Monday, August 03, 2015

HANDS-ON GUN SAFETY LESSON

A 12-year-old Florida girl was shot in the arm by her gun safety-teaching father

Most of us gun owners believe in teaching gun safety to our young children and that is exactly what an ex-Marine in Davie, Florida did Sunday night.

Davie police Sgt. Pablo Castaneda reports that the unnamed father was showing his 12-year-old daughter how to safely draw a gun from his pocket when the firearm discharged, wounding the girl in the arm.

The girl was treated at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. So far the father has not been charged with any crime, but the case is being sent the prosecutor’s office for review.

Now this is a gun safety lesson that young lady will never forget. It would appear that the gun safety teacher is in dire need of some gun safety lessons himself.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

HERITAGE NOT HATE?

Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson look down on a confrontation between Confederate battle flag waivers and protesters

Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park has a 90-foot tall sculpture of Confederate heroes Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, each on horseback, carved into the side of Stone Mountain. The carving takes up three acres of the mountain side.

On Saturday, hundreds of confederate flag waving people showed up at the park for an all-day “Heritage Not Hate” rally in support of the Confederate battle flag. People from all over the South attended the rally. Many wore T-shirts depicting the flag. Many also wore Confederate flag bandanas.

At midday a small group of protester showed up and started shouting obscenities at the Confederate flag supporters. The cops had to step in to prevent the flag supporters from kicking the shit out of the protesters.

Is the Confederate battle flag a symbol of heritage or a symbol of hate? President Obama has referred to the flag as “a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation” and has called for its removal from public display. A majority of Americans feel the same way.

However, many Southerners feel that, contrary to being a symbol of hate, the Confederate flag represents a proud symbol of their heritage.

To me it represents both. Were it not for the fact that the flag has been hijacked by the KKK and other white supremacist hate groups, I would tell the protesters to go to hell. Around 250,000 Confederate soldiers died under that flag and many more suffered amputations and other war wounds. For that reason, the Confederate battle flag deserves to be honored, not despised. By the way, those same hate groups not only wave the Confederate flag, but they wave the American flag too.

So, which is it … heritage or hate?

BALTIMORE HAS DEADLIEST MONTH IN 43 YEARS

Criminologists place the blame for the violence on a mistrust of the police, generalized anger and hopelessness over a lack of opportunities for young black men

Associated Press
July 31, 2015

BALTIMORE — Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

The 43rd recorded homicide was Jermaine Miller, 18, who took a bullet to his head just before noon the day before.

With his death on Friday, this year’s total homicides reached 187, far outpacing the 119 killings by July’s end in 2014. Non-fatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July’s total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The seemingly Sisyphean task of containing the city’s violence prompted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to fire Police Commissioner Anthony Batts on July 8.

“Too many continue to die on our streets,” Rawlings-Blake said then. “Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I. Recent events have placed an intense focus on our police leadership, distracting many from what needs to be our main focus: the fight against crime.”

But the killings have not abated under Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis since then.

Baltimore is not unique in its suffering; crimes are spiking in big cities around the country.

But while the city’s police are closing cases — Davis announced arrests in three recent murders several days ago — the violence is outpacing their efforts. Davis said Tuesday the “clearance rate” is at 36.6 percent, far lower than the department’s mid-40s average.

Crime experts and residents of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods cite a confluence of factors: mistrust of the police; generalized anger and hopelessness over a lack of opportunities for young black men; and competition among dealers of illegal drugs, bolstered by the looting of prescription pills from pharmacies during the riot.

Federal drug enforcement agents said gangs targeted 32 pharmacies in the city, taking roughly 300,000 doses of opiates, as the riots caused $9 million in property damage in the city.

Perched on a friend’s stoop, Sherry Moore, 55, said she knew “mostly all” of the young men killed recently in West Baltimore, including an 18-year-old fatally shot a half-block away. Moore said many more pills are on the street since the riot, making people wilder than usual.

