Florida’s Facebook for Cops: worse than I imagined.

Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ DAVID system – a/k/a Facebook for Cops – is a fraud on the public … few records are being retained, and system abusers can arbitrarily withhold records when requested.

From: Susan Chandler
Date: May 19, 2014 1:36:04 AM EDT
To: “Crews, Teri” <TeriCrews@flhsmv.gov>, “Sarvis, Michael” <MichaelSarvis@flhsmv.gov>, Deborah Taylor <DeborahTaylor@flhsmv.gov>, PatrickLineberry@flhsmv.gov, KeillieWalden@flhsmv.gov
Cc: Scott Open Government <scottopengov@eog.myflorida.com>, “GAETZ.DON.WEB Gaetz” <gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov>, Speaker Will Weatherford <will.weatherford@myfloridahouse.gov>, “NEGRON.JOE.WEB” <negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov>, Larry Lee <Larry.Lee@myfloridahouse.gov>, ASKDOJ <ASKDOJ@usdoj.gov>
Subject: DAVID records request

Teri H. Crews
Operations and Management Consultant II
Division of motorist Services, Data Listing Unit
2900 Apalachee Parkway, !237, MS 78
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0508

Dear Ms. Crews,

I am sorry that you were ill, and hope you have returned to full health.

Your explanations, aside from that of your temporary absence, were unsatisfactory. You detailed the reasons why my DAVID records request was widely shared internally, without explaining how Deborah Taylor came to ignore simultaneous receipt of an email from me to Patrick Linberry, which caused her to convolute the paper trail. That is a small matter for which I seek no comment.

I instead seek your comments – and those of the parties who have been Cc:d – on the larger matters.

Saving only four years of data from DAVID affects ongoing investigations and controversies, and one such ongoing controversy is first-person: the Florida Department of Law Enforcement allowing the Melbourne Police Department to informally investigate itself and hold itself harmless for a make-believe attempted murder investigation (MP01-66907), a decision that was contraindicated not only by then-recent formal internal investigations, but by FDLE and federal investigations. The records reflect that the Melbourne Police Department was unwilling to incorporate a relevant, recent Palm Bay Police Department arrest into the make-believe attempted murder investigation, destroyed physical evidence that Detective Robert Assante requested to be provided with (secured at considerable expense), made no reference to a relevant 911 responses, and much more. Neither MPD Chief Keith Chandler nor Don Carey left under the best of circumstances, yet the FDLE did not review my complaints made about either one of them. Per Terence Schoof’s perjuries before Judge John Dean Moxley (who has an established affinity for perjury), my life is still in danger, made abundantly clear by the perjuries surrounding the Jane-Doe-in-the-making police report that Schoof pretended, for the record, was not in his own handwriting (which, too, is missing from the MPO1-66907 file). “My” attorney knew prior to the hearing that the report was in Schoof’s handwriting, and knew of other perjuries as Schoof uttered them, and did not challenge them. Because this right-to-work state hypocritically requires Bar membership to practice law, few civil attorneys have a motive to provide exemplary service to clients – the very opposite holds true.

The reasons you provided to withhold DAVID records from requesters smacks of the guilty-until-proven-innocent surveillance state that Americans are so very sick of, as countless petitions direct to Congress indicate. What I will get for my $19.08 is only what corrupt individuals wants me to see, which – per the ongoing controversy above – is certainly not in my best interests, nor is it in the best interests of any of the incarcerated innocents that I advocate for (as a rule, more strenuously than their own attorneys, despite their receipt of payment for their efforts, and – more importantly – despite their very clear obligations as officers of the court).

It is in every Floridian’s best interests to know the questionable and outright dirty deeds being done on our dimes; we will not know to fight every form of warrantless surveillance – including abuse of DAVID – until we have greater knowledge of its extent.

As I have received no response from Governor Scott, Senate President Gaetz, Speaker Will Weatherford, Senator Negron or Representative Lee regarding my concerns over DAVID contracts potentially being as ill-advised as Aramark contracts, I can safely assume that their shared focus remains on occluding accountability, not facilitating it. For that reason, I have copied the Department of Justice. Eventually, the DoJ will have to address Florida’s ongoing assaults on its own citizens, particularly the conviction and peripheral corruption that puts public safety last and cementing frame-ups first (which Florida governors have been directly involved in since Bob Graham’s administration, or before).

Again, Ms. Crews, I am seeking comments defending destruction of DAVID records as well as the narrow criteria established for releasing DAVID records. As Ms. Taylor will simultaneously receive this email, I ask that she contact me regarding payment. I look forward to hearing from each of you. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

P.S. As the use of the symbol “@” to signify “approximately” predates typewriters, my portrayal of DAVID’s implementation of @2001 is suitable, just as it would have been if I had typed @2003. I contribute to your paychecks; hairsplitting is not something I wish to subsidize.

On May 12, 14, at 4:01 PM, Crews, Teri wrote:

Ms. Chandler,
 
I forgot to mention, you indicated you were told DAVID existed back as far as 2001.  It actually began in 2002.  However, pursuant to the state’s retention schedule, we are only required to keep the DAVID audit logs for four years.  Therefore you audit can be run for the last four years.  Hope this is helpful.  Have a nice afternoon.
 
