Dear Sheriff Roth (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Below is the text of an email yesterday from the owner of BigPineKey.com to Sandra Downs, who has filed to run for Sheriff. Captain Conch set up my two websites and is a personal friend. I sent Sandy to him so he could set up her campaign website. He told Sandy he would post this below to the Coconut Telegraph file of his website, which he was most of yesterday getting straightened out after a hacker broke into that file. Then, he would repair the damage done by the hacker to her website.
From Captain Conch:
This will be the lead comment:
(Ed: It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Wednesday’s Coconut Telegraph got hacked. Only the one Coconut Telegraph file was hacked. All other BigPineKey.com computer files were left untouched. Microsoft has confirmed that fact.
The attacks seem to be directed at the Sandy Downs for Sheriff Campaign. Wednesday was the day she posted a rebuttal to a critic and announced the address of her website on the Coconut Telegraph. That is the day she went online with her new campaign website sandyforsheriff.com
Within hours the Coconut Telegraph was hacked and her posting was removed. During that same time her new website was hacked and the page telling of her experiences with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was destroyed. Only that page. There are forces in Monroe County a lot bigger than me and with a lot more resources than bigpinekey.com. We’re just the small website with the big voice.)
Here is what was deleted from the My Experiences With Injustice file of SandyForSheriff.Com. [I saw this on Sandy’s website before the hacker removed it.]My Experiences: Part 1A group of boys played hide and go seek at Sugarloaf Elementary School. A teacher’s son was caught on the roof, and he was warned to not go up there again, because of the danger. The deputies of MCSO [Monroe County Sheriff’s Office] sent the teen home and that was the end of that. This is a misdemeanor trespassing offense, because no damage was done. If the deputies had wanted to pursue this misdemeanor offense of trespassing, they would have to have done so immediately, “in fresh pursuit” to have legal authority to arrest.
“Fresh Pursuit” expired when no attempt was made to arrest that evening or the next day. A zealous Detective asked for the case days later. So intent on prosecuting these teens, the Detective swore under oath in a statement that damage had been done to the school property all the while knowing it had not. He attempted to obtain a warrant for the teen’s arrest, but was denied. This did not deter him. He sent three squad cars with 5 deputies to the homes and school of 5 teens. Without warrants, the officers entered the homes, ignoring the warnings and protests of the homeowners and the subjects. They handcuffed the juveniles, 5 of them. They were taken to the adult jail. No process of incarceration was adhered to. National and international rights were violated. ACLU and two attorneys said the arrests were illegal, the incarceration was illegal, and what went on in the adult jail for over 10 hours was illegal.
The paperwork was destroyed, altered, and later became missing. The parents attempts to retrieve the paperwork ended in threats of their arrest. They were threatened, harassed and lied to and dismissed.
Parents filed a petition to MCSO for an investigation. A cover up began. Parents learned MCSO Internal Investigations Department Head, Cindy Peryam, is the wife of Captain Peryam in the MCSO. One parent attempted to go to FDLE. Head of FDLE is the wife of a Key West Police Officer. The parent went to FBI. They would not investigate the matter. An attempt was made to have FDLE in Tallahassee investigate. This met with another dead end.
The lesson learned is: The Sheriff’s office runs independently and void of any oversight. If the Sheriff’s Officers or personnel are found to have committed a violation, a felony, etc. the most an outside agency can do (FDLE) is take away their accredidation, which means they lose some government funds. There is no one that can correct a lawless situation in the MCSO, except MCSO, the Governor or the State Attorney, Mark Kohl. Absolutely the State Attorney Mark Kohl was not willing to investigate, nor did he require the Deputies to answer about these felony offenses they had committed. But he did attempt to prosecute the youth, knowing the trumped up charges were fraudulent. He showed disrespect for the law and for the taxpayers money in his attempts to “persecute and prosecute”. The Judge found no evidence of a crime and dismissed the charges against the youth.
