Police Chief Dwayne White proves the Truth will Set you Free…or get you Fired! Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 

Can speaking the truth get you fired?  Just ask Donald Trump, or Mayor Kip Holden for that matter, and you will hear a resounding yes!  That is what happened to Police Chief Dwayne White due to his inability to comply with a request for secretiveness, micromanagement and discrimination in the Baton Rouge Police Department — as allegedly ordered by Mayor Kip Holden and his Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel.

Truth is supposed to set you free.  In the Chief of Police’s case, it set him free from his job — he was fired!

Anyone who does not see the obvious controversy between Mayor Kip Holden and ANYONE who questions his authority or that refuses to ‘crouch down’ to his political bullying needs to see a psychiatrist to discuss their diagnosis — the ticket will say “denial personality disorder”.   Denial is not just a river in Egypt!

Mayor Kip Holden has been a long time antagonist of anyone who disagrees with him.  Dare to question Kip, and you will find yourself hung out to dry, publicly shamed, sued, or just simply fired!  Holden is a politician in the rarest form in that he has the keen ability to manage by intimidation, threaten behind closed doors, and still survive by re-election by the people.  As one of his Campaign Advisers once said “voters are like sheep; you simply lead them into the slaughter (voting booth) and tell them what lever to pull — it’s like magic because they do exactly what you tell them to do!”  And that my friends, Holden’s entourage is extremely successful at accomplishing.  How does it feel to be a sheep led to slaughter?

Should you ever dare to disagree with Holden, you are basically signing your resignation.  It appears, from the facts presented thus far, that is exactly what happened to Police Chief Dwayne White.

Do not misunderstand.  We are living in a right to work state that allows employers to fire you for any reason they choose.  On the other hand, it can get more complicated.  Unions — not something I am personally a fan of due to childhood incidents when the Teamsters were much more powerful than they are today — change the entire complexion of what an employer can and cannot do.

The Union of Police, currently represented by Chris Stewart, has proved that fact over and over with EVERY Chief of Police our city has ever enjoyed.  They have blocked, opposed, undermined and literally stopped any decisions they felt were against the stand the Union should have taken.  In reading the cases presented in The Advocate archives, it seems many times those decisions were sometimes on shaky ground.  That is my opinion; everyone has one.  No police chief escaped the wrath of the Union.

The absolute, most disturbing fact of the firing of Chief of Police Dwayne White are the lies that were told by the Mayor’s Office.  You cannot tout to others, at least not in this day and age of high-tech communication, that you plan to fire someone and then claim you had no intention to do so.

It was the fall of last year when I was having dinner with a friend who turned to me and said “Kip Holden plans to fire Dwayne White as soon as the election is over.”  Then, they asked “do you know why?”  I said no, tell me.  She said he had gone against the Mayor on numerous occasions and refused to comply with his political requests and basically signed his death warrant with the BRPD.  I said “time will tell if that is fact” — it proved to be factual.

Holden was smart enough to not reveal to his supporters and well wishers during a campaign that he had full intention of firing the Police Chief.  This would not have gone over well with individuals who were large contributors and supporters of the Mayor.  Politics.  Politics in its rarest form.  Holden has the art of war down to a science.

I can’t help but wonder how community leader and business owner Lane Grigsby feels now?  Did you really think you would ever control or influence Kip Holden for the long haul?

What about all of the community leaders who should be coming forth and speaking out during this controversial time?

Don’t look for any of them to come forward.

Once you put your money on a candidate, shortly after they win an election is not the time to disagree with them.  It makes you look bad as their supporter — after all, you are the one who told us all he was the right man, correct?  Isn’t your image more important than speaking the truth?  Defending the truth?

To add insult to injury, hundreds of other individuals seemed to have full knowledge of the impending firing of Police Chief Dwayne White prior to him knowing his own fate.  Once White learned, or heard the rumors, he contacted Jill Craft and asked to retain her to work out an amicable departure for all concerned.

Uh oh.  That was a huge mistake on White’s part.  Holden does not like for his office to get a call from an attorney.  No, no, no!

When Craft contacted the Mayor’s office, she was told that was a falsehood and no intention to fire the Police Chief was in the works.  Of course, according to White, just minutes after Craft’s call, White received a call from the Mayor’s office informing him that this was a mistake.