Teri H. Crews
Operations and Management Consultant II
Division of Motorist Services, Data Listing Unit
2900 Apalachee Parkway, A237, MS 78
Tallahassee, Florida  32399-0508
(850) 617-3126
(850) 617-3926 fax
Email:  tericrews@flhsmv.gov
 
 
 
 
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is committed to Service, Integrity, Courtesy, Professionalism, Innovation and Excellence in all we do. Please let us know how we are doing via our online customer service survey at https://www.research.net/s/MLR9RGC.

From: Crews, Teri
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2014 3:20 PM
To: ‘Susan Chandler’
Cc: Sarvis, Michael; Johnson, Maureen; Taylor, Deborah; Walden, Kelli; Lineberry, Patrick
Subject: RE: Request for Records – Partial Payment Request – Susan Chandler *******SECOND REQUEST FOR PAYMENT******
 
Ms. Chandler,
 
I am the supervisor of the DAVID unit and I will attempt to explain to you why the people were copied on the email and what is involved with the cost of the audit.  I apologize for the delay in responding, I have been out on sick leave for two weeks and just returned today.
 
First, for the people Patrick copied on the email.  Patrick was filling in for me while I was out receiving the public record requests, which is why you received an email from him rather than me.  He copied me as I’m the supervisor and I am copied on all public record requests.  There is usually only one other name that is copied on the email and that is the name of the analyst who is assigned to perform the audit, which is Deborah Taylor.  She receives the copy of the email and knows to go to the spreadsheet and view a new public record request assigned to her,  Kelli Walden was also copied, as she is a new employee in our section and she is working with Deborah training, so receiving the email also alerts her of the new request.
 
I have copied my immediate supervisor and my Bureau Chief, Mr. Sarvis and Ms. Johnson, as you copied the Governor’s Office and if they receive an email from them, I wanted them to be in the loop with what was going on.  I hope this helps explain why the names were on the email.
 
Now on to the actual audit, and you are correct, it doesn’t take long to run the audit itself and the DAVID system is old and antiquated.  Which is why switching over to a new DAVID system.  In the meantime, we must run the audit in both the old and new DAVID systems.  It then takes time to review the request, add it to the spreadsheet for tracking purposes, assign it to staff, set up folders electronically, run the audit, prepare the reports, etc. This usually takes on average about 30 minutes.  Any request over 30 minutes is charged at a rate of $19.08 per research hour.  The cost comes into play because the law requires us to contact any agency who looked at your record and determine if they have an open criminal investigation against you or if the officer who ran your information is working in the capacity of an undercover investigator.  If either of those is the case, and they tell us not to release, we are required by law not to provide that information.  This interaction between our Department and the law enforcement agencies, take time.  We track how much time we spend on each audit.
 
In your case, the audit has been run, and we have sent you a request for partial payment of the $19.08.  Based on the number of agencies that looked at your record, we can estimate that it will not take any longer than the one hour to complete your request.  Once you pay the $19.08, we will complete the audit and email you the results.
 
Please let Deborah Taylor know by email if you wish to proceed and she will complete the audit.  Her email address is DeborahTaylor@flhsmv.gov.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.  Have a great afternoon.
 
Sincerely,
 
Teri H. Crews
Operations and Management Consultant II
Division of Motorist Services, Data Listing Unit
2900 Apalachee Parkway, A237, MS 78
Tallahassee, Florida  32399-0508
(850) 617-3126
(850) 617-3926 fax
Email:  tericrews@flhsmv.gov
 
 
 
 
From: Taylor, Deborah
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 12:18 PM
To: ‘Susan Chandler’
Cc: Crews, Teri; Sarvis, Michael; Johnson, Maureen
Subject: RE: Request for Records – Partial Payment Request – Susan Chandler *******SECOND REQUEST FOR PAYMENT******
 
Ms. Chandler,
 
Thanks so much for your response.  Please advise me of the results of the investigation as well as if or when to proceed with your request.
 
Thanks,
 
Deborah D. Taylor
Government Analyst I
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway, A236, MS 78
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0500
Phone: 850-617-2658
Fax: 850-617-3926
deborahtaylor@flhsmv.gov
 
 
 
 
Our Mission:  Providing Highway Safety and Security through Excellence in Service, Education and Enforcement.
 
From: Susan Chandler [mailto:studio8@infionline.net]
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 11:51 AM
To: Taylor, Deborah; Lineberry, Patrick; KeillieWalden@flhsmv.gov; TeriCrew@flhsmv.gov
Cc: Scott Open Government; GAETZ.DON.WEB Gaetz; Speaker Will Weatherford; NEGRON.JOE.WEB; Larry Lee
Subject: Re: Request for Records – Partial Payment Request – Susan Chandler *******SECOND REQUEST FOR PAYMENT******
 
Dear Ms. Taylor,
 
As you know from simultaneous receipt of my correspondence to Patrick Lineberry on April 25th (below), I am awaiting a response from Governor Scott, Senate President Gaetz, House Speaker Weatherford, Senator Negron and Representative Lee as to how it is that searching four years of computerized DAVID records could possibly take longer than a few seconds, let alone longer than a half hour, without DAVID being either outdated upon inception or improperly maintained.
 