“The ones doing the violence, the shootings, they’re eating Percocet like candy and they’re not thinking about consequences. They have no discipline, they have no respect — they think this is a game. ‘How many can I put down on the East side? How many can I put down on the West side?'”

The city’s official tally of 42 homicides recorded in May included Gray, who died in April after his neck was broken in police custody. The July tally likewise includes a previous death — a baby whose death in June was ruled a homicide in July.

Shawn Ellerman, assistant special agent in charge of the Baltimore division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said May’s homicide spike was probably related to the stolen prescription drugs, a supply that is likely exhausted by now. But the drug trade is inherently violent, and turf wars tend to prompt retaliatory killings.

“You can’t attribute every murder to narcotics, but I would think a good number” of them are, he said. “You could say it’s retaliation from drug trafficking, it’s retaliation from gangs moving in from other territories. But there have been drug markets in Baltimore for years.”

Across West Baltimore, residents complain that drug addiction and crime are part of a cycle that begins with despair among children who lack educational and recreational opportunities, and extends when people can’t find work.

“We need jobs! We need jobs!” a man riding around on a bicycle shouted to anyone who’d listen after four people were shot, three of them fatally, on a street corner in July.

More community engagement, progressive policing policies and opportunities for young people in poverty could help, community activist Munir Bahar said.

“People are focusing on enforcement, not preventing violence. Police enforce a code, a law. Our job as the community is to prevent the violence, and we’ve failed,” said Bahar, who leads the annual 300 Men March against violence in West Baltimore.

“We need anti-violence organizations, we need mentorship programs, we need a long-term solution. But we also need immediate relief,” Bahar added. “When we’re in something so deep, we have to stop it before you can analyze what the root is.”

Strained relationships between police and the public also play a role, according to Eugene O’Donnell, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Arrests plummeted and violence soared after six officers were indicted in Gray’s death. Residents accused police of abandoning their posts for fear of facing criminal charges for making arrests, and said emboldened criminals were settling scores with little risk of being caught.

The department denied these claims, and police cars have been evident patrolling West Baltimore’s central thoroughfares recently.

But O’Donnell said the perception of lawlessness is just as powerful as the reality.

“We have a national issue where the police feel they are the Public Enemy No. 1,” he said, making some officers stand down and criminals become more brazen.

“There’s a rhythm to the streets,” he added. “And when people get away with gun violence, it has a long-term emboldening effect. And the good people in the neighborhood think, ‘Who has the upper hand?'”

Saturday, August 01, 2015

HOW TO DEAL WITH ARMED THUGS

Brazilian cops are not concerned about being politically correct.



The moral code throughout the history of mankind intuitively dictated consequence for bad behavior. In our "victim" culture today however, where a burglar is allowed to bring a lawsuit against the homeowner for setting a trap on his property for intruders, we seem to sanction the idea where the bad behaving 'crooks' get to to wear the victim hat, at least long enough to confuse the facts and disgust the rest of us. It would seem Brazil doesn't have this problem.

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS ARMADILLOS

Man shoots armadillo, armadillo fires back, bullet hits him in the head

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, a motorist stopped on state Highway 77, near the East Texas town of Marietta to take a shot at an armadillo. Alas, a pissed off armadillo fired back, hitting the shooter in the head. Well not exactly. The bullet ricocheted off the critter, grazing the as yet unidentified man in the head.

The hapless shooter was treated at a Marietta Hospital and released. There is no word on the condition of the armadillo.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case as "a possible accidental shooting." Sounds more like a case of Texas road rage to me.

Listen all you foreigners … Don’t mess with Texas! And don’t mess with Texas armadillos either. That goes for the local yokels too!

Friday, July 31, 2015

A HAEMLESS PLANT?

Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, a psychologist believes that pot is harmless

In response to my post, “True Facts On Number Of Imprisoned Drug Offenders,” ‘darkcycle’, who identified himself as a psychologist, submitted several comments on PACOVILLA in support of the phony claims put forth by prison reformers that our prisons are bulging with drug offenders. The Justice Department reports that only 16 percent of all inmates incarcerated in state prisons are drug offenders.

In one of his comments, darkcycle mentions something about “growing a harmless plant, which can land you life.” Marijuana, a harmless plant? Me thinks the psychologist has been smoking too much funny tobacco if he really believes that to be true.

Here are some studies showing that contrary to being a harmless substance, marijuana is a very dangerous and addictive drug:

A study by Dr. Penny Whiting and her team at England’s University of Bristol found that cannabis does not ease pain, nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients, MS muscle contractions, sleep disorders or Tourette’s symptoms.

The federal government ruled that marijuana has no accepted medical use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin. In a June 2011 letter to organizations petitioning for a reclassification of marijuana, Michele Leonhart declared that marijuana "has a high potential for abuse," "has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States" and "lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision." The letter and 37 pages of supporting documents were published in the Federal Register.

A 20 year study by a team led by Professor Wayne Hall, a drug adviser to the World Health Organization, found cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems, doubles the risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and opens the door to hard drugs.

There have been a number of studies showing that cannabis had caused heart problems in the young and middle-aged. Doctors in Wales noted that there is evidence pot can trigger heart attacks, with the risk increasing 4.8 times in the first hour after smoking the weed. They also noted that studies have shown marijuana affects blood flow, increases the heart rate, causes high blood pressure when sitting down and low pressure when standing up.

The American Glaucoma Society has written: "There is no scientific basis for marijuana's use in treatment," and there is evidence that it could actually do damage.

According to the journal of the American Epilepsy Society, "Marijuana itself has major shortcomings as an epilepsy treatment ... evidence for efficacy in treating seizures does not meet the necessary standard to recommend it to patients." Worse, researchers state that "marijuana use or withdrawal could potentially trigger seizures in susceptible patients."

The Journal of Neuroscience reports that researchers from Harvard Medical School and Chicago’s Northwestern University have discovered that smoking pot even casually once or twice a week can damage the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala, both core structures of the brain which are linked to emotion, motivation and addiction.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy says, “Smoking marijuana has a very negative effect on your ability to operate a motor vehicle. It’s quite dangerous to you, your passengers and others on the road.”
(Apparently he hasn’t heard his boss declare that pot is less harmful than alcohol.)

The Drug Abuse Recognition Journal reports There is mounting evidence that cannabis may increase the risk for schizophrenia in the developing mind.

The Archives of General Psychiatry reports that people who smoke pot are more likely to develop a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia earlier than those who do not use marijuana.

The British Medical Journal reports that a review of nine studies found that drivers were more likely to be involved in a collision with another car after smoking marijuana. Smoking cannabis within three hours of getting behind the wheel could almost double the risk of a serious crash.

A study headed by Marie-Odile Krebs, professor of psychiatry at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) laboratory in France, found that among 190 patients with schizophrenia, 121 of whom had used marijuana, cannabis appeared to affect the age of psychosis onset in a subgroup of 44 patients. The affected patients either had their first symptoms within a month of smoking pot for the first time, or experienced a severe worsening of psychotic symptoms each time they smoked.


The proponents of pot and even our President would have us believe that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. Yeah, right. And as for medical marijuana, that's a hoax too!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

PEOPLE PEEING, POOPING AND PUKING ON SAN FRANCISCO’S WALLS

Nah, please tell me it isn’t true. Since Kookfornia is such a trend setter, I’m worried that in the near future we will be seeing people peeing, pooping and puking on all those beautiful walls in Houston’s Third Ward. What? ….. You say they’ve been doing that for years. Shit!

SAN FRANCISCO TESTS PEE-REPELLANT PAINT TO WARD OFF PUBLIC URINATORS
BY Joseph Serna

Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2015

When it comes to odorous annoyances, San Francisco officials hope a fresh coat of paint will succeed where manners and bladders have failed.

Last week, crews with San Francisco Public Works began painting buildings in the city with a clear-coat sealant that, in theory, would splash back urine, or any other liquid sprayed onto it.

There are signs posted on the walls cautioning urinators of the risk they face if they relieve themselves, but some people “might learn the hard way,” chuckled the director of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru.

“The wall advises not to urinate there. It’s in three languages. If they happen to take that chance, they can get their feet or pants wet,” Nuru explained. “It does work. Believe me.”

Nuru admitted the issue isn’t the city’s No. 1 priority, but the proposed remedy is costing only a few hundred dollars to experiment with and would save labor hours and water.

Through mid-July, San Francisco’s Public Works department has received more than 7,500 requests for steam cleaning, the bulk of those (almost 60%) were connected to feces, urine and vomit, Nuru said.

The rest of the cleaning calls are connected to graffiti, bird poop and other symptoms of urban life.

Nuru discovered the paint online, where he found a news story about a bar in Germany that said its experiments with pee-repellent paint were working wonders with the local clientele.

Nuru tweeted out a link to the article in March, contacted the company and ultimately requested Bay Area residents to point out where folks were answering nature’s call publicly in San Francisco.

City staff identified three neighborhoods – South of Market, Mission and the Tenderloin – and chose 10 public and private buildings on which to test the paint for six months. The private businesses had requested they be in the program, he said.

So far the evidence is only anecdotal, but Nuru said he’s noticed a difference.

The paint is painted to about three feet above the ground and stretches the length of the buildings. If the program proves successful, Nuru will likely ask the City Council to expand it, he said.

FEMALE DEPUTY SHERIFF REHABILITATES ATTACKER

By Bob Walsh

PACOVILLA Corrections blog
July 29, 2015

A Bradley County, Tennessee female deputy sheriff is alive and well and an ambulatory turd is not as the result of an encounter early Tuesday morning.

Deputy Tiffany Oakley was working the night shift and went home about 2 a.m. for a bite to eat. The ambulatory turd, otherwise known as Allan F. White III, was hiding in her home. White, who had an arrest record for domestic assault, resisting arrest and burglary, tried to choke her out. She shot him. He died.

Don’t you just love happy endings?

TYPICAL BOYFRIEND, TYPICAL DAD

The Unconventional Gazette
July 30, 2015

Daughter asks her Dad: "Dad there is something that my boyfriend said to me, that I didn't understand. He said that I have a beautiful chassis, lovely airbags and a fantastic bumper."

Dad Replies: "You tell your boyfriend that if he opens your hood and tries to check your oil with his dipstick, I will tighten his nuts so hard that his headlights will pop out and he will start leaking out of his exhaust pipe."

MAINE JUST PUT WELFARE LEECHES IN THEIR PLACE

Every American needs to see what happened next

by Jason DeWitt

Top Right News
June 5, 2015

Governor Paul LePage of Maine isn’t running for president in 2016. But perhaps he should be.

Because he is doing in Maine exactly what Americans want to see — but other candidates are not even talking about.

Last November, just one week after his re-election, LePage did something unusual — he made good on a major campaign promise, by slashing funds for cities who give welfare to illegal aliens. The policy has already had a huge impact, with illegals fleeing in droves, and Democrat mayors having to defend giving handouts to illegal invaders before angry voters.

Now, just 6 months later, LePage is making good on another promise: to put an end to welfare leeches in his state, once and for all.

The results are something every American should see — an EPIC victory. And Democrats are FURIOUS.

Governor LePage passed a measure last year that requires recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) to complete a certain number of work, job-training, or volunteer hours in order to be eligible for assistance. The new requirement has resulted in a dramatic decline in food stamp enrollment, resulting in a logical win-win for all of Maine.

At the end of 2014 the enrollment count for SNAP was approximately 12,000 individuals. Now that individuals have to complete either 20 hours of part-time work a week, volunteer for at least 24 hours per month, or get involved in a vocational program, the amount of SNAP recipients has dramatically dropped from 12,000 to approximately 2,500 by the end of March — a nearly 80% reduction in welfare.

The drop in numbers exceeded Republicans’ expectations by leaps and bounds.

Instead of just giving welfare applicants an easy way out, Maine is forcing people to explore every opportunity for employment before allowing capable adults to take advantage of the system and the people of Maine.

Of course Democrats are insisting that the program targets those in poverty or rural areas but their argument is invalid. The individuals benefiting from the new food-stamp law are the ones who really need the assistance and aren’t just lazy parasites to society who suck the vitality out of taxpayers.

This is a huge victory for the Republicans of Maine and of course the sore loser Democrats are trying to tarnish the reformation’s success. Democrats are urging for special measures to ease back on some of the new requirements because they are “too strict”. Too strict to get off your butt and earn your money, or at least volunteer or learn a skill? Maine citizens aren’t buying it.

Maine was one of eight other states that took similar measures and declined a federal waiver for the new rule that requires welfare recipients to get off their behinds and contribute to society like everyone else.

This huge drop in the number of able-bodied welfare leeches after forcing them to work for their needs proves everything we’ve ever reported about welfare abusers. They’re only looking for the next handout.

Now if only we could get every American governor to do what Paul LePage is doing — against both illegal aliens, and welfare leeches — we might well save our nation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Maine has a relatively small population. I have some doubts that this would work in heavy populated states like California and New York which have a significant number of poverty stricken minorities.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

TRUE FACTS ON NUMBER OF IMPRISONED DRUG OFFENDERS

Obama is either deliberately lying or ignorant of the true facts when he declares that the imprisonment of nonviolent drug offenders is “the real reason our prison population is so high”

When President Obama addressed the NAACP annual convention in Philadelphia July 14, he bemoaned the high incarceration rate of black nonviolent drug offenders and called for reform of the criminal justice system. He blamed our mass incarceration on the large number of nonviolent drug offenders sent to prison. Obama also said that mass incarceration prevents too many people, especially minority men, from contributing to society, the economy, and their children’s lives.

Obama is either deliberately lying or ignorant of the true facts when he declares that the imprisonment of nonviolent drug offenders is “the real reason our prison population is so high.”

“The Real Answer To Mass Incarceration,” an article by Gilad Edelman which was published the week of July 12 in The New Yorker, lays out the true facts about the number of inmates serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. The article notes that Obama is perpetrating a myth long held by prison reformers. The truth is, that while drug offenders make up about half of all federal prison inmates, they make up only 16 percent of the inmate population in state prisons. And the article noted that the federal prisons hold only 200,000 inmates, while the total number held in state prisons is 1.3 million inmates.

Here is an excerpt from “The Real Answer To Mass Incarceration” by Gilad Edelman:

Obama ….. repeated one of the most enduring myths of criminal-justice reform. “Over the last few decades, we’ve also locked up more and more nonviolent drug offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before,” the President said. “And that is the real reason our prison population is so high.”

It is simply not true that the growth of the prison population is mainly due to the sentencing of nonviolent drug offenders. About half of federal inmates are serving sentences for drug crimes, but the federal system only accounts for about two hundred thousand prisoners. In state prisons, which house about 1.3 million, only sixteen per cent of inmates are serving a sentence for nonviolent drug offenses, according to the latest Department of Justice statistics. About fifty-four per cent, by far the largest number, are there for violent crimes, and about nineteen per cent for property offenses, like burglary.

There is less data on the breakdown of the more than seven hundred thousand people in local jails; the most recent D.O.J. survey, in 2002, found that people with drug charges and violent-crime charges each made up about a quarter of jail inmates.


Prison reformers have fooled us into believing their lies about prisons being overcrowded with nonviolent drug offenders. Maybe they fooled the President too, but he and his speech writers had the Department of Justice statistics readily at hand.

In his address to the NAACP, Obama also implied that the criminal justice system is racist because, while blacks and Latinos make up about 30 percent of our population, they represent 60 percent of the inmates in our prisons.

I am not going to deny that in some instances the criminal justice system has been and may still be discriminatory. But I’ve got news for Mr. Obama. The reason those 60 percent of blacks and Latinos are imprisoned is because they are criminals. They’re not serving time for skipping Sunday school or singing off key in the church choir. They are murderers, rapists, child molesters, robbers, burglars and - yes - drug offenders.

Furthermore, if only 16 percent of all state prison inmates are drug offenders, that means 84 percent are incarcerated for murder, attempted murder, assaults that caused great bodily injury, rape, child molestation, robbery, burglary, grand theft and other felonies. Now, what about the Latinos and blacks Obama bemoans? Except for murderers, like most white inmates, those Latinos and blacks were repeat offenders, and not thrown in prison by a racist criminal justice system the first time they got caught committing a felony.

And what about all those poor ‘nonviolent’ drug offenders doing time in federal prisons? The feds do not prosecute small-time drug peddlers. All those federal drug offenders are doing time for the large-scale manufacture, distribution or sales of illegal drugs. Sorry Mr. President, but they’re not in the joint for smoking a joint.

When he visited the federal prison at El Reno, Oklahoma and met with six inmates doing time for drug offenses, Obama lamented their being in prison for making youthful ‘mistakes.’ Apparently, in the President’s mind, when black gangbangers go around shooting up black neighborhoods and dealing dope, they are making mistakes, youthful mistakes, rather than committing crimes.

As for the President’s phony baloney about the number of imprisoned drug offenders, the simple truth is that since they make up only 16 percent of the total state prison population, drug offenders cannot possibly account for the nation’s high prison population. Even a math dysfunctional high school dropout can figure that out, Mr. Obama!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

35 WOMEN CANNOT ALL BE LYING

This week’s New York magazine pictured 35 women on its cover, each claiming to have been sexually assaulted by America’s father figure

Bill Cosby had been labeled America’s father figure, that is until three dozen women stepped forward to accuse the actor and comedian of raping them. This week’s New York magazine pictured 35 of the accusing women and an empty chair for any woman who hasn’t stepped forward yet. Inside the magazine, each woman described how they had been sexually assaulted by Cosby.

Cosby has not been charged in any of the rapes because the statute of limitations had run out for all the women but one. There is a possibility he could be charged in that one case.

While giving a deposition in a 2005 civil lawsuit, Cosby admitted giving qualudes to women so he could have sex with them.

Cosby and his attorneys say the 35 women are liars seeking publicity and money. Knowing they would face certain scrutiny into every facet of their lives by the media and considerable condemnation by Cosby’s supporters if they came out with their accusations, I seriously doubt they are lying.

I’d love to have been a fly on the wall when Cosby’s wife saw that cover of New York magazine.

I’ve been accused of a rush to judgement. Maybe so, but it sure looks like Bill Cosby, rather than America’s father figure, turns out to be one massive serial rapist.

FORMER LAPD OFFICIAL FINDS CALEXICO POLICE DEPARTMENT DYSFUNCTIONAL AND IN TURMOIL

By Joel Rubin

Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2015

CALEXICO, CALIF. -- Sitting hard up against a towering rusted fence that separates the United States from Mexico, this city is for most a dreary gantlet of fast-food restaurants and gas stations on the way to one of California's two official border crossings.

Calexico wasn't a place that Mike Bostic had ever visited. In fact, the former high-ranking Los Angeles police official thought it was in Mexico until he got a call from its new city manager in September.

The call led to a secret meeting in a San Diego hotel room. There, the city manager, Richard Warne, told Bostic that a group of veteran cops was running the department like a fiefdom, taking home big overtime checks while very little police work was getting done.

Calexico needed a new police chief, Warne said. And he wanted Bostic for the job.

But after three decades in the Los Angeles Police Department, Bostic had been out of policing for years, trading his badge for the tailored suits of the corporate world. The healthy paychecks, along with a six-figure pension check each year from the LAPD, had left him, he said, "with more money than I could ever spend."

Sure, Bostic, 63, liked the idea of being a chief — he had been unceremoniously pushed aside at the end of his LAPD career and later made an unsuccessful bid to be chief of a quiet Orange County city.

But putting a police uniform back on had stopped being part of his plan long ago — never mind for a hard-on-its-luck border town of 40,000 where residents and elected officials say years of political infighting has created a revolving door for public servants, and where faith in the Police Department has dwindled.

And yet Bostic is a man driven by his strong faith in two things: Christianity and himself. He couldn't shake Warne's offer.

"I just know that this is one of those things that God wanted me to do," he said. "If you are a believer, you can't ignore it."

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One afternoon in October, while Bostic waited in his car outside, Warne summoned the city's chief into his office and promptly fired him. He then fetched Bostic, walked him into the town's one police station and introduced him to a stunned group of officers.

That first day, Bostic asked a sergeant for a rundown of all the criminal and internal investigations the department had open. It was a short conversation. The sergeant told him there were no investigations, he said.

It was, Bostic said, a department that essentially had ceased to function. Dispatch records showed each of the about two dozen officers on the force had responded, on average, to only five radio calls for help in a month. Many officers, Bostic said, were months behind on writing crime reports.

Even the fact that Calexico's crime rate appeared to be half that of a nearby city was not cause for encouragement. To Bostic, it was proof many residents had simply given up looking to the police for help and reporting crimes — a sentiment he said he heard repeatedly at town hall-style meetings.

"The community has been afraid even to call for too long," said Eddie Guzman, 61, a mortgage broker who has lived in Calexico for more than 50 years. "I'm hoping that things will change under him. We need someone from the outside to come in and clean this place up."

Guzman, like several other residents and city officials, chalked up the trouble in the Police Department — as well as the city government — to "the compadre system," a set of unwritten but deeply ingrained rules that they say form the underpinnings for civic life in Calexico. Under the compadre system, they say, favors are traded like currency and personal relationships often trump the rule of law.

"The city has a long history of favoritism, cronyism and corruption among city officials," Warne charged, noting he is the 26th city manager to be hired in the last 35 years. "The hiring of friends, relatives and mistresses has been a common practice — people who were clearly unqualified for their jobs. Goods and services are purchased based on personal connections without any consideration of quality."

Three police officers whom Bostic fired, leaders in the union representing the city's cops, object to his portrayal of a badly broken department. Instead, they argue, Bostic and Warne are part of a campaign by some City Council members to dismantle the union, which is a force in local politics and has battled reform-minded officials.

They acknowledge there were serious productivity issues in the department and few investigations done but blame it on inadequate staffing.

"Bostic is a scam artist. He's led everybody to believe all these terrible things are going on," one of the fired officers, Luis Casillas, said in an interview. "You have him and a city manager who say they need these outrageous salaries to clean up all this corruption … but really they see us as a political threat."

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Since arriving in Calexico, Bostic has unabashedly presented himself as a savior, promising residents he will rid their Police Department of "the cancer living within it" — a refrain during his first months on the job.

"These people are so desperate for help," he said. "The LAPD has given me a unique set of skills and training that you can't get many places.... I know exactly what to do to fix this place."

Bostic hasn't shied away from such grand statements, touting the major role he played in reforming the LAPD. Although he did have a hand in trying to push through changes that followed some of the LAPD's worst episodes, the reality of his time there is more modest.

In the wake of the videotaped beating by officers of Rodney King, then-Chief Daryl Gates assigned Bostic to review the department's use-of-force and training procedures. In his role, Bostic was critical of some problems he identified but wasn't in a position to make significant changes himself.

Bostic testified as the government's use-of-force expert during the state trial against the officers. Defense attorneys picked him apart on cross-examination, however, forcing him to admit he had formed his opinion of the beating after only a few viewings of the tape. After acquitting the officers, jurors said that they did not find Bostic credible.

