Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Should Police decide what you are allowed to say?

August 17, 2004 (www.freespeech.com past post)
Should Police decide what you are allowed to say?

... and what legislation you propose to elected officials?

An open letter to the new head of the Connecticut State Police is viewable below the fold. Should police be able to threaten, arrest, and even send to prison those that propose legislation to elected officials directing police powers and for those that dare to be critical of police and their policies?

Honored and respected, Leonard C. Boyle, the new head of the Connecticut State Police is sworn in as commissioner (story below the fold)





Connecticut State Police Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle

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Are their unnamed factions in the US, similar to the KKK?

Links of Shame for the Connecticut State Police and additional info for the new Commissioner (Is rape, robbery, and murder ok if committed by a Connecticut Police Officer?)

History of Bad Police Policies, Heroin Town, Connecticut (pictures)

Excerpt: Boston’s powerful Winter Hill gang had so many crooked law enforcement officers (FBI too?) on the payroll that a gang member once boasted of maintaining a $100,000 fund just to cover bribes. (Post)

Armed downtown property and business owners with their unmolested families on their unlooted, unburned property were the first arrested after the LA Riots, for being armed. (They were easy to find and easy to fine and the criminals were not)

Free Speech can be more dangerous than Firearms, should Americans be trusted with either?

Which is worse in Connecticut, a teen selling crack cocaine and heroin on a downtown corner or a gas station owner giving away free coffee?

Do you the reader see the need to have Civilian Oversight of Police to direct police to SOLVE social problems, not mainly collect revenue from mostly honest, working Americans, and to make sure that police obey the same laws the rest of do, facing the same punishments for the same crimes and infractions?

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Dear Connecticut State Police Commissioner Boyle,

First, congratulations on your new job. I assume it is going to be a hard job for you if you are trying to restore dignity, order, and general respect of all Connecticut�s citizen�s for the Connecticut State Police, after your predecessor was asked to resign, which many would assume, because he was somehow involved in the corruption of the former Rowland administration and/or had done enough questionable things that Governor Rell, felt compelled to ask Arthur L. Spada to resign. Please look into my allegations, put an end to a tyrannical, embarrassing chapter in the history of the Connecticut State Police, and finally right some wrongs and change policies that are causing citizens to flee the state, not move to Connecticut, and cause people to assume Connecticut is in no way a Constitutional State.

Your predecessor is alleged to have demoted the highest ranking policewoman (Story) because he didn�t want a woman of high rank in an exclusive white male club. I have seen where minorities may be treated unfairly and with discrimination in the ranks also. I wrote a letter to the editor, July 19, 2003, that was printed in the Hartford Courant where I thought it odd that citizens complaining about illegal police searches could be arrested and prosecuted, but police officers conducting illegal searches would face no discipline. WHAT!!!???

Drawing by Jon Kraus, Hartford Courant. This was the illustration that went with my July 19, 2003, letter to the editor.

If a homeowner that has worked years maintaining good credit, lived an honest life, and pursued the American dream, owning a home and even investment property, what happens when that citizen complains about drug dealing, crime, and the lack of police willingness to protect and serve? I will go further, what happens to a citizen that complains about police policies in the newspaper and proposes legislation, laws, an American Constitutional right, supposedly, to elected officials?

Well a police liaison from the Connecticut State Police �confers� with legislators. I equate the word �confer� with intimidate in this case. Legislators are afraid of what the wrath of police might mean- not getting re-elected, having themselves, family and friends become a police target, possible exposure of misdeeds, and the inability to live a normal life, maintain gainful employment, and live in peace.

If that is an elected official�s fear, how does an average citizen fair when proposing a law, such as, �Civilian Oversight of Police, with quality questionnaires going out to citizens requiring police protection and service to the Board for review, not another officer�s review.� In my case I was openly threatened with arrest and told to leave Connecticut, �Or else.� A drug using, alcoholic was allegedly encouraged by Connecticut State Police Officers to threaten and harass me out of Connecticut.

I was arrested after that informant finally caught me out in my open yard in the dark after stalking me, threatening my life, and harassing me for weeks, I had used pepper spray to end the severe beating I was taking as I was unable to escape to the safety of my home. My attacker was not arrested but continued to try to attack and harass me.

I still didn�t leave Stafford Springs, Connecticut, so a second alcoholic, drug user was allegedly asked to harass me out of Stafford and out of Connecticut. This individual made countless threatening phone calls left on my voicemail, although he was in his mid 40�s was making sexual advances to my then 14 year old daughter and her friend, threatened to kill her in a message left on our voicemail if she didn�t talk to him and smile at him and address him as, �Mr. ______�, changed the locks on my home so I couldn�t get in, stole items out of my home, assaulted me when I wouldn�t face him as I feared fighting back would result in just my arrest, told me I had to pay him to park (wasn�t his property), and demanded $30,000 or he said he could get me arrested and sent to prison.

I called Troop C, Connecticut State Police and I was told to contact the resident State Trooper for Stafford, the very officer that allegedly asked this individual to harass me out of town. I brought the tape of threats against me and my daughter, complained about the stolen items, being locked out of my home, and the harassment. The officer told me if I followed through with my complaint, I WOULD BE ARRESTED. WHAT!!!????

Although the State Police wouldn�t do anything about the criminals, I sued the second one in Small Claims Court, and he settled with me, ADMITTING, his wrongdoing, and signed a contract that he would not harass and threaten me.

Police ended up doing a follow up investigation of when I was assaulted and threatened by the first police informant encouraged to harass me out of Connecticut, and I belief I was vindicated in the follow-up report as the individual left threatening messages of how he was going to hurt or kill me on my tenant�s answering machine, told my tenants he was going to kill me when I got home, and admitted demanding money from me while threatening my life, and to the altercation on my property when I refused to give up my wallet.

But the prosecutor said I couldn�t be unarrested and refused to allow my assailant to be arrested, refused to give me any leniency, drop my charges when I was found to be the victim, refused to give me a first offender program for first offenders, but gave me a choice of pleading guilty and immediately going to prison for using pepper spray for a year and a half or wait for the kangaroo trial. I believe the prosecutor was helping cover up GROSS police misconduct.

Connecticut State Police officers were allegedly bragging that I was going to prison before there was even a trial. Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs refused to investigate officers that encouraged others to harass me, committed perjury, or even the Sergeant of Troop C, that claimed I �confessed� while being held at Troop C, and recanted after I tried to have him prosecuted for making a false statement by having the jail tapes reviewed.

So is it common practice to harass, arrest, railroad to prison, harass in prison, and kick out of the State of Connecticut, those that propose legislation directing police powers to where needed and requiring them to serve all equally? Exercising Free Speech, a Constitutional right, shouldn�t end up in a citizen being harassed, threatened by police, and possible arrest, should it?

Well, Don Christmas (Story) of Enfield, proposed Civilian Oversight of Police and Don claims that, on the spot, officers at an open town meeting, threatened Don with arrest and prison if he persisted. Don also got mouthy to newspaper reporters about police lack of service, crime, and the drug problem downtown.

Don was arrested after a police officer�s 16 year old girlfriend yelled at him, smacked him in his head and back, and Donny claims he only blocked her shots when he turned around. Donny was on his property and only he faced a year and a half in prison, no deals, and like my case, his assailant did not face any court nor punishment.

See a pattern?

I believe, your predecessor, Arthur L. Spada (Story), contacted, a possible friend, and former fellow Rockville Court Judge, Jonathan C. Kaplan, into fixing my case and seeing that I was found guilty and thrown in prison to shut me up and punish me severely for having disrespected him and his police force.

Prison for a first time offender, for my charges, even if I was guilty almost never ends up in prison, especially for a victim of an attempted robbery and assault.

An armed robber got 10 years probation, rapists, and other serious criminals also got probation, so my case and sentence don�t make sense, unless I was a target for exercising my right of Free Speech being critical of police policies and of officers and in proposing legislation to elected officials.

