More on Bloomberg group mayor pleading to gun charges
I'd earlier blogged how mayor Frank Melton, of Jackson MS, a member of Bloomberg's mayors' group, had plead guilty to illegal gun carry.
Just found this on the FULL set of charges against him. Frankly, the mayor sounds like a mental case, and rather on the dangerous side.
"The most serious of the charges facing the mayor and his bodyguards involve the damage of the duplex on Ridgeway Street in Virden Addition last month. Neighbors allege Melton and unnamed minor boys in his company used sledgehammers to break open the front of the home rented by Evans Welch....Melton and Wright are charged with burglary for allegedly entering the house armed with deadly weapons with the intent to commit a crime."
And that's just the short version. Read the whole thing...
[Udate: abbreviation corrected, thanks...]
Mississippi is abbreviated MS not MI. :)
Posted by: Bitstream at November 26, 2006 12:03 PM
The mayor campaigned on a platform to clean up crime. He's a first-time politician. He's been taking direct action against crack houses in Jackson. His left-wing opponents are using restrictive gun regs to shut him up and shove him out. He may lack judgment, but he's the first politician the capitol city's seen who cares more about the people than his own ambition.
Posted by: Neshoba at November 26, 2006 06:54 PM
I think you mean Jackson, MS, and not Jackson, MI, which is west of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The mayor does, however, sound like a loon. This is not, unfortunately, as rare (elected officials being loons or worse) as one might hope.
Posted by: JorgXMcKie at November 26, 2006 07:34 PM
I just posted this over at MBCNews:
Something caught my eye here: “…or use police equipment such as JPD’s Mobile Command Unit”.
Many of the command posts like this have wireless data links to their headquarters, and have access to criminal justice databases like NCIC(federal), the Interstate Identification Index(called Triple-I,federal), and state drivers license, vehicle registration and criminal history. And if I’m not mistaken, it’s against the law, both federal and in all states, for anyone other than law enforcement personnel(dispatchers, officers, etc.) to access these records. And THEY’RE only supposed to use them in the prescribed manner; you’re not supposed to check somebody through III for a traffic stop or something.
So if he’s been using this equipment, he’s had access to stuff he has no legal business getting into, and for what purpose? And I wonder if this will be checked on?
Posted by: Firehand at November 26, 2006 08:21 PM
The Mayor's heart may be in the right place but his head seems to be up his butt.
Posted by: Dave at November 27, 2006 01:56 PM
got hacked. Makes it tough to see the full charges.
And to FireHand: I believe you are correct as to release of III info (whose rules are pretty similar to Calif's ACHS [Automated Criminal History System), but the ACHS criminal history is permitted on traffic stops if it can be clearly articulated that it was for officer safety (and a paper trail had better be in place for the next state audit since folks do go to jail for misuse of the system).
Posted by: roy in nipomo at September 6, 2007 08:52 PM