Tennessee Deputy Who Baptised An Arrestee And Strip Searched A Minor Now Dealing With 44 Criminal Charges And Five Lawsuits

from the LAW-ENFORCEMENT-OFFICER-OF-THE-YEAR dept

Tennessee sheriff's deputy Daniel Wilkey has racked up some amazing stats during his short law enforcement career. At the age of 26, Deputy Daniel Wilkey is at his second law enforcement agency, having left the Rhea County Sheriff's Office for the Hamilton County in 2018.

During his time as a Rhea County deputy, Daniel Wilkey was named in one (1) federal lawsuit for fatally shooting a person. Since his arrival in Hamilton County in February 2018, Wilkey has been hit with five (5) civil rights lawsuits. Fortunately, none of these involve Wilkey killing anyone.

More unfortunately, about half of them break new ground in civil rights violation territory. One alleges an unlawful roadside anal search that injured the searchee. Another involves a super-weird forced baptism in a nearby lake, supposedly in exchange for leniency with a drug arrest. Both of those were filed on the same day.

Yet another two (2) lawsuits involve minors, roadside strip searches, and Wilkey's bizarre personal blend of religious affirmations and verbal abuse.

But Wilkey's biggest numbers are his latest. Via Cacobot comes this update: Deputy Wilkey is facing almost as many felony charges as he is years-old.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Daniel Wilkey has been indicted on 44 criminal charges, including 25 felonies, "pertaining to incidents he was involved in while on duty in an official capacity," according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Here are the charges (with counts per), which can pretty much be read to the tune "Twelve Days of Christmas" [felonies in bold]:

10 Reckless Driving
9 Official oppression
7 Reckless endangerment
6 Sexual Battery
4 Stalking
3 Assault
2 False imprisonment
2 Rape
1 Extortion

All this from a deputy who's only been with his current agency for ten (10) months. And in that short period of time, he managed to rack up eight (8) internal affairs investigations.

The criminal charges only add to Wilkey's multitudinous problems. Judges in two of the four lawsuits Wilkey is facing have refused to put those on hold until after the criminal cases are decided. Wilkey's attorney argued it would be unfair for him to have to face both, especially since testimony/evidence in the criminal cases could be used against him in the civil lawsuits. Too bad, says Judge Mattice, who is presiding over the forced baptism case:

"Defendants… downplay Plaintiff's interest in vindicating alleged violations of the rights guaranteed to her by the United States Constitution. It is not merely 'money' weighed against Defendant's unspecified rights," Mattice wrote. "As previously noted, Defendants do not have a right to defend against civil and criminal proceedings one at a time, nor do they have a general right to avoid the evidentiary implications of responsive pleadings."

Things may change as the criminal cases move forward, but for now, Wilkey's fighting a battle on at least two five fronts. One lawsuit has been stayed, but only for 90 days. Wilkey might want to start exercising that speedy trial right ASAP.

As for Wilkey's compadres -- the three deputies who stood idly by while Wilkey violated rights in new and inventive ways? They're just kind of hanging around, sucking up tax dollars. Bobby Brewer, who aided with the roadside anal search, is on clerical duty. Jacob Goforth, who hung around and watched Wilkey "baptise" an arrestee, is back on active duty. And Tyler McRae, who helped Wilkey proselytize while stripping a minor down to his boxer shorts, is still on patrol and has not been placed under investigation.

Deputy Wilkey is in a league of his own. His LAR* won't be topped any time soon -- at least not by anyone playing for farm team agencies. It will take a major league asshole to beat Wilkey's 44 charges and five lawsuits. Given enough time, someone will be it cumulatively. But give those fuckers an asterisk. Wilkey's dealing with this all at the same time -- and he locked down these stats in a mere 10 months of work.

*Lawsuits Above Replacement

Filed Under: daniel wilkey, hamilton county, police, rhea county, tennessee


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    aerinai (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 11:44am

    How many Investigations before you are benched?

    So, after... like... 5 IA investigations, no one was like, "yeah... maybe we should put him on desk duty..."?

    This is a failure of the department as a whole. I really would like to see what the Sheriff says about this guy and why he was kept on the street so long.

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      That One Guy (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 12:02pm

      Gutless and powerless, or corrupt

      I can think of two possible explanations for why he's still working there offhand, neither of them good.

