08 June 2007

KingCast letter to NH Governor Lynch on Franconia Shootings is published in Caledonian Record.

Ms. Nixon is a veteran reporter who has worked for the Hartford Courant. This piece appeared in the Dead Trees edition according to Ms. Nixon, who just telephoned me to say she has not heard anything back from our elected or appointed officials. I also have not heard anything back from Grafton County Dispatch; I called them 2 days ago. Surprise. This case will not be hidden like Bruce Lavoie's State-sanctioned murder [IMHO] where he was sleeping with his son in the room and they stormed in, shot him dead and found like a roach of a marijuana cigarette. Horay for the War on Drugs.

BY AMY ASH NIXON
Staff Writer

FRANCONIA, N.H. - A resident of Nashua who describes himself as a “citizen activist,” is working with a group from town to try to obtain a copy of the police tape that recorded the brutal May 11 night in which both Corporal Bruce McKay and Liko Kenney died.

In a letter this week sent to the attention of Gov. John Lynch, Christopher King, J.D., of Nashua, who operates a website called justiceforkids.net [her only inaccuracy -- JFK is not my site but I am an affiliate. KingCast.net is my site] wrote to the governor demanding release of the tape by next Monday, June 11.

The subject in King’s letter to the governor reads, “Franconia Notch and KingCast seek release of full police video in Franconia Notch shooting tragedy.” Christopher King describes himself as a member of the media with a blog site and web sites, and as an activist who holds a degree in law. King could not be reached for comment Wednesday about who in Franconia Notch his letter refers to in the request to the governor.

King, in his letter to Gov. Lynch, said he has worked with the Nashua School Board and the New Hampshire School Boards’ Association to change public policy related to First Amendment. He writes, “I am also a person who proved New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and a bad cop named Martin J. Dunn wrong when I was NAACP Legal Chair on another matter.”

The tape of the night that McKay was shot by Kenney four times and then run over after the veteran officer attempted to pull Kenney over, and ran him off the road to force him to stop, has not yet been released to any citizens or news outlets requesting it...... see more on the jump page in the comments.

45 comments:

Christopher King said...

After McKay was shot and killed, Gregory Floyd, a passerby, stopped at the scene of the officer’s shooting, and shot and killed Kenney, 24, of Easton. The officer and Kenney had had a stormy several years long contentious relationship involving several physical skirmishes which intensified with time, those involved have reported.

In writing the governor, King quoted Ayotte in a letter related to the state’s Right-to-Know Act, in which she said, “Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.”

“On or about May 11, Attorney Ayotte viewed a video, that clearly, to her legal mind, obviated any responsibility the State would have to pursue a criminal course of action against Gregory Floyd,” King wrote to Gov. Lynch, in his letter, dated June 5.

He continues, saying she made that ruling, “even though Attorney Ayotte has acknowledged that Floyd had no way of knowing whether Officer McKay was dead or alive at the time. He shot right past Caleb MacCauly’s head to do so,” he writes. MacCauly, a close friend of Liko Kenney’s, was a passenger in Kenney’s car when the shooting took place that night in Franconia, after the pair were flagged initially for speeding, officials have said.

King is pressing state officials because, he writes, of Floyd’s criminal background – he is a convicted felon for several drug charges dating more than 20 years ago to Georgia – and court records in Littleton and in North Haverhill show he was charged 10 years ago with threatening a meter reader and three state police officers.

Those court records reveal that Floyd, who lives in Easton and has refused to answer phone calls or discuss his side of the story with reporters, threatened in an incident 10 years ago to shoot a third eye in those three state troopers’ heads – saying he was a trained shooter as an ex-Marine and knew they were wearing protective chest gear. Those charges did not lead to a New Hampshire conviction, records show.

