Well, only 4 reports of police misconduct were tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of February 12-13, 2011… Monday might be slow too, but more because there might be some things going on that may interfere with my ability to track reports, but I’ll talk about that after we review what we did track this weekend:
- A Saltville VA police officer who is already the subject of a lawsuit on allegations that he falsely arrested an entire family on obstruction charges and maced two of them is now the subject of yet another false arrest lawsuit filed by a woman who claims that she was falsely arrested for trespassing when she went to the police station to discuss why her son had been arrested. UPDATE: dashcam footage from one of the incidents mentioned is available here. 
- A Farmington NM police officer with a long history of misconduct complaints, including several brutality allegations, has resigned while he was under investigation on domestic violence allegations involving his girlfriend, though he hasn’t been charged. 
- A New Albany IN police officer who was supposed to be on unpaid leave for 40 days as discipline for telling fellow officers that the worst thing that happened in American history was when blacks were given civil rights and for working an off-duty job while he was supposed to be on sick leave. However, it was discovered this weekend that he received over $6,000 in vacation and holiday pay during that “unpaid” suspension, which makes it more of a paid suspension I think. 
- And finally, the Baltimore MD police department sent out about 2,000 red light camera citations that contained a sworn statement that an officer reviewed each citation to validate the charge… but the problem was that the certifying officer’s signature belonged to an officer who died months previous to those citations being issued. The police claim they are fixing the issue and that it was all just a computer glitch… 
So, for those who don’t know, this project isn’t my “job” (in that it isn’t supposed to pay my bills since it isn’t funded with a grant or anything) and I lost my paying job back in June of last year. Though, in between then and now, I did have a brief contract gig for about 2 months but it finished ahead of schedule back in mid-December and I haven’t found any other work since.
Because of all this, we were evicted from the apartment we had for about 5 years last year and are now facing a possible second eviction due to the early finish of that other contract. Which leads me to the present…
See, things are going to come to a head this Monday, which is today for most of the people who will read this I suppose. First, today is when the only job I’m currently in the running for will let me know if I got the job or not. I had a third interview last week but it’s hard for me to tell how it went and, since I already had a sure-thing contract fall through already this month, while I had the signing papers in hand no less, I’m not holding my breath.
Second, today is the day our landlord has set for us to pay our rent, deposits, and the $25 per day late fees we’ve racked up. Now, I’m not sure what our landlord will do since we don’t have enough to pay any of that, but it’s safe to assume that either we’ll be given some more time, we’ll be able to negotiate an exit date without an official eviction, or the official eviction process will begin.
The problem is that, even if I do get the job, which will be a good thing no matter what happens, it will be too late for us to catch up with the hole we’re in with rent no matter what we negotiate. Which leads me to suspect our best hope at this point is to negotiate an exit date. While we have no other place to go, it will be that much harder to find something if we have two official evictions on our record instead of just one. Of course, none of that will matter if I don’t get the job.
In any case, this Monday is going to be a very difficult day for me and my family no matter which way we cut it. We’re all pretty worried right now and we’re gearing up for the worst. Needless to say, it’s going to be a rough day, so I hope people understand if I’m not as diligent with tracking reports in the news feed as I usually am and if I might be late with the daily review. I’ll do my best, but it’s just not going to be an easy day.
Still, as I’ve said before, I will continue to work on this project as long as I have the ability to do so no matter what does happen to us… so, in the meantime, thank you all for sticking around through these rough times and thank you all for your support.
…and wish us luck.
That’s it for today… stay safe out there.
I’m sorry to say that I was narrowly beat out for the job I was hoping for by someone with just a little more experience for what they were looking for. For those who are curious, the position was for a person to manage a mid-size organization’s (around a 1,000 servers) Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 infrastructure and, while that product was one of the many things I’ve worked with as a consultant, they went with someone who only worked with that. The curse of being a jack of all trades I suppose. Otherwise they said the interview went well and had no negative feedback for me.
Needless to say, we’re devastated right now, it was our last grasp of a hope for any positive outcome and we’re going to ask the landlord what day she wants us out. Nothing else really to be done.
Again, thanks for the support and well wishes everyone, my wife and I both appreciate it.