available.

Please keep him in your prayers.

Off Duty Officer Killed In Car Crash

By Tyler Estep   
Witnesses were able to pull Officer Kevin Toatley from his burning patrol car after it was hit by a wrong-way driver early Saturday, officials said — but their efforts weren’t enough to save him. 
 Toatley, an eight-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, was later pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.    “He was admired by all those who worked with him and was admired by supervisors,” Dr. Cedric Alexander, DeKalb County’s director of public safety, told Channel 2 Action News. “... I’ve had a chance to talk with many of them tonight and try to help comfort them.”
According to Fulton County police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester, Toatley was driving westbound on South Fulton Parkway at about 12:30 a.m. when he was hit head-on near the Buffington Road exit. The red SUV that struck him was driving in the wrong direction, Lester said.    Toatley’s car burst into flames.    
Five people — three adults and two juveniles — were in the wrong-way vehicle, Lester said, and all of them were taken to local hospitals. One woman was in critical condition.    Their identities were not released.    Lester said the crash remains under investigation.    “No charges have been filed at this time,” she said.     

DeKalb County police spokesman Capt. S.R. Fore said Toatley was hired by the department in Jan. 2007. The crash that claimed his life came several hours after another DeKalb County officer, Marco Vizcarrando, was wounded during a shootout outside a Tucker-area gas station.    On Facebook, DeKalb-based United States Rep. Hank Johnson wrote that his thoughts and prayers were with Toatley’s “family, friends and law enforcement family.” The DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police called Toatley’s death “very sad news.”

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Retired Lieutenant Wayne Henck Dies

Kenneth Wayne Henck, Sr. age 66 of Suwanee, GA passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

He retired from the Dekalb County Police Department after 48 years and was an avid softball player, huge Braves baseball fan and an active member of Northpoint Community Church. He also directed traffic for the DUMC preschool for 30 years and was loved as “Officer Wayne”.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church with Rev. Wiley Stephens officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home and Crematory and 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the church on Monday.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, John and Agnes Henck. He is survived by his wife, Vickie George Henck; sons, Kenneth W. Henck, Jr. and Keith Henck; daughters, Kayla Henck and Kenda Gilbert (James); sister, Linda Robinson (Gary).

On-line condolences can be made at Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Funeral Home and Crematory, Norcross/Peachtree Corners, Georgia. 770-448-5757.

Go in peace brother!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pray For Wayne Henck

Per his family, retired Lieutenant Wayne Henck, whose health has been failing, has been moved from Emory Hospital to Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA  30078. They have requested that anyone who desires go by and visit.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cop Union Boycotts Obama’s Labor Day Address: ‘This Is a Horror Show’

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The New England Police Benevolent Association denounced President Obama for his refusal to condemn Black Lives Matter-influenced cop murders and ignoring their devastated families and communities.
They boycotted Obama’s Labor Day breakfast address in Boston. “Our members are enraged at his lack of support of law enforcement. It’s clear that he has an agenda, and unfortunately the police are not part of his agenda,” Jerry Flynn, the association’s executive director, told the Boston Herald:
Let’s face it, [there have been] eight people killed in a nine-day period, eight police officers, and his silence up until recently has been deafening. And the real sad part of this — and when I went to the White House in the first term with Joe Biden — he said to me that he would be the voice of law enforcement. Well, as much as I love and adore Joe, his voice has been silent as well. So it’s not an Obama problem. It’s an administration problem.
This is a horror show. This is an epidemic of lawless people trying to kill police officers for no apparent reasons. Case in point is the lieutenant who was pumping gas in Houston. Over 7,000 people were at that church, and where was he [Obama]? Why wasn’t he there instead of a unity breakfast?
Flynn said that Obama had an opportunity to speak some common sense after Ferguson, Missouri residents rioted and burned down their neighborhoods following the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black man who tried to wrestle Officer Darren Wilson’s gun from him after robbing a store. Obama has emboldened the criminal elements of society, Flynn said:
I mean, he had the opportunity to do things then and he didn’t, and all he’s done is escalated and allowed these people that are hellbent on causing problems to do so. We can’t continue to have people who have no intention to do anything but to be disruptive. These aren’t good citizens. These are thugs who go out and try to cause problems.
You can’t continue to have this kind of hatred and animosity and the lawlessness that’s going on in this country at the cost of police officers losing their lives. It’s irresponsible of the president and his administration.
Groups such as Black Lives Matter, which pays homage to cop killer Assata Shakur before each of their public agitations, mock and taunt police after officers are murdered, as do other leftists. After Ismaaiyl Brinsley slaughtered NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, posting on Instagram that he was going to “put pigs in a blanket,” Ferguson protester Bassem Marsi filmed himself chanting that same phrase.
If the chief executive of the United States made a statement on behalf of police, Flynn said, it would signal to the roiling criminal class he doesn’t approve of their no-warning ambush killings:
I think it would send a message to people in law enforcement that we have a commander in chief who actually is backing the people who are in the war on the street. And this is a war on the street. He’s got to come out and ask to be a unified group and to support law enforcement.
He’s got a new attorney general. What’s her agenda? What is her message going to be, that she’s actually putting forth? I don’t know the answer to that question. But certainly, what he’s doing now, what he hasn’t done now, has been supportive of those in law enforcement.
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

What The Public Is Thinking

Something Is Very Wrong With DeKalb’s Police

September 2, 2015 4:28 am
I’ll start off by saying that I’m grateful for a fast response from the DeKalb Police tonight to a horrible shooting near my home. Two young men from the Aberdeen neighborhood east of Pine Lake are dead.