      Either the department is so beholden to the local police union that they effectively have zero ability to fire officers unless the union deigns to grant them the ability, or they fully support everything he's doing and therefore see nothing wrong with any of it, and certainly nothing worth kicking him out over.

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      Tim Cushing (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 9:28pm

      Re: How many Investigations before you are benched?

      the desk also filed a complaint so

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        urza9814 (profile), 19 Dec 2019 @ 8:56am

        Re: Re: How many Investigations before you are benched?

        And the desk, being part of the police department, surely takes priority over any of those other plebs!

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      Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 8:39am

      Re: How many Investigations before you are benched?

      Blue Line gang in action. Others stand by watching a criminal pig in action and doesn't stop it. They are just as guilty and should be fired and never allowed to work in any police gang ever again.

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    That One Guy (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 11:59am

    No, see, that's not what that term means

    All this from a deputy who's only been with his current agency for ten (10) months. And in that short period of time, he managed to rack up eight (8) internal affairs investigations.

    You'd think that after a maybe two or three(on the high end) internal investigations in less than a year the scumbag's superiors would maybe look into firing him, but I guess they took the idea of holding police to a higher standard to mean that the number of crimes they can commit needs to be higher before they consider thinking about planning a discussion about how maybe someone like that has no business being a cop.

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:39pm

      Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

      Yeehaw!!

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        Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:47pm

        Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

        This is "heinous."

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:40pm

      Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

      The ENTIRE US LAW ENFORCEMENT should be indicted.

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        Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:45pm

        Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

        At the very least the President of the United States of America should be making a public statement over this matter.

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          Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 7:13am

          Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

          Really? .... What would he say?
          Probably scold the cop for not being more rough on her.

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          Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 8:44am

          Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

          This is not something Trump or any other president should get involved in. Remember Obama attacking the police doing their job on a reported home break-in? He was attacking the police doing their job in that case when they really did nothing wrong. It's a local matter. Obama shouldn't have gotten involved in the first place.

          These things are really below what a President should be focusing on. You have your other minions involved in these things if needed. The President should be more focused on the overall country as a whole.

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            Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 10:48am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

            "These things are really below what a President should be focusing on."...

            You obviously haven't seen how "low" the current cheeto in charge can go...

            Disrespecting teens.... check
            Illegal Political influence.... check
            Bribing porn stars and lawyers.... check
            "Fake News'ing"... check

            If we weren't living it, you would never believe it could happen (outside of some twisted Hollywood plot to take over the world... oh wait, maybe that's what's happening, it's all a 'world movie' and we just haven't reached the climax yet)

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            Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 11:48am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

            "This is not something Trump or any other president should get involved in."

            Why limit what the siting president can do?
            Apparently the present prez thinks he can do anything .. anything at all.

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              Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 3:39pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

              I hear what everyone is saying about The President not getting involved, but dammit he is the Commander and Chief not just for foreign wars and military affairs, but also for domestic affairs. He should set this straight to at least attempt some damage control before this country just upheaves upon itself.

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                Anonymous Coward, 19 Dec 2019 @ 10:21am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term means

                There may be bigger fish to fry at the moment.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 19 Dec 2019 @ 10:53am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that term m

                  bigger than law enforcement raping a minor in the carrying out of its duty to American citizens?? wtf? I don't think so.

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                    Anonymous Coward, 19 Dec 2019 @ 10:56am

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that te

                    Heinous crimes against US citizens especially, especially children should be First and Foremost on the attention of everyone in government.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 19 Dec 2019 @ 10:57am

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what tha

                      President Trump must address this gut wrenching attack.

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                        Anonymous Coward, 19 Dec 2019 @ 11:02am

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what

                        The boss must say from behind his desk, "You're ALL FIRED!"

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                    Anonymous Coward, 19 Dec 2019 @ 12:33pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what that te

                    I was referring to the fact that donny may be a bit preoccupied at the moment, you are aware of his continuing problems - right? Donald was the topic of the comment replied to, yeah?
                    So ... you expect donny to give a shit about anything other than himself? You should get upset about that.

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                      Anonymous Coward, 24 Dec 2019 @ 5:28pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, see, that's not what tha

                      I think he might try to make himself look good in light of everything else having gone awry dare I say. It would be one hell of a boost for us citizens to finally have someone of considerable authority speak out against the lunacy coming from blue.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:02pm

    Just a few bad apples...HAH

    Those three who stood by and watched while citizens rights were being violated, and their supervisors who put them back to work are not good apples.

