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My dilemma today is, do I put the comic relief at the front, or at the end? Today, it’s at both ends, and in the middle, too, if you have a warped sense of humor :-).
Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry replied to yesterday’s going off the reservation in Key West, and other starry, starry night enterprises post at www.goodmorningkeywest.com:
Sloan: you have a lot in this narrative—and I am doing CME continuing Mandatory
education –today— plus going swimming –plus adding some critical info to the
epilogues of my book–(-the main body at the Publishers of the book–not mine)
Thanks for the compliment –I am not certain I am deserving of it…..however you seem pretty sharp to me.
Wisdom after 7 marriages –maybe just a relationship with a woman –unhooked—-mild one if that is conceivable…..but they take a huge amount of psyche energy and all other energies as well—care must be exercised—-I probably won’t get to read the full compliment of this blog until the wee hours of the AM —–a frenetic day —hang in there I think you do quite well —way better than most 72 year olds
just be careful —–7 marriages would have worn me down to a fine point—-best regards —Jerry
you have stamina !!! truly !!!
I did a little “creative writing” for part of today’s post – “science fiction”.
The women I was with got heavy doses of Sloan and Bashinsky family karma, and as time passed and the angels started playing with me, which was a few months before I met wife #3 in September 1987, the women additionally had to put up with angels messing with me and with them also. It was not exactly sublime, although there were moments, relatively brief in the bigger scheme, which were not of this world wonderful.
Jerry wrote back:
I am quite certain I know what you are describing —-
I have had some twisted convoluted episodes with the female gender;
it is my opinion they are fundamentally different —in most ways—
like protons and electrons –distinctly different—sometimes hard to figure out —even impossible; Yes, sometimes wonderful !!
best wishes —Jerry
I finally concluded women and men are two entirely different species, fully dependent on each other for existence and continuation, as species – what a sense of humor God and Mother nature have :-).
Moving further backward,
I learned yesterday that my 88-year-old amiga, who had a big tree limb fall on her head near the Monroe County Senior Center in Key West a couple of months ago, had a much bigger sky-falling the other day. Her son’s fiance shot and killed him and his son, and now is locked up in a state correctional facility charged with two counts of second degree murder. Upon hearing this news yesterday, I asked the newsbearer: What is wrong with this world? Unbelievable!
Perhaps that sets the stage for the new macabre Charles Eimers murder by Key West police officers article in today’s Friday online edition of Key West the Newspaper - www.thebluepaper.com.
Here’s the teaser to the first of the blue paper articles, followed by reader comments so far, followed by the Key West Citizen article on same topic. Then comes the teaser to the second blue paper article, and its reader comments, so far, followed by the Key West Citizen article on same topic.
Issue #89 – Friday, November 21, 2014
* FEATURED STORY *
“Once we had the phone number,” says Darren Horan, it took less than 48 hours to get a copy.” He is one of the five lawyers representing Charles Eimers’ family in a suit against the City of Key West and 13 police officers who were involved in the fatal arrest of the 61-year-old tourist, Charles Eimers, last Thanksgiving.
On November 28, 2013, while KWPD officers were busy arresting Eimers on South Beach, a couple from Columbia was filming the incident with their iphones. Nearly a year ago the first bystander video went viral and shattered the initial official police version of events describing an old man running away from police on the beach and collapsing due to a sudden heart attack. But in that video, aside from the controversy it raised about police action, there was one nagging detail: an unknown man was shown also filming the incident. But no one could ID that second tourist. […full article]
7 COMMENTS ON “EIMERS DEATH-IN-CUSTODY UPDATE: MISSING VIDEO SURFACES”
Here is the Citizen article:
Friday, November 21, 2014
Second video of Eimers arrest surfaces
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
A six-minute video of Key West police arresting Charles Eimers last Thanksgiving taken by an unidentified visitor to Key West was released by the Eimers family lawyers Thursday.
The video wasn’t discovered by either the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or Key West police during their respective investigations of officer conduct during the arrest – which ended with Eimers on life support at a local hospital.
Eimers, 61, of Michigan, died six days later at the hospital. Police brass didn’t know of the death until days later, due to a detective’s failure to keep up on the patient who remained a suspect.
Clearly shot with a handheld device, the video has close-ups that include Eimers’ face coated in sand from being held facedown on South Beach by at least four police officers.
The Eimers family’s lawyers say their discovery of the bystander’s video shows police did a shoddy investigation of the case.
A grand jury cleared all 13 Key West police officers named in a wrongful death lawsuit the Eimers family filed April 11, but that federal case remains. A trial date is set for April 6, 2015.
Today, attorney Darren Horan will take depositions from Police Chief Donie Lee, Sgt. Joe Trippe and Officer Kathyann Wanciak at the firm’s Whitehead Street office.
Also today, Horan said he will argue in federal court that the name of the person who shot the video doesn’t need to be made part of the public record.
“We’re protecting them,” Horan said, referring to whomever took the video of Eimers’ arrest and saved it for a year. “This video did not exist in anyone’s files, FDLE or the Key West police. We had to go find it.”
Horan’s firm released the video to reporters Thursday, saying the police and FDLE had already received copies.
The video is so tight on the beach scene that it shows the decorative flames painted on the sides of Eimers’ silver PT Cruiser.
Eimers was driving the Cruiser through New Town at about 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 2013, when he zoomed around a police car by way of a left-turn only lane at the traffic light at Kennedy Drive and North Roosevelt Boulevard.
