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Might Makes Wrong

Great story, Jeff Billman `“Might makes right,” July 10`! I have always appreciated your investigative reporting, and consider you one of the very few left in this town that does his very best to tell it like it is.

What we have here in Orlando/Orange County is zero accountability, and the problem is that no matter how much anyone screams or how many complaints are filed, it is always brushed under the rug, as if it never happened. Sometimes they lose files, reproduce them, and then lose them again! They do whatever they want; as a matter of fact, `a police officer` stated just that to me more than a year prior to my arrest. He said: “I am the government, and I do whatever I want to do!” He proved himself truthful, in this respect.

Vicky Gallas, via the Internet

Copwatching You

In `the July 14` editorial in the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Police Chief Demings forgot to mention the following: That 98 complaints over five years could have been 40 times that many if those complaining were not the targets of an Internal Affairs division bent on intimidating citizens out of filing complaints in the first place `“Might makes right,” July 3`.

In the Jessica Asprilla case, the videos from the nightclub showed that Asprilla was the victim of OPD officers, yet that information was kept from both the defense and the state’s attorneys until December 2007, at which point Asprilla had been arrested and jailed for crimes she never committed.

The issue here is not just what happened to her. How many other times has an officer used his position to lie about citizen actions and then arrested that citizen for something they had never done?

I appreciate the fact that Chief Demings says there is value in videotaping situations like this, but she indicates that may not be all that a tape shows. CopWatch videos clearly show in a number of cases all the public needs to know. They speak for themselves.

What Chief Demings does not say is that a real Citizens Review Board with real subpoena powers would make a real difference. No, we can’t have that. That is exactly what we need.

George Crossley, via the Internet

Free Bill

How did we not know about this `“Whodunit,” July 3`? I am Bill Dillon’s sister and I was shocked to find this article. I read the article and started to research the two fellows and the private investigators who are working on this case! I came across the Orlando Weekly. I live in Orlando and did not see it! I was impressed with your article about Bill when you went to see him in prison.

I did some research about those two fellows, and it would be wild to know they committed this murder instead of my brother. I always knew Bill was innocent!

via the Internet

Doubt No Longer

So let me see if I’ve got this straight: Seth Kubersky, who is friends with/has co-produced with John DiDonna and admits to being friends and past collaborator with many of the cast and crew of Illustrious Wasteland, gives a glowing, reverential review of the show before it opens, based on a preview, and we are supposed to believe he is presenting an objective viewpoint because of a brief disclaimer at the end of the review `“Kimbro’s 21st-century digital musical,” July 10`? What a bunch of crap.

Tell you what, if the Weekly is interested in being a real alternative to the daily rag in this town, it should invest in a real theater critic who is not beholden to the alleged local legends who continue to produce schlock and get their egos stroked for it.  Oh yeah, and I doubt I’ll see this in print.

via the Internet

Love It Or Get Out

All right, Jay, if you think America is such a terrible, capitalistic evil empire of success, move `Comments, July 10`. If you want the socialist utopia of Denmark, catch a plane and start enjoying a nation without “corporate control.” We’ll miss you.


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