It was brought to my attention that in a post about a rise in crime I used a symbol that can carry extreme negative connotations.
In looking for a symbol for “We the People” I found a raised fist with the caption “Power to the People” that seemed to fit with my sentiments about the abuse of government power in Valencia County. My understanding was that this is a symbol of solidarity. I was unaware of the fact that there are a number of factors involved regarding the connotations of any particular depiction of the fist. To me, a fist is a fist. When using the phrase “We the People” or “Power to the People” I am referring to American citizens. I feel these words represent the rights of every American to their basic Civil Liberties.
From Wikipedia.org: “Civil liberties are civil rights and freedoms that provide an individual specific rights such as the freedom from slavery and forced labor, freedom from torture and death, the right to liberty and security, right to a fair trial, the right to defend one’s self, the right to own and bear arms, the right to privacy, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, and the right to marry and have a family. Within the distinctions between civil liberties and other types of liberty, it is important to note the distinctions between positive rights and negative rights.
It is my belief that the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office is trampling on the Civil Liberties of the citizens of this county. The purpose of this blog is to share information and unite the people of Valencia County who believe that there are serious issues with the VCSO and other government entities in Valencia County. Through sharing information, I have learned that these problems are more pervasive than I once knew. Through awareness we can take actions to seek change.
Click here to read a brief history of the raised fist, the historical uses and connotations, and a list of groups that have used this symbol for a variety of causes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raised_fist
I have removed that symbol from the post, as any connotation other than that described above is not consistent with my message and beliefs.
Happy Sunday! I hope that you are all doing well and getting those AC units revved up! I have been particularly busy cleaning up my yard. Due to the massive amounts of debris my Stalkers have heaved onto my property this is a daunting task, particularly when you have chronic pain issues, though I don’t mind the cardio. They must go to construction sites to get all this crap. I have to sweep my yard with a push broom to get it all out of here. Of course, they continue to engage in this activity throughout each day and night so the areas that I have recently cleaned are already filling with debris.
And meanwhile, Sheriff Louis Burkhard (AKA, The Man) refuses to help me. Still. Well, no news there!
Today I am going to address an article from the Valencia County News Bulletin that I have been wanting to discuss. The article, “Contraband Smuggling Up at County Jail”, was written by Julia M. Dendinger, and published in the midweek edition on December 14, 2011.
The article reveals that there had been “an uptick” in contraband smuggling attempts into the Valencia County Detention Center. Now, I find this article of particular interest for two reasons that are personal to me.
First of all, note that this article was written around the same time as the article that I discussed here: http://valenciacountycitizensvoice.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/burkhard-admits-crime-is-on-the-rise-in-valencia-county/ .
The news article that I discuss in “Burkhard Admits Crime is on the Rise in Valencia County” is based on a piece by Kim Vallez of KOB, from November 2, 2011. That article precedes the news about “an uptick” in contraband smuggling attempts into the Valencia County Detention Center by about one month and both problems began to garner publicity approximately one year after Burkhard had been elected Sheriff of Valencia County. So, not only is the social misfit crime rate increasing, but the number of corrections officers involved in smuggling contraband into the jail is on the rise, as well. This seems consistent with the tolerance for misconduct that I have observed from The Man. The Man appears to have zero leadership potential.
The second item of interest that was addressed in this article is the fact that (and I quote):
“After the discovery, Chavez said Valencia County Detective Sgt. John Gordon and a deputy were called in to the detention center and given the evidence and the internal documentation.”
Someone please correct me if I am wrong but it is my understanding that the Sheriff’s Department is responsible for overseeing the County Jail. The transporters and such work for the Sheriff’s Department, as well. I used to do social work in a large jail and so I know, generally, how these things work. Bottom line is that the individuals smuggling contraband into the jail are either directly employed by the Sheriff’s Office or, at the very least, overseen by The Man.
Perfect!!! As Judge Judy would say. Now the story is developing.
The article states,
“The three recent attempts to smuggle prohibited items into the jail were stopped, but Warden Joe Chavez reports that the officers involved in the incidents made very difficult decisions.
In one case, the officers reported the incident and an inmate was charged. In the other two cases two detention center officers lost their jobs and they could be facing criminal charges.”
Isn’t it a FELONY to smuggle contraband into a jail????
And this story too, folks, died hard and fast. No follow up.
Notice how the inmate was “charged” but the officers “could be” charged. Typical, I say.
The article continues,
“On Nov. 28, Detention Officer John Gordon (not the sheriff’s detective), who was still in his first year of probationary employment, admitted he was bringing in contraband via food.”