That is documented on the officer’s dashboard camera, which shows the traffic stop in which Eimers drove off midway through the encounter. He then led police on a slow-speed chase through Old Town, running out of pavement where Duval Street meets the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.
Eimers surrendered to police by raising his hands and dropping to his knees, according to another bystander’s video which was recovered by police.
That video, though, is shot from a distance and Eimers’ body quickly becomes blocked by several police officers who went to restrain him.
Eimers stopped breathing at one point and officers used life-saving equipment while waiting for paramedics, who said they arrived to find a man without a pulse on the beach.
Eimers was revived at Lower Keys Medical Center, where six days later his family authorized staff to remove him from life support.
Eimers was a retired General Motors worker who had arrived in Key West on Thanksgiving looking for respite, his family said.
Officer Gary Celcer, who pulled Eimers over for the illegal lane change, described the retiree’s car as being filled with belongings to the point where it appeared he was living out of it.
On Celcer’s dashboard camera video, Eimers can be heard saying he is “working for the god almighty,” the grand jury quoted in its report.
** BREAKING NEWS **
The Blue Paper reported last week that Agent Kathy Smith and her ex-husband Scott Smith [at the time a Police Captain employed by KWPD] appeared to have signed a false affidavitassociated with an advantageous mortgage. They borrowed $ 461,500 on a house they had purchased in 2004 for $ 132,500. The home is now in foreclosure. In the affidavit the Smiths swore to the lender that they had been “continuously married” even though they had divorced four months previous.
Special Agent Kathy Smith was the lead investigator in the death of Charles Eimers. FDLE’s failure to secure Eimers’ body for autopsy, to return calls to witnesses volunteering information and to collect and protect crucial evidence, made the investigation ever more controversial. […full article]
ONE COMMENT ON “KATHY SMITH, FDLE’S LEAD INVESTIGATOR IN CHARLES EIMERS CASE, PUT ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE”
Cathy Smith’s husband, Scott Smith, father of their children, was the Eimers case cops’ supervisor. FDLE regulations prohibit its agents from participating in investigations involving their relatives, friends and close relationships. FDLE was called on that by the blue paper and the Horan law firm during the course of Kathy Smith’s FDLE investigation of the Eimers case, and FDLE blew off the challenge.
Today’s Citizen article on Kathy Smith being put on administrative leave.
Friday, November 21, 2014
FDLE agent placed on paid leave
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
Kathy Smith, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigator who led the state’s probe into the 2013 death of Charles Eimers, was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday pending an inquiry into mortgage fraud allegations.
Smith, who earns an annual salary of $93,624 and was hired by FDLE on Aug. 30, 1991, is under review by her employer over a county affidavit with her signature swearing that on March 10, 2010, she was married to Scott Smith, a longtime Key West police officer who recently went to work for the public defender.
The Smiths were divorced Nov. 10, 2009, according to a court order signed by then-Circuit Court Judge Tegan Slaton.
“She is under investigation for allegations of mortgage fraud,” said FDLE spokeswoman Samantha Andrews from the agency’s Tallahassee office. “This is in line with agency policies and procedures. Until we’ve concluded the investigation, there isn’t much more we can provide right now.”
Scott Smith’s signature appears beneath his former wife’s on the 2010 document.
Kathy Smith oversaw the state’s review into a police custody-related death that began with a Thanksgiving morning arrest of an unarmed man who drove through a traffic stop and led officers on a slow-speed chase through Old town.
Eimers, 61, of Michigan died Dec. 4, six days after a band of Key West police officers held him facedown on South Beach, where Duval Street ends.
A grand jury cleared all 13 officers named in the suit after hearing the medical examiner describe Eimers as so ill he could have died in his sleep.
But the federal lawsuit persists with a trial date of April 6, 2015.
State laws hold that perjury when “not in an official proceeding” is a first-degree misdemeanor, while making false official statements is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Prosecution of a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida must commence between two years of the crime, one year for a second-degree misdemeanor.
Copies of the affidavit and the dissolution of marriage judgment were pulled from the court by attorneys hired by the Eimers family, which is suing the city for wrongful death, and released to various news outlets.
Since they filed suit against the city April 11, the Eimers family’s lawyers have argued that Kathy Smith couldn’t deliver a truly objective determination on Key West police officers’ conduct that day.
FDLE responded to the lawyers’ request for a different lead investigator by saying checks and balances are in place to ensure impartiality.
“You have someone paid to enforce the law and they’re breaking the law,” said attorney Darren Horan, who said the team of law firms working for the Eimers family found the document during their investigation.
“We were looking into the fact of the close relationship between FDLE and the Key West police department,” Horan said. “We did our investigation just like anyone else should have and came across this tidbit of information that further showed us there was a closer relationship between FDLE and Key West P.D. then there should have been.”
“The marriage between the parties is inheritability broke,” the judgement reads. “Therefore, the marriage between the parties is dissolved, and the parties are restored to the status of being single.”
Kathy Smith and Scott Smith’s signatures, however, appear on a “continuous marriage affidavit” filed with the Monroe County clerk four months after the divorce became final.
Kathy Smith and Scott Smith did not return phone messages for this story.
The rest of the comic relief today is two Facebook threads on global warming:
It’s 65 degrees in Key West, I’m wearing jeans and Flip Flops and I’m Freezin !