Furthermore, reporters contacted the Mayor’s Office and were given that same line — there is no intention to fire Chief White!  Articles were printed, quotes were made…..time went by….White was fired anyway.

Lines were drawn in the sand.  It was too late to turn back now.  Holden was elected.  Did it matter who he upsets?  Nah!  He won the election!  He is home free!  He is term limited and this is his last hurrah!  He can do as he pleases!

Let’s call in the troops, tell them what we need to do!  We can do as we want!  It doesn’t really matter!  All the contributions to the campaign are paid, the voters have spoken, and we can now do as we wish!  “Go and set forth a plan, William Daniel, and be my hatchet man and fire that SOB who dared to question me and in fact called an attorney.”  We’ll show him, won’t we?  I am the all-powerful OZ!  

Again, to beat a dead horse:  the voters got it wrong again.  Three terms (something Holden specifically said during McHugh’s tenure that he would NEVER serve as a 3 term mayor) and the voters were, once again, “Kipnotized” as his opponent said in the last election.

Clever, but they underestimated Holden and his cronies’ ability to win elections.  A lot of politics, money and power were behind Holden, and they would be damned if they would allow anyone to take away their power.  The plan was to win, and indeed they did — a third term in office — full of tyranny and decisions that no one in the Red Stick could override — even the Police Chief.

So, here we are.

The Union of Police has 30 days to answer Police Chief Dwayne White.  We, of course, already know what their decision will be at the end of that 30 days.

Surely, you do not underestimate the power of the Union, do you?  This is simply a formality.

The only real concern here should be on behalf of Holden and his cronies.  After all, a lot of damage can happen in 30 days.

Look what happened in one day….one press conference…one opportunity for a man to save his reputation and speak the truth.  All those papers in that binder that Police Chief Dwayne White presented.  The look on Mayor Kip Holden’s face when he realized he had finally met his match in the Police Chief.  It was a priceless to watch the dumbfounded look on Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel’s face as the Police Chief outlined item by item his defense of all the charges they laid upon him in their attempt to discredit him.  Attorney Murphy Foster came across angry, frustrated, flustered at best when he floundered around demanding White answer additional questions.

There were no additional questions to answer at that time.

Mayor Kip Holden had his day when he publicly released a letter (with Chief White’s home address I might add) to the public charging him with what appeared to be reasons why he was fired.

This day was the opportunity for White to publicly answer each of those charges.  His statements were thorough.  He accomplished what he came for — to answer the charges, to set the record straight, and to save a lifelong reputation in his commitment to serving the people of our parish and state as a law enforcement officer.  He was credible, succinct, and took no prisoners.  I remain impressed.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Responds to Mayor Kip Holden Monday, Feb 18 2013 

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Under any other circumstances, what took place today would most likely have not happened.  Unfortunately, Mayor Kip Holden and his Chief Administrative Officer, William Daniel, fired Police Chief Dwayne White last week.  This came after both Holden and Daniel vehemently denied to the media (when rumors were swirling over this potential firing) that there was any truth to the rumors.  Really?  Is anyone surprised that Holden and his partner in crime, Daniel, lied to the media and public?  Furthermore, the Mayor released a letter to the media last week charging the Chief of Police with a laundry list of allegations as to why he was fired.  Today’s one hour hearing was an opportunity for the Police Chief to answer those allegations — and he chose to do so in front of the media and community.

My first response is kudos to ‘former’ Police Chief Dwayne White for answering each charge in great detail, by providing a binder with documentation to back up his ‘evidence’ against each charge made by the Mayor, and for allowing the community and media to hear his side of the story.  I was intrigued and mesmerized that someone in our great city finally had the impetus to stand up to Holden.  For that alone, I applaud White!

I am a lifelong resident of the Red Stick; raised in North Baton Rouge — and in particular grew up and lived in the 70805 zip code until I was in my 30’s.  No one can tell me anything about ‘70805’.  It is one of our most drug-ridden, gang-infested, high crime areas in our city.  Not the same neighborhood I grew up in; nevertheless, just two weeks ago, I drove back to my old homestead (as I do at least once annually) and stopped on my old street to speak with a gentleman that lives across the street from the home I grew up in.  We talked about several murders that have taken place recently on my old street, as well as arrests of late for numerous violent offenders just a few houses down the street.

