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Night Club, Bars, Night Life. / Rocking R has a new name ?
« on: August 18, 2008, 03:56:03 PM »
So Rockin R got a new name ? and i take it new owners ? So what new things are going on there ?

National Political Opinion / United States of Prescription Pills ?
« on: August 13, 2008, 05:39:10 AM »
You probably never stopped to think if where you live has anything to do with the number of prescription medications you're taking. But if you live in the American South, chances are you take more medications than you would if you lived on the other side of the Mason-Dixon Line.
In fact, when it comes to residents popping the largest numbers of pills, Southern states beat the average by a long shot. States filled an average 11.1 retail prescriptions per capita in 2006, according to the latest figures compiled by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation's and Vector One: National, data provider Verispan's national-level prescription and patient tracking service.
Well above that average is West Virginia, which came in first with 17.2 retail prescriptions filled per capita, followed by Missouri, 15.9; Tennessee, 15.8; Alabama, 15.7; and Kentucky, 15.4.

How much of the truth do you know about the canidate you support for Decision 08' ? Do you know what they really support and what is truth and what is rumor ? Check all your information at
Now why do you support them ? Or why don't you support them ?
[ No stupid answers like race,sex,relgion,etc..etc..]

Religion Opinion / The majority of you will find this interesting.....
« on: January 16, 2008, 08:27:26 AM »
I got this notice from a friend on myspace...I just thought everyone might like to see the protest schedule in case they deceide to come back here to protest...everyone will know in advance i honestly can not stand these people and would love to punch that stupid chick in the face...
I'm just passing along the word

My friend posted a bulletin that the info was false because their permit was denied, however at the time info wasn't false because WBC site didn't have the picket schedule updated. As of now, 5:15 on the 15th...they updated their site. They do still have the 19th up BUT again I was told that one was cancelled. The new date they have up now is...

This Saturday, Jan 26th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Jacksonville, NC Lejeune Blvd & Hargett St.

Those stupid idiots, "Westboro Baptist Church" (see their web site at are planning on picketing at Lejeune. They bring up recently fallen Marine, Maria Lauterbach. Please ALL SURROUNDING AREAS AND LEJEUNE PEOPLE - show your support for Maria and the Marine Corps. We need you here! I plan on contacting the Patriot Guard Riders...and I urge you all to do the same. My friend Jessica had her husband KIA last Feb and those bastards tried to ruin his funneral, the PGR were there to help block them out. Again, please come and show your support for our military, our Marines, those who served and those who still serve, etc!!

Here's the flier...

Here's their picket schedule...