“Chavez chuckles a bit when talking about the ‘burrito incident,’ but his reaction is no laughing matter.”
Yeah, this is real funny isn’t it kids? Chavez’ reaction seems consistent with the attitudes of county law enforcement in Valencia County.
Now, if you caught it, note that Sgt. John Gordon (AKA, Gordito) was assigned to investigate this matter. The Valencia Bulletin states that the Detention Officer John Gordon is “not the sheriff’’s detective.” I never took a journalism course in my life but don’t reporters typically say “not related” when talking about two people with the same name? This reporter wrote, “Detention Officer John Gordon (not the sheriff’s detective)”.
I question this phraseology because it would be just like The Man to assign a sergeant to investigate his own son’s wrong doing. If anybody knows if these two John Gordons are related, please drop me a note.
This is how the article ends,
“Both Gordon and Montano are currently being investigated by detectives with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department and could face charges of trying to introduce contraband into a jail, a fourth degree felony, Chavez said.”
All I can say is that those two guys had an enormous stroke of luck by committing a fourth degree felony that their own VCSO is going to investigate, much less a possible blood relation. UUUMMMMMM… Let me guess. Nothing worse than a termination was ever visited upon the two individuals involved in this matter?
Okay, I am off to get some parts for the AC. Will talk with you guys later! Have a beautiful Sunday.
I am, once again, putting the Gordito Chronicles on the back burner because of a story that came out in the Valencia County News Bulletin this morning. According to an article written by Abigail R. Ortiz in the April, 11, 2002 Bulletin, a 16 year old Belen High School student was forced to hide in his sister’s closet while what he thought sounded like 2 or 3 burglars kicked in his front door and pilfered through his home taking anything of value. I am so grateful that this young man was not harmed during this home invasion.
According to the article, “This was one of four burglaries on Hillindale Avenue that occurred that day…”. ONE OF FOUR! ON ONE ROAD! IN ONE DAY! Yes, folks you read that correctly. The article goes on to say that there were four arrests in connection with the burglary but Captain Michael Hall refused to confirm who the four were. SSSHHHHHH! It’s a secret!
It is my understanding that arrest records are public information so what’s the big secret? This is so typical!
Don’t forget folks The Man (Sheriff Louis Burkhard) campaigned on promises of cleaning up this community, but in particular, of improving the communications between the Sheriff’s Department and the good citizens of Valencia County. I will be citing articles in future posts that are typical of the refusal on the part of the big wigs at the VCSO to tell the public what is going on in our own community.
I would also like to cite an article that can be found here, http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/belen-man-fights-off-burglar , on the KRQE website. The story, by Kim Vallez, from November 2, 2011 describes a home invasion where 63 year old Warren Wiley was not so lucky. The following excerpts are from KRQE.com:
“63 year-old Warren Wiley says he awoke early Friday morning to a noise in his home. He looked up and saw the silhouette of a man rifling through his belongings. Wiley says shortly after asking the man what he was doing there, the man attacked him with a knife….”
“….Wiley was left with three stab wounds, one of them severe……”
“”This past couple months we’ve been averaging three to four burglaries a day in Rio Communities,” said Valencia County Sergeant Alan Montano”
“We recently have seen a rise in burglaries,” said Sheriff Louis Burkhard
The Sheriff’s Department is now putting together a tact plan to try to deal with the problem. The first step, getting wanted property crime offenders behind bars.
The sheriff says they will be doing warrant roundups to try to prevent the crimes in the first place. Burkhard says about 80 percent of crimes are committed by repeat offenders.”
I would be interested to know how many “warrant roundups” have been done since The Man made this statement back in November, 2011. How many of those “wanted property crime offenders” are now behind bars? I will bet that I can guess the answer to that question.
So I am here to tell you that in less than one year since The Man took office, he has publicly admitted that crime rates have increased. It is right there in black and white.
You know, if The Man and his underlings were not so busy harassing the honest, law biding citizens of this county, maybe they could get down to the business of enforcing the law. However, because he is a man who holds grudges and thinks that he can control our God given right to freedom of speech via threats and intimidation (IMHO), an inordinate amount of time and manpower is wasted.
And all this time home invasions are rising under the “leadership” of Sheriff Louis Burkhard and honest citizens are being robbed and beaten by real criminals.
I guess that when you only get paid ten dollars an hour, it is just plain easier to harass and threaten innocent women and children than to go out and do your damn J-O-B. I guess that when you are not doing your job, it is easier to keep the statistics hush hush and then harass and intimidate those who speak out against your administration to shut them up. Allegedly, Allegedly, Allegedy, blah, blah, blah.