Let me be clear that I have never met, nor do I know Police Chief Dwayne White.  What I did learn about him today, however, is that he is a man of faith, a man that believes in his principals, a man that chose to not play politics, but to openly answer each charge publicly in order to answer to the community whom he serves as to the charges lodged against him.  He appeared to be full of conviction in his position that he had the best interest of the community in mind with all of his decisions as Police Chief, and that the charges made against him were full of misinformation and innuendo without substance.  Frankly, I remain impressed with him.

White’s attorney, Jill Craft, understands the system well.  She specializes in a very difficult area of the law — discrimination and labor law.  It can be complicated, yet she has had great success in defending individuals who were dismissed from their employment due to unfair labor practices.  Craft is no stranger to the Supreme Court either, which made bode well for White.  No doubt, the fact that White answered the charges against him both publicly and in writing fulfill one of the requirements of the law in this, Craft’s specialized area.

To know Kip Holden in his full political regalia, is to understand that he is secretive, knows how to play the game, and is quick to accuse others without evidence.  On the other hand, he has publicly denied allegations made against him and even gone so far as to file suit against anyone defaming him — later dropping the charges once time passed.  With no public apology to those he easily despaired, I might add.  It begs the question.  Here is a public figure that refuses to be held accountable, overreacts without all of the facts, and simply does as he pleases.  I am continuously shocked that he has been re-elected, and is serving his third term as Mayor.

The majority of the charges lodged against Chief of Police Dwayne White appear to be ridiculous.  Likewise, because of the history of Mayor Kip Holden’s past actions, I tend to believe all of the comments White said Holden told him behind closed doors.  Holden does not like for anyone to disagree with him.  The Mayor is very close to Chris Stewart, head of the Union of Police.  Stewart was transferred; White says Holden called him in — rumors floated that White would be fired; Holden denied the rumors — Holden fires White.

The case is pretty simple.  Stay tuned.

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

Election Cover-ups – U.S., & EBRP Sunday, Nov 18 2012 

United States:

This week we witnessed the fall of another governmental leader — General Petraeus, who sadly chose to mar his image as an American hero.

Ironically, as serious as the choice that Petraeus made to commit adultery and its consequences are, it begs the question as to what was really going on in the form of a cover-up to not release the information publicly until post-election.  Of course, Petraeus’ mistress had access to his emails, which is a key question in the sharing of classified information that will now be investigated.

To add insult to injury, the apparent cover-up of what really happened in Benghazi, and the investigation that was delayed post-election is a sad commentary for America.

Anyone taking an honest look at this situation will realize that all the events surrounding Petraeus was a definitive cover-up during the Presidential Election.

East Baton Rouge Parish

Post-election, it seems fairly clear to me that the individuals who were previously criticized for attempting to “divide us” and “focus on crime” in the Red Stick’s recent Mayoral Election were accurate.

Post-election, the head of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber president, Adam Knapp, in today’s newspaper explains the ‘challenge’ of selling EBRP to companies considering us as a destination to do business due to the CRIME RATE!  What?  Huh?

Where was Adam Knapp during the Mayoral Election with these facts?

Good job to Kip Holden and his political operatives for getting the likes of Knapp, McCollister, FuturePac, the Baton Rouge Police Union, Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White, Pat Felder, Walter Monsour, John Noland, Rev. Raymond Jetson, et al.  to jump on Holden’s bandwagon endorsing him, crying racism, and refusing to address the crime increase in our parish during the election.  I am so disappointed in these community leaders for misleading us.

The inability of Kip Holden and his entourage to properly address the fact that crime is up in EBRP was a blatant cover-up to ensure his re-election and ignore the facts.

Post-election, the topic of increased crime is now up for discussion?

Let’s be clear on this article where Knapp is quoted about firms questioning the crime rate, seeing billboards and discussions about the crime rate.

The election was held November 6th, and the billboards went up less than 30 days ago.  Anyone who believes that we have had a surge of companies visiting in the past 30 days might be interested in some land I have for sale.  Ha!

As a researcher, I work on facts, and am not a conspiracy theorist.  At the same time, some would say this was a conspiracy properly planned by Kip Holden and his political operatives to ignore the facts, or should I say hide the facts from the public until post-election.

Unfortunately, all of the ‘so-called’ conspiracy theorists have been proven accurate in that nationally, and locally, information that should have been properly discussed in an honest and forthright manner was withheld from the voters until after the election.

