Jul 032015
 
Standoff on Duval Street: “In typical Key West fashion: 'Nothing' happens in the most spectacular way.” ~ Mike Mongo

  UPDATE Thursday July 2, 3:35 pm by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The 911 call went something like this: ‘I stabbed my wife. I stabbed her in the chest and the abdomen, both. I have a shotgun. I’m in my room at Duval House and I’m holding my 13-year old niece hostage.’ KWPD went running, [more…]

Jul 032015
 
KWFD Reminder: Be Safe!

The Key West Fire Department is reminding everyone to use extra safety precautions as we go into the Fourth of July holiday. That means stay away from any kind of home fireworks and, instead, enjoy the public display off White Street Pier. “Remember, if it explodes or if it flies, it’s illegal,” said Key West [more…]

Jun 122015
 
FDLE Special Agent and Ex-Husband former KWPD Captain Saved By Statute of Limitations

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…… A long awaited investigative report on a scandal that greatly tarnished both FDLE’s and KWPD’s image in the community is finally complete. FDLE Special Agent Kathy Smith and her ex-husband, former KWPD Captain Scott Smith, could have been prosecuted for the criminal acts of perjury and mortgage fraud in connection [more…]

May 012015
 
GUEST COLUMN: Black in Key West (or anywhere in America)

by Kenneth Sullivan… In this age of tweet, Instagram and sound bites, we have learned to shorten our opinions to a limited number of characters. This means we do not give complete thoughts in our public opinions. I read in the Citizen a comment that inferred the black folks are inherently bad people. This is [more…]

Apr 032015
 
Racial Profiling in Paradise

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…. What Traffic Tickets and “Disorderly Conduct” Reveal… What would you think if you were stopped by Key West police, on average, three times a year over 5 years—5 times in 2011 alone? To your credit, you had no stops for DWI. Your traffic infractions were for such things as not [more…]

Apr 032015
 
Dog Lady is Free! Ocean Key Investigated...

by JD Adler… In February Ocean Key Hotel, subsidiary of the Nobel House corporation, held a for-profit concert on Sunset Pier during which the band, the Revivalists, invited local citizen Kelsey Haas and her dog Mali onto the stage to dance with them. Police, at the request of hotel management, removed and arrested Ms. Haas [more…]

Mar 202015
 
Randall Smith promoted to Sgt. of KWPD

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee swore in the newly-promoted Sgt. Randall Smith during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Sgt. Smith has served with the Key West Police Department since 2005. Before coming to the Department, Sgt. Smith worked as an insurance fraud investigator. He is the son of a retired Coral Springs Police Department sergeant. In [more…]

Feb 272015
 
KWPD Snatch Purse Snatcher

Lights, Camera, Snatch! Press Release from KWPD: A missing front light on a bike resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of several purse snatchings. Michael Joseph Soraghan, Jr., 45, was apprehended during a traffic stop when an officer saw him riding with no light. The officer immediately recognized the suspect from a surveillance [more…]

Feb 272015
 
KWPD Adds 2 New Officers to Ranks

Chief Donie Lee swore in two new Key West Police officers this week. Chris Rhinhart (left) has over 10 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, including time with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Blanco (right) is new to police work, but not to helping out in the community. He has a Bachelor’s [more…]

Feb 192015
 
Anonymous Tip Leads Police To Stash of Stolen Goods on Wisteria Island

Key West Police were back and forth all day Tuesday to Wisteria Island, retrieving tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods. With the help of an anonymous tip, Key West Police Detectives recovered stolen fishing gear, electronics, sails, coolers, grills, dive gear and more from the offshore island. The recovered property has been [more…]

Feb 062015
 
Underwriting Key West’s Police Brutality

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D.* Tulane University Emerita…………. The Key West Citizen wrote on January 30—after The Blue Paper had broken this news many hours before—that a $900,000 settlement had been “hammered out” in the Charles Eimers’ wrongful death suit against the City of Key West. Key West’s Police Chief Donie Lee finds the payout [more…]

Jan 232015
 
Eimers Case: Accusations of Perjury and Destruction of Evidence Could Land Default Judgment In Favor of Eimers Family

by Naja and Arnaud Girard [SEE VIDEO DEPOSITIONS BELOW] Attorneys in the federal wrongful death case filed by the Eimers family against KWPD officers and the City of Key West were heard for the first time before Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman on Plaintiffs’ Motion For Sanctions. In their motion the family accuses Defendants of perjury and destruction [more…]

Jan 022015
 
Medical Examiner Admits He May Have Been Misled by FDLE’s Agent Kathy Smith / Key West Marches For Police Accountability

by Naja and Arnaud Girard By the final days of 2014, the in-custody death of Charles Eimers had left many Key Westers with an uneasy feeling. “It’s as though every agency we rely on,” said community advocate Christine Russel, “failed, one after the other, to shed any light on what happened. Instead, the cloud over [more…]

Dec 192014
 
CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD SHOWS ITS TEETH!

by Naja Girard… UNANIMOUS!  REQUEST FOR DOJ TO STEP IN ON EIMERS CASE / BOARD WILL PROBE DEEPER INTO TASING OF MATTHEW SHAUN MURPHY “Garbage in. Garbage out.” That’s how Tom Milone, Vice-Chairman of the Citizen Review Board [CRB], described the concept of the Board relying on  investigative reports furnished by KWPD, FDLE, and SAO [State Attorney’s Office] when it [more…]

Dec 122014
 
Internal Affairs: Officer Gets 5 Day Suspension For "Lying" About Killing Charles Eimers

by Naja and Arnaud Girard KWPD Chief Donie Lee published the department’s Internal Affairs review of Charles Eimers’ in-custody death on Monday. Officers were found to have acted professionally while using techniques that are proper for “actively resisting subjects.” “I thought denial was a river in Egypt. Now we learn it is an island at the [more…]

Dec 122014
 
Officer Lovette’s Taser Recording Undergoes Enhanced Forensic Scrutiny / New Admissions Detected Regarding the Alleged Tasing of Charles Eimers

by Arnaud and Naja Girard… According to KWPD there was no Taser fired during the fatal arrest of Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving Day of last year. But after a few months of forensic clean-up and enhancement by the Eimers family’s legal team, Officer Lovette’s infamous taser recording speaks again and it’s not pretty: Officer Lovette: [more…]

“Don’t Shoot Me, Bro!”

 
"Don't Shoot Me, Bro!"

Dear Naja, This is in response to last week’s article on the public memorial service for Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving night at South Beach. The service was appropriate and reflective of Key West’s philosophy of “One Human Family”. I’m sure his family appreciated our gesture. Regarding the tangential issue of police brutality which is associated [more…]

Dec 052014
 
Eimers Grand Jury Investigation: FBI Helped State Attorney Booby Trap Her Own Case

VIDEO: KEY WEST’S LACK OF EMPATHY  IN STARK CONTRAST WITH NY AND FERGUSON by Naja and Arnaud Girard FBI HELPED STATE ATTORNEY BOOBY TRAP HER OWN CASE “It’s a very painful day for so many New Yorkers,” said New York City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio last Wednesday following the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict [more…]

Nov 282014
 
DEATH IN PARADISE:  Charles Eimers Memorial, A Year Later

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL ON SOUTH BEACH FOR CHARLES EIMERS A hundred or so Key Westers gathered on Thanksgiving night on South Beach for the anniversary of Charles Eimers’ death. Tourist for a day, Mr. Eimers met with a controversial death on November 28th of last year within 24 hours of his arrival in Key West. “I [more…]

Nov 222014
 
NOWHERE TO RUN: New Video Devastating to KWPD Credibility

by Naja and Arnaud Girard A wrecking ball crashed through the City’s defense to the Eimers police brutality case on Friday.  At a scheduled deposition Chief Lee was expected to provide bureaucratic information about the City’s procedures and policies in the wrongful death case filed by the Eimers family against the City of Key West [more…]

EIMERS DEATH-IN-CUSTODY UPDATE: Missing Video Surfaces

 
EIMERS DEATH-IN-CUSTODY UPDATE: Missing Video Surfaces

~CAUTION! VIDEO SHOWS DISTURBING IMAGES~ Colombia!  The missing iphone video of Charles Eimers’ death was in Colombia! “Once we had the phone number,” says Darren Horan, it took less than 48 hours to get a copy.”  He is one of the five lawyers representing Charles Eimers’ family in a suit against the City of Key [more…]