Key West barracuda school and related rude wild blue yonder spiritual and political awakenings in the Charles Eimers death in “paradise” case, the mayor’s race, and elswhere

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From John Donnelly of Key Largo late last night:

John Donnelly

Sloan,

These are the last two comments posted, regarding my column in this week’s ‘Blue Paper’.

My comment is awaiting moderation.

Sincerely,
John

desertcogo
July 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm
Just thought everyone should know something I experienced this morning. I thought I was placing a post on the “Craig Cates For Mayor” Facebook site. My post consisted of my disappointment with our Mayor and Commissioners on their inaction on the Charles Eimers murder at the hands of KWPD. Not only was my post not shown after finishing but I am now not able to make any posts to this site. Obviously “his highness” will only allow back-slapping posts from his “bubba system” friends saying what a great guy he is. Is this really someone you want as Mayor of this island?
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John Donnelly
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July 12, 2014 at 2:17 am

I value and appreciate the comments made by ‘Posters’. Thank you very much. JOHNALLKEY@AOL.COM, I sincerely appreciate your kind words…..

Addressing DESERTCOGO’s post, it’s dangerous and disturbing that the Mayor has used the power of his office to censor and punish you for exercising your 1st Amendment Rights.

Petitioning the government to redress the harm, injury and loss of life resultant from the actions of their agents, must never be ignored, silenced or politicized.

DESERTCOGO, please maintain a journal that keeps a record of all transactions with the Mayor’s Office. Retain copies of all communiqués and documents when dealing with them.

If the trajectory of the Eimers’ proceedings are not dramatically altered, they will unravel. State Attorney Catherine Vogel has a duty to intervene. Fellow State Attorneys throughout Florida have not hesitated to conduct their own investigations when faced with similar circumstances.

The citizens of the 16th Judicial Circuit need a State Attorney who will immediately assume a leadership role and lend some clarity, credibility and integrity to the investigative process. If this is not done, Ms. Vogel’s inaction will leave an indelible ‘black mark’ on the City of Key West.

As individuals and outside agencies get their hands on all of the information surrounding the Eimers’ killing, those who were involved in stonewalling and whitewashing this tragedy, will be severely punished. Their consequences will cause them to suffer.

Please keep your records intact. They will be valuable, as those having any culpability in a ‘cover- up’ will be exposed and held accountable….. An analysis is engaged even now…..

I replied to John:

Good morning, John. You have been used by the angels to stir up a shit storm on top of the shit storm you stirred with your blue paper article and the ensuing reader comments. Am putting the “finishing touches” on something and will submit it as a comment to your blue paper article. Muchas gracias to you, I suppose, and to Alicia Fernandez, too. That will make more sense when you read my comment. Ciao maim, Sloan

Here is John’s article, followed by the reader comments, including his above and mine made this morning.

INVALID INVESTIGATION–DERIDES & MOCKS THE DEATH OF AN INNOCENT MAN…

Issue 48 investigation for web

An innocent man was killed while in the custody of the Key West Police Department. This disabled 61 year-old met his fate at the hands of police officers, as he laid down on the ground before them. This defenseless and helpless citizen  appeared compliant to all commands that were directed at him.

An onslaught of aggression was executed upon Mr. Eimers. He was face down in a prone position, with his arms extended above his head. He did not pose a threat to anyone.

The violent force exerted on him to effect an arrest, was not commensurate with the submissive actions demonstrated by the decedent.

Placing their lives on the line every day to protect and serve our community, law-enforcement is a noble profession. Split-second, life or death decisions are required of them each day. When needed, we value and applaud those who have chosen such a career. On the fateful day in question, their state of mind remains a conundrum.

Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed police misconduct on more than one occasion, which resulted in the loss of life and a subsequent cover-up, to conceal crimes. These heavily armed organizations are capable of malfeasant and murderous actions.

It appears that the conduct of some police officers arresting Mr. Eimers were the source of his death. In one sense, this obedient and compliant individual may have had the life beaten out of him.

Credible evidence indicates that immediately following the death of this elderly man, as he laid lifeless at the feet of his executioners, some police officers allegedly misinformed the responding EMT’s, as to the factual details that caused the subject’s fatal injuries.

Misrepresenting these details and the manner in which Mr. Eimers acquired his injuries, to the arriving paramedics may have cost him his life. Such behavior is a serious breach of the public trust and may constitute a crime.