“(Floyd) has an extensive criminal record,” King wrote to the governor this week. “Including unlawful use of weapons and threats, even to police – though part of his police record has mysteriously disappeared,” he alleges. “Moreover, (Ayotte) has stated that no one knew why Officer McKay pulled Liko over in the first place, and I quote ABC NEWS, ‘On Friday Ayotte said, Kenney was driving home from his job at Agway. McKay turned on his sirens and pulled him over. No one seems to know the reason,’ Ayotte told reporters.’

King said he has been spending time in Franconia to research the matter. “After visiting Franconia and hearing comments like, ‘I always thought they would find him (McKay) dead, and if it wasn’t for Liko, it would have been someone else.’ ‘’ ******CUT???********

He also notes that half the town paid their respects at Kenney’s funeral, which was far from the case at McKay’s funeral – and makes a comment on allegations he has been told about McKay committing domestic violence.********

“I am respectfully asking you to direct Attorney Ayotte to produce the video of the night in question with all deliberate speed,” King asked the governor.

“As a member of the media, I wrote and demanded the video and was promised a response within 14 days,” wrote King, who operates a blog site online, Christopher-king.blogspot.com. “Then the response was to wait another 21 days. As you read this seminal post, copied to BostonNOW! inquiring how ‘Shooter Floyd’ acquired Officer McKay’s weapon, think about the fact that the people of Franconia are losing any trust they had for the State of New Hampshire with each and every passing moment that the video is withheld, particularly because it allegedly is so clearly in favor of Mr. Floyd and Officer McKay. Attorney Ayotte used it herself to condemn Liko Kenney’s actions and to praise Floyd and McKay.”

King concludes his letter to the governor writing, “My sources indicate such praise should not be forthcoming, and certainly you could help us get to the Truth sooner than later. Ultimately, the gravamen comes down to Attorney Ayotte’s reputation and your conscience, Sir.”

“The people of Franconia don’t believe their votes count enough to matter to you,” King wrote. “Please reflect on the statements I have provided from other sources in the comments section, and please show the people of Franconia that you do actually care about them and your concerns, particularly in light of area police who have already been implicated in wrongdoing, including an officer who chained a child by the neck to his jeep for sex,” and a DARE officer indicted for theft, he wrote.

King finishes his letter to the governor, saying, “Perhaps some police officers don’t deserve the respect we bestow.”

Colin Manning, the governor’s press secretary, said he had not seen the letter yet, and deferred comments on it to the attorney general’s office.

Jeffery Strelzin, a senior assistant attorney general for New Hampshire, said Wednesday the tape will be released to the nine media agencies and one private citizen, on June 25. He said Attorney General Ayotte issued a statement on Monday of this week saying the tape would be released in 21 days.

Anonymous said...

Thank God, someone reported something about what is going on.

Christopher King said...

Dear 11:18

Oh, I know.

I just sent this to WMUR who was totally unprofessional with regard to this matter:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/06/kingcast-cease-and-desist-letter-to.html

Peace.

Anonymous said...

nice, dude... nice. right on.

Anonymous said...

I would like to clear up some misquoterd statements. 600 people were at Kenney memorial. Easton, jis own town has a population of 280, franconia has population of 1004, The neighboring towns have an aggregate population of 12,408. 600 people is not a whole lot, when you factor in press, they were their they might have left their cameras outside, then you have the curious and then you have the people that just want a chance to rub elbows with Eastons royalty, Bode Miller. So in total there wasn't really a very big turn out.

Christopher King said...

Dear 12:43

Fair enough. But it's still a lot for a "loser dropout low life" as McKay no doubt viewed him.

And he's still dead and we still don't have a video and we still know that NH AG Kelly Ayotte said they had no idea why McKay pulled him over from Jump Street. You know, from the Get-go. Ab initio.

You know what my neighbor just said, who is married to a very successful firefighter in Nashua?

"Ana (Crnilovic-Phillips, Esq) told me you were taking on the Franconia case.... something smells fishy in Denmark on that one."

"Oh, you bet there is."

"Well you GO boy."

"I sure will."

"We're sure of that."

The family watched the entire horror two years ago when I caught that bogus indictment and Unlicensed Practice of Law claim that Ayotte supported.

