16 May 2007

KingCast says: Conduct a real investigation into the Franconia Notch/Liko Kenney/Bruce McKay/Shooter Floyd tragedy.

The following are not my words but I encourage an explication relative thereto:


First of all, no one can honestly say I don't respect responsible law enforcement after reading my Michael Briggs (RIP) post, which contains my well-received Daily Kos "9/11 and the negative space" diary entry:

Second, terminating the investigation after 48 hours is nonsense and as a 4-year Assistant Attorney General I stand by that comment for the rest of my life. Given Mr. Floyd's background (not to mention the allegations I've heard regarding Corporal McKay) the State never should have shut an investigation down so fast. Here's a comment from my Wrongful Death post:

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Why is Mckay walking away, behind Kenny's car after pepper spraying Kenney & passanger?

Why does Mckay turn his back on people he just pepper sprayed?

Why are there no statements from passanger being released?

How does Floyd know Kenny was reloading weapon if Kenny is sitting in vehicle? (Was he holding the gun above the window and not in his lap???)

If Kenny ran over McKay after he shot him, why did he stop to reload? Why did he stop at all? Why did he not drive away when somebody pulled a gun on him?

How can Floyd shoot the driver of the vehicle without it being reckless to the passenger? Not only could he miss or the car move but the bullets could go through one body into the other of an innocent person. It cannot be considered self defense if you can walk away from the situation ..

Floyd's past clearly demonstrates he is not sound to act as a police officer and risk [the] life of innocent people.

In no way am I saying Floyd should go to jail but I am saying that an actual investigation should take place and not declare everything over and job well done within days of the incident. Especially when things just don't sound right and there [are] questionable pasts to all the players involved.

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That's it for now; I'm getting back to some issues a film festival and a movie about the First Amendment. Here are all of the related posts

PS: Image Shack took the cop sketch off line saying that it "violated the terms of my service agreement." Why? How? Later with their noise; I hosted it this time with Blogger, who knows what to do (read the American Tower corp. link) when the Man tried to eviscerate First Amendment Rights on this blawg, just one of seven (7) attempts to silence me.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chris I respect your rights to vocalize your opinions. However, these are just opinions. Some are based on facts, but most are completely slanted in a way that leads us all to believe you are an anti-cop conspiracy theorist. Yes, we would like ot hear more from Caleb Macauley, but seriously, let the poor kid grieve (and contact his publicist,etc.) There is a big story here and in time it will all come out. People make mistakes, but they dont deserve to die for them, murder is not a solution for hate.

Christopher King said...

I would encourage you to consider my background as a 4-year AAG and read the Michael Briggs post and the 9/11 and the negative space links I've provided.

At no point in time have I ever condoned what Mr. Kenney did, and I've made that crystal clear.

At no point have I ever removed any counterpoint comments in my blawg.

But I definitely have set forth some thorny issues that need to be addressed, and I've done so in a way that most of the mainstream press has refused to do.

I think this is as fair a blawg as you'll find.

Peace.

PS: The main thing now is for Caleb to get the help that he needs before he suffers a nervous breakdown.

Christopher King said...

PPS:

"There is a big story here and in time it will all come out."

You've missed the essential point of this entry, which is that the official investigation was already terminated within 48 hours!

I've never seen anything like that in all of my years around the law, and that's now fully two (2) decades as a reporter, law clerk and lawyer who has both represented and sued police officers.

I hope that explains the post with a touch more alacrity.

-c

Mark David Chapamn said...

Have you ever suffered a nervous breakdown?

Explication thereto - seriously what the hell does that mean and is there a more direct way of stating that - thouh yourFiddy Cent words and malaproprism are worthy of David Chase and Don King.

Christopher King said...

Let's see if you can understand this:

You've missed the essential point of this entry, which is that the official investigation was already terminated within 48 hours!

Clear enough?

Oh, and I think you meant to spell "though" instead of "thouh" and if you find any malapropisms here feel free to point them out to me.