An independent investigation revealed that rather than gathering witnesses and collecting statements capable of establishing a basis of fact, which described the tragedy that had just occurred, it appears that the Key West Police Department did their best to chase and scatter away all observers to the their actions.

In addition, apparently there was a cadre of vacationing New York City police officers having something to eat, as this incident unfolded before them. It’s suggested that argumentative words were exchanged between this group  and the KWPD. It appears that this visiting group vociferously voiced their disapproval of the tactics   employed by the arresting officers. It’s my understanding the FDLE and the KWPD did not take any statements, nor record any data attesting to the identity of any witnesses to the event that had just killed an innocent man in their custody.

A subsequent independent investigation suggests that two KWPD officers may have returned to the scene of this fatality, in an effort to silence all employees who witnessed this tragic incident. A witness to this fear tactic, stated that one of the individuals appeared to pose as an FDLE agent. As chronicled by some other witnesses, these alleged investigators utilized veiled threats to invoke the censorship they desired.

It’s apparent from the start that the relationship formed between the KWPD and the FDLE, based upon their own guidelines, protocols, policies and common sense; violated the basic tenets required of any credible and reliable examination of the facts.

According to the findings of an independent examination, Carol Frederick (FDLE Supervisor) of the Eimers’ killing, was contacted by an eyewitness who works for the U.S. District Court system in Maryland via voicemail on January 30, 2014. This woman possessed a plethora of relevant information related to the immediate events surrounding the police action that caused an in-custody fatality.

Evidence suggests that this voicemail was ignored by Ms. Frederick. She apparently refused to review or record this pertinent testimony. This primary sourced evidence was not made a part of the investigation . Along with all the witness statements that were not gathered, this critical evidence  was not available to the medical examiner. Apparently, this information will not be included in the findings presented to the ‘grand jury’.

FDLE violated three policies contained within their own Investigative Code of Conduct. Kathy Smith (FDLE ), the ex-wife and mother of Capt. Smith’s child, violated all investigative doctrines when she assumed the duties to examine Mr. Eimers’ death. Her former husband (Capt. Smith) is a Commanding Officer in the KWPD. All of the police officers under scrutiny in the aforementioned killing are linked to Capt. Smith.

As it appears, the questionable conduct and poor judgment exhibited from the start, and throughout the FDLE investigation, constitutes a brazen disregard of jurisprudence. The apparent negligence and neglect in this matter, invalidates their investigation. As such, it cannot be proffered before a ‘grand jury’. To fraudulently proceed with a document that maligns the integrity of the court, would constitute a serious crime.

Reviewing the data secured thus far, it suggests that either the KWPD and the FDLE are attempting to intentionally mislead or they have been grossly negligent.

State Attorney Catherine Vogel, if you do not stop this deception dead in its tracks and immediately initiate an independent investigation, the rats will abandon ship as you take her down to the bottom. This is not solely a Key West issue. Renowned individuals and reputable institutions world-wide are waiting to call in the cavalry, if there are any appearances of impropriety. I believe that you’re underestimating the ubiquitous nature of the depraved indifference, projected by this tragedy.

The Mayor, City Commissioners and Chief Lee have a problem on their hands. A pattern of behavior that appears to be dangerous and reckless (actions that have injured or killed) has been exhibited by their police department. These public officials have not shown any interest in taking a detailed examination of the events that resulted in the Eimers’ killing. This innocent man’s life was taken for ‘no just cause’.

It’s unfortunate that so many individuals appear willing to destroy their careers, reputations and finances, because they are unable or unwilling to professionally adhere to their oaths and codes of conduct. They prefer to roll the dice, rather than lead through the force and might of the character.

A ‘cover-up’ runs long, hard and deep. It exacts a heavy toll on all involved, never relinquishing its maddening grasp on all participants. Relentlessly squeezing the very essence of life from one’s existence.

Denying an American their right to live is a serious crime. Federal and State Prisons host such violators. As the plot thickens, the web of culpability will increase. As the noose tightens around the necks of some, they will squeal.

Madam State Attorney, please head off the discernible harm that will be resultant by your inaction. Enduring the toxicity of recurrent themes and speculation originating from a below par investigation, will serve to satisfy no one, while disrupting all.

Initiating a proactive stance in light of the facts that have been presented, is the right thing to do. Catherine, please do not squander this opportunity to rise and shine for the sake of your community. Assuming a leadership role now, will birth a reconciliation and healing that will be forever remembered and appreciated.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

John Donnelly

John Donnelly, a resident of Key Largo was born, raised and went to high school in the South Bronx. Upon graduation he was awarded several scholarships to college.  He chose to enlist in the United Sates Marine Corps. While serving in Vietnam John was wounded in action. He received two meritorious promotions, one during combat. Upon discharge and return to America, John had a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life. He found himself homeless for the next 4 years. As he worked out some troublesome concerns, he began to yearn to make some sense of his experiences via education. He sought and received his GI Bill benefits. He applied and was admitted to New York University. He later transfered to the University of Miami where he graduated on the President’s Honor Roll. John secured a teaching position at a Maximum Security Prison Facility for criminally insane adolescents. While working there he earned a Master of Science degree from Florida International University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude.  More…

 
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3 COMMENTS ON “INVALID INVESTIGATION–DERIDES & MOCKS THE DEATH OF AN INNOCENT MAN…”

  1. It’s become apparent by now that FDLE exists solely for the purpose of covering for any wrongdoing by police departments in this state. The entire Eimers investigation or lack thereof is the status quo for FDLE. It really pisses me off if taxpayer money funds FDLE because they definitely do not serve the public in this state. If there is not an investigation into this entire sordid mess we need to step up and demand one. We should have the balls to stand up to the KWPD and FDLE to hold peaceful demonstrations until something is done. It’s apparent our worthless Mayor and Commissioners aren’t going to do anything. The only way things will change is if we care enough to do something.

  2. Catherine Vogel MUST step up to the plate. She is the only one left at this level who can find out the truth and let the chips fall from the top down. Citizens should not have to fear their supposed protectors.
    The two officers who revisited the employees to stifle them should be charged and fired. Thank you John Donnelly.
    Please Catherine. This why I voted and campaigned for you.

  3. Just thought everyone should know something I experienced this morning. I thought I was placing a post on the “Craig Cates For Mayor” Facebook site. My post consisted of my disappointment with our Mayor and Commissioners on their inaction on the Charles Eimers murder at the hands of KWPD. Not only was my post not shown after finishing but I am now not able to make any posts to this site. Obviously “his highness” will only allow back-slapping posts from his “bubba system” friends saying what a great guy he is. Is this really someone you want as Mayor of this island?

    John Donnelly
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    July 12, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I value and appreciate the comments made by ‘Posters’. Thank you very much. JOHNALLKEY@AOL.COM, I sincerely appreciate your kind words…..

    Addressing DESERTCOGO’s post, it’s dangerous and disturbing that the Mayor has used the power of his office to censor and punish you for exercising your 1st Amendment Rights.

    Petitioning the government to redress the harm, injury and loss of life resultant from the actions of their agents, must never be ignored, silenced or politicized.

    DESERTCOGO, please maintain a journal that keeps a record of all transactions with the Mayor’s Office. Retain copies of all communiqués and documents when dealing with them.

    If the trajectory of the Eimers’ proceedings are not dramatically altered, they will unravel. State Attorney Catherine Vogel has a duty to intervene. Fellow State Attorneys throughout Florida have not hesitated to conduct their own investigations when faced with similar circumstances.

    The citizens of the 16th Judicial Circuit need a State Attorney who will immediately assume a leadership role and lend some clarity, credibility and integrity to the investigative process. If this is not done, Ms. Vogel’s inaction will leave an indelible ‘black mark’ on the City of Key West.

    As individuals and outside agencies get their hands on all of the information surrounding the Eimers’ killing, those who were involved in stonewalling and whitewashing this tragedy, will be severely punished. Their consequences will cause them to suffer.

    Please keep your records intact. They will be valuable, as those having any culpability in a ‘cover- up’ will be exposed and held accountable….. An analysis is engaged even now…..

  4. My comment below is based on the John Donnelly’s article, 3 reader comments, 2 from Desertcogo, 1 from John Allkey, and an as yet uncleared from moderation comment from John Donnelly, which he sent to me by email late last night, but I did not see it until early today.

