by John Donnelly…….
Words are insufficient in describing the outrage felt by citizens from all walks of life, regarding the lenient consequences dealt out to Special Agent Kathy Smith by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; resultant from her misconduct.
Many are inflamed by the degree of deception and malfeasance characterized by this misconduct; for which she received a 5 day suspension.
Prior to this punishment, she was on a 91/2 month paid vacation (suspended with pay). Her $93,000 yearly salary, would bring it to about $72,000 she was given for sitting at home, at taxpayer’s expense.
Of particular note, SA Smith was the prime investigator of the in-custody death of Charles Eimers during an arrest by the Key West Police Department. Allegations of a criminal conspiracy and cover-up continue to rage concerning this incident.
FDLE’s Ethical Standards Policy Rule 7.1 states: “Police officers shall, unless required by law or policy, refrain from becoming involved in official matters, or influencing actions of other police officers in official matters, impacting the officer’s immediate family, relatives, or persons with whom the officer has or has had a significant personal relationship”.
How in the world can Special Agent Kathy Smith be expected to conduct an impartial, detailed and unbiased investigation involving her police officer ex-husband? The man who is the father of her child.
It’s an impossibility. That is why there are strict rules against it. The FDLE, State Attorney and all those working in concert with Ms. Smith; cannot be taken seriously, when from the start, they clearly violated their own ethical standards and policies.
Are double standards incorporated into assessing the due process rights of citizens living in Monroe County? Is justice tiered to reflect special treatment, favoritism and sweetheart deals for the privileged and one’s colleagues?
If so, the blood sacrifices, harrowing wounds and lives lost to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States; have all been for naught.
The alleged focus of Special Agent Kathy Smith’s investigation was to examine allegations of misconduct by some Key West Police Officers under her ex-husband’s command. The father of Ms. Smith’s child.
The purpose of the investigation was to launch an inquiry into the causes of an innocent man being killed, while being arrested by the Key West Police Department. Captain Smith (her ex- husband) was a commander charged with supervising the officers under investigation.
Ms. Smith was chosen to investigate and examine all of the data, which might have led to charges of criminal misconduct being lodged against police officers under Captain Smith’s charge and control.
The scope of Ms. Smith’s investigation was to include any alleged negligent or criminal conduct by the officers under scrutiny, which may have caused or contributed to the death, of a disabled 61 year old man.
An exhaustive search was to be made by Investigator Smith, to identify any excessive or inappropriate uses of force that might have been used to injure and suffocate Charles Eimers. Of particular concern was a documented fact (video recording), which identified the individual officers approaching this man who had already surrendered to them. Mr. Eimers complied with all of their commands, as he laid face down on the ground, with his hands and arms fully extended over his head.
How could this defenseless, acquiescing and elderly man been terminated so rapidly?
It has been my experience, that in investigations similar to this one, many times there are attempts to cover-up and ignore evidence, which does not fit the governing authorities’ narrative. In too many instances the emphasis is upon shifting and altering the responsibility for loss of life encounters, when they involve an unarmed civilian and law-enforcement; rather than the policing agency digging in their investigative heels with professionalism, integrity and perseverance; to authentically determine the facts of the event, no matter how unpleasant they might be.
Covering-up evidence and crimes are egregious violations, punishable with long stays in state and/or federal prison. It is clear to me, as designated by a plethora of physical evidence (video & pictures of a blood and sand asphyxiated face); someone did something to Charles Eimers, which cost him his life.
Given the particulars addressed, why would Special Agent Kathy Smith be chosen to investigate this tragic fatality? A matter this serious calls for stringent adherence to all rules and policies set forth by the aforementioned investigative agency. Along with actual misconduct, all appearances of impropriety must be ruled out in a case as sensitive as this one. That was not done in this matter. Despite the public’s cries for an authentic, legitimate and legal investigation; our pleas were ignored.
How in the world can investigative results, which from all appearances, seem to proffer an illicit and illegitimate undertaking, render the acuity and insight necessary to pursue a ‘just result’ for Charles Eimers? Citizens within this nation and from around the world, intent on securing ‘Justice’, will not rest until their voices are heard.
The multifaceted layers of alleged fraud and duplicity concerning the death of this innocent man, appears to run long and deep. After a detailed examination and investigation of the facts, it seems to me that there was a concerted and expansive attempt by some to conceal, distort, destroy and create evidence related to the in-custody death of Mr. Eimers. From the perspectives of many onlookers, a ‘composite of corruption’ has been distorted and recklessly re-assembled, in the furtherance of constructing a flimsy reed extended to the public, so that their monetary pay off and charade might be considered ‘closure’.
This expansive and far reaching cover-up, as it is alleged, appears to comprise an assembly of government employees and public officials.
The extraordinary research and independent investigations that have been done and published regarding the death of Mr. Eimers, authored by Naja and Arnaud Girard in “Key West The Newspaper” (The Blue Paper); convincingly lay out specific, relevant and precise evidence that can provide the Justice Department with a plethora of credible information, which can be formulated into a series of successful prosecutions and convictions; if they choose to move forward on this case.
Serious crimes committed by public officials undermine the stability and viability of our government. Communities become destabilized and unsafe, while our children and families are robbed of their peace of mind and trust in a nation; once founded upon Constitutional Law.
The integrity and diligence that has gone into independently investigating this matter has drawn the attention of our president.
Via some colleagues remaining in government, I will look to get a completed file into the hands of President Obama and Attorney General Lynch.