I was writing on my porch around midnight when the gunshots — some kind of rifle or machine gun, I suspect — woke everyone within a mile of us. It sounded like 30 or 40 shots, rapid fire, louder than anything I’d heard here before. I wanted to dismiss it as fireworks, but the thump had a rhythm and a ring, and it was just too loud. It took a moment for the dread to register.
Facebook lit up. I could hear conversations in the background of the 911 call center, all about the same thing, when my frantic call connected. DeKalb Police had a dozen cruisers there within minutes, the first within seconds.

I don’t mean to detract from that. DeKalb has erased my concerns about response time.
But our county police have had a litany of use-of-force issues arise over the last year, and after what I saw tonight I am beginning to understand why. I found the conduct of officers on the scene to be deeply disturbing, despite the conditions.

For one, DeKalb arrested an Atlanta police officer who lives in the neighborhood. The fellow went to the scene to see if his son had been involved. He identified himself as a police officer. It didn’t matter. Police apparently didn’t give him a chance for that to matter. People at the scene told me they threw him to the ground and used a Taser on him, in front of neighbors who had come out to see what happened.

The crowd screamed at the police, telling them the fellow was a cop, and a neighbor, and belonged there, and it didn’t matter.

I know this man.

We met last year, when I was knocking on doors for Sheriff Mann’s campaign. (I’m not naming him until I’ve had a chance to talk to him.) He had a campaign sign in his yard … for another guy. We talked for a long time about violence in the neighborhood, about Pine Lake’s changing reputation, about policing in general, about politics. The neighborhood looks to this man as an intercessor between themselves and the police. This is the guy that keeps them safe.
Tonight, his wife told me that had he gone armed as he usually does, DeKalb Police would have simply shot him dead.

DeKalb’s recent track record supports her fear. Police shot an unarmed, naked man earlier this year. DeKalb police probably violated their internal use of force rules when they tased a man running from police three weeks ago. The man had climbed a chain link fence when he was hit. He fell and died. And last night, DeKalb Police managed to enter the wrong house, kill the owner’s dog, shoot the startled homeowner … and one of their own rookie cops in an act of friendly fire.
I received DeKalb’s police policy manual in a Georgia Open Records Act request last week. (You may thank me by helping to defray the cost of retrieving it.)

On paper, DeKalb has an extraordinarily progressive use of force policy. In practice, I’m wondering now. I think they’re going to have to charge the cop they tased tonight, just to keep someone from being fired for inappropriate use of force. They’ll do that, even though it may end this man’s career.
I am told half a dozen people had cell phone cameras out tonight, recording the incident. Police shined flashlights into cameras to keep them from recording effectively. I’ve asked people to upload those videos and send them to me.

It is a violation of DeKalb’s Police employee policy book, Section 4-1.16, “to prevent photographers from taking photos at crime scenes, fires, and accidents or at other incidents involving Department employees.” No punishment is named, which makes it a worthless rule. But it’s there.
It’s also a fairly straightforward violation of the 1st Amendment, and the subject of a federal consent decree that Atlanta Police routinely ignores.

Traumatized neighbors in Aberdeen milled around outside of the yellow tape. Young men screamed at the police in anger and at their friends in grief. No real effort came from the assembled sergeants and patrol officers to restore peace in the crowd, except to move the tape back another 50 feet and get pissy at people who asked why. I’m sure I’ll be told that they were doing incredibly important work … standing around watching the crowd go mad, and that no one could be spared earlier for a quiet human word for people unaccustomed to this kind of violence.

Lt. Fonseca, the watch commander (who is generally a standup guy) eventually emerged. I brought the camera problem to his attention. He shrugged, then told me to back off.
I’m not interested in heaping blame on any given police officer tonight. That’s counterproductive. And I’m sure I’ll hear all about how I have no business at a major murder scene (that’s all of 600 yards from my house.) But I believe in seeing things firsthand.

And from what I’ve seen, the force has a systemic problem right now that must be addressed. DeKalb has been bleeding talent to other agencies for years, and it’s become visible. The county has been running police academies to try to fill the ranks, but the exits of veteran officers has accelerated. The result is a police force that is substantially less experienced.

Consider that the county ran five academies between February of 2014 and January of 2015, graduating about 150 police officers. The county has 1060 slots, of which only about 850 are filled. (That was 900 in January.) One sixth of DeKalb Police, today, have less than 18 months of policing experience and the total strength has continued to fall despite a serious recruiting push.
Pay problems contribute to the bleed. A place like Sandy Springs can offer a much better package to an experienced officer. The county pledged to conduct a pay analysis across departments this year. It’s not clear to me how that turned out for police, nor whether a significant increase in police pay will result. Lifestyle issues — like requirements for police to effectively be permanently on call in ways other police departments don’t impose — also factor into the bleed, as does concerns about the health of the police pension fund in light of the county’s shrinking unincorporated tax base.
Events like tonight show how these problems — policy abstractions for quiet neighborhoods — play out in practice on the street. This was a moment when DeKalb Police could have cemented themselves as heroes in the eyes of this neighborhood. Instead, people are angry at them and afraid of them. This, despite gangbangers with heavy weapons killing two people tonight.

What the hell.