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      Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 8:44am

      Re: Just a few bad apples...HAH

      They should all be fired.

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 18 Dec 2019 @ 6:16am

      Re: Just a few bad apples...HAH

      "Those three who stood by and watched while citizens rights were being violated, and their supervisors who put them back to work are not good apples."

      This is a common issue in the police. One officer does something bad and another officer is witness. What does the other officer do?

      Reporting him means the reporting officer carries the stigma as a snitch forevermore - no one to partner with, no backup in dangerous confrontations, and better not leave your dinner unattended at the precinct lest someone spit in it.

      Keep silent? Safer choice but now the second officer is complicit and will go down in flames alongside his rotten partner if that one ever gets caught.

      Doesn't take long for one bad apple to rot the whole precinct which at first gives leeway and then finds out they've become quiet accomplices to, as described in the OP, thuggery, assault and rape. Ooops.

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        Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 18 Dec 2019 @ 7:19am

        Re: Re: Just a few bad apples...HAH

        The "Snitches get stitches" culture is the actual problem, SDM. Until it is addressed, the problems will continue.

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          Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 20 Dec 2019 @ 1:29am

          Re: Re: Re: Just a few bad apples...HAH

          "The "Snitches get stitches" culture is the actual problem, SDM. Until it is addressed, the problems will continue."

          Tribalism, as always, at the core of too many problems. But it's not the sole reason for shit like this. The backing of the police unions, district attorneys, and high-ranking politicians with a hard-on for ultra-authoritarianism ensures bad behavior and coverups is usually the reaction which is less harmful to the precinct in question.

          An admission there is a problem and subsequent investigation messes things up far more than outright denial, in most cases. It's pretty telling that Wilkey had to work very hard at being a douche before his safety lines snapped.

          When it comes to law enforcement gone bad what you end up in is a fortress mentality of "Us vs Them" - as amply demonstrated by the TD articles we have on Barr.

          Why should the people surrounding people like wilkes change? Statistically speaking there's less motive for them to invite the hassle of IA rather than just have a sheriff quietly bury the problems caused by a rambunctious and malicious deputy.

          The problems may start at the bottom of the hierarchy but are surely nourished and defended from the top.

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    hij (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:13pm

    Reduced employment opportunities

    If he is found guilty this may reduce his employment opportunities so low that he may have to go over two to three counties away for a new deputy sheriff position.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:48pm

    Well, I know someone who’s going on a Brady list — among other lists, should he be convicted of those sex crimes.

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      David, 16 Dec 2019 @ 5:59pm

      Re:

      Well, I know someone who’s going on a Brady list
      Uh what? That's a list of officers not to trust as a witness. It would be a total travesty if he is on any list of officers after the first criminal case concludes. And actually, even before that.

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    Norahc (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:48pm

    I sincerely hope Deputy Wilkey enjoys his new career as a prison bitch, which can't start soon enough.

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      Thad (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 2:07pm

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      Making light of prison rape serves the interests of authoritarians like Wilkey. It implies that it's okay for criminals to have their human rights violated, and for people in power to allow it to happen.

      If you think it's okay for Wilkey's rights to be violated because he's a bad person -- well, that's what he was thinking every time he violated someone's rights.

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        Norahc (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 2:21pm

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        He can be a prison bitch without getting prison raped.

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          James Burkhardt (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 2:45pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Prison Bitch is widely used as slang for a male prisoner who 'bottoms' in a (generally) non-consensual sexual relationship between inmates. When a person says "First day, beat someone up or become someone's bitch", they don't mean become someone's gofer.

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            Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 9:45pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Most of those relationships are consensual, but called "rape" to save face.

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            bhull242 (profile), 23 Dec 2019 @ 1:31pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            In Norahc’s defense, when I think of “prison bitch”, I don’t think exclusively of victims of prison rape or those who are bottoms in a consensual (or nonconsensual) sexual relation between inmates; I also think of those who are terrorized into performing favors that aren’t sexual or are humiliated in any number of ways, not all of which are sexual in nature.