We deserve better than this, Valencia County! Please campaign against inadequate and dishonest public figures in the 2014 election. This Sheriff’s administration is out of control!
I have some other things in the works and will get them out ASAP. You take care and let me know if you have a tip or a story you would like to share.
Hi Kids! I will eventually get to the stories that I have been working on but I wanted to tell show you a couple of stills from the continuing harassment of the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office. They simply cannot restrain themselves from trying to punish me for going to the media and for writing about the profound lack of professionalism that I have encountered when dealing with them. They continue driving by my house repeatedly and last night drove by a number of times. This is what I wanted to show you:
The perpetuation of the harassment by, again, flooding my property with a spotlight is really bordering on sick. And I mean mental. IMHO. When a group of men who believe/perceive themselves to be really tough and macho harass a disabled woman and her children rather than doing their jobs, something is seriously wrong with them.
I guess that this is supposed to serve to humiliate me in front of my neighbors. Pure and simple harassment. Their way of trying to get me to shut up. Anyway, I did get out of bed to see what they were up to. http://valenciacountycitizensvoice.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/valencia-county-sheriffs-office-stalking-citizens-to-shut-them-up/ <<< Click here to read more about the VCSO stalking citizens to shut them up. This is not a one time occurrence.
It is truly pathetic that Sheriff Louis Burkhard condones this type of behavior. Maybe it was The Man, himself? He has a copy of the footage from the Big Man, Little Man incident and has reviewed that footage, obviously. http://valenciacountycitizensvoice.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/big-man-little-man/ <<< click here if you haven’t read that story. Lauren Zakalik (Action 7 News) and I were informed that my case, specifically, would be used to train the underlings about the unwanted problems that can ensue when law enforcement officers engage in unethical behavior and violate the rights of citizens.
I am trying to move on to the Gordito Chronicles, but the VCSO is the gift that just keeps on giving! I am convinced that they have a manual with the recipe for shutting up honest, law biding citizens whose Civil Rights have been violated. They want to keep incidents that do not reflect kindly on their conduct under wraps…and so the harassment continues. A recipe for disaster!
I look forward to experiencing the next ingredient and there is no question in my mind that the unethical conduct will continue.
I will be getting more pieces out as soon as possible.
Below is the “Law Enforcement Code of Ethics” from the NM County Sheriff Handbook. If you would like to view the entire document click here: http://countycollege.nmsu.edu/documents/nm-sheriffs-handbook-jan-2011.pdf
This is a handbook that describes duties and responsibilities of the Office of Sheriff in New Mexico. The handbook begins by presenting the LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS (below). As the next election cycle draws near I think we should all ask ourselves if our sheriff takes this code of ethics seriously, or if he is even aware of the document. I wonder which handbook it is that Sheriff Louis Burkhard follows?
“LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS”
“As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…law enforcement.”
THE NEW MEXICO COUNTY SHERIFF
A Reference Handbook
January 2011 Edition
Edited & Produced by
The NM EDGE
A Program of the NM Cooperative Extension Service
New Mexico State University
Mary C. DeLorenzo, CMP, Program Director
If you believe that our sheriff is honest and conducts himself in a manner consistent with a man with integrity, then by all means vote for him in 2014. If you think that “The Man” has been a positive influence on our community, then vote for him. If you believe that “The Man” has improved communications between the VCSO and the community, then vote for him.
If you, like me, would like to see the leadership at the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office sent packing, then vote against Burkhard next election cycle. The current leadership at the VCSO is pathetic, dishonest and corrupt, IMHO. I have been working to inform the public of specific incidents that showcase the degree to which “The Man’s” leadership is inferior and detrimental to our community.
In my humble opinion “The Man” is immoral, dishonest and inadequate. I have and will continue to validate my opinions with examples of incidents, events, and additional evidence to support these claims. I will continue to do so until “The Man” is voted out. If you can see that our community is in worse condition than it was before “The Man” was elected in the not to distant past, then by all means DON’T JUST VOTE AGAINST BURKHARD, BUT DO WHATEVER YOU CAN DO TO CONTRIBUTE TO A CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIM, AS WELL!!!
I will eventually get back to the Gordito Chronicles. Please remember that if you would like to submit a private comment or personal story, enter a spam email address. I also appreciate your tips!
While I’m thinking about it I just wanted to express my gratitude to the Valencia County Fire Department crews.
I have had to call them out when my air conditioner caught on fire and for a couple of health scares. They were professional, efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly. Honest. These guys and gals rock!
When you see them on the corner with their boots toss them some change – a lot of them are volunteers.
To read more about them click here: