Democrats, target the new open seat in District 3. Republican Representative Dan Kaiser says three terms in Pierre is enough for him. On this morning’s In Touch program on KABD Radio, Kaiser said he wants to get back to policing all the time and run for sheriff next year.
Speaking of improper use of police resources, the Mitchell mayor Jerry Toomey has decided, without council discussion or approval, to deploy a city cop to guard the City Council chamber doors during closed sessions… because, what, so many people have been trying to bust through the door to hear councilors’ secret conversations?
While this was pegged as a “no-cost alternative” to protect the information discussed in private by the council, it certainly isn’t. By forcing an officer to stand idly by the council chamber while crime may be occurring elsewhere, the city is prioritizing money on a guard. That money could otherwise be used to staff an on-duty officer.
We see the decision to station an officer outside of Council Chambers as an inefficiency that could easily be solved by one of two methods.
First, the council could do what it’s done several times before: move the executive session to another room. Or second, and much more reasonable, council members could speak more quietly.
If the council is going to spend money on this initiative, it would make more sense to reinforce the door rather than station a police officer at the door to guard against nothing [editorial board, “A Nonsensical New Normal at City Council Meetings,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2017.09.11].
A South Dakota mayor or city councilor thinking he needs police protection during secret deliberations has too high an opinion of his importance. We need to drop these constant police-state posturings in our public buildings and get back to an efficient use of our public safety resources to protect everyone, not just elected elitists.
****9/11 update Internal Affairs called this morning. There has been a full investigation started on the excessive use of force. We ask everyone to please not harass Jason Baker he is being dealt with through his job & the county prosecutors office. Neither girl has any charges except resisting arrest and Lillian for obstructing the arrest of Madison they were not charged with anything else….think about that they resisted an arrest for not committing a crime.****
****Updated Info & Pictures added from 12 hours later. Her bones in hand were dislocated not broken thankfully. She was examined by the ER today, had x-rays and was treated for multiple contusions.****
The events of tonight will haunt our family forever. At 11:27pm on 9/9 both Brent and my phones rang Lillian Mentele on one and Madison E Mentele on the other. We answered to what a parent would call absolute hell. The horrified screams, panic and hysteria in both girls voices combined with the sounds of a violent attack will be on replay in my head for a long time.
The terrifying thing is the violent attack was from someone I have spent years teaching them to trust, respect and look for in times of need. Madison was brutally attacked by a campus police officer on the SDSU campus. He dislocated the bones in her hand, left bruises all over her body, charged her with resisting arrest after he dislocated her hand because she was screaming in agony, arrested her with out reading her Miranda rights to her and arrested Lillian for screaming at him to stop hurting Madison & to help her because he had hurt her so badly. This officer was over 6ft tall and 250lbs and went “hand to hand” <—his words because Madison couldn’t sit on the ground due to her knee injury she has been dealing with since the car accident back in August.
Madison is in shock and is in pretty bad shape. Her dislocated hand will end her Senior JV Volleyball season which is devastating to her. We will be going into acute care in a few hours to have her hand casted. We just got home from Brookings.
Madison is a minor. Her crime…walking on campus minding her own business with her sister & friends.
We need an attorney, a civil one and a criminal one. We also need his body camera footage before it disappears.
I am taking a personal day today to deal with this. Pray for Madison she is absolutely traumatized and hasn’t stopped shaking in the past 5 hours.
Police brutality is real and it is happening right here in SD.
These photos were taken while being recorded in front of a Brookings County Sherriff inside the waiting area on their advice to ensure evidence was not tampered with. They were unable to document the injuries so they suggested we do it there on camera so there was no question on how she was released to me. They also suggested we either Sunshine Act or Subpoena the footage right away Monday to ensure it didn’t get “lost” [Melissa Mentele, Facebook post, 2017.09.10].
According to multiple Facebook posts, Melissa Mentele said her daughter, a senior at Emery High School, suffered dislocated bones in her hand and multiple scrapes and bruises when a UPD officer arrested her and her sister Lillian at 11:27 p.m. Saturday on SDSU campus. Melissa said her daughter has been charged with resisting arrest.
Yet just a couple weeks after his swing through South Dakota, Guandolo’s anti-Muslim hysteria apparently drove him to take a swing at Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek:
Confidential court records sent to the Center for New Community (CNC) by an anonymous source indicate Guandolo was involved in an altercation with Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek on June 28, 2017….