National Political Opinion / Obama wins Iowa
« on: January 04, 2008, 06:05:32 PM »
NBC, MSNBC and news servicesupdated 5:44 a.m. CT, Fri., Jan. 4, 2008       DES MOINES, Iowa - Sen. Barack Obama, bidding to be the first black president in American history, won the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, pushing Sen. Hillary Clinton back to third place in the opening test of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to victory over Mitt Romney. Obama, 46, told a raucous victory rally his triumph showed that in "big cities and small towns, you came together to say, 'We are one nation, we are one people and our time for change has come.'" Story continues below ↓
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Final Democratic returns showed the first-term lawmaker gaining 38 percent support. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina gained second, barely edging out Clinton, the former first lady.Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware dropped out of the Democratic race after poor showings, and Mike Gravel was expected to drop out as well. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson finished well back. With the New Hampshire primary only five days distant, Clinton and Edwards vowed to fight on in the race for the Democratic nomination. "We have always planned to run a national campaign," the former first lady told supporters at a noisy rally attended by her husband and their daughter, Chelsea. "I am so ready for the rest of this campaign, and I am so ready to lead." Edwards, the Democrats' 2004 vice presidential nominee, told The Associated Press in an interview he would distinguish himself from Obama in New Hampshire by arguing that he is the candidate who can deliver the change that voters have shown they want."I'm going to fight for that change," he said by telephone from his hotel room in Iowa. "I've fought for it my entire life." Huckabee outspent in Iowa
Huckabee, a preacher turned politician, handily defeated Romney despite being outspent by millions of dollars and deciding in the campaign's final days to scrap television commercials that would have assailed the former Massachusetts governor.He stressed his religion to the extent of airing a commercial that described himself as a "Christian leader" in his race against a man seeking to become the first Mormon president.
Clinton brushes aside third-place finish
Edwards: Caucuses show voters want change
Romney stumbles despite heavy spending
Giuliani sticks to Florida strategy
Obama, Huckabee revel in caucus victories
Sen. Barack Obama, bidding to become the nation’s first black president, swept to victory in the Iowa caucuses Thursday night over Hillary Clinton and a high-powered Democratic field. Mike Huckabee rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to win the opening round among Republicans in the 2008 campaign for the White House.
Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina appeared headed for second place, relegating Clinton, the former first lady, to a close third.
Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Joseph Biden of Delaware abandoned their bids for the Democratic nomination[/font]Nearly complete returns showed Huckabee with 34 percent support, compared with 25 percent for Romney. Former Sen. Fred Thompson and Sen. John McCain battled for third place, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul wound up fifth and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani sixth. In his victory speech, Huckabee said the result proved that "people are more important than the purse." "A new day is needed in American politics, just like a new day is needed in American government," the former Arkansas governor told cheering supporters. "It starts here, but it doesn't end here."
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Romney sought to frame his defeat as something less than that, saying he had trailed Huckabee by more than 20 points in the polls a few weeks ago. "I've been pleased that I've been able to make up ground, and I intend to keep making up ground, not just here but across the country," he said. The words were brave, but already his strategy of bankrolling a methodical campaign in hopes of winning the first two states was in tatters — and a rejuvenated McCain was tied with him in the polls in next-up New Hampshire. Late Thursday, McCain congratulated Huckabee on his victory. "I look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail, and I know that he'll continue his positive campaign," McCain said at a campaign event in Manchester, N.H. CONTINUED: Record turnout