To all those who endorsed Holden, you made your bed, now you will have to sleep in it — sharing Holden’s bed seems to be a commonality in EBRP!

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican

The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin Wednesday, Mar 28 2012 

Update:  Florida State Attorney Angela Corey has announced that 2nd degree murder charges have been filed against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  Corey says that charges are not being filed due to public pressure or petition, referring to a petition that garnered over 2 million signatures calling for the arrest of Zimmerman.  The charge of 2nd degree murder can include a sentence of up to life imprisonment.  Regardless of your position on this curious case, there is no doubt the case will be a barnburner.

Watching with great interest, the curious case of Trayvon Martin has become a national phenomenon.  No doubt, the death of any teenager is a heartbreaking tragedy. 

We are being subjected to an incredible amount of ‘spin’ by thousands of individuals, organizations, and the media in an effort to determine the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman, the self-confessed shooter of Trayvon Martin.

By now, everyone has heard the story. 

George Zimmerman calls 911 to report what he suggests is a suspicious black male walking in his neighborhood.  During his 911 call, he admits to following the black male, to which the operator says “we don’t need you to do that”. 

Stop!

This may be, for me, the only fact that we know for sure.  Memories fade, witnesses have differing accounts, and the victim is not here to tell his part of the story. 

Why did George Zimmerman, after calling 911, get out of his vehicle to follow the ‘suspicious’ black male on foot? 

It seems to be the biggest mistake of Zimmerman’s life. 

What we don’t know is what really happened between the 911 call and what followed.  Screams for help, numerous 911 calls from neighbors hearing a scuffle, a single gunshot, a dead teenager, a police chief steps aside, the Feds get involved, and a surmounting civil rights cry goes out by thousands of individuals protesting that the shooter has not yet been arrested.

It’s been more than a month since the shooting.  People have questions. 

I have a question, or two myself.

Where were all the protesters when other young black males were being murdered on the streets of America? 

Are those protesting aware of the real statistics surrounding murder and race?

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, in 2010 there were 12,996 murder victims in the United States:  6,470 african-american, 6,043 caucasian, 331 ‘other’, and 152 ‘unknown race’. 

Furthermore, the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator is eye-opening.  The FBI Uniform Crime Report’s breakdown of relationships indicates that acquaintances top the list, with family members coming in second, friends, and finally strangers very last. 

Perhaps this is why the FBI Uniform Crime Report’s breakdown indicating the race of the offender vs. the race of the victim indicates that white on white crime and black on black crime is the rule vs. the exception.  Furthermore, male on male crime and female on female crime appears to be prevalent.

By no means, does this diminish the current dilemma of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. 

It simply begs the question of the level of violence we are currently experiencing across the country, as well as the fact that it is more common for murders to be committed in ‘known’ circles than by offenders who do not know their victims.

It proves the fact that the curious case of Trayvon Martin is an exception to the rule.  Amazing, isn’t it?

You would think, by the media attention and the cries of those who are claiming that this is a prevalent problem (i.e. white on black murders), when in fact it is the exception.

I am dismayed anytime people jump on a bandwagon without all of the facts.  It’s important that we do some extensive research in order to make an informed decision.

It just doesn’t seem right to me when the lines are blurred by those who go off half-cocked making statements they can’t back up with the facts.

The curious case of Trayvon Martin will bring out the best and the worst of people. 

Those who have a personal axe to grind will take the untimely death of this young man and use it for their own personal gain.

A lot of missteps have taken place in the last few weeks. 

Perhaps a more detailed investigation should have taken place from the onset; hopefully that will be done now and law enforcement will do their best to find the truth.

Gun advocates and pessimists may use this opportunity to take a stronger stand for or against the ownership and use of firearms.

More importantly, we must address the issue that has come to the forefront in the curious case of Trayvon Martin:  Ignorance.

Ignorance has reared its ugly head through the actions and words of many.  They have expressed their true self at the expense of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.

Spike Lee re-twittered someone’s home address causing an elderly couple to be forced out of their home because they were ‘fingered’ as the parents of George Zimmerman.  They were not the parents of ‘the’ George Zimmerman who pulled the trigger.

I suppose Spike Lee should take a dose of his own medicine and learn how to ‘Do the Right Thing’.  Perhaps we all should? 

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican