Saturday, March 17, 2007

Of Foxes and Henhouses

This was posted yesterday in comments at Howard Empowered People.

I have just received this message from Florida!
CHARLIE GRAPSKI SUPPORTERS PLEASE TAKE NOTE!

Your recent correspondence to Governor Charlie Crist was forwarded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) Office of Executive Investigations (OEI) for review. In your e-mail, you complained of the manner in which the Alachua Police Department (APD) handled an arrest that Charles Grapski was the subject of. You further requested that this incident be investigated in order to determine if any wrongdoing on the part of APD Chief Jernigan was present.

Upon review of your correspondence, it was determined that your complaint does not appear to contain a criminal predicate that would warrant an investigation by our office. Furthermore, since the Chief of Police is an appointed position within the City of Alachua, it would be the local city government's responsibility to investigate allegations brought forth regarding APD Chief Jernigan. Therefore, your correspondence is being forwarded to Alachua City Manager Clovis Watson for review and any action he deems appropriate. Should you have any questions regarding our review, you may contact our office at (850) 410-8240.

Sincerely,
John Ford
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Office of Executive Investigations


HERE'S MY RESPONSE JUST SENT ~
Dear Mr. Ford,

Considering that Clovis Watson has a known grievance with Mr. Grapski, your action can hardly be deemed useful or appropriate. I am copying my Senator, Patrick Leahy, as well as a reporter of the Gainsville Sun, who has been following the story, on this message.

My confidence in law enforcement in Florida is not only not restored, but is further maligned(sic).

Respectfully,
CC: Sen. Patrick Leahy; Amy Reinink


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