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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Addressing Police Misconduct Laws Enforced By The Department of Justice

This blog is for Ken Callahan.  Don't expect anybody to do anything about your false arrest.  It ain't going to happen.  Look at all the other poop on Ana's plate and she is still walking around FREE.

Federal Criminal Enforcement 
It is a crime for one or more persons acting under color of law willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. (18 U.S.C. §§ 241, 242). "Color of law" simply means that the person doing the act is using power given to him or her by a governmental agency (local, State, or Federal). A law enforcement officer acts "under color of law" even if he or she is exceeding his or her rightful power. The types of law enforcement misconduct covered by these laws include excessive force, sexual assault, intentional false arrestsor the intentional fabrication of evidence resulting in a loss of liberty to another. Enforcement of these provisions does not require that any racial, religious, or other discriminatory motive existed.  What remedies are available under these laws? Violations of these laws are punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. There is no private right of action under these statutes; in other words, these are not the legal provisions under which you would file a lawsuit on your own.
If you recall we reported several months back on a couple that was arrested for manufacturing METH.  The night before the drug bust, two corrections officers were seen near the trash cans on the family property.  The next day the husband and wife were arrested for manufacturing METH.  The trash can is important because ingredients to make METH was allegedly found in the trash cans.  The couple was held in jail for several months.  The husband finally pled guilty just to get out of jail.  His wife remained in jail for several more months.  The wife has severe mental defects when she was arrested.  Sheriff Franklin did nothing to get the lady the proper care she needed.  The lady's attorney did nothing to get the lady proper care.  The only thing Franklin was worried about was that the women not be allowed to get any of the letters she was writing out to the FBI. How strange.  No known connection.

In mid to late 2013 we heard a story about a halfway house on New Center Road. The house belonged to a posse member and friend to Sheriff Ana Franklin.  The woman running the house was named June Mansbridge.  The halfway house for women had already shut down before we found out about it. However, the neighbors remembered the house vividly.  According to neighbors the house had approximately 12 - 15 women living there.  None of the women were allowed to speak to the neighbors.  If the neighbors were outside the women were required to stay indoors.  According to one neighbor the van they drove broke down on Highway 36 and New Center Road and one of the neighbors offered to help but was told that they were not allowed to take assistance from anyone.

One of the young ladies ran away from the house and made it to a neighbors house.  The neighbor allowed the young woman into her home.  Another woman begin pounding on the door and told the folks that was assisting the young lady that she had just ran away from a halfway house.  The woman pounding on the door was believed to be Mansbridge.  The neighbor threatened to call the cops.  According to the neighbor the woman laughed and told her to go ahead and call Ana.  The young lady that ran away told the neighbors that her problem was prescription pills, not what they were doing in there.  The young lady told the neighbor that there was only one bed in the halfway house.  The young lady had the neighbors take her to her grandparents house in Decatur.  She said she would turn herself into Jail, that she was safer in jail than in the halfway house.  The young lady was from Limestone County but was arrested in Morgan County.  The lady told the story of the women being worked daily but that they did not receive any proceeds from their checks.  Within a couple of weeks another young lady ran away.  By this time the neighbors were too nervous to help. Shortly after the second young lady ran away the neighbors noticed that the bed was packed up on top of the van and the house was empty.  What was going on in that house? Who is Mansbridge?  Was Sheriff Ana Franklin overseeing a halfway house on New Center Road, if so why? 

We did verify that the halfway house was not an approved halfway house with a business license.  We was also able to verify that the halfway house did exist by calling the home owner.  We have move questions than we have answers.  Oh! Did we mention that Mansbridge had been in and out of the Morgan County Jail on multiple drug charges and arrests.  Folks, we can't make this stuff up.

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