Namaste.

Sirham Sirham said...

Someone needs a widdle nap, all cwanky tired from playing grown up.

Christopher King said...

Dig it. I don't know why whomever commented to me was so cranky.

Anyway, I set that aside to rap with the Good Folks over at Boston's 106.1 Touch FM:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/05/kingcast-radio-station-of-day-bostons.html

Namaste.

The Camembert Kid said...

That's more like it. Re establish the pimp roll. In control. This is your blog. Nice. Namaste. Velveeta smooth.

Christopher King said...

Well there you go.

No cheese though today it's Trader Joe's hot/sour soup, a home-baked roll and some hummus.

Bon Appetit

Anonymous said...

Chris, you are absolutely correct, there was virtually no investigation into the incident, and I still wonder why Floyd was not charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a federal felony. Was it because he shot the man that killed a police officer that gives him amnesty? Looks like justice really is variable.

Christopher King said...

Oh, I knw and major media will most likely never, ever really address this glaring transgression and omission. I'm going to post it over on BostonNOW.com, however.

Peace.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in that area, and I can say that folks always had problems with cops in many towns in the north country--particularly the young people. I knew a different cop that would stop me on the rural back roads just to harrass me, hand on his gun the whole time, and I am a petite woman. Yet that doesn't mean a cop should be killed, not at all. The situation with Floyd (he lives in the actual town I am from) is strange to city dwellers but not to me. I'm not saying it's right, but it's not unexpected as I remember the kind of law that is practiced in northern New Hampshire. I wouldn't be surprised if they never open up the Floyd case again. He must be friends with someone.

Christopher King said...

I grew up in that area, and I can say that folks always had problems with cops in many towns in the north country--particularly the young people. I knew a different cop that would stop me on the rural back roads just to harrass me, hand on his gun the whole time, and I am a petite woman.

........Yep. I've had problems with white cops who hassled me even as they watched another black friend of mine help put out a garage fire, then they stop us on our motorcycles for no friggin' reason while a young white male rode by with his young white girlfriend with no eyewear and she was barefoot. That's three violations right there and we had none. I wear boots, helmet, gloves, etc. The situation grew better over the years not because I approached the police any differently but because the age on the license was older and later on in my 30's I had that certain license plate that said "Civil Rights." Most police in Columbus knew who I was and most didn't bother me (some of us were drinking buddies) because they knew I only went after the rogues.

Yet that doesn't mean a cop should be killed, not at all.

.....Correct.

The situation with Floyd (he lives in the actual town I am from) is strange to city dwellers but not to me. I'm not saying it's right, but it's not unexpected as I remember the kind of law that is practiced in northern New Hampshire.

.....and it is the same pathetic sort of attitude that led to the bogus indictment I faced and in which I (eventually) prevailed:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2006/12/kingcast-says-happy-new-year-and-gives.html

I wouldn't be surprised if they never open up the Floyd case again. He must be friends with someone.

........that's possible, and what's even more possible is that anyone who kills a cop-killer gets a pass.

Namaste my Sister.

-c

Anonymous said...

Yes, I too grew up in a small town in northern NH and I"ll take a city cop any day. Small town cops get away with the kind of corruption they never could in the city. People might think it is the other way around but it isn't.

People like to say it is the "backwoods townspeople" but it isn't. The cops look for crime where they can find it and if that means hauling someone in for a tail light being out, then hey, that's their "LAPD" for the day.

Christopher King said...

Word.

And consider this relative to my 27 May post that contemplates a lawful, peaceful sit-in, and what a current law enforcement officer said:

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"Unlike you, I have enough faith in the system that I don't believe it's necessary to try and force-feed demands on the AG."

.... So Civil Rights protesters, like Ghandi, King, etc. are, or were "force-feeding" demands on their respective governments by fasting and/or holding sit-ins as well.

.....Now I truly understand your, ummm, mentality.

Namaste.

-c

Anonymous said...

What has occurred over the years in Franconia is an outrage. The entire town needs healing the the PD needs cleaning out.