Now I'm just an investigative reporter, so there's nothing they can attack me with, except silence.

But that won't work for them in the Long Run.

Namaste.

Christopher King said...

Where NH AG Ayotte admits to ABC News they had no clue why McKay pulled Liko that day:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/06/kingcast-writes-letter-to-nh-governor.html

-c

Anonymous said...

12:43 PM said
I would like to clear up some misquoterd statements. 600 people were at Kenney memorial. Easton, jis own town has a population of 280, franconia has population of 1004, The neighboring towns have an aggregate population of 12,408. 600 people is not a whole lot, when you factor in press, they were their they might have left their cameras outside, then you have the curious and then you have the people that just want a chance to rub elbows with Eastons royalty, Bode Miller. So in total there wasn't really a very big turn out.

Wow, splitting hairs a bit here? Let's factor the people who didn't go, but who feel this thing stinks to high heaven. Oh gee I'd estimate that to be in the tens of thousands. I can pick numbers out of the air too.

Rub elbows with Easton's royalty? Are you kidding?

What is the purpose of your statements? I think the real statements are:

1. Few townspeople went to McKays service. That is the only comparision worth noting.
2. The whole way the investigation was handled has people furious.
3. We want answers and the state is dragging their collective feet.
4. There were 2 people murdered on rte 116 on 5/11, and the state sanctions one of those murders!

Anonymous said...

What is the death penalty? Floyd just saved you, a taxpayer, hundreds of thousands of dollars, Next time you see him in town you should thank him. There was a fair turnout for the visit hours of McKay, I don't know the exact numbers. The last item, McKay will always be remembered as a fallen officer and his name will be immortalized in New Hampshire granite for future generations to see in concord and In DC. What will Liko be remembered for droping out of, a lengthy criminal record and being a cop killer.

Anonymous said...

Dream all you want but no name in granite will override Bruce McKay's reign of terror on the town of Franconia. His mark will not be a pretty one and his stench a long time to clean out.

He was a coward like Hitler and will be remembered as one for going around harassing the youth with his pepper spray and gun rubbing antics. He was a mean nasty man that even beat his wife and if you know enough to stick up for him you know he did that. If you think that is a hero then good for you, man.

Anonymous said...

3:03 PM Said

"What is the death penalty? Floyd just saved you, a taxpayer, hundreds of thousands of dollars, Next time you see him in town you should thank him. There was a fair turnout for the visit hours of McKay, I don't know the exact numbers. The last item, McKay will always be remembered as a fallen officer and his name will be immortalized in New Hampshire granite for future generations to see in concord and In DC. What will Liko be remembered for droping out of, a lengthy criminal record and being a cop killer."

Thanks Officer Peters. What upsets me is my tax money is going to pay the salaries of policemen such as yourself that don't believe in due process and that condone vigilantism. Guess that attitude starts at the top and works its way down.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:43

If so many reporters were at Liko's funeral, why does every single article have the EXACT same quotes. By reading the articles, sounds like there was A reporter there.

Trying to meet Bode is laughable. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but if you want to stand at a funeral in the pouring rain at the off chance that you might meet Bode, you ought to get your head checked. He's not that hard to find if you're that desperate.

There are so many ways to play with the numbers. Suprised I haven't heard that people didn't go to McKay's because it was broadcasted live. Hmmmm....

Christopher King said...

Look:

If 3:03 would get his or her head out of their ass, it wouldn't take much to see the obvious media bias in this case, but the Truth fortunately was told by ABC News when they reported that NH AG Kelly Ayotte said they had no clue why McKay pulled Liko over.

I'll tell you why he pulled Liko over:

To fuck with him as he always did, natch.

And if you really think that Floyd "happened on by there" with his scanner, you need your fucking head examined, totally.

But it's okay with you that Floyd murdered [IMHO] Liko because he killed a cop killer, irrespective of the fact that Floyd has threatened police himself with a "third eye."

Go fuck yourself, you fucking mouth breather.

Christopher King said...

Oh, and did you need a concrete example of media bias?

Look no further than WMUR, the biggest media entity in New England, the one that

a) allowed a known falsity about me to be published;

b) failed to print my reply to it;

c) is about to get hit with a lawsuit that is going to rock their World because so many people who wrote in to their bulletin board who questioned the official version of the facts did not have their comments posted.

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/06/kingcast-cease-and-desist-letter-to.html

Later, hater.

No namaste for you.

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that only 2 or 3 reporters were allowed and no cameras. The press was informed of the family's wishes for privacy beforehand and the service took place in an area that would allow for privacy from the press. There was no grandstanding on the part of Liko's family.

People came out of curiosity? Maybe see Bode? That's just weird. Are you the kind of person that would do something like that? Besides it's Bode's hometown and he isn't an unattainable star to anyone.

The only people that made Bode the focus of this WAS the media. People came for Liko Kenney. In memory of LIKO KENNEY.

Let's see, I am sure if I wanted I could conjure up ALL kinds of reasons why people went to McKay's service. Of course, it would be make believe as I could never truly know unless the people that went told me why.

Christopher King said...

Dear 1:26:

1. Few townspeople went to McKays service. That is the only comparision worth noting.
2. The whole way the investigation was handled has people furious.
3. We want answers and the state is dragging their collective feet.
4. There were 2 people murdered on rte 116 on 5/11, and the state sanctions one of those murders!


I agree on everything about those statements except number 4. Without the video we don't really know that Liko murdered McKay. It could very well have been self-defense or manslaughter.

I might not have a license right now, but I still know the Law. And if I had a license right now I couldn't be an investigative reporter like this because the system would find some way to take me down.

I'll retrieve that license in due time, but for now let's see the video and hear the audio. Of course, I can't get a return phone call from the AG, Governor or the Grafton County Dispatch, as noted:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/06/kingcast-revisits-policeabuseorg-for.html

Namaste.

Christopher King said...

And there I go, actually swearing on the blawg.

Sorry, I guess I've been around too many Bad Cops who called the NAACP the "National Association of Asshole-Colored People."

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/05/kingcast-video-of-day-masscops-rag-on.html

Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have something to say about Chris's mention of Ayotte's original statement.

The shootings occurred at approximately 6:30 pm. The following day around 4:30-5:00, Ayotte stated the reason for pulling Liko over was unknown. I know for a fact the passenger said they were not speeding and they did not know why they were being pulled over. His statement lines up with Ayotte's original statement.

The AG's first statement was almost 24 hours after the incident. It was made known in that statement that the had listened to the calls made from McKay's SUV. If he had called in that he was pulling someone over for speeding she would have told us. The same for his registration even.

It is very hard to imagine that the AG would not have been given proper and most pertinent information for the original statement. If it isn't on the dispatch scanner what he was pulled over for and the passenger said they didn't know why, how could they have come up with the speeding story other than being conjured up out of thin air?

I believe the first statement is correct according to both the passenger and the AG. There is no known reason as to why Liko Kenney was pulled over that day along wooded section on the road.

If it was for his registration, then he had to make a concentrated effort to see it and I find that rather suspicious when he just passed an obvious speeder (at least 15 over the limit)only a 1/2 mile in front of Liko.

I believe it was a set up.

Christopher King said...

Dear 8:23:

Yes it is a highly private situation up there and where Liko lived, it is back off the road and everything. Very private if you've been there.

I have.

Dear 8:44:

I believe it was a stone-cold set up as well, which I totally touch on in the post "What if Liko didn't have his gun?"

....Which is linked in the post sharing John Kenney's letter to the media:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/06/kingcast-shares-john-kenneys-letter-on.html

Excerpt from my post:

Then perhaps Officer McKay could have finished pushing him off the road, then roughed him up good, maybe even killed him. Then up comes Shooter Floyd who is just happening on by (with his scanner) ready to corroborate McKay's story. Then both men are heroes, they go and have a high-five on the DