Thursday, March 24, 2016

Law enforcement corruption part of just another day in Pierre

South Dakota's Division of Criminal Investigation has revealed multiple unlawful practices and questionable activity throughout the Flandreau Police Department.
The reports outline an investigation that began with missing drug money, but that one case led to an investigation of the entire department. Stephan Nelson was the only officer ever prosecuted for stealing, others within the department found to be taking items from evidence for personal use. The investigation also revealed a practice of ‘sneak peeks,’ where officers went looking for evidence on property they didn’t legally have access to. [Moody County Enterprise]
South Dakota would rather spend money on bad cops than on good teachers.
But Flandreau officers routinely drank beer and alcohol they confiscated. A Wii video game console seized during a theft investigation was hooked up in the police station where officers used it to play video games and watch movies during work shifts. Eventually one of them took it home. Several firearms were also taken by officers. Under questioning by DCI agents, some of the officers claimed they used a couple of .22-caliber pistols from the evidence room to shoot stray animals. [Jonathan Ellis]
Cops' lives suck. Little wonder cops abuse their families, alcohol, drugs, food, power, detainees and even occasionally murder their wives.

Policing for Profit through asset forfeiture bolsters the law enforcement/corrections industry. Get a load of the list of law enforcement agencies in South Dakota.
Since 2003, about $100 million in homeland security grants were given to South Dakota agencies and entities, making The Rushmore State sixth in the nation in homeland security spending on a per-capita basis. The South Dakota Office of Homeland Security, which has a staff of two, administers the millions of dollars in grant money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to state government and local agencies across the state [Rapid City Journal]
As hypocrisy reigns supreme at the highest levels of power in South Dakota residents endure Policing for Profit and civil forfeiture so the sitting governor can crow about his leadership and self-reliance while moral hazards pay the bills.

Attorney General Marty Jackley is not only a partisan twerp he's as dirty as the police forces he oversees. Jackley says he believes conflict of interest laws are too lax yet he is hoarding information on Bendagate that could put his political party in the legal cross hairs. He's struggling to raise enough campaign cash to run for governor.

On Monday's 100 Eyes, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader's flagship interactive web broadcast, a question was asked about the South Dakota attorney general's purported frustration with the state's lack of ethics oversight. Journalist Jonathan Ellis called Jackley's hypocrisy "definitely a moral hazard."

The panel also said that the Flandreau Santee Sioux Nation is preparing to resurrect its cannabis grow operation despite Jackley's saber-rattling and unfolding corruption within the Flandreau Police Department. Recall that FSST withdrew from a partnership with FPD.

It's been reported that Jackley is considering a run for governor in 2018...that is, unless the US Department of Justice doesn't indict him for conflicts of interest and for covering up crimes committed with his blessings.

In last Monday's episode Ellis called for an investigation of South Dakota's Essential Air Service subsidy. Huron's subsidy has recently been exposed as another bridge to nowhere and Brookings is likely to be next.

Another Republican threatening to run for governor is sleaze ball, Mark Mickelson. He appeared on a Sioux Falls Argus Leader interactive webcast Tuesday. Mickelson, a pale shadow of his father, the late Governor George Mickelson, said prosperity is more important than environmental protection and that Medicaid expansion for the state's least fortunate is inconsistent with South Dakota values. Mickelson has rejected any strengthening of South Dakota's ethics laws.

In a past broadcast the panel conceded that the ethics-free South Dakota's Lottery Commission, stacked with SDGOP crony capitalists like Rapid City shyster, Doyle Estes and Deadwood Mayor Chuck Turbiville mulling another run for the legislature, is also a moral hazard.

If Democratic US Senate candidate Jay Williams was really serious about holding South Dakota accountable for federal pork and its corrupting influence in the state he should start with the law enforcement/corrections industry.

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