Welcome to the APBWeb.
Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    lewisipso's Avatar
    lewisipso is offline Injustice/Indifference/In God we trust
    Supporting Member Lvl 3
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    02-02-07
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    14,723
    Rep Power
    6936012

    Casualty of politics

    Casualty of politics

    Written by Mark Nichols

    One of the things people outside law enforcement don't quite understand is the width of the tightrope officers have to walk when dealing public officials. For instance, let's say you're talking to some guys in a fire station and a state representative's wife comes in and starts making a scene, throwing around wild accusations and pointing fingers. In short, a public disturbance. Should you turn on the dash-cam so there's an impartial record of what went down? Seems like a reasonable thing for a cop in that situation to do right? Well it cost a former North Myrtle Beach public safety officer his job.

    Jeff Senter is now fighting to get it back. Senter is seeking a public grievance hearing from his former employer after he was terminated from his job for reasons that boggle the mind. Jeff Senter, a 16-year veteran of law enforcement, claims he was fired after an incident involving him and the wife of State Representative Tracy Edge.

    An attorney for Senter said Edge's wife showed up at a Cherry Grove fire station and began to cause a scene. At some point during an argument, Senter began recording the incident on a dash cam videotape. "She was making accusations and acting inappropriately," Greg McCollum, an attorney representing the former police officer told reporters with WMBF News.
    Mrs. Edge admits she had acted inappropriately and released a statement to that effect. "I am truly sorry and regret my actions in the incident that occurred several weeks ago. I take full responsibility for what happened and apologize for the trouble this has caused," stated Melissa Edge, in a statement to WMBF News.

    Senter's attorney said his client had followed the proper procedure and had followed the orders of his supervisors by not filing an incident report or making any arrests.

    But several news outlets have requested the dash cam video from the City of North Myrtle Beach. There's nothing like a politician's wife creaming at public servants in a fire station as far as ratings go. But the city so far has denied those media requests.

    The city says it's worried about Mrs. Edge's privacy, not the fact that 16-year police veteran got sold out to keep a politician's wife from potential embarrassment. The city will not comment on personnel matters and have yet to set a date for a public grievance hearing.

    "Essentially the reason he was fired is because the news media asked for the tape," McCollum told reporters flatly. State Representative Tracy Edge also released a statement claiming he's been "keeping out of the city's decisions." "Melissa and I are working through this and seek to strengthen our marriage and family. We ask for understanding and prayers from our friends and everyone in the community.

    "We will continue to work for the betterment of our community and humbly ask for your support, thoughts and prayers as we move forward. We never asked for any special treatment and have had no role or involvement in any actions or decisions made by the city," read Edge's statement.

    That's the thing about "special treatment."

    The people that get don't even have to ask.

    http://apbweb.com/featured-articles/...-politics.html
    Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me

    We are who we choose to be.

    R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012


  2. #2
    lewisipso's Avatar
    lewisipso is offline Injustice/Indifference/In God we trust
    Supporting Member Lvl 3
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    02-02-07
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    14,723
    Rep Power
    6936012
    Now this is something that may not scare but certainly concerns numerous officers in my area. What say you?
    Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me

    We are who we choose to be.

    R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012


  3. #3
    BigDawg's Avatar
    BigDawg is offline K-9 Officer
    Verified LEO
    Site Moderator
    Join Date
    06-15-06
    Location
    So. Florida
    Posts
    5,312
    Rep Power
    1659729
    This is something that I'm really scared about, because just like this officer, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

    If he didn't have a video and audio recording Im sure the story would have been different and he would have been terminated under different accusations. Because he does have a recording he is terminated for separate reasons. I hope he sues and gets him job back and I think they should release the video to the media, she caused the problems let the world see how she is.
    "An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper


    Some people are meant to be the police......Some people are meant to call the police!!!

    "Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."
    -Ronald Reagan


    " I believe that forgiving them (Terrorist) is God's function. OUR job is to arrange the meeting."
    General Norman Schwartzkopf

    Not all Muslims are Terrorists, but all Terrorists are Muslim.
    (author unknown)


    The statements posted by BigDawg DO NOT reflect the opinions, views, policies, or procedures of the author's employing agency. These statements are the personal opinions of BigDawg only, thereby releasing my agency of any liability, or involvement in anything posted under the user name of BigDawg. The opinions expressed by BigDawg are protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. BigDawg’s messages are intended to invoke thought and discussion among the "Officer Resources" forum community and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the author. BigDawg’s posts and any attachments are intended for an adult audience (18+) and may contain strong language, sexual content, nudity, violence, and may be graphic in nature. Some material may be considered offensive; reader discretion is advised. Please note that many of BigDawg’s posts are intended for entertainment value only. BigDawg’s posts are not intended to be used where prohibited by law. Furthermore, BigDawg's posts, and any attachments, may contain information covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521, and is confidential and proprietary in nature. If you are not the intended recipient, please be advised that you are legally prohibited from retaining, using, copying, distributing, or otherwise disclosing this information in any manner.

  4. #4
    cajunguy's Avatar
    cajunguy is online now I LOVE my ParaOrd .45ACP!
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    12-03-05
    Location
    South La.
    Posts
    1,938
    Rep Power
    2608091
    . . . and people ask why I dislike politicians.


    .
    The Swamp Mafia -
    "Heaven doesn't want us,
    and Hell's afraid we'll take over!!"
    .

  5. #5
    pac201's Avatar
    pac201 is offline Used up and retired
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    05-26-08
    Location
    a handbasket...guess where we're going...
    Posts
    1,111
    Rep Power
    872608
    It's an all too common occurence. Unfortunately society has raised a generation of people that feel they are entitled to special treatment; if you're a politician or family member of a politician, then you expect and even demand preferential treatment.

    Her actions speak volumes of how she really feels...

    State Representative Tracy Edge also released a statement claiming he's been "keeping out of the city's decisions."

    We all know what this means...
    Job security...

    Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

  6. #6
    keith720's Avatar
    keith720 is offline Finely Aged
    Premium Lifetime Member
    Verified LEO
    Site Moderator
    Join Date
    01-06-06
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    5,364
    Rep Power
    5488746
    I say release the tape and let the public see if she is truly the Asshat that she sounds like. Then, I would hope the officer goes after her for a civil settlement, after he gets his job back and after the Chief grows a set and stands up for their officers.
    For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.

    Winston Churchill

  7. #7
    MacLean's Avatar
    MacLean is offline O/R Gun mod
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    09-05-07
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    11,802
    Rep Power
    4584773
    That would be tough to do, here.

    We have civil service protection and there is no way I can see being fired for doing whatever you would do for any other contact.
    I'm your huckleberry...

    Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!

    You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.


    I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
    but every girl I found was either one way or the other...



  8. #8
    lewisipso's Avatar
    lewisipso is offline Injustice/Indifference/In God we trust
    Supporting Member Lvl 3
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    02-02-07
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    14,723
    Rep Power
    6936012
    At my former department, which was civil service, I had a very short conversation with my chief. His words were f*** civil service. If I want you gone, trust me, you'll be gone. Such is the depth of politics here.
    Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me

    We are who we choose to be.

    R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012


  9. #9
    MacLean's Avatar
    MacLean is offline O/R Gun mod
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    09-05-07
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    11,802
    Rep Power
    4584773
    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    At my former department, which was civil service, I had a very short conversation with my chief. His words were f*** civil service. If I want you gone, trust me, you'll be gone. Such is the depth of politics here.
    That's probably tougher to do with a guild and a lawyer than he thinks.

    Maybe not down there, dunno.
    I'm your huckleberry...

    Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!

    You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.


    I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
    but every girl I found was either one way or the other...



  10. #10
    Xiphos's Avatar
    Xiphos is offline I Void Warranties
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    03-09-08
    Location
    Thermopylae
    Posts
    8,378
    Rep Power
    7772240
    Make sure you have your own copies.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

    If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.

    I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones

    Hunt the wolf, and bring light to the dark places that others fear to go. LT COL Dave Grossman

  11. #11
    pac201's Avatar
    pac201 is offline Used up and retired
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    05-26-08
    Location
    a handbasket...guess where we're going...
    Posts
    1,111
    Rep Power
    872608
    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    Make sure you have your own copies.
    That's why you carry and use a pocket recorder. I've had officers ask why do you use a pocket recorder when you have the car video?...
    Job security...

    Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

  12. #12
    irishmick's Avatar
    irishmick is offline Do not mistake my kindness for weakness.
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    08-12-08
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    2,226
    Rep Power
    1538982
    Here, it's all public record...from our phone calls and emails to dash cams and the like. The city wouldn't be able to refuse, especially since there was no ongoing investigation for anything.

    The officer should never have been fired, and being that he has, I hope that someone there can make sure he gets his retirement paid for now.
    --"D.B.A.D." --Me

    --Life's tough...it's tougher if you're stupid.

    --"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." -Elbert Hubbard

 

 

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •