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Obvious Corruption at the Hall County Sheriff's Office

By J. Freeman on 01/17/2018 02:46:40

So, you've heard my horror story about how I was kidnapped, sexually abused, tortured, and so forth by the Hall County Sheriff's Office. I'm sure it's alot for you to take in. My guess is that there are still some of you who find it all hard to believe though. You're thinking something like, "But this can't be right. The police are good people who risk their lives every day to protect us. Surely they wouldn't intentionally do something like this. My pastor says they're God's appointed servants." Well, I don't have time to dig in to all that tonight, but I want to hit on this question: "Are the police good people who can be trusted to do the work of enforcing the law?"

First, let's get something crystal clear here: being a police officer doesn't make you a good person, and being a good person isn't a requirement for becoming a police officer. I know. It's shocking. But follow me here: there's no moral test for becoming a police officer. There's no theological test. No philosophical test. People show up, they fill out applications, and if they're willing to do the job and the city hires them, they become cops. They go through training I'm sure, but I can guarantee you that the secular state doesn't teach them a course in Christian morality while they're there. They aren't anointed with holy oil. They don't go to Mount Sinai to have Jesus pin a badge on them. They're government employees, and nothing more. I can see no compelling reason that bad people can't become city employees. In fact, I can see lots of reasons that bad people would be more likely to become police than good people would. Think about it with me:

  • Good people (by definition) tend to be moral, and moral people tend to be intelligent and hard-working. Intelligent, hard-working people tend to aquire education and skills that make them valuable employees. Skillful, educated, intelligent, moral, hard-working people can make more money doing something other than policing, so they seem less likely than the average person to become police officers.
  • Policing gives people power. And I don't mean the kind of world-changing power that draws people to elected offices or ministry or some such. No, policing gives people hands-on, low-level physical power on the street. Who is attracted to that kind of power? Probably lots of people, both good and bad. I'm sure there are good people who want to clean up the streets and fight crime. However, there are also drug-dealers and pimps and klansmen and terrorists and bullies with daddy issues who would all love to harness that power for evil, and seeing that they are in direct opposition to law-and-order, we should expect that they would have a very strong interest in infiltrating law-and-order so that they can bring it down from the inside and use it for their nefarious purposes.
  • Setting aside the fact that some evil people would have a motivation to seek out power, we should also remember that power corrupts even good people and makes them turn bad. Police officers are literally above the law. The law is skewed to give them all kinds of special privileges, and when they overstep their bounds, they have the best union-provided lawyers that money can buy and the assurance that their pockets won't be personally hit for it. It is very rare for police to face criminal charges, and when they do things that would land you in prison, they often don't even lose their jobs. They can get away with almost anything, and once a person can get away with anything, that person will probably try to.
  • Those kinds of conditions create an environment in which some people are good and some people are bad. But we know that "a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." and (for those of you who like Anglo proverbs more than the Bible) "a few bad apples ruin the whole bunch." Once corruption gains a foothold, it is going to work to root out people who aren't corrupt and to bring in more people who are. I've dealt with the police alot over the past few years, and I've watched how they've behaved in a lot of cases other than my own. I've talked to former officers, and I've talked to other victims of police brutality. I've also spent a lot of time around lawyers. I'm going to tell you a little anecdotal evidence from my experience: everyone who deals with the police knows they are corrupt. They have a blue code of silence, wherein they turn a blind eye and protect each other. They push out the snitches and keep the crooks, and pushing out the good guys isn't hard, because good guys see what the job entails and want nothing to do with it.
  • We have bad laws, and I'm going to come right out and say it. Our legislatures are being bribed by lobbyists and are writing junk without even reading it. Our judges are political appointees who care little about right and wrong (or history, or the law). Morality has taken a back seat to expedience, and expedience has taken a back seat to personal gain. As a person who single-handedly won a Supreme Court battle against the entire legal machine of Georgia, I feel fully qualified to tell you that generations of bad laws and bad precedents have been piling up into a big stinking pile of legal garbage. And don't give me that "We're the best in the world" crap. Even if we are the best in the world, being one notch higher than all the other (ahem) shit-hole countries doesn't make American law good. The standard is higher than "We're a little better than Russia." So, what kind of person accepts money to use violent force to make people comply with a code of laws that has degenerated into complete garbage? I'll give you a hint: it ain't what Jesus would do. Good cops are hard to find for a reason: good people want out of policing.

So, enough theorizing. Let's get back to the story and determine who the good guy here is. Is it me, the minister who was arrested for publicly advocating homeschooling, or the Hall County Sheriff's Office? Ought you to back the blue, or the man on the internet with the beard? Well, you already know I'm a bad man because I have middle fingers, but am I worse than my competitors?

Exhibit A: Jacob Haney. On August 3rd, 2014, the day of my arrest, Haney was the sergeant in charge with the Hall County Sheriff's office. Sergeant (for those unfamiliar with the lingo of our blessed standing domestic army) is kinda like a manager. Hey, he's over a bunch of other people. He must be a good guy, right? WRONG. Haney resigned his job a few months later. Why? According to the Gainesville Times, he got caught having an affair, and not just any affair. Haney had evidently been committing adultery with a married Flowery Branch police woman. Worse still, they were having an affair while they were on duty, causing Anderson to fail to respond to calls. It all came to a head when she failed to show up for a fire, the kind of thing that puts people's lives in danger. Oh, and as if that isn't bad enough, they were caught doing all this stuff at some vacant residence belonging to an Atlanta Falcons player.

So, if I understand the facts correctly, Haney had been breaking into someone's house so that he could have sex with someone else's wife on the clock, and it literally put people's lives in danger. You'd think that he could have gone to prison for that. Nah. The Hall County Sheriff's Office said they were going to demote him. He wasn't going to put up with that though (and why should he? Doesn't everyone break in to homes and have affairs on the job?), so he quit his position and moved to Ohio.

Well, maybe Jacob Haney is just a fluke, right? Well, no.

Exhibit B: Mike Lusk. According to WDUN, it wasn't only the sergeant on-duty at the time of my arrest who couldn't keep his act together, but the arresting officer himself, Mike Lusk of Cleveland Georgia was arrested by the GBI a few months later. Details are lacking, but he's accused of being involved in some kind of electronic invasion of privacy.

And of course, I've already explained that the jail was full of drugs and that the police of Northeast Georgia at the time were riddled with a staggering number of drug dealers. Oh, and we should remember that dear Rockmart has a few of those as well. We've got guys openly admitting to trading prescription pills, and when the Chief finds out about it, his response is to paper the entire thing over by praising them for their military experience.

Okay, so before we go off the rails showing a million examples of very obvious police corruption, I want to circle back to my point: being a police officer doesn't make a person good, and being good doesn't make a person a police officer. Does that mean that no one goes into the profession with good intentions? Of course it doesn't. Does it mean that police never do heroic things? Don't be silly. What it means is that we can't blindly "Back the Blue" without looking at the harsh reality that these guys are perfectly capable of committing the exact same crimes that anyone else might commit, and when they do so, they can often get away with it. I've shown you some examples of things that were caught in my own backyard at the time that all of my legal struggles were going on. If that's what they're catching, can you imagine what they're missing?

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