Please have Arthur L. Spada and the officers I contacted Internal Affairs about, investigated.

If you believe in the Constitution, fairness, honor, and bringing honesty and dignity to the Connecticut State Police, please do.

All contained in this letter is to my best belief and knowledge.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

My accusations and police reports not taken found (here)

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Public Safety Change Of Command
August 17, 2004
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Hartford Courant Staff Writer (ctnow.com)

MIDDLETOWN—The state police bagpiper played, troopers in starched uniforms saluted and cameras whirred and clicked as the state’s new public safety commissioner was introduced by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

But Leonard C. Boyle didn’t want a lot of pomp and circumstance on the day he was sworn in to lead the state police department.

There weren’t any saccharin speeches by politicians or friends. He chose to have the ceremony in a cramped second-floor classroom at state police headquarters in Middletown, rather than the grand rotunda of the state Capitol.

What Boyle wanted most was to thank the most important person in his life: his mother. And that’s exactly what he did after 84-year-old Doris Boyle gently pinned his gold commissioner’s badge on the lapel of her only son’s dark suit.

“My mom has really been a model for me,” Boyle told the dozens of police officers, attorneys and federal agents who gathered at the afternoon ceremony. “Whatever I achieved and will achieve, I owe to her. Thank you, Mom.”

His heartfelt and simple speech didn’t surprise those who know Boyle, a top adviser to the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, who replaces former commissioner Arthur Spada, who resigned at Rell’s request.

“I think he’s just a salt-of-the-earth guy,” said U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor after the ceremony.

Boyle, 51, a former East Hartford police officer, was tapped last year to head the corporate fraud unit created by O’Connor after Boyle’s successive prosecutions of various defendants in the state treasurer’s scandal. He also prosecuted high-profile crime figures such as former Boston FBI Agent John J. Connelly Jr. and former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro.

Rell said Boyle brings the “highest ethical standards and a skill level and reputation that is beyond reproach.”

“He will lead by example,” she said.

Boyle has a reputation for working well with rank-and-file investigators from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and Monday those who met him for the first time could see why.

“I thought it showed what a down-to-earth person he is. This is probably how he wants to do this,” said state police union President David LeBlanc. “Everybody is just excited about the change. This is a new beginning.”

That Boyle focused on his mother touched everyone who attended the brief swearing-in. He explained that his father was killed when he was 14, and his mother raised him as a single parent.

“It’s always a testament to a good person when you recognize who raised you,” Rell said afterward. “It takes a really good man to acknowledge that.”

Boyle enters a department where poor morale, staffing shortages and divisive factions have figured prominently.

There is always a honeymoon period for new commissioners, but Boyle’s former boss said he has the ability to mend differences.

“I think Len has the type of personality that makes him a natural to bring people together and work through any differences that exist,” O’Connor said. “His first inclination is to try to bring people together.”

Unlike his predecessor, Spada, who vowed, “I’m not going to be a potted plant,” Boyle placed his focus less on himself and more on the Department of Public Safety. He gave no indications about immediate changes he might make, but gave his unwavering support to Col. Edward Lynch, the uniformed commander of the state police.

“I pledge to do my level best to bring honor to the agency,” Boyle said. “For more than 100 years, the Connecticut State Police have been a model for fair enforcement of the law and for the protection of every person in the state.”

Chief State’s Attorney Christopher Morano said Boyle displayed “his concern for justice for all and his recognition of how he got to where he is today.”

Doris Boyle wiped tears from her eyes as she watched her son take his new position. She had no idea he was going to say anything about her.

“I was flabbergasted. I really didn’t expect it,” said Doris Boyle, who still works out in a gym twice a week.

Also in attendance were two of Boyle’s three children, Brendan, 18, and Caitlin, 19, both University of Connecticut students, and his sister, Carolyn Boyle.

“I’m incredibly proud of him,” Boyle’s daughter, Caitlin said. “We all are.”

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