The town needs someone to fire them up and give them hope.....are you up for it, Chris?

Anonymous said...

chapman,

Get a life! Who wouldn't be in danger of a breakdown after witnessing your friend shoot a cop, then witnessing your friend be shot as the bullets flew around your head and you feared for your own life?

Anonymous said...

Some of the greatest people in the history of this country have challenged the system and for the better. That is what we were founded on. We have a constitution right to dissent.

Many of those great people were silenced by the powers that be but what they gave us while they walked the earth lives on forever - IT CANNOT BE SILENCED.

Unfortunately, the "system" keeps tightening the noose on our rights and freedom. Once upon a time in the new America, the government worked for us, we didn't work for the government.

We must all stand for truth, light and love. Keep going Chris!!!

Anonymous said...

A peaceful, lawful sit-in.........Hhhhmm...sounds good to me.

What is up with the records being closed on anything to do w/McKay for 2 years? How is that? Doesn't the Kenney family have a right to look at the statements made that evening and the official decision made by the state?

Another question - Is it a law that when a death (murder) occurs the local or state officials are to notify the nearest family relative?

Christopher King said...

Hey 8:38 I didn't realize the McKay files were off limits for 2 years..... which files? You mean all of his personnel files?

Wow. That ridiculous and potentially unlawful; you shouldn't need a lawsuit to get his records, but under a lawsuit I can't think of any reason they could withhold the records.

Where did you read that?

-c

Christopher King said...

Hey 1:19:

I would love to help, and a lot of helping is just letting people know that someone from outside the area with substantial experience in related matters actually cares.

I would love to come up there and conduct interviews to make a cohesive dossier that major media might find compelling enough to investigate further. And of course it could be a road map for litigation. I am most interested in people who may have filed complaints with the Police Department over Officer McKay, if in fact that has occurred as was publicly alleged on a few chat boards.

Hey, I'm still in NH and I'm still around. I will ultimately go to California but I'm still here now, so perhaps it is time for me to finally get to Tamarack Tennis camp.

But that's in part a decision for the families to make.

Note to you, Mr. Floyd: I do not now own a licensed firearm nor do I now own an unlicensed firearm. In my past I used to shoot guns occasionally and would still consider skeet or rifle stuff, but guns and what people do with them has turned me off so much I haven't shot one in ten years or more. No weapons, just one sharp mind so there's no reason for you to shoot me, got that?

I wonder how many bullets were left in the chamber of Liko Kenney's gun. I don't think there's been any reference to that because if there were some left it ruins Floyd's assertion that he we reloading, natch.

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I think if there is a banner post for this out of the dozen or so I've written it is these two:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/05/kingcast-asks-whats-difference-between.html

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/05/kingcast-asks-nb-forrest-if-hes-ever.html

Namaste.

Anonymous said...

Chris,

My understanding is "records" of any kind on McKay. The only thing anyone was able to get on him is the case you mention on above. That was the case that was brought out very,very early on. Once people started getting loud about it then they said any files regarding him were closed for 2 yrs. I know from a very close source.

Are you familiar with the Murray girl case? She has been missing for like 3 years and the family wants to do there own private investigation. I believe they have fought for 2 years to be able to look at the police file on their own daughter's case. I think they just won something on it in court.

I don't really get how they can do that?

Christopher King said...

Interesting. I wonder if others who have filed complaints would come forward, I could notarize their affidavits saying that they filed a complaint and outlining the substance of them.

And I would have to think that if someone who issued a complaint wants a copy of it they would be entitled to it, at a minimum. Closing off the files is an outstanding decision that does little to quell concerns of a cover-up of crucial facts in this case.

Of course a lawsuit would change all of that.

I've heard rumors about Officer McKay being trigger-happy with the mace, but of course those are as of yet unsubstantiated.

-c

Anonymous said...

yah, the pepper spray.

It was his fave move on people to the point he was referred to as, "Officer Pepper".