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    Because I am one of the three Key West mayor candidates. I have a “conflict of interest” in responding to anything about Mayor Cates above. However, it is a matter of public record during a City Commission meeting, that I told the mayor and city commissioners that Charles Eimers’ died because their police thought he was homeless, and because they had instructed their police to be as rough on homeless people as possible, to try to get them to leave Key West and the Florida Keys; and since none of them (the mayor and commissioners) had expressed any public remorse nor made any public apology to the Eimers family for what their police did to Charles Eimers, they (the mayor and commissioners) all should resign.

    I am hardly surprised Mayor Cates, whom I know personally, and his wife Cheryl, too, did not leave that criticism up on Craig Cates for Mayor Facebook page. I have observed over and over that Mayor Cates focuses on where he feels he has done a good job and avoids anything contrary to that image. I have observed Mayor Cates spins situations to his image’s advantage. I know his wife has a great deal to do with that, although he would do it in any event.

    All of you in this conversation appear to me to be naive about this entire said affair. As if you have been woken up out of a peaceful slumber to learn all is not as you had thought it should be. What happened to Charles Eimers was inevitable for anyone actually in touch with the pulse of Key West and its City Commission and their police. A time bomb was ticking, and it went off last Thanksgiving Day.

    Likewise, were you naive about the KWPD, FDLE and Catherine Vogel. While I hope Vogel surprises me, before the Eimers event, my impression of her, based on careful observation of her at candidate forums and my unsuccessful attempts to personally engage her in substantive discussion about very serious Key West matters, was Vogel is self-centered, egotistical, political, gamy, childish and a lightweight.

    I used to practice law in Alabama. I had dealings with first-class district attorneys (same as state attorney in Florida), judges and criminal defense lawyers. Vogel did not impress me as anywhere close to their league. I seriously doubt she is swayed in the Eimers case by any reader comments in the blue paper, nor by anything the blue paper publishes on its own. In my opinion, Vogel is swayed by what she views as best for Vogel. In those respects, Vogel is like Mayor Cates, KWPD and FDLE.

    In my old age, I’m headed toward 72 in October, I have evolved, or devolved, to just taking on what is in front of me, without any thought that it will make any difference. The whole point is how I engage life’s servings. The outcome is not my responsibility. I expect poor outcomes and am happy when good outcomes occur – poor and good in my view. That does not mean I do not do my best in what I engage. It simply means I don’t hang my very existence on the outcome. Life has taught me to accept it in that way.

    This is the second time I have seen a blue paper reader suggestion for a protest in Key West. The first suggestion maybe three weeks ago, banged me for not leading a peace protest at City Hall, since I was a mayor candidate. I chuckled. Where was my critic when I was asking past mayors and city commissioners to tell their police to stop being so rough on homeless people? Where was my critic when I was telling Mayor Cates and the current city commissioners to stop being so rough on homeless people? Telling them in city commission meetings. Telling them in posts at http://www.goodmorningkeywest.com. Telling them one on one.

    I chuckled further, because my critic used a pen name in the blue paper comment criticizing me. I took that critic to task for hiding behind a pen name in the blue paper, and I took other pen name users in the blue paper to task. I asked why my critic had not started a peace protest him/herself, if s/he felt that was so important? I asked if my critic didn’t want his/her face and name on the peace protest? I asked if s/he feared retaliation? I chuckled, because I put my name and face on everything I do and say politically and otherwise. I paint bulls-eyes on my front and back daily. As does John Donnelly.

    Back to Mayor Cates and his image, I learned in a KONK Life email BLAST yesterday –http://www.konknet.com – that a 2-hour mayor candidate forum hosted by the golf course community on Stock Island had been reduced from 3 to 2 candidates, because Mayor Cates had a prior commitment. It struck me as off the reservation bizarre that the forum host had not already informed me that Mayor Cates would not be there. I wondered if Mayor Cates really had a prior commitment? I wondered if he simply did not wish to be sandwiched between two barracudas, Margartet Romero and me, in a hostile forum. Mayor Cates has pushed to put the city’s new homeless shelter next to their golf course, and that has enraged them.

    That led to me pondering a mayor candidate debate I had agreed to participate in on Pirate Radio in Key West. Margaret Romero also had agreed to participate. All left was to get a date when Mayor Cates would participate, I was told by the pirates when they interviewed me on Pirate Radio about a month ago. They said they would get back with me soon on the date. They asked my advice for how to structure the debate. The pirates knew I had participated in more candidate forums than anyone in the Florida Keys. To date, the pirates did not get back to me. I wonder if Mayor Cates dodged that debate because he didn’t want to be sandwiched between two barracudas for an hour on a popular Key West radio station?