The Bush MESS all the facts you never wanted to be true

George Bush Should be Impeached
Bush has committed several acts which justify impeachment. 
1. Bush lied to Congress and the American public about the reasons for invading Iraq.
2. Bush conducted illegal wiretaps of American citizens.
3. Bush violated International Law by invading a sovereign country for illegal purposes.
4. Bush violated the Geneva Convention by torturing prisoners of war.
5. Bush held prisoners without formal charges and without legal representation. [1]
6. Bush used government funds for domestic political propaganda. [NYT] [2]
7. The Bush team used uniformed military personnel for Republican party political purposes. [1] [2]
8. Bush was negligent in his slow response to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
9. Bush shows contempt towards our Constitution and our democratic ideals.
Bush Misled America about the Threat from Iraq
If Saddam Hussein was an immediate and serious threat to America, as the White House claimed, then Bush might have been justified in invading Iraq. But it appears that Bush misled the public, the Congress and the UN by consistently overstating the threat from Iraq. By lying to Congress, Bush violated US Laws related to Fraud and False Statements, Title 18, Chapter 47, Section 1001 and Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, Title 18, Chapter 19, Section 371.
• Lie ..1 - Uranium from Niger - Bush said "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." in his State of the Union Address.
• Lie ..2 - Iraq and 9/11 - Bush led people to believe that Iraq was involved with 9/11 by repeatedly linking them in his speaches. This was so effective that at one point 70f Americans actually believed Saddam was behind 9/11. Bush has since admitted that this was not true.
• Lie ..3 - Congress Knew - Bush has stated that Congress had access to all the same information that the White House had. Thus he should not be blamed for making the mistake of going to war. But Bush was briefed many times about the falsehood of various stories and this information never reached Congress. [ZNet]
• Lie ..4 - Aluminum Tubes - Bush, Cheney, Rice and Powell said that aluminum tubes Iraq attempted to buy were intended for use in a uranium centrifuge to create nuclear weapons. These were the only physical evidence he had against Iraq. But it turns out this evidence had been rejected by the Department of Energy and other intelligence agencies long before Bush used them in his speeches. [NYTimes] [MotherJones] [CNN]
• Lie ..5 - Iraq and Al Qaeda - Bush still insists that there was a "relationship" between Iraq and Al Qaeda. But the 9/11 Commission released a report saying, among other things, that there was no "collaborative relationship" between Al Qaeda and Iraq. The nature of the relationship seems to be that Al Qaeda asked for help and Iraq refused. Al Qaeda was opposed to Saddam Hussein because Saddam led a secular government instead of an Islamic government. [ZNet] [CNN]
• Lie ..6 - Weapons of Mass Destruction - Bush insisted that Iraq posessed weapons of mass destruction but his "evidence" consisted mostly of forged documents, plagiarised student papers, and vague satellite photos. The United Nations was on the ground in Iraq and could find nothing. After extensive searches Bush was finally forced to admit that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.
• Lie ..7 - Mobile Weapons Labs - Bush and his team repeatedly claimed that Iraq posessed mobile weapons labs capable of producing anthrax. Colin Powell showed diagrams of them at his speech before the UN to justify invading Iraq. These claims originated from Curveball, a discredited Iraqi informer who fed Bush many of the stories related to WMD. On May 29, 2003, two small trailers matching the description were found in Iraq. A team of bio-weapons experts examined the trailers and concluded they were simply designed to produce hydrogen for weather balloons. But, for over a year, Bush claimed these were part of Iraq's bio-weapons program. The expert's report was suppressed and only recently made public. [WashPost]
• Lie Factory - The Secret Propaganda Team - Bush wanted so much to convince people of the need to invade Iraq that the White House set up a secret team in the Pentagon to create evidence. The Office of Special Plans routinely rewrote the CIA's intelligence estimates on Iraq's weapons programs, removing caveats such as "likely," "probably" and "may" as a way of depicting the country as an imminent threat. They also used unreliable sources to create reports that ultimately proved to be false. [Mother Jones] [New Yorker] [Wikipedia]
• "IraqOnTheRecord" - database of 237 lies by administration officials about Iraq, compiled by Congressman Henry Waxman.
• 'CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES: Misrepresenting the Truth in Order to Sell a War is A High Crime' by Elizabeth de la Vega
• "Ex-CIA official: Bush administration misused Iraq intelligence", statements by Paul R. Pillar, CNN, 2/10/06
• "Bush and Iraq: Mass Media, Mass Ignorance" by Jeff Cohen
• List of Lies and News Links from BuzzFlash
• "Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel" 11/23/05, by Murray Waas
• Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States - Title 18, Chapter 19, Section 371
• Fraud and False Statements - Title 18, Chapter 47, Section 1001
• Disarm Saddam Hussein, the White House's own summary of lies about Iraq.
Bush Conducted Illegal Wiretaps of American Citizens
Bush has admitted to authorizing the NSA, a secretive spy agency, to conduct warrantless wire taps on American citizens. The spying even extends to postal mail. The NSA has also been collecting phone records in an attempt to build a database of every phone call that is made.
Latest News: 8/18/06 - In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled that the wiretaps are unconstitutional.
1. The Bush wiretaps violated US law because he was required to get approval from FISA. He can start a wiretap of a suspected terrorist at any time but must then seek approval to continue within 72 hours.
2. Attorney General Gonzales claims HJR114 gave Bush authority to conduct the wiretaps. But HJR114 only grants use of the "Armed Forces". HJR114 does not explicitly suspend the Constitution. Also HJR114 requires "The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3". Congress was not notified of these wiretaps. [HJR114]
3. Bush may have bypassed FISA because he wanted to listen to and analyze all international signals, not just those of suspected terrorists. He knew this was blatantly illegal so he hid it. Bush says "We use FISA still. But FISAs is for long-term monitoring. What is needed in order to protect the American people is the ability to move quickly to detect." Then later "There is a difference between detecting, so we can prevent, and monitoring. And it's important to note the distinction between the two." The distinction is that "detecting" requires listening to lots of calls with a computer to see if someone says certain keywords like "bomb" in Arabic, or maybe even "impeach Bush" in English. Monitoring is listening to a specific suspected terrorist. The problem with detection is that you have to listen to all calls, including yours and mine. [This NY Times article confirms this interpretation. Also CNN.]
4. More evidence that Bush wants to listen to all signals is in Bob Woodward's book "Bush at War," on page 303. " Bush summarized his strategy: 'Listen to every phone call and close them down and protect the innocents.'" [WaPost]
5. Investigators may have found that Bush applied for an expansion of wiretap capability from FISA, was rejected, and then went ahead and did it anyway. [FindLaw] [FAS]
6. Bush claims going through FISA is too slow but legal emergency wiretaps helped capture terrorist Mosquera.
7. According to a report in USA Today, the NSA is collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans - most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders. The stated goal is to be able to identify who is involved in a network of terrorists. But this same technique can be used to determine who is involved in a network of political activists who might, for example, oppose the Bush administration. Under Section 222 of the Communications Act, first passed in 1934, telephone companies are prohibited from giving out information regarding their customers' calling habits. All of the major telecommunications companies cooperated with this program except for Qwest. Joe Nacchio, CEO of Qwest, was troubled by the fact that there was no FISA approval and that the program was so pervasive.
8. 8/18/06 - In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled that the wiretaps are unconstitutional.
• Transcript of Bush at a Press Conference discussing the wiretaps, 12/19/05 [CNN]
• "An Update on President Bush's NSA Program: The Historical Context, Specter's Recent Bill, and Feingold's Censure Motion", in FindLaw, 3/24/06, by JOHN W. DEAN
• "Bipartisan call for wiretapping probe", 12/21/05 [CNN]
• Oregan court case determines that reasons for FISA approved wiretaps can remain secret. 3/18/03 [CNN]
• US Code Title 50, Chapter 36, Subchapter I, Sec 1805 defining the operation of the FISA Court.
• 'What are the "Inherent" Powers of the President? How the Bush Administration Has Mistaken Default Rules for Exclusive Right' By Michael C. Dorf, Feb. 13, 2006 - analyses legality of wiretaps.
• "Judge Rules Against Wiretaps NSA Program Called Unconstitutional" by Dan Eggen and Dafna Linzer, Washington Post Staff Writers, Friday, August 18, 2006
It is ironic that Bush prevented the FBI and other Investigators from investigating possible terrorist links by the Bin Laden family prior to 9/11.
Impeachment for Violating International Law
George Bush has committed war crimes in violation of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Charter.
Synopsis: Bush attacked Iraq, against the decisions of the United Nations, and thus violated the UN Charter. Planning and committing a war of aggression is a violation of the Nuremberg Charter. According to the US Constitution these international treaties are part of the "supreme Law of the Land". Bush has violated the Nuremberg Charter and the UN Charter and is, therefore, subject to impeachment.
UN & Nuremberg Charters part of "the supreme Law of the Land"
Article VI of the US Constitution states that:
"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land;"
