Now that Simpsonville has fired the police chief they just hired, a decision that happened after the cops made several overt shows of support for the new chief, people are asking what’s going on over there.
I personally don’t know and I don’t spend much time in Simposnville. Over the years I’ve heard there were some minor problems with the cops though many complaints I’ve heard were fairly petty. It is odd that the department can’t even keep their website up though. What I know about the crime scene in Simpsonville is that there is a lot of meth cooking (same here in Mauldin) and there’s plenty of petty theft which is probably related to the meth cooking. Otherwise though it’s a really nice, laid back town.
The local pols are not exactly trustworthy I hear. The city councilman who started the wheels working to fire the new chief was Matthew Gooch, the jackbooted fascist who helped orchestrate the smoking ban in bars (because cigarettes are worse for you than Jack Daniels I suppose) and was quoted in reports saying “”This is not a smoking ban in Simpsonville,” said Councilman Matthew Gooch. “You still have a right to smoke, but we’re just regulating where you can smoke.”
As they say I’m sure that sounded better in the original German. It should be noted that even though he made that asinine statement he voted against the ban – knowing that the measure would pass so he got to have his cake and eat it too on this one.
Since the city counsel isn’t even bothering to make up a reason for the firing we can all assume it’s personal animosity and connection. The ex- new chief, Keith Grounsell, made a big splash talking about improving police performance and rooting out corruption. Maybe some of the council, who have business interests in fields notorious for corruption, graft and mob connections, are scared of what Grounsell would have found out.
Maybe a certain councilman who, I don’t know, builds houses is using his position and connections with certain people in various local positions to enrich himself in a way that is borderline in terms of legality. Maybe this same person uses law enforcement to run some businesses out of town so that his developer partners can cheaply move in by helping pass laws that cut those businesses revenues. But what do I know it’s not like crime bloggers have contacts, right?
Maybe it’s something small, like Grounsell not wanting to waste resources sending cops out to night clubs to make sure there’s no smoking when people are COOKING METH in the town. Or maybe some career do-nothing was upset that she was passed over for the job so she used his personal connections with the council to get this guy fired out of spite. And maybe those connections are very, very personal. Like I said, I don’t know.
The firing happened in a closed door meeting so don’t expect to see those minutes appear anytime soon. I also assume Grounsell has a non-disclosure agreement so he’s probably going to be muzzled. I’ll do a little more digging and see if I can find more. But the letter a bunch of the police sent recently describing their unhappiness with the assistant Chief, Collen O’Neil, can be read here. You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out what’s going on here.
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities announced Friday that they’re closing their abuse-of-power investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona without filing charges against him.
Authorities were investigating America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff for his part in failed public corruption cases against officials who were odds with him. Arpaio brought cases against a judge and two county officials in 2009.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel released a statement saying her office “is closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct” by current and former members of the sheriff‘s and county attorney’s offices.
Scheel didn’t elaborate, saying only that County Attorney Bill Montgomery was advised of the decision “not to pursue state criminal charges related to the investigation.” Scheel, who is based in Arizona, said she was acting on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
He’s still out of the water with a couple of federal cases but this is interesting. I’m betting they’re preparing for a change in the DOJ when Romney wins and they don’t want to be caught out there with a illegal persecution of some guy.
There you can be arrested for collecting rainwater. Check this out:
Stop It Now! purports to be a organization dedicated to stopping child sexual abuse, though many have pointed out that much of their website is devoted to minimizing child sexual exploitation and giving advice to people that amounts to letting child molesters off the hook. They claim to have received a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (grant number 2010-DD-BX-0694) which is used to fund an online advice column called AskNow!
In a recent column someone supposedly wrote in to ask what to do about their 13-year-old son, who was caught “practicing” kissing with his 4 1/2 year old sister. Their advice is a shockingly blase shrugging off of troubling child sexual abuse. I will reprint their response in it’s entirety:
If this was a one–time practice for a first time kiss with his same-age girlfriend, it does not seem to be something that is very concerning, although certainly still offers an opportunity for some healthy sexual development and healthy boundary education with your son. Knowing him as well as you obviously do, does his explanation make sense to you and seem plausible?
Have you noticed any other concerning behaviors in your son? Have there been any other sexual behaviors between your children? I would encourage you to take a look at the Signs That a Child or Teen May Be At-Risk to Harm Another Child. Look especially for patterns in the behaviors, behaviors that you’ve tried to redirect before that keep coming up. A single sign is not necessarily meaningful, but seeing a group of them could be concerning and call for follow-up.
Even if you do believe that this is an isolated incident, please still consider addressing any concerns that may come up about how your son may have gotten his little sister to participate in this behavior. These questions may help you to further assess your son’s behavior and this incident:
Did he threaten or bribe his sister to get her to kiss him?
Did she try to refuse to participate?
What’s your daughter’s presentation? Did she seem scared? Or did she seem more pleased that she was “helping” her big brother practice for something important?
Did he try and keep this behavior a secret?
If any of these questions raise worrisome thoughts, or if you are seeing other behaviors in your son that concern you, then yes, increasing supervision is very important and it’s possible that you may want to seek out other professional supports.
Regardless, talk with both of your children about this experience. Avoid blame and shame – rather use this opportunity to make clear and re-establish your family’s rules about appropriate and inappropriate touching, and about personal and privacy boundariesi.
This is a good time to learn about child sexual development, and particularly about the differences between typical and common behaviors for different age groups, and behaviors that could be concerning. Our online listing for Resources on Age-Appropriate Sexual Behavior can help you locate accurate and age-appropriate information. Additionally, our tip sheet, Talking to children and teens can support you in ongoing conversations with your children.
As a final note, I don’t know whether one of your children told you about this behavior, but if they did, they should be commended for sharing this with you and you should be commended for raising children who know that they can tell their parents when something unusual or inappropriate occurs.
Emphasis added by me of course. Notice that right off the bat this group is advising that finding out your teen son has “practiced kissing” his 4-year-old sister is not necessarily cause for concern. Think about that for a second. A teenager, kissing a toddler to “practice” for his girlfriend is no big deal according to a group dedicated to stopping sexual abuse? And forget the fact they’re brother and sister for a second – that in and of itself is clearly problematic and something parents should probably be looking into counseling for.
This is a TODDLER that a teen is using as a sexual surrogate. This is bizarre and potentially dangerous behavior that a parent should take as a sign that it’s time to get their son some psychological help. Even at 13 it is not normal for a child to be attracted to 4-year-old or interested in sexual experimentation with them for any reason.
But the Stop It Now! crew goes further in the second paragraph by imply the 4-year-old might be partially to blame for the molestation her older brother inflicted on her. They advise the parent to find out “how he got her to participate” as if she’s a co-conspirator – she’s a TODDLER. How morally backward and degenerate do you have to be to even suggest that a teen and the toddler he was caught molesting could in some way share the blame for the molestation?
Not that Stop It Now! believes in blame. After all they call for the parent to talk to the teen who molested a toddler to not “shame or blame” him. Only some fascist, I suppose, would point out that a teenager who is using a toddler as a sex doll to practice his moves on is completely at fault for the situation and the subsequent problems his behavior causes. Only a heartless fiend would suggest that a person who has kissed a TODDLER in a sexual manner should feel shame!
And almost as bad as all that the anonymous advice columnist prevaricates on the issue of whether the parents of this deeply troubled teen should supervise him more. The answer is of course he needs more adult supervision, but Ask Now! gives a virtual shrug of their shoulders and says “maybe” on the issue. What kind of organization that wants to prevent child abuse takes that sort of insouciant stance toward parenting a teen who has shown signs of being sexually predatory?
One that gets a grant from the Department of Justice.
These people are taking your tax money and using it to promote a dangerous agenda. Stop it Now! sees child molesters as victims and they promote a quasi-Marxist “restorative justice” program designed to de-stigmatize sexual predation and exploitation and desensitize Americans to the horrors of child sexual abuse. I am calling my congressman now to demand that this group be defunded and the Department of Justice explain why a group like this is getting taxpayer money and I urge everyone reading this to do the same.
Registered sex offender Clayton Jones – who was caught with two little girls in his house he had kidnapped and dressed in blond wigs and make-up – had molested a little girl in 2009 in North Carolina and was given 20 months. According to the North Carolina database he was 17 and the victim was an 8-year-old. Even though he was listed as extremely dangerous our more liberal Carolina brethren cut him loose basically unsupervised. He also had been caught in February making “inappropriate comments” to kids and our local cops let him off with a warning:
Can we stop playing nice with these perverts? A kid was molested because our local cops gave a pervert who was a tier 3 sex offender a warning when he was harassing kids. I hope the mother sues.