    There will be other candidate forums the mayor candidates will attend, but those forums’ formats will not allow for the intense and long examination of the candidates, which the golf course forum and the Pirate Radio debate would have provided. The other candidate forums can be likened to tea parties, and the golf course and Pirate Radio forums to Star Chamber Proceedings.

    Back to the Charles Eimers case. Just yesterday I finally got Naja Girard to tell me that she had removed the Spanish woman’s voice from the first version of the bystander’s video, which the blue paper first published when it broke the Eimers case. Naja said the copy of that video, which she gave to the Eimers’ lawyers, did have the Spanish woman’s voice in it.

    After listening to the second and somewhat longer version of the same video, and hearing the Spanish woman’s voice, I had a big fight with Naja at her home about her and Arnaud not getting that Spanish woman’s voice interpreted by a Spanish person. Finally, Alicia Fernandez, a friend of John Donnelly, sent me something awful on which she was working, and I sent her the blue paper’s longer Eimers video link and asked if she could interpret what the Spanish woman says in that video? Here’s what Alicia wrote back, which I published the other day at http://www.goodmorninngkeywest.com.

    “Sloan,
    It sounds like the woman in the video is saying: ” Oh God, look at all the police, look at all the patrol units; they won’t let him….”. It ends right there.
    With thanks,
    Alicia”

    I sent Alicia’s to Naja.

    Naja wrote this to me yesterday, after I would not stop bugging her about the first video not having the Spanish woman’s voice and the second video having it:

    “Arnaud couldn’t make out what the woman who shot the video was saying – other than oh my god and exclaiming about all the police. The line you put in bold he struggled over – he just wasn’t sure what she was saying. Interesting that your translator says she said ‘they won’t let him’. I find the woman’s voice to be a distraction – I purposefully removed it from the original video posted to youtube. I gave the video to the attorneys, however, with audio intact. She wasn’t close enough at the point where she’s shooting the footage to offer more information than the video itself shows us – so I really don’t place a lot of importance on her commentary Found in the video. I have tried to no avail to contact her to know if she has any more information but the person who gave it to us said she had no contact info and has stopped communicating with me. I believe that person was interviewed by FDLE. Wish the Spanish speaking woman would come forward and there were witnesses in the restaurant who had a much better view and some of them even live here. Wish they would all come forward too. Naja”

    A distraction? Distraction was removing the Spanish woman’s voice from the video the blue paper first published. Distraction is what Mayor Cates and KWPD and FDLE and Catherine Vogel are doing. I will publish all of this today at http://www.goodmorninngkeywest.com. I am beyond stunned that Naja withheld the Spanish woman’s words from the first video, and did not even try to get her words interpreted, and viewed her words as a distraction, not even knowing what the Spanish woman is saying in the video!

    From a metaphysical perspective, that could have queered the entire case. It certainly put an adverse spirit vibration into the case, which then went to work invisibly. The vibration was, “An eyewitness’ spontaneous contemporaneous remarks are a distraction.” The vibration very well could have worked to cause other eye-witnesses to “disappear”, instead of come forward. Other witnesses like the provider of the video, the Spanish woman, the NY police officers. If you think I’m joking, think again.

    I was told in a nap dream three days ago that Naja was playing me. I wrote to her about that, and that I wondered if it was about the Spanish woman’s voice in the video. I kept pushing and finally I got to the bottom of it. If I had that much trouble getting Naja to come clean, what chance do you suppose there is of getting Mayor Cates, KWPD, FDLE and Catherine Vogel to come clean?

    Welcome to barracuda school. Welcome to reality. Welcome to hell. No dang wonder I started getting so sick in my G.I. tract last night. I was moving into this shit storm unawares. The email from John Donnelly late last night, which I only saw this morning, was the lead wind to the shit storm. My bugle wake up call. A war zone fox hole I don’t trust anyone to be in with me, except maybe John Donnelly and Alicia Fernandez.

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Above, in the order of appearance, Charles Eimers, deceased, Craig Cates, Cheryl Cates, Margaret Romero, Catherine Vogel, Naja Girard, Arnaud Girard, and moi.

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