            That said, I don’t really wish that on anyone, either. Sure, it’s not as bad as rape, but it’s also wrong. Besides, what I think “prison bitch” means doesn’t necessarily correlate with what the general population think it means or the actual definition. And, of course, I absolutely do not mean to minimize, support, or make fun of prison rape, which is appalling and a serious problem with our prison system.

            I think Norahc was just saying that they didn’t intend to refer to prison rape but the more general terrorizing and such that happens in prisons. Though again, I don’t dispute your claim about the definition of “prison bitch”.

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          Thad (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 3:01pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          ...did you just pull an "It's not pollution that's harming the environment, it's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it"?

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            Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 7:18am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            It's not the falling that kills you,
            it's the rapid deceleration trauma.

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              Anonymous Coward, 18 Dec 2019 @ 3:49pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              Knowing there is going to be a big BONK at the end kills you!

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                Anonymous Coward, 19 Dec 2019 @ 10:22am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                That does little to explain the, very few, people who survive lengthy falls.

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                  Anonymous Coward, 24 Dec 2019 @ 5:33pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  Sometimes an angel just grabs you. Who can say for sure? Maybe they died midfall, and came back to life only to live out life as a paraplegic or minister!

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            bhull242 (profile), 23 Dec 2019 @ 1:41pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            I don’t think that that’s what they meant. There’s a lot of abuse and intimidation that goes on in prisons that don’t involve sex at all. When they said, “prison bitch”, they meant it in broader terms than “the ‘bottom’ in a sexual relationship between or among inmates which may or may not be consensual”, and even that definition doesn’t exclusively involve prison rape in any capacity. Of course, some people do use the term to refer exclusively to prison-rape victims, but that wasn’t what Norahc meant.

            So yeah, being a prison bitch doesn’t necessarily require prison rape to occur at all.

            By contrast, “pollution” is essentially equivalent to “impurities in our air and water”.

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        dave, 22 Dec 2019 @ 7:18pm

        Re: Re:

        This is very good. And true of me. I confess I've felt this way about "Bad" people
        But that's how this perp felt as well
        Great insight Thad !

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 1:58pm

    Nothing like a power-tripping civil servant who thinks s/he IS "the law."

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    bhull242 (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 2:25pm

    That’s a pretty impressive rap sheet for only ten months on the job. It takes a special kind of person to do all that and get charged for it in such a short period of time despite being a police officer.

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      Norahc (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 2:39pm

      Re:

      Basically he averaged a charge a week while he was there.

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 17 Dec 2019 @ 6:39am

      Re:

      "It takes a special kind of person to do all that and get charged for it in such a short period of time despite being a police officer."

      ...and unfortunately that type of "special" person often gravitates towards jobs which come with a badge and judicial enforcement power.

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    Wyrm (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 2:59pm

    I remember a few jokes about "In Soviet Russia".

    But nowadays, you don't need to travel in space and time to "Soviet Russia" when you can turn some of these jokes so terrifyingly real back home in the US.

    "In America, you watch Big Brother."
    "In Soviet Russia, Big Brother watch you!"

    "In America, you call the police."
    "In Soviet Russia, the police calls you."

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 3:37pm

    Hey brt why aren’t you here defending this guy? They aren’t going to let you eat the ookie cookie at the policemen’s ball this year if you stop carrying water for these wannabe SS punks now.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 5:19pm

    There was a time when I would have been surprised and shocked at news like this article.

    Sadly, that time is so long in the past it is almost ancient history.

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 5:31pm

      Re:

      You must be over 100 years old...

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        Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 6:06pm

        Re: Re:

        Or at least a boomer.

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          Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 6:20pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Just because someone has been emulating ostrich's in the past and has now raised their level of awareness of the world around them does not mean they are either boomers or even old. I know a couple of dozen millennial's who meet this criteria, but are slowly putting their iPhone's down and looking around at reality, with some coaxing.

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            David, 17 Dec 2019 @ 3:18pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            I know a couple of dozen millennial's who meet this criteria, but are slowly putting their iPhone's down and looking around at reality, with some coaxing.

            Certainly you don't need to hold your iPhone up for good reception if you can instead rely on coax. I've not tracked development closely, but I guess those would be older models?

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            bhull242 (profile), 23 Dec 2019 @ 1:44pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Honestly, I think all of you are completely missing the point. This guy says he’s been desensitized to this sort of thing for a very long time. That’s not a result of ignorance (willful or otherwise) or old age.