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) also confirmed the validity of the court documents to CNC staff on August 10 and provided a statement. “On June 28, 2017, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was physically assaulted while attending the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada,” the statement reads. “John Guandolo, of Dallas Texas, was cited for battery. Guandolo was presenting at the conference on behalf of the ‘Understanding the Threat’ organization.”
“The conversation became contentious” following Guandolo’s allegation and he began repeatedly stating he was a combat veteran, court records reveal. Stanek accordingly “stood up and announced that the meeting was over,” to which Guandolo responded by calling Stanek a “f[——] a[——]” before physically confronting the sheriff.
“[Guandolo] put the palms of his hands onto [Stanek’s] chest and forcibly pushed [Stanek] causing his head to snap backwards and fall into the wall behind him,” records also reveal. Guandolo then proceeded to throw “two closed-fist punches at [Stanek] striking him once in the area of [Stanek’s] left face/chin.” The court records indicate Washoe County, Nevada Sheriff’s deputies obtained surveillance video of Guandolo punching the sheriff [Imagine 2050, 2017.08.11].
“The sheriff physically roughed up Mr. Guandolo after his demands for removal of critical comments from the UTT website were declined,” wrote John Andrews, a former Colorado state senator who describes himself as the chairman of UTT’s National Advisory board.
We’ve seen right here in Aberdeen how quickly people swallowing this racist, fact-free conspiracy-theory hysteria will leap up and threaten violence. Imagine 2050 recognizes that danger posed by Guandolo and the madness he peddles:
The incident is a disturbing example of the threat Guandolo’s conspiracy-laden anti-Muslim zeal poses. If someone like Guandolo, who UTT-produced materials identify as “a Special Deputy Sheriff in Culpeper County, Virginia,” can be so consumed with anti-Muslim fervor that he would attack a law enforcement officer he perceives as collaborating with his enemies, it raises concerns about all those participating in training courses led by him and his UTT colleagues [Imagine 2050, 2017.08.11].
When you’re preaching to fearful people that they are part of an all-out war for civilization and survival, the kind of apocalyptic conflict “that movies are written about,” you can slip into justifying almost any words and actions. Civility, law, and truth matter less than the all-consuming fear of total destruction on which you’ve built your identity (not to mention your income stream).
Whether Aberdeen’s and Rapid City anti-Muslim paranoiacs will bring Guandolo back to South Dakota is unknown. According to a flyer floating around town, Aberdeen’s anonymous fearmongers are bringing New Zealand witch hunter Trevor Loudon back on September 19 to recycle the dreary litany of Muslim/communist/socialist threats he offered here in May. Aberdeen High School Democrats are organizing a suitable non-violent protest. (Review the photos and video of their positive April action for appropriate signs and statements by civilized citizens who recognize that solutions to America’s real problems do not rely on fear, hate, or punching sheriffs.)
The technology used at the residence in Lake County was a remote operated tactical robot. The tactical robot is equipped with multiple cameras, a light, and 2 way communications with the ability to listen to surroundings. It was used in this incident to better understand the layout of the exterior of the residence by driving around it. This allows law enforcement to evaluate the structure from a safe location. The robot is equipped to knock on the residence door and then proceed to the interior where it successfully navigated through the residence giving law enforcement a real time look of the entire structure while having the ability to give it commands from a safe location.
The tactical robot did not locate the subject, but did provide officers with the necessary information to enter the structure safely. The subject was located in the residence and arrested without incident. The tactical robot was then used to clear additional spaces in the residence including the attic space.
The tactical robot was a joint law enforcement purchase by the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Falls Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation [Attorney General Marty Jackley, press release, 2017.08.07].
How much did the South Dakota Highway Patrol spend in supporting state/corporate oppression of free speech at the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota last fall and winter? $518,154.38, says SDHP spokesman Tony Mangan, an amount that has been fully reimbursed by the state of North Dakota. Mangan says our Highway Patrol expended 8,800 manhour and other resources making life harder for Americans who don’t support Energy Transfer Partners’ endangerment of our water.
Trump delivered a combative law-and-order speech in the New York suburb Friday, calling gang members “animals” and praising law enforcement for being “rough.”
Speaking before law enforcement officers, Trump praised the aggressive tactics of immigration officers and suggested that police shouldn’t protect the heads of handcuffed suspects being put in the back of a car.
“When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon. You see them thrown in rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,'” Trump said to applause, referring to officers shielding prisoners’ heads with their hands.