Raising the issue of whether DAVID serves Floridians or fleeces them is little different than my raising the issue with the predecessors of the above elected officials – years ago – of granting Aramark a new contract for prison food after it failed to meet the conditions of its previous contact, and dangerously sickened a great number of prisoners with its swill.
 
Potential abuse of DAVID and Stringray are not the only concerns I have more recently taken up with the parties that I have Cc:d; some of them are addressed in the Baltimore Post Examiner link below. Far and away, the greatest concern I’ve addressed is the continued incarceration of innocents and related public corruption, which dates back to electronic correspondence of record to then-Governor Jeb Bush.
 
Since April 25, I have learned that – not long ago – DAVID records were available back to its implementation, @2001. I have also learned that Stingray records are not available from the Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. It is not fitting that questions I pose of public servants are ignored by them, and answered instead by other private citizens. And it is patently ridiculous for public servants to continually skew email trails with pretended non-receipt of relevant emails.
 
If DAVID worked properly, it wouldn’t be worth the state’s time to bill for the few seconds it would take to search any individual’s records. I await an explanation; taxation without representation is wearing very, very thin.
 
Sincerely,
 
Susan Chandler
 
http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/florida-taxpayer-another-unhappy-one/2014/05/02
 
 
 
 
 
On May 6, 14, at 8:34 AM, Taylor, Deborah wrote:
 

 
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From: Susan Chandler
Date: April 25, 2014 6:05:59 PM EDT
To: PatrickLineberry@flhsmv.gov, KeillieWalden@flhsmv.gov, DeborahTaylor@flhsmv.gov, TeriCrew@flhsmv.gov
Cc: Scott Open Government <scottopengov@eog.myflorida.com>, “GAETZ.DON.WEB Gaetz” <gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov>, Speaker Will Weatherford <will.weatherford@myfloridahouse.gov>, “NEGRON.JOE.WEB” <negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov>, Larry Lee <Larry.Lee@myfloridahouse.gov>
Subject: Fwd: Request for records
 
Patrick Lineberry
Government Analyst-D.A.V.I.D. Liaison
Division of Motorist Services-Data Listing Unit
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway, A236, MS 78
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0500
Dear Mr. Lineberry,
 
Thank you for your prompt, puzzling, partial response, which apparently was of interest to an inordinate number of your coworkers, to whom I’m simultaneously sending this email.
 
Please note that I additionally inquired about Stingray public records. Please note, too, that none of the information that WPTV5 provided to the public – from the email address to use to request DAVID records to the cost of those records – was correct.
 
Logically – given that records only go back four years – the only way that a mere 50 requests for computerized DAVID records could be deemed as inundation of your office is if DAVID was hopelessly outdated when implemented – further evidenced by your indicating that a search of a mere four years of data could take more than a half hour to search when most computer programs can search decades in seconds. This calls into question all contracts for DAVID’s implementation and maintenance.
 
Costs of abusing DAVID should not be borne by Floridians, but by the abusers themselves … and I do not mean by the state or local agencies that employ the individual abusers (which taxpayers fund); I mean the actual, individual abusers, who identify themselves to log in.
 
For these reasons, I have copied the governor’s office, the senate president, the house speaker and my legislative representatives, as it is their responsibility to ensure that legislation is fair rather than oppressive and enforced rather than ignored, their responsibility to ensure that citizens do not become unwitting targets of unwarranted domestic surveillance, their responsibility to ensure that taxpayers do not foot the bill for any computerized system that is outdated when implemented and increasingly dysfunctional, their responsibility to ensure that taxpayers don’t pay for public servants to use state equipment for spurious personal reasons. It is not only Florida’s Constitution that they are obliged to uphold, it is the U.S. Constitution, as well.
 
In addition to soliciting their firm and immediate support for having individual DAVID and/or Stringray abusers “pay to play” from their very own pockets as well as face reprimand or termination (depending on the extent of the abuse), I am seeking an investigation of DAVID’s apparently-present-upon-implementation shortcomings, and forthright disclosure of whether any federal funds were used to implement and/or maintain DAVID and Stringray.
 
I am a law-abiding citizen, and have not had so much as a traffic ticket since the early 1970’s. Obviously, failure to come to a complete stop a stop sign decades ago did not give any Florida public servant with access to DAVID or Stingray just cause to waste my tax dollars to look me up on either system.
 
Attorney General’s Pam Bondi’s contrary position is another example of her protecting lawless public servants ahead of the public they abuse, preceded by her broken campaign promise to investigate convictions achieved via the perjuries of DNA (and otherwise) discredited dog handler John Preston, of which there are scores. Investigations of Preston convictions would have relieved me of related public corruption I’ve endured since 2001 … and freed incarcerated innocents, including Gary Bennett.
 
As I have already received a request for $19.08 from Ms. Taylor, I ask that the Florida legislators and governor’s office immediately get their ducks in a row on DAVID and Stringray and respond rapidly. Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Susan Chandler
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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