Because Bush violated International Laws that we agreed to by treaty, then he is also violating the supreme Law of the Land which is an impeachable offense. Note that it says "or which shall be made" so treaties signed after the Constitution was adopted are still covered.
Violation of The United Nations Charter
Chapter 1, Article 2 of the UN Charter states:
3.All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
4.All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
Bush lied to the UN and to Congress about the seriousness of the threat from Iraq, and invaded Iraq in defiance of a vote from the UN Security Council. His actions inflamed the Arab world and set a dangerous precedent for any other country that wants to defy the UN and start their own war.
Violation of the Nuremberg Charter
Principle Vl of the Nuremberg Charter states:
The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under; international law:
a. Crimes against peace:
i. Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or
a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
ii .Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment
of any of the acts mentioned under (i).
Bush's invaded a sovereign country that had not threatened the United States and had no ability to do so. Bush had been making plans to invade Iraq even before 9/11.
Argulets and Talking Points
Bush Violated the Geneva Convention by Torturing Prisoners
On 6/22/04 Bush said "We do not condone torture. I have never ordered torture. I will never order torture. The values of this country are such that torture is not a part of our soul and our being." Is that true?
The evidence below shows that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Gonzales are guilty of violating "Federal Torture Act" Title 18 United States Code, Section 113C, the UN Torture Convention and the Geneva Convention by ordering and condoning the use of torture.
1. 1/25/02 - White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales wrote a memo advising the President of "the threat of domestic criminal prosecution under the War Crimes Act," a federal statute, for torturing prisoners. He advised Bush to invent a legal technicality --declaring detainees in the "war on terror" to be outside the Geneva Conventions --which, he said, "substantially reduces" the chance of prosecution. Gonzales was later promoted to US Attorney General. [Nation]
2. 2/7/02 - Bush took Gonzales' advice and signed an order declaring that members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban are not covered by the Geneva Convention. This gave the green light for torture and illegal detainment of prisoners.
3. Bush moves prisoners to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and holds them for years without charges, trials, or access to lawyers. This is ruled illegal by a Federal Judge on Jan 31, 2005.
4. Bush sets up secret prisons run by the CIA in foreign countries to escape US laws against torture. Rice claims European countries supported this plan. [WashingtonPost] [CNN] [FindLaw]
5. 9/26/02 - Canadian Maher Arar was arrested at JFK airport and sent to secret prison in Syria for torture under "extraordinary rendition" program. He was released a year later without charges. He sued the US government but the suit was dismissed by a federal judge David Trager on 2/17/06 citing the need for secrecy. He wrote, "One need not have much imagination to contemplate the negative effect on our relations with Canada if discovery were to proceed in this case and were it to turn out that certain high Canadian officials had, despite public denials, acquiesced in Arar's removal to Syria." Thus the reason for the secrecy is not for national security but simply to avoid embarassing guilty parties in government. This sets a dangerous precedent that may allow Bush to kidnap and torture anyone he pleases. (Search CNN for news of this case and find nothing!) [Wikipedia]
6. Dec '02 - Alberto J. Mora, the general counsel of the United States Navy, tried to halt what he saw as a disastrous and unlawful policy of authorizing cruelty toward terror suspects. His 2004 memo details his unsuccessful struggle with the White House to stop the torture. [NewYorker]
7. 12/31/03 - German national Khaled al-Masri says he was abducted by the CIA arrested in Macedonia and flown to Afghanistan. He was then tortured for five months and released. CIA has admitted making a mistake in this case.
8. April 2004, photos of prisoners being tortured at Abu Ghraib prison make headlines around the world. Low ranking soldiers are convicted of torture charges, falling on their swords for the White House. [Wikipedia] [NewYorker]
9. October 2005, Senator McCain adds an amendment to a defense bill that would outlaw torture by the United States. Bush and Cheney fight this tooth and nail to block this amendment but eventually give in after the McCain amendment is weakened by the Graham-Levin amendment. When Bush signs the bill he adds a signing statement that basically says he can ignore the prohibition against torture under his powers as "unitary executive" and "Commander in Chief ".
10. 6/29/06 - Supreme Court rules in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that the Geneva Convention applies to prisoners at Guantanamo