In response to those remarks, Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns released this statement:
“The comments by the President regarding police use of force do not reflect the views or the policy of the Sioux Falls Police Department in regards to the handling or treatment of persons in our custody. We treat all persons with respect regardless of our reason for contact with them” [“Sioux Falls Police Chief Responds to Trump’s Use of Force Comments,” KSFY, 2017.07.30]
More danger and excitement in Aberdeen—according to the Aberdeen Police Department and a smattering of Facebook friends, an armed robber hit the Deuces Wild/Grande Casino building (I think the e is silent) at 12:06 p.m. today. In multiple signs of a lack of planning, the crook fled in broad daylight on foot (you’ve got to have wheels to put distance between you and the scene of the crime and force the police to spread their search resources) dropping money on the street as he went (bring a bag, preferably a snug backpack to keep both hands free, stuff it with cash, then zip it up so you aren’t leaving a trail bread crumbs).
Local motorcyclist Matthew Spencer reported the crime immediately on Facebook and appears to have helped police track the robber. Aberdeen PD established a perimeter around the neighborhood within minutes. By 12:22, they had apprehended 38-year-old Jesus Antonio Aguilera Rivera in a garage two blocks up and two over, in the 1100 block of Southeast Third Avenue. No shots were fired.
I’d buzz down to the Brown County Jail to get a mugshot of the suspect, but a couple weeks ago, the Brown County Commission voted to increase the cost of newly public mugshots from the already unreasonable $8 to $10, not because of any actual cost of providing the mugshots, but just because they want “a more even number” and want to claw back some of the money they pay the newspaper for publishing legal notices. My Libertarian friends mistakenly claim that taxation is theft. Tacking two bucks onto a fee for a public document—now that’s theft!
Two lawsuits have been filed; one on behalf of a three-year-old child who was forcibly catheterized as a means to collect evidence of child abuse or neglect, and the other on behalf of five adults who were subject to forcible catheterization as part of criminal investigations. All plaintiffs were subjected by law enforcement and state officials to forcible catheterization in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
…“Forcible catheterization is painful, physically and emotionally damaging, and deeply degrading,” said Heather Smith, Executive Director. “Catheterization isn’t the best way to obtain evidence, but it is absolutely the most humiliating. The authorities ordered the catheterization of our clients to satisfy their own sadistic and authoritarian desires to punish. Subjecting anyone to forcible catheterization, especially a toddler, to collect evidence when there are less intrusive means available, is unconscionable” [ACLU of South Dakota, press release, 2017.06.29].
The three-year-old in question in the first lawsuit had a catheter forced into his urinary tract to get evidence of his mother’s boyfriend’s drug use. The five adults named in the second lawsuit were subjected to similar torture to obtain evidence of their own alleged drug use. One plaintiff, Cody Holcombe, agreed to provide a urine sample but was catheterized anyway because Pierre police thought he was “taking too long.”
As the state is a defendant, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Marty Jackley will need to explain why forcing objects in people’s urinary tracts is an acceptable practice.
Predictably, Rep. Kristi Noem is finding a way to turn this week’s “National Police Week” into a political ploy. In her latest e-mail to constituents, Noem says her ride-along with Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department justifies spending more federal money (with no indication of how she would avoid increasing the deficit) and building that boondoggle Trump wall:
Needless to say, local law enforcement does a tremendous job. We, in turn, have a responsibility to give them the support and resources necessary to be safe and successful.
It was clear during my visit that drug trafficking and use has contributed greatly to the spike in violent crimes. While South Dakota sits more than a thousand miles from Mexico, Sheriff Mike Milstead estimated that around 90 percent of the state’s meth and heroin comes from south of the border. Simply put, we need to build robust physical and technological barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition to a border wall, I’ve cosponsored legislation that would deploy up to 10,000 more National Guard personnel to the border and allow law enforcement to go after the so-called “spotters” that drug traffickers use to avert officers at the border.
But a stronger border isn’t the only thing that must be done. This week, as we mark National Police Week, the House will be voting on a series of bills that support our men and women in blue – from helping departments staff up to supporting them in acquiring new technologies [Rep. Kristi Noem, e-mail, 2017.05.16].
Noem also takes the requisite shot at Marty Jackley, repeating the FBI stat showing our violent crime rate doubling over the past decade. At the moment, Jackley doesn’t sound too worried: he is promoting the fall Aging Gracefully Expo. Then again, neither does Noem, as she closes her email by stating, “The truth is there’s no other place I’d dream of raising my family than here….”
It’s kind of tough to fly the fear flag and the rose-colored glasses in the same campaign message, but no tougher for Kristi Noem than playing a conservative Republican while proposing bigger, more expensive government.