In the first tweet, below, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is in the news about K-9’s, for all the wrong reasons.
Before he was Brevard’s Sheriff, Ivey was assigned to Brevard by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was his job to make sure that Brevard law enforcement played by the rules.
Ivey didn’t do his job then, and he isn’t doing his job now, and innocents continue to pay for his willingness to ignore his sworn and fiduciary responsibilities with their freedoms.
Ivey loves publicity. He could earn it legitimately by encouraging 18th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Phil Archer – via the media – to open a Conviction Integrity Unit to review the dozens of local cases where local prosecutors had ignored the fact that unique human scent has been proven over and over again to NOT be a legitimate forensic tool, dating back to at least July of 1982 (Sutton V Rowland).
But Ivey prefers to earn publicity illegitimately – the same way he prefers to earn his paychecks from the public.
Floridians are due a refund of those paychecks. In full. And then some.
Exonerees Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon can well explain why: they spent a collective 54+ years behind bars for other men’s crimes because of dog handler John Preston’s perjuries, and they know that many, many others are still trapped, because Ivey pursues photo ops here, there and everywhere (especially with President Trump), instead of doing his damn job.
All it would take is one prominent person to stand up and say “enough.” One that is willing to document how anti-public public servants like Ivey continue to thrive in the cesspools of injustice and misery they’ve created because the FBI used many DNA-discredited dog handlers nationwide and the Department of Justice isn’t forcing them to come clean, and civil rights organizations and innocence organizations aren’t calling out either the FBI or the DoJ.
I am not a prominent person. I am a persistent person. I have been hammering at public servants over dog handler frame-ups since 2004. I pestered Governor Jeb Bush then, I’m pestering Governor Ron DeSantis now, and I’ve pestered those in between – Charlie Crist and Rick Scott – as well as outlier Bob Graham, who pretended to investigate dog handlers back in the 1980’s, but didn’t. I’ve also pestered Bar associations, innocence organizations, rights organizations and the mainstream media. And presidents.
One president in particular gave me reason to believe that justice would become available, smack dab on the heels of charges being dropped in Brevard against William Dillon in December of 2008. That president had run on a platform of hope. And change. We should have had him put it in writing, in the form of an IOU. Because he didn’t deliver during his two terms. He now has a foundation, which bills itself as follows on Twitter: “Our mission is to inspire people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together.” Yeah. Right.
My blog posts provide a ever-lengthening list of Who’s Who in Prominent People Who Won’t do What They’re Paid To. It may sound like a book title, but it isn’t. It’s a death sentence, under Color of Law, for non-prominent people who are serving other people’s time.