Monday, May 22, 2017

My Career Has Been Ruined For "No Reason"

Former MCSD Captain Kenny Hope blamed 'others' for his downfall; he was unable to handle the pressure of being under investigation

On a 'good day' former Captain Kenny Hope performed well, and was like-able. His downfall began during the Jim Miller homicide investigation and the comments that credible witnesses in the community had allegedly heard him say--to be clear, it was decided by former DA Bebb that Hope had nothing to do with the Jim Miller murder, but, his comments to the media didn't jive with what other long-time locals knew...Kenny Hope essentially tried to clear his name by way of comments to the media--'bad mistake'--an important lesson missed by current MCSD officials in 2017.

Kenny Hope's remark after being cleared as a murder suspect, correctly described his conduct.

Using NO REASON when he made public statements, which may at a later time appear as false or misleading.

NO REASON for 'breaking rank'-- when he called the news media after being cleared as a suspect to say, " MY CAREER HAS BEEN RUINED FOR NO REASON." 

NO REASON for showing a lack of inter-agency co-operation and sensitivity for the family of the victim, by making un-authorized statements to the media while he was still employed by the Monroe County Sheriff's Dept.

Oddly enough, Kenny Hope's phone voice mail greeting started with, "You have the right to remain Silent."....if had he used his own advice before and after being cleared as a Suspect....he might still be a Law Enforcement Officer.

3 weeks after he was cleared as a suspect, while still employed by the Monroe County Sheriff's Dept., Hope was allegedly found in Madisonville outside a woman's home holding a club and smelling of liquor. MORE from Advocate and Democrat.
This is a reminder that --
"Suspects are presumed to be Innocent"....."Suspects are not presumed to be Intelligent."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Is the Reserve Officer Program a 'Pay To Play' Scheme?

The recent Brian Wormy Hodge case, and newbie Sheriff Jones' handling of the Monroe County Sheriff reserve officer program is in the spotlight.

There are times when the reserve officer program serves a good purpose: like when a retired police officer goes out in the community and checks on elderly residents.

Don Charest
Other times, a reserve officer badge appears to be nothing more than a political payback tool, used as a bragging rights 'bling bling' in point: Don Charest, former crony of the disgraced Tellico Plains chief of Police, Bill Isbell.

After being "booted out" of the Tellico Plains Police Dept. along with Isbell in 2010, no other police agency would consider Charest "reserve officer worthy." Not even the 2013 Chief of Police Jeb Brown, who is and has been in the top echelon of the current MCSD administration, serving as Chief Jailer.

That is, until Charest was able to "worm his way" into current Sheriff, Tommy Jones. So sad, that an older and more cunning individual taking advantage of a young and inexperienced Tommy Jones.
In the guns & badges video, filmed in the spring of 2016--WVLT's Lauren Davis asks Ray Kough, a partner in a Madisonville TN gun store co-owned by Don Charest if it's the first time they have received guns from the Monroe County Sheriff. Guns from unsolved homicides are supposed to be kept in storage... considering that there is no statute of limitations on murder cases, then, yes there may have some guns that should have remained in the custody of the sheriff's dept.