I wrote the following letter to the editor for todays Monroe County Democrat. The Editor for the Monroe County Democrat has refused to publish it. Not the publisher, not the paper...the Editor for the Monroe County Democrat who is Bill Gleiss.
Dear Editor, Over the last several weeks, I have received numerous phone calls regarding Sgt Pipkin taking his children to school in the city owned squad car a couple of times a week or more. I started to go to school every morning to observe this as I like to have my own facts. However, I kept missing him. I would see the squad car or SUV but I never saw anything. On March 29, 2012, I got there EARLY. At 7:14am an unmarked, black SUV with plate number 640-RCB pulled up to the school. Because there was a tree blocking the exact view of his location on the street, I couldn't see the passenger side. He then parked the SUV in the school parking lot and headed inside the school in full uniform. I confirmed that it was Sgt. Pipkin. After sitting there for a few minutes waiting, I realized that my phone could take a picture. So I did. Other police officers have told me that you should always call yourself in and out of your squad car whenever you leave your car. Sgt. Pipkin was out of his car for over ten minutes. He arrived at 7:14am and got back in his car at 7:32am. My next step was to find out if Sgt Pipkin is accountable for his time spent outside of his squad car relating to personal matters. I then requested all CAD operation reports, audio recordings of calls, and call logs from 7am to 8am on March 29, 2012. Guess what? Sgt. Pipkin NEVER called in or out of his squad car, never called in for a break...so how many little 10 or 15 minute breaks does he take a day without accountability? The only time I heard his badge number called (#55) was at 7:30am. He was called for a possible drug overdose on Wolcott Street. So it was at that time he left the school and entered his car at 7:32am. In fact, several years ago, Sgt Pipkin got in trouble for taking extended breaks. He was suspended for two days without pay. Winning my lawsuit wasn't the end...it was only the beginning. If Chief Kass lived in town, maybe he might know what his officers are doing. So Chief Kass, I will do you a favor, I will keep an eye on your officers. My next step is to write a complaint to the Police and Fire Commission. I will have the pictures posted on the Sparta Blog.
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