This is an email sent by none other than federally indicted Portage Mayor James Snyder to Portage officials, ordering them to violate my Constitutional rights. If Mayor James Snyder wants to boo hoo about violation of Constitutional rights, in an attempt to weasel out of his federal charges, perhaps it is time that his violation of my Constitutional rights bite him in the ass. This Michigan OIDV survivor's anniversary wish: that at the March 15th hearing, the Feds have Snyder read aloud this email from the witness stand - and count off the numerous Constitutional violations he committed against me. Have Snyder explain why there was never an investigation into the unlawful police entry and deaths of Abbi and Bailey - nor any accountability, or justice - all in violation of my Constitutional rights.
In awe of the incredible and courageous actions of Kim Holt, for successfully bringing the issue of Michigan OIDV to the attention of the media, public, and state officials/legislators. Since April 2013, the tragic stories of Michigan OIDV cases have disappeared from the media and thus the eyes of the public - due to Michigan state legislators closing criminal proceedings to the public, of domestic violence cases pleaded under MCL 769.4avia ACT 550. The action of state officials and legislators leaving OIDV victims/survivors across our state without a voice, was devastating - as it placed these victims in more danger as their abusers now knew their actions would never come to public light. One cannot grasp the hopelessness of these victims, who were now left completely without a voice of perhaps the only ones who ever cared about them: the media. Imagine for a moment the power that ACT 550 of 2013 gave abusive police officers/officials who now were aware that no matter what they did to the victim, there would never be any accountability. For five long years, smug and over-confident Michigan state officials, legislators, and law enforcement officials across our state believed that they had silenced the media and thus victims/survivors of OIDV forever - without any concern to the danger they placed OIDV victims. However, they underestimated Michigan OIDV survivor Kim Holt and her incredible voice... Isn't it time the public finally stand up for OIDV victims and ask our ELECTED state officials/legislators, "What are you doing to protect OIDV victims, instead of protecting their abusers?" Let's keep Kim Holt's conversation going...
Detroit police are looking into an allegation that the department’s internal affairs unit in 2011 failed to investigate a report alleging that an officer had raped his estranged wife.
The woman says the officer, who retired last year, assaulted her in her Clinton Township home in 2010. The woman said about a week later she consulted an attorney, who told her it would do no good to report the crime because her husband was a cop.
She said she was afraid of her husband, and that it took a year to muster the courage to file a report with Clinton Township police. The detective, who wrote in his report that the woman cried throughout the interview, alerted Detroit’s internal affairs unit, although the woman said the unit never contacted her.
“We’re looking into whether IA handled this allegation properly,” Detroit police Chief James Craig said, adding that he opened the investigation after the woman last month sent letters to him and Mayor Mike Duggan laying out her allegations.
The Detroit News is not identifying the officer or the alleged victim because no charges have been filed. Clinton Township police sought a warrant against the officer in 2012, but it was denied.
“This is the hardest letter I have ever written,” the woman, who is a teacher, wrote to Duggan and Craig. “I am shaking all over as I write it, but I know that for my daughter and the girls I teach, and all of the girls yet to be born, speaking my truth is a necessity to help end the culture of sexual assault, harassment, and rape that we currently live in.
“You may ask ‘Why now? Why is she writing this now?’ I write now because of the countless other women who are standing up through their fear to tell the truth. I speak out now because another day of allowing men with powerful positions to get away with what they like is over,” the woman wrote.
The woman told The News she was prompted to write the letter in the wake of the “me too” movement speaking out against sexual harassment and assault.
“Seeing their courage made me want to speak out,” the woman said. “A week after writing the letter, I was contacted by (a federal agency) seeking a security clearance (for her ex-husband),” the woman said. “That made the whole ordeal come flooding back to me. I feel re-violated and re-victimized after seeing him trying to get that clearance.”
Reached by telephone, the woman’s ex-husband denied the rape allegation, insisting it was made during a bitter breakup and divorce. He declined further comment. His resignation last year was not connected to the rape allegation, Craig said.
Craig said his officers have contacted police in Clinton Township, although he said the scope of Detroit’s investigation is limited.
“(The officer) doesn’t work for us anymore, so internal affairs wouldn’t investigate,” he said. “And since the alleged crime happened in Clinton Township, that’s their jurisdiction. We just want to make sure we handled the allegation properly when it was given to us.”
The woman said within 48 hours of the assault, she told a counselor, adding she feared her ex-husband’s wrath if she told police about the alleged rape. “The counselor said, ‘if you’re afraid to go to police, go to an attorney,’” the woman said.
She said took her counselor’s advice, but the attorney she met with discouraged her from reporting the allegations.
“He said ‘there’s no reason to get a (personal protection order), because PPOs don’t stop bullets,’ and he said, ‘if you report this to Clinton Township, they won’t do anything about it anyway, because (her ex-husband was) a cop,” the woman said. “I was ready to report it at that time.”
The woman said it bothered her for months that she hadn’t reported the allegations to police. “A voice inside me kept saying ‘you have to report this,’” she said.
She finally went to police in July 2011. She said she was happy with how Clinton Township police handled her case, although she insists her story was not taken seriously by others in the criminal justice system.
Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle said his detectives investigated the woman’s claims and took appropriate action.
“We did a thorough investigation and submitted a warrant request to prosecutors, but they would not authorize a warrant,” Maierle said.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said he didn’t recall the case, and that his office didn’t track warrant denials at the time.
The alleged victim told a detective her husband, from whom she had recently separated, raped her in her bedroom in August 2010 while her two small children were in the house, according to a police report obtained by The News.
“She said that her family and friends have been telling her to report this to police,” Clinton Township detective James Hertel wrote in his July 29, 2011, report. “She did not come forward earlier because she was terrified that if anything happened to (the officer’s) job, then he would go ‘ballistic.’”
After the warrant was denied, the woman said she made a video discussing the alleged rape. She said the man who filmed her uploaded the video to YouTube without her permission in July 2012. She claims the video prompted threats from her ex-husband and his relatives.
The woman said she sought counseling at the domestic violence program Turning Point, which provided her a bodyguard from Threat Management Services. After receiving the alleged threats about the YouTube video, the woman said she attempted to file a personal protection order against her ex-husband.
The woman’s counselor, Kris Hickey, wrote a letter to Macomb County Circuit Judge Kathryn George urging her to grant the order.
Hickey wrote on Aug. 16, 2012, that the woman’s fear was “due to her ex-husband being a Detroit police officer. She described several incidents of emotional abuse, controlling behaviors and intimidation and anger ... please take this statement and my concern for (the woman’s) safety into consideration when making your decision to grant a personal protection order.”
However, at a hearing Aug. 27, 2012, the woman said, George misread the police report to mean that she didn’t want to press charges. George denied the protection order without reading any other documents the woman provided, she said.
The woman said during the hearing she begged George to reread the police report, in which Hertel wrote: “(The alleged victim) states that she does want to prosecute.” But the woman says George refused to take another look at the document that was sitting in front of her, insisting she knew what she had read.
“I can see how at first glance the report looks like it says she does not want to prosecute,” the woman said. “But that’s not what’s in the report. All (George) had to do was take another look at the report, but she refused.”
When the woman later asked for a transcript of the hearing, she said she was told it was not recorded.
“The case before mine that day was recorded, and the case right after mine was recorded, but miraculously, mine wasn’t recorded,” the woman said.
Gail Stevens, George’s secretary, said in an email: “Due to a technical error, there was no recording of any cases on August 27, 2012 from 1:30-2:00 p.m. Judge George does not have any comment on this case.”
The alleged victim said she still fears retaliation by her ex-husband.
“I live in constant fear,” she said. “It never goes away, but as a survivor, you learn to cope with it. When the ‘me too’ movement started, every time I heard one of these stories, I thought ‘me too.’ Nobody should have to live with this.”
11182016 - Portage Indiana Mayor James Snyder - Indicted For Federal Corruption Crossing fingers here at Michigan OIDV, that the continuing FBI investigation will result in answers and justice for Abbi and Bailey. Mayor Snyder was one of the officials who covered up the deaths of Abbi and Bailey, after an unlawful police entry into my home for reporting an Indiana Magistrate for his failure to protect DV victims...
In 2007, Houghton County Sheriff Deputy Jeffrey Stromer was arrested and charged with a domestic violence charge and THREE charges of First-degree criminal sexual conduct - a felony punishable by up to life in prison. Under MCL 769.4a [Michigan's loophole to the Lautenberg Gun Ban Amendment], Stromer pleaded no contest to the DV charge - and the three charges of CSC were dropped. Stromer was placed on probation.... After Deputy Jeffrey Stromer completed his probation, Sheriff Brian McLean rehired Stromer at the Houghton County Sheriff Department. Sheriff McLean's reasoning behind rehiring a man who had been charged with THREE counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct?
"He [Deputy Jeffrey Stromer] tried to change his life around," he said. "We gave him an opportunity to
RE: Amanda Bach murder case and the possible involvement of Officer Joseph Elliot McCowan in covering up and protecting his son. Dustin McCowan [who was convicted of Amanda's murder].
Newest missing gun / murder weapon rumors: While Dustin McCowan was in Porter County jail, awaiting trial, a construction friend of Officer McCowan posed as a pastor -- getting info in and out of the jail to/from Dustin about the gun used to murder Amanda. Rumor has it that the construction worker / "pastor" may have been involved in assisting in hiding the gun -- possibly in one of the foundations of a home he was building at the time.
RE: Since the enactment of the Lautenberg DV Gun Ban , Michigan officials have been more concerned in protecting abusive police officers - than in protecting OIDV victims!
In cases where an OIDV victim's complaint is handled as an internal complaint/department policy violation [instead of as a criminal complaint with the court system], the Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right To Know Act applies in not only keeping the investigation, department hearing, and reprimand confidential, but also in allowing the OIDV complaint to be deleted from the officer's employment file after two to three years.
If we don't hire a person who has committed a crime of domestic violence to the position of a police officer -- then why the hell is it okay to not only allow a police officer with an OIDV conviction to retain his position, but to also appoint them to the position of Police Chief?
"That's one of our demands. (Quinn) needs to go. Period..."Even though he was acquitted, I'm concerned about a person involved in domestic violence situation being anywhere in law enforcement." [Ron Scott. Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality]
RE: April 2015 shooting death of Terrance Kellom by Detroit Federal ICE Officer Mitchell Quinn [Fomer Detroit Police Officer who was arrested / criminally charged with OIDV in 2008]:
Following the shooting death of unarmed Kellom during an arrest, the Detroit Chief of Police claimed - incorrectly - that Officer Quinn was a DECORATED 12-year veteran of the department.
VIA Michigan OIDV, media and federal officials discovered that 7 years prior to Kellom's death, Officer Quinn had been arrested and criminally charged for holding his loaded duty gun to his ex-wife's head. The media has insured that Officer Quinn's OIDV record is not forgotten - again.
On May 10, 2015, Senator Virgil Smith [Detroit], was arrested by the Detroit PD for shooting at his ex-wife and shooting her vehicle. Smith's ex-wife was not injured. However, the Senator put approximately 10 rounds into her vehicle. One of the Senator's neighbors reported hearing about 30 rounds being fired from a gun that sounded like an oozie.
After Senator Virgil Smith's arrest, Detroit Police Chief James Craig refused to name the shooter. He only told the media, that "someone"fired a shotgun at a car parked outside the home of state Senator Virgil Smith. Chief Craig also failed to mention that Senator Smith's ex-wife had been shot at.
April 27, 2015: U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Officer Mitchell Quinn shot and killed fugitive Terrance Kellom, who was reportedly wielding a hammer... "There was no evidence Kellom had a gun...The agent fired his weapon as he was retreating" [Detroit Police Chief James Craig]
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, Detroit Police and Michigan State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of Kellom.
RE: [IN] Dustin McCowan - son of Crown Point Police Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan: Dustin McCowan's conviction for the murder of Amanda Bach, upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court - 03/25/2015 Question from the Peanut Gallery: LE believe that Dustin's father - [IN] Crown Point Police Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan - was involved in destroying evidence in Amanda Bach's murder. Will Dustin McCowan - now with all his appeals behind him and looking at 60 years in prison - turn over evidence to LE, regarding his father / Officer McCowan???
RE: Officer Ronald Dupuis - Video of assault An online video surfaced showing Officer Dupuis beating a hancuffed man during an arrest. "Highland Park city attorney Todd Perkins said he's aware of Dupuis' checkered past, although he said he will "draw no conclusions" from it."