City Government Opinion / SRPD officer
« on: November 12, 2007, 12:23:12 AM »
I swear this guy looks for me , this is about the third time he has pulled me over in the last six months..he has even admitted that he shouldn't have wrote me a ticket before.. i can't stand him im going to talk to my lawyer about him on tuesday..he has again wrote me another ticket not one, but three..the joy !
And just in case you think there might be another car like mine you just might be wrong, here is my car and it isn't hard to spot !

City Government Opinion / SR police getting sued
« on: September 27, 2007, 05:11:36 AM »
A former Fort Leonard Wood soldier has sued the St. Robert Police Department in federal court, claiming that injuries he suffered at the hands of St. Robert police in the parking lot of a nightclub forced him to retire from the Army on medical grounds and were a violation of his civil rights.

Filed on Sept. 14 by Paul X. Brown, formerly assigned to the Army Chemical School, the lawsuit came to the attention of Springfield media on Thursday. St. Robert City Administrator Norman Herren said Thursday afternoon that he hadn’t seen a copy of the lawsuit and couldn’t comment. Brown’s local attorney, David Steelman in Rolla, did not return a call requesting comment.
St. Robert Police Chief Curtis Curenton, who was not serving as chief at the time of the parking lot altercation in September 2005 and is not named in the lawsuit, said Monday that he’s been advised by legal counsel not to comment on the merits of the case.

However, Curenton said the department’s side of the case hasn’t yet been told.

“I do feel confident that once all the facts are out, the story will be a little bit different than what you might be printing now,” Curenton said.
Curenton, whose father is African-American, said he wasn’t happy about allegations that his department is racially biased. The deparment’s assistant chief is a Hispanic woman; other officers include a second African-American officer and an officer who is part- Native American. Several road officers are also female, he said.

“I think we have the best culturally diverse makeup of any of the departments in Pulaski County,” Curenton said.

According to legal documents filed in Springfield, Brown and his wife are suing former Police Chief William Mitchell and three St. Robert officers, Bryant A. Murphy, Jayme D. Gettis and Chris Young, as well as the police department, the city, and other unnamed officers.
Brown alleges in his lawsuit that after completing a 14-month tour in Iraq, he was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood to attend the Army Chemical School and had been serving 17 years on active duty and in the National Guard. Now medically disabled, he lives in Waynesville.

After visiting a St. Robert nightclub on Sept. 18, 2005, “Brown and other soldiers stationed at Fort Leonard Wood were in the parking lot preparing to return to their base,” according to the lawsuit.

“Brown and other soldiers witnessed Spec. Vanetta Marino in the parking lot near her vehicle. With Marino was Sgt. James Riddick, who was making a pass at Marino and who attempted to grab her and/or get in her car,” according to the lawsuit. “Spec. Michael Kelly, who had witnesses the events in the parking lot, intervened on Marino’s behalf, asking Riddick to leavre. When Riddick once again refused to leave Marino alone, Kelly began to physically remove Riddick away from Marino. Riddick became visibly upset by Kelly’s efforts to remove him from Marino’s presence and was about to hit Kelly when Brown, who also had witnessed what had transpired, intervened by pushing Kelly behind him to prevent Riddick from hitting Kelly. Brown attempted to calm Riddick, telling him he needed to leave and allow Marino to get in her car. Instead of leaving, Riddick repeatedly attempted to come at both Brown and Marino. In an effort to protect himself and Marino from the visibly angry Riddick, Brown grabbed Riddick in the chest area and pushed Riddick away from Brown and Marino.”
That attempt to stop an altercation between a male sergeant and a junior enlisted female attracted police attention. St. Robert’s police officers routinely patrol local nightclubs around closing time to intercept potential drunk drivers and prevent fights, and were patrolling that night.

Brown was grabbed from behind by an unknown officer of the St. Robert Police Department and placed on Marino’s car, according to the lawsuit, where he was prevented by officers from explaining his role in defending Kelly and Marino from Riddick. Officers swore at Brown, threatened to mace him if he kept talking, and he was maced by Sgt. Jayme Gettis (now Lt. Gettis) when Brown “persisted in attempting to explain the situation.”

The mace spray caused Brown to “push up” from the car and he involuntarily covered his face as a reaction to the Mace, Brown claimed in the lawsuit. That led to a serious injury.
“After pushing up from the car, Brown was struck hard by an unknown officer in his upper body, and Murphy swept-kicked him in the back of the knee to tackle him to the ground,” according to the lawsuit. “Brown lost consciousness. Upon information and belief, Brown fell face forward onto the ground because when he regained consciousness, he was face-down on the ground in handcuffs, even though he had done nothing wrong. As Brown was regaining consciousness, the handcuffs were removed from his wrists and he was told by an unknown officer that he should not move because he was hurt and that an ambulance was coming.”

Brown’s lawsuit claims he never resisted the officers and “simply attempted to explain the situation to the officers” in the parking lot. That’s a key point to his lawsuit and the core of his defense against three citations for disturbing the peace by allegedly striking Riddick, failing to comply with law enforcement directions and resisting arrest.

“During the course of the incident at issue, Brown was never told by any of the officers that he was under arrest,” according to the lawsuit. “In fact, when inquiry was made as to Brown’s status as Fort Leonard Wood Hospital prepared to release him for transfer to the University of Missouri Columbia Hospital due to the extent of his injury, Fort Leonard Wood Hospital was advised that Brown had not been detained or arrested by the officers at the scene.”
Injuries sustained by Brown include a dislocated right knee, damage to all four ligaments that stabilize the knee, damage to the artery and nerve that control motion to the front of the foot, and a separate injury to his left arm, according to the lawsuit. Brown’s lawsuit claims that the injuries caused him to seek disability retirement from the Army after only 13 years of active duty, drawing substantially less retirement pay than he would have received if he had retired after the standard 20 years of service.

The lawsuit claims City Attorney Christy Bohrer refused to make an offer or recommendation to settle the city charges “due to the defendant’s interest in filing suit against the city.” Nothing happened with those charges for nearly two years, but on July 9 of this year, Brown was acquitted in municipal court on disturbing the peace and failure to comply charges but convicted on the resisting arrest charge; Brown has appealed that conviction to the Associate Circuit Court of Pulaski County for a “trial de novo,” which would require the city to prove its charges all over again.

Other allegations in the lawsuit include that St. Robert police “acting under color of law, conspired together and amongst themselves and reached a mutual understanding to take a course of action that violated Brown’s civil rights” by using excessive force, failing to intercede when the other officers were assaulting Brown, “conspired to ignore the policies and procedures” of the police department and city, and “prepared a false report regarding the incident so as to cover it up.” Those actions led to further cover-up attempts and false charges being filed, Brown claims.
The officers “failed to report the unauthorized use of force against Brown to the internal affairs division or other supervisory or command personnel,” Brown claims in his lawsuit, but he also claims it might have made little difference because “such conduct is so pervasive in the department and/or city and is so effective to insulate law enforcement personnel from sanction, civil, criminal or departmental” that the defendants “felt free to engage in the misconduct as aforedescribed, without any fear of sanction or retribution.”

According to the lawsuit, St. Robert police and city officials have “customs, practices and usages that are so pervasive that they constitute the policies” of St. Robert, causing them to use excessive force, “assault and batter citizens while being questioned,” ignore city policy, fail to write reports or write false reports, file false charges, fail to adequately train police, and to “negligently retain employees” who have violated city policies.

The lawsuit doesn’t ask for a specific amount of money damages, but repeatedly claims that Brown and his wife suffered physical injury and emotional pain and suffering because Brown had to retire from the Army early and forfeit his full retirement benefits. It also asks for punitive damages and for attorney’s fees.
I hope this guy wins!SR had this coming this islong over due!

Business Opinion / Dance Instruction
« on: August 06, 2007, 12:29:33 AM »
I was wondering if there is any place in saint robert or waynesville that does dance lessons. I found one place online but i cant find their building in town. And is there a demand for this around here ?

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