These officers committed felonies when they crossed the line into the home without a warrant and another felony when they seized a person without a warrant. They committed felonies and international civil rights violations when they incarcerated youth in an adult jail facility for 10 hours. They committed violations of jail proceedures when they did not do intakes, medical assessments, notification of parents, etc. They committed violations when they used the jail for “interrogation purposes.” They committed violations when they fingerprinted the juveniles and incarcerated them for a misdemeanor after the “fresh pursuit” had expired. They committed felonies when they swore under oath to false statements. They committed felonies when they denied the juveniles the presence of a parent or attorney, and moreover when they hid the teens for 10 hours. This is considered kidnapping by the UN.
MCSO acted in a lawless and careless manner, which begs the question of the integrity of our laws and those enforcing them. They exhibited an extremely terrifying example of corruption and breaches of public trust.
When MCSO violates international laws as well as national laws, and nothing is done about it, it is time for a visit to the Sheriff himself. Sheriff Roth said, “I cannot control my deputies.”
This experience contributed to my decision to run for Sheriff. This also serves as an example of why we need an oversight committee (Citizens Review Board).
I respect our laws. I respect our civil rights. I believe in firmness aand fairness. I will make sure the Officers and all Sheriff personnel have a complete understanding of the laws of the US, or have access to someone who can educate them. The MCSO personnel must have a complete understanding of their job, their duties and obligations. It is incredible and completely unacceptable that such a blatant series of violations and felonies committed by these officers would go unaddressed and unexplained. Behavior such as this creates a community that has fear of the Department and it’s officers, but no respect. It is impossible to undo this kind of damage without accountability within MCSO. Certainly it is a conflict of interest that the Director of Internal Affairs is the wife of a Captain. It seems impossible that she would be able to administer without prejudice. Certainly it would be natural for a wife to defend and protect her husband and his interests, and it is a difficult concept to imagine that her interest would be in justice more than damage control.
I am for JUSTICE for all. It has been said, “If you are not willing to fight for freedom, then you do not deserve it.” The laws and their application MUST be fair to have any order in society. If the laws are not equally applied, then they mean nothing. If the laws are only words in a statute, then they mean nothing. If civil rights abuses are occuring, then we have already crossed a threshold of lawlessness. If officers can violate international sanctions and rules, and there is no recourse in the Florida Keys inside the US, then we have already strayed beyond what any of us want.
I am proud to say that I have not been part nor will I ever be a part of this problem. I have seen many great and wonderful officers go because of the unfair situation in MCSO. I am interested in making it possible for those good officers to return. It is important that good and responsible behavior be rewarded with elevations in position and rank. I am afraid this has not been the method of evaluations and promotions for far too long.
Psychiatrist Erik Erikson said, “The most deadly of all possible sins, is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” I run for Sheriff for the youth. They will no longer live in fear of the MCSO. They will be treated fairly. And both the youth and MCSO will abide by the laws. The few bad apples in either sect will not sever the relationships and disrupt the input that could be derived from the ongoing positive involvement of our deputies with the youth of the Keys. We don’t need to teach our children to live in fear of the law, but to have respect for it and the safe society it attempts to create. These children are our next generation, and what we do to them as children affects them forever.
Alas, Sheriff Roth, the above is only a mild summary of what Sandy told me actually happened. For starters, one of the five boys was one of her sons. Three Sheriff cruisers came to their home one morning and deputies came inside without permission while Sandy was cooking breakfast. They took her son without a warrant, as Sandy kept asking to see one. No witness, including the other boys, placed him at the school. He was the only boy prosecuted. The judge nolle prossed the case after none of the ten witnesses subpoenaed, including the other boys and the school principal, and four deputies, could place Sandy‘s son at the school. That’s as nice as it gets, Sheriff. A bad dream that you do not wake up from and it goes away.
Sandy and her family’s lives are at risk, Sheriff. In your shoes, here’s what I’d do.
1. Offer immediate round-the-clock SWAT protection of Sandy and her family and their residence throughout the Sheriff’s race.
2. Sit down with Sandy and her lawyer at their earliest convenience, on your Office’s dime, that is, you pay her lawyer’s fee, and hear Sandy out. This could take a day or two. (I am not her lawyer, nor do I practice law in Florida.)
3. Offer to have Sandy examined under polygraph by an examiner approved by her lawyer, in the presence of you, her lawyer and a representative of the press approved by her lawyer, on your Office’s dime. That is, you pay for the polygraph and her lawyer’s fee.
4. Ask everyone in your Office named by Sandy as having anything to do with what she wrote that was hacked off her website to take a polygraph conducted by an examiner approved by her lawyer, in the presence of you, her lawyer and a member of the local press approved by her lawyer, on your Office’s dime. That is, you pay the cost of the polygraph examinations and her lawyer’s fee.
5. Ask the Florida Attorney General to conduct an immediate, thorough and independent investigation of everything Sandy wrote that was hacked off her website.
6. Ask the F.B.I. to find out who the hacker and any of his accomplices and/or superiors are, and prosecute to the full extent of the law.
This email will be posted to bigigpinekey.com, goodmorningkeywest.com, goodmorningfloridakeys.com, and copied to about 250 Keys private citizens, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, the Governor and Attorney General of Florida, the State Attorney, quite a few Keys newspaper and radio journalists and a few journalists elsewhere, and numerous county employees, including the County Commission.
Do your duty, Sheriff Roth. Take no prisoners, leave no stone unturned.
626 Josephine Park Rd. #102
Key West, FL 33040
P.S. Just received below is what Sandy sent this morning to Capt. Conch to post to BigPineKey.Com, which he will post to her website in due course.
Hello CAPT CONCH AND VIEWERS,
I knew that going public with the truth was going to be dangerous, create difficulties for myself, my family and my supporters; and also expose fear-driven hate.
However, I did not expect that someone would immediately violate federal laws and commit felony offenses hacking websites to try to stop this information from getting out on DAY ONE.According to an attorney, the documents I have “calls for indictments” in the Sheriff’s Department. They are damning beyond what any of you might imagine. It is this information that is terrifying to some. I will be detailing in depth each incident and attempting to explain the violations and felonies that were committed along the way by MCSO. I will start first with an in-depth 3 part series which details “My Experiences” with violations under color of law. Since that is the page that was shut down, it will be my priority to get this information out ASAP on my website.
My efforts to expose this will generate hatred, fear, and retaliation I am sure. So don’t be surprised when you hear more of this, not less. I am not a martyr, and I don’t enjoy this ride. But these injustices must not happen again and exposure is the only way to prevent it..as is proven over and over and over in history. The story has to be told.
For those of you who want to keep me quiet or peg me as a lunatic, I will tell you that I was both a victim of crimes and a witness. I not only have the right, but also an obligation to report it. I should feel safe in doing so. Unfortunately the very ones that committed these crimes were in uniform. That fact should create an urgency to address them.
The pages that reported Mark Foley, the informants in Watergate, Whitewater, Enron, Abu Gharib, the victims of the Holocaust, slavery, Darfur, were they also just a bunch of trouble makers, liars, crackpots?
When the truth gets out, it ain’t pretty is it? It stinks, nauseates you, and repulses you. How unfortunate for those that would rather be comfortable in lies than deal with the truth.
I was a victim and I will report the “rape of my civil rights” and expose the “rapist”. I will not stand idly by and watch the Keys turn into a secret breeding ground for felony violations and cover-ups. It is more than apparent that the Sheriff’s Office is not going to clean up the Sheriff’s Office. The corruption is at the top levels. I decided to run for Sheriff to offer an alternative from the candidates within the Department. There is not going to be a corruption cleanup if an insider stays in. I promise the citizens if elected, I will restore it to justice.
If when the stories are told, you want this type of government, then elect them back in. Our Pledge of Allegiance, remember this part?…. “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberties and JUSTICE FOR ALL.”
If you think abuse by uniformed officers and public officials should be kept secret, then you are just not getting the point. Either our laws mean something or they don’t. I’m just trying to find out if we are already in a police state down here and from computers getting hacked on day 1 of My Truth Campaign, I have to tell you……
It’s not looking too promising for FREEDOM.