Liquidate Your Local Police
William Norman Grigg
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Mary Lee Cook,
an 84-year-old resident of Oak Hill, Florida, didn't seem like the
kind of person who would secretly cultivate marijuana behind her
home. Yet on June 6, deputies assigned to the East Volusia County
Narcotics Task Force materialized on her doorstep in response to
a tip that Cook was growing the illicit weed on her property.
Chief of the Oak Hill Police Department, had already visited the
scene. Without notifying Cook or presenting a search warrant, Young
had climbed a fence and taken photographs of the offending plants.
searched Cook's backyard and
found a half-dozen desiccated pot plants. Under what is advertised
as the "law," this was sufficient evidence to justify arresting
the octogenarian and seizing her property. In this case, however,
the deputies destroyed the plants and dropped the charges.
was her considerable good fortune that Cook was the Mayor of Oak
town of about 1,500 people. She had inherited that position
just a few weeks earlier when her immediate predecessor, Darla Lauer,
resigned in disgust and frustration. The proximate cause of Lauer's
dismay was Chief Young the same officer who had supposedly received
the "tip" about Cook's secret marijuana garden, and had used illegal
means to take photographs of the contraband.
was appointed Oak Hill Police Chief in 2010 through a 3-2 vote by
the Town Commission; Cook (at the time a Commissioner) and then-Mayor
Darla Lauer cast the two negative votes. Prior to being selected
as chief, Young was the city's code enforcement officer that is,
she was a uniformed pest issuing petty extortion demands (also called
"citations") against local property and business owners. Young discovered
her vocation for law enforcement relatively late in life, getting
an associate's degree in law enforcement and attending the academy
at the age of 48.
In her application
to the Oak Hill Police Force in 2002, Young admitted
extensive history of drug use, which included marijuana, cocaine,
and quaaludes. None of those substances should be prohibited,
of course, and Young was never arrested or prosecuted for her drug
use. She insists that she was not addicted to drugs or alcohol,
but the scope of her admitted
activity suggests otherwise. That behavior should have disqualified
Young for a position on the force and certainly should have been
a deal-breaker for her appointment as chief. However, three members
of the Town Commission were close personal friends of Young and
were willing to approve her candidacy and to place her personnel
file where it would be inaccessible to the public.
as Chief, Young immediately vindicated her critics. She certified
one newly hired officer, Brandy Sutherlin, as "fit for duty" even
though he failed a drug test immediately before being sworn in.
Shortly thereafter, Sutherlin who was off-duty at the time got
involved in a "road rage" incident in which he pursued another motorist
on I-95 at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour while firing several
shots at the fleeing vehicle.
At the time,
Sutherlin's three young children were in the car with him, a fact
that prompted a 911 dispatcher to demand repeatedly that he stand
defended Sutherlin's actions until Henry Frederick, an independent
journalist who runs the blog NSBNews.com, publicized the 9-11 recording.
prompted Sutherlin to resign and then-Mayor Lauer to start
pressing for Young's resignation.
narrowly escaped being removed as Chief when a motion placed
before the Town Commission resulted in a deadlock, with Lauer and
Cook voting to remove the Chief. Describing herself as "fed up with
the corruption under the command of an inept chief," Lauer resigned
and prepared to relocate to Alaska, where her husband had found
work as an air traffic controller. Cook succeeded Lauer as Oak Hill
Mayor just as the police
department split open like a bloated carcass.
In late June
shortly after Young apparently tried to set up Cook for a phony
drug arrest Sgt. Manny Perez filed an affidavit accusing Young
of ticket-fixing, sexual and ethnic harassment (such as grabbing
him in intimate fashion and referring to him by such demeaning nicknames
as "Mexican jumping bean"), and official corruption. Perez also
claimed that after he expressed misgivings about Young's performance
to a member of the City Commission, the chief "initiated two (2)
Internal Affairs investigations" against him.
Perez was accused
of stealing gasoline and suspended from the force. The charge was
later dismissed as "unfounded." However, as a condition of being
reinstated, he was compelled to sign a waiver promising not to pursue
legal action against Young and the city government. In
an interview with NSBNNews.net, Perez described Young as a shameless
manipulator who "pits officer against officer and
to do her bidding."
insists, should "never have been promoted as chief or even
hired as an officer in the first place since she has admitted to
more than a hundred felonies" meaning one hundred separate
instances of cocaine use. The Oak Hill PD was a "sinking ship,"
Perez lamented, with officers being driven out by a "coke-snorting
On August 1,
Mayor Cook finally obtained the long-pursued third vote to remove
Young as Police Chief and as an added bonus, the
Commission simply liquidated the town's entire six-member police
Even if we
accept the unwarranted assumption that police help deter crime,
we're still left with this question: Why did Oak Hill, a
minuscule town in which violent crime is practically non-existent,
need a police force? That same question should be asked of scores
or hundreds of other small towns, as well.
Perez appears to be a conscientious individual who would make a
good hire for a private security company, the department itself
seemed to exist only to provide patronage jobs for "Gypsy
Cops" such as Brandy Sutherlin who
has been forced to leave three police departments since 2006
Inhken, who was hired by Oak Hill after being cashiered by the
Volusia County Sheriff's Office amid charges of theft.
exactly a year before Oak Hill disbanded its corruption-plagued
police department, the
municipal government of Maywood, California was dissolved after
being bankrupted through repeated lawsuits against its incurably
thuggish police department. Other small towns across the country
such as Kilbruck,
New Mexico; Hoschton,
Georgia; and Waukesha,
Wisconsin have dismissed their police forces, usually as an austerity
like practically everything else were extravagantly over-built
during the late economic bubble. Liquidation is a vital part of
every economic correction, and dismantling local affiliates of the
Homeland Security State is a splendid way to begin that process.
This is why everyone blessed to live in a small town should share
the story of Oak Hills successful police liquidation with the city
council, coupled with this admonition: Go ye, therefore, and do
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