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Huntsville’s Gestapo

Growing up and living in Huntsville I’ve always heard it said: The police department is a Gestapo. For the most part, I just figured someone who done something wrong and got caught had become disgruntled.

Over the years, however, I have slowly, sadly, and surely come to another conclusion. That’s based on a couple of my own skirmishes with the Gestapo, and other reports that clearly indicate a systemic and deeply ingrained “Billy Bad Ass” culture in HPD.


The excessive use of force has recurred in instances where an officer needlessly shot and killed an individual wielding only a knife, and when the officers had plenty of egress, and no other complications. The rulings are always the same, the officer was within department guidelines. Department guidelines are apparently shoot to kill and ask questions later.

Oddly enough, the one instance I thought deadly force might have been justified, a woman trying to run over police with an SUV at Madison Square Mall, the officer was reprimanded for firing shots at the reckless, deranged woman. Anyone in that parking lot, man, woman, or child, walking or in a vehicle, were clearly in immediate danger.

Lately, Officer PJ Lee whooped up on a woman he pulled over in Blossomwood for speeding when she didn’t hop to quick enough. The City Council has decided to give PJ his job back after he takes anger management classes. Excuse me, but doesn’t the gravity of the job require screening and training prior to causing relatively innocent people injury or death?


In light of the Gestapo’s systemic problems having already been manifested, rehiring PJ is contraindicated and a breach of the trust given by the people of Huntsville.

But, there seems to be more to it than that. The council members who voted in favor of PJ’s reemployment were Bill Kling, John Olshefski and… Richard Showers. Showers is 1 of 2 black council member and has been the most vocal speaking out about Gestapo problems and spearheading the inception of the (totally useless politically hand picked) citizens advisory committee. Showers ought to be leading the charge to clean out the Billy Bad Ass culture. Unfortunately, over time, I have come to the conclusion that Showers is an overt, not just a chip on the shoulder type, racist. It seems to me he is motivated by one of two things. First, and least likely, he is indifferent because PJ’s victim is a white woman. Most likely he has entered into an agreement with the other two council members, based on race, to give a black officer, also under review, his job back. Regardless of how that plays out, it appears to me that all three have acted in conflict with Huntsville’s best interest, and there seems to be an undertow of personal favors, or unconstitutional political agendas involved. And, it seems to inappropriately perpetuate and encourage an atmosphere of blacks vs whites.

But, there’s still more to it. I have been the first to say that the recently promoted police Chief Lewis Morris Jr. may very well be the cat’s whiskers of law enforcement. It also seems that I am the first and only former student of Madison Pike Elementary to blow the whistle on child molestation at that school, where Lewis Morris Sr. was then principle. The elementary school even bears his name: Morris Elementary. Now, I’m a grown up, self-actualized, comfortable in my own skin, and without conflicts of interest and I don’t need to observe the cult of silence. And, I wouldn’t care to argue with the silence or refutations of my little friends over their misperceptions, or denials, in light of their conflicts of interests, bribes, and rewards. I was not the only victim.


Aside from that, the simple truth is, a substantial number of people in the community know fully well my allegations are true. Therefore, promoting Lewis Morris Jr. is tantamount to an endorsement of child molestation, and everybody knows it, including Mayor Tommy Battle – whether they admit it or not.

In other words, a denigrative and abusive culture, having already harmed children and potentially causing more injury, is being covered up for politics and economics. If the pathology of abuse is somewhat different, the cover-up is EXACTLY the same as Penn State and Joe Paterno. Not kinda, sorta-like, maybe. Exactly the same. (And literally in the NCAC’s own backyard.)

Little wonder, it all adds up. The City of Huntsville is suffering from systemic and deeply ingrained corruption that manifests itself in increasingly arrogant results and injuries… and especially as evidenced in the Gestapo.


I’d like to say fire Tommy Battle. But I can’t, because there is no viable candidate running against him. I have accused his main contender, Loretta Spencer, of direct involvement in that molestation. I will continue to stand my ground on those remarks.

In regard to Loretta Spencer, it seems to me it has always been evident that there is something not quite right about her mentally. Having attended several city council meetings during her reign of terror, you could always see an ingrained tone that always seemed to be somehow warped out of context. She is also known to be an overt racist, and an elitist. Even now you have to ask, isn’t there something wrong about an 80 year old woman, and granma, running for mayor after she already held the office for three terms and already lost the last term?

The proof is in the puddin. This town, like so many others in the US, i.e. New Orleans and Sacramento, is heading for trouble. Huntsville’s relative economic prosperity provides an insulator. The problems of corruption and the indifference, and acceptance of human rights abuses, even if on a smaller scale here, exudes and permeates the larger culture of the United States. the bottom line is it’s wrong and it’s injurious for our community and our country. Exactly like Penn State.

© 2012 – Jim Casey
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