Brevard County, Florida has a dark past and present, and there are some things you should keep very much in mind if you travel there, especially if you’re attending a political event.
Please read the 2005 ACLU press release about the Brevard County Sheriff’s office unlawful surveillance of peaceful protesters (below), as well as the related transcript of PBS’ NOW televised segment from this link. It’s important to know which federal agencies are fully on board with Brevard’s corruption.
In 2005, Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey was assigned to Brevard by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state agency that is designated to police Florida’s police, and doesn’t. Ivey was aware of the conviction corruption evidenced by the upset convictions of Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon, and was determined to keep it buried while working for the FDLE, as determined as he still is Brevard’s sheriff.
The conviction corruption centers on dog handler John Preston, who was found a fraud in the summer of 1982 in a federal court after Julius Manning confessed to a crime that Dale Sutton was serving time for. Since then, Preston has been additionally disgraced by Brevard Judge Gilbert Goshorn’s skill tracking test, and by DNA (twice). Many Preston convictions remain intact, because the FBI was directly involved with Preston in Linroy Bottoson’s prosecution in neighboring Orange County, and doesn’t want the world to know.
Was the Pentagon aware of Brevard’s conviction corruption when it participated in surveillance games there earlier in the century? Probably. The Department of Justice is aware that the FBI is burying “scent evidence” conviction corruption concerning Preston and other DNA-disgraced dog handlers. They’re particularly aware of Brevard’s use of Preston, because I never shut up about it.
If you doubt that the DoJ is very much dedicated to keeping Brevard’s wrongful convictions intact so that the FBI can save face on yet another forensics scandal, please read the DoJ press release (below the ACLU release), updated yesterday, extolling the FDLE’s role in securing one (1) guilty plea from a Brevard sexual predator.
Sheriff Ivey campaigned for Donald Trump in uniform. It should be against the law, but it isn’t. Ivey has met with Trump since his inauguration for purposes of creating new powers for police, as if they didn’t already have enough powers to abuse.
Ivey knows about the Preston frame-ups. Ask him, and he’ll tell you that everyone that should be freed has already been freed, which couldn’t be a bigger lie. I know this because I asked him. You can get a good idea of the content of Ivey’s character by looking at the feeble Brevard cold homicide webpage, which disrespects the dead by failing to provide enough information for anyone to supply new tips. They didn’t even bother to find photos of all the victims.
If you go to Melbourne today, be extremely careful. I’ve lived in many places – five state’s worth – and despite living in Detroit for many years, never lived anywhere where public servants found it so easy to be hard, easy to be cold. And these ice-cold public servants have friends in the DoJ, FBI, Pentagon and White House.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MELBOURNE, FL – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida Brevard Chapter announced today that, based on ACLU recommendations, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has revised its police surveillance policies to ban officers from monitoring constitutionally protected First Amendment activities, including the right to peacefully protest government policies.
Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker, the county’s top law enforcement official, has also agreed to develop a training program for deputies in conjunction with the ACLU to explain and implement the new policy, said the ACLU.
“Hopefully this will prevent a recurrence of the types of political surveillance practices that we’ve seen in the past where Brevard County officers spent taxpayer dollars monitoring the activities of peace activists who did nothing more than criticize government officials,” said ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon, who will be participating in the officer training program.
In June, the ACLU called on Sheriff Parker to revamp portions of the criminal intelligence guidelines outlined in Brevard Sheriff General Order 500.69, which were enacted by Parker’s predecessor, Phil Williams. The ACLU recommended implementing standards for criminal intelligence gathering to ensure that only criminal intelligence information – and not political associational information – is collected.
Some of the ACLU recommendations that were adopted by Sheriff Parker include:
- Events may only be monitored if there is an “identified credible potential threat for violence.”
- If members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office respond to a protest after identifying a potential threat of violence, and no illegal activity occurs, then no identifiable information relating to the participants in the protest activity will be noted in any police reports.
- Officers will avoid indiscriminate collection of information on protesters regardless of their affiliations, and will require authorization from senior command staff prior to any monitoring.
“After a welcomed and positive dialogue with the sheriff, we now have a policy that should protect the rights of all Brevard residents to peaceably assemble without fear that their activities will land them with a police file,” said ACLU Brevard Chapter President Glenn Pinfield. “We look forward to working with the sheriff’s office on a training program to ensure that deputies perform their law enforcement duties consistent with the new policy.”
The new guidelines stem from an investigation that began after officers photographed and gathered information on a group of people participating in a counter-inaugural demonstration at the Melbourne City Hall in January 2005.
The ACLU and the demonstrators filed a series of public records requests after the incident, which resulted in the release of more than 600 pages of documents showing a pattern since 9/11 of police surveillance of Brevard residents who engage in lawful First Amendment activity. The ACLU has referred to the documents as “spy files.”
The newly amended policy is available at: http://www.aclufl.org/issues/free_speech/500.69CriminalIntelligenceOperations.doc
Brevard County Resident Sentenced To Thirty Years In Prison For Production Of Child Pornography
Hall pleaded guilty on December 1, 2016.
“Child pornography is an atrocious crime because each movie or photograph represents a child who has been sexually abused,” said FDLE Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks. “FDLE will continue to aggressively investigate anyone who preys on our children.”