He climbed the ranks to become an assistant chief, at times running the department when the chief was away. But after Bostic clashed with William Bratton, who was hired as chief in 2002, Bratton demoted him and exiled him from his inner circle.

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Soon after he took over in Calexico, Bostic said he contacted the FBI, relaying concerns he had about some of his officers. Then, on a morning in late October, dozens of agents descended on the police station, seizing computer hard drives and documents.

FBI officials acknowledged the ongoing investigation but declined to comment on its scope or focus. Bostic, for his part, has refused to elaborate on the probe. But it seems to have struck a sensitive chord with him. Twice after the raid, Bostic choked back tears when answering reporters' questions about the investigation.

"There could be nothing more embarrassing than to have your department under that kind of scrutiny.... It was literally the most disappointing day in all my years of policing," he said at one news conference after composing himself.

The problems, Bostic said, stemmed from half a dozen or so officers, who also held sway in the police officers union. Bostic said they effectively ran the department, threatening other officers with misconduct investigations if they got out of line and running the department's $450,000 annual budget for overtime to nearly $1.5 million.

"They believed they were untouchable. They still believe it, even since I've arrived. They've been protected for so long."

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Until earlier this year, Luis Casillas, German Duran and Frank Uriarte were department veterans and union leaders. Bostic fired the three men along with a few others.

Citing privacy laws, Bostic has declined to say why he booted them, but they said they had been wrongly accused of taking inflated overtime payments, among other allegations of misconduct.

Casillas said the overtime allegations were baseless, chalking up the confusion to honest mistakes. "Everyone worked the hours they worked," he said. "We got fired for typos and technicalities in how the paperwork was filled out."

In response to Bostic's extortion claims, Casillas said: "No, never. None of us ever did that to any other officers. We never threatened anyone."

The former cops and like-minded members of the City Council have railed against the $19,000-a-month pay Bostic is receiving on his month-to-month contract — the equivalent of a $225,000 $228,000 annual salary. (By comparison, when LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was reappointed to a second term last summer, his salary was $325,000 — for a force of nearly 10,000 officers.)

In a lawsuit filed this month in federal court, officers fired by Bostic accused him of being "a rogue police chief" driven by greed who framed the former cops.

Dramatic allegations aside, such a sizable salary for the chief of a small department in a poor city has raised eyebrows even among some supporters. Bostic insists he's not in Calexico for the money, but he doesn't apologize for the pay.

"You get what you pay for. He will cost more than previous chiefs, but it's an investment that in the long run will be worth it," Councilman John Moreno said. "Some people have been critical of this outsider coming here to help us. It's not about being an insider or outsider. It's about being qualified."

So far, Bostic said, there hasn't been much time to implement fixes because his time has been consumed by internal investigations into possible misconduct by officers.

When council members opposed to Bostic and Warne thwarted efforts to give the men the multiyear contracts they've demanded, the council received a stern letter from an organization that provides Calexico the insurance policy every city needs to protect itself against lawsuits and other liabilities. The group made clear it considered the men two bright spots in an otherwise dysfunctional city government and threatened to pull Calexico's insurance coverage.

With the city facing collapse, one of the recalcitrant council members relented, agreeing last month to award Warne a contract. The vote cleared the way for Warne to negotiate a long-term deal with Bostic, who has said he needs two or three years to carry out his plans for remaking the department.

But in the hostile, tumultuous world of small-town politics in Calexico, there's no telling whether Bostic will get the time he says he needs. Armando Real, the council member who reluctantly approved Warne's deal, said he is determined to find a way to send Bostic packing.

It is, Moreno said with a resigned shake of his head, just business as usual in Calexico.

"Mike Bostic is here to fix our Police Department. I believe in him," Moreno said. "It'll take some time; he's going to need to step on some toes. But it can be done, as long as we let him stay around long enough."