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    DeComposer (profile), 16 Dec 2019 @ 8:32pm

    The world would be better off without Deupty Wilkey....

    " filed in 2015 alleges Wilkey fatally shot Steven Lee "Buddy" Howell while employed as a deputy with the Rhea County Sheriff's Office. According to the federal complaint, Rhea County authorities detained Howell, who was allegedly intoxicated and belligerent at a hospital in September 2014. Concerned Howell was reaching for a deputy's gun, authorities said a deputy, later identified as Wilkey in the lawsuit, shot Howell in the head at point-blank range."

    I'm not saying it was an execution, but it's damned difficult to imagine a scenario in which a deputy was close enough to shoot a man in the head at point-blank range but not have complete control over the situation.

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Dec 2019 @ 9:44pm

      Re: The world would be better off without Deupty Wilkey....

      Have you seen the Indian police's "encounter" with four dead accused rapists who supposedly broke free when taken to the crime scene?

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    Rene, 17 Dec 2019 @ 6:33am

    "More unfortunately, about half of them break new ground in civil rights violation territory."

    Unfortunately indeed: This is where Qualified Immunity will be thrown about like confetti on new-years. "There's no explicit indication that you can't baptise a person within 50 feet of a double-yellow". "No cases have ever specifically barred police from forcing a woman to shake her bra at 13:51:57 on a wednesday."

    This cop might get 44 days of probation. We'll all be told "justice was served, it would be wrong of you to try and get it any other way than through his friends", and all police will pat each-other on the back for a new level of abuse now being "department policy".

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    Zof (profile), 17 Dec 2019 @ 7:38am

    If I try to get a job making sandwiches

    They'll know I drank too much at a bar twenty years ago, and the cops had to be called.

    But a cop that murdered someone, shucks, they either don't bother to check or don't care it seems. He gets a new job easily. After killing someone.

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      Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 7:52am

      Re: If I try to get a job making sandwiches

      If I ever do something stupid enough to get thrown in prison it's nice to know I still have career options when I get out.

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      That One Guy (profile), 17 Dec 2019 @ 9:58am

      Re: If I try to get a job making sandwiches

      But a cop that murdered someone, shucks, they either don't bother to check or don't care it seems. He gets a new job easily. After killing someone.

      Or worse, they see that sort of behavior and consider it a plus. 'Now here's someone who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, and doesn't give a damn if he has to bruise a few feelings or bend a few laws in the process.'

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 7:53am

    Bad orchards produce bad apples.

    I want to know which academy graduated this knuckle-dragger. Who interviewed and signed off on him? Every supervisor and shift capt. should explain why nothing was done to correct obvious character flaws.

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    Glen, 17 Dec 2019 @ 9:50am

    "Despite Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond having publicly commented on the matter at the beginning of the investigation into Wilkey's alleged misconduct, stating he would "stand by his men in terms of their ability and their training," sheriff's office spokesman Matt Lea declined to comment Monday."

    https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/dec/16/criminally-indicted-hamilton-cou nty-deputy-daniel-wilkey-faces-four-more-civil-lawsuits/510751/

    Amazing!!!

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      Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2019 @ 11:51am

      Re:

      Holy cow. The link inside that article also: https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2019/oct/01/hamiltcounty-sheriffs-deputies-face-11-m illil/504905/

      "Another case involves now-deceased deputy Daniel Hendrix. Hendrix was accused of assaulting a Silverdale Detention Center inmate in 2015. He was arrested a month later and charged with assault. But the charges were later dismissed because the victim couldn't be found, despite the county allegedly knowing she was being held in another jail, according to Tuesday's lawsuit.

      After the charges were dismissed, Hendrix was reinstated as a deputy. Two years later, he was shot and killed by Chattanooga police after he became violent and drew his county-issued gun while celebrating his birthday in 2017. Hendrix had violated the county's use-of-force policy at least three times between 2015 and 2017, the Times Free Press previously reported."

      Just wow.

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 18 Dec 2019 @ 3:54pm

        Re: Re:

        You don't think cops don't drink, Just Wow? They do and with a sidearm strapped to their side too. A lot of cowboy mentality ruling the streets.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 18 Dec 2019 @ 4:56am

    I don't know if the timesfreepress or the stories of the confederate statue coming down are very credible. I'm not doing fact checking on it but it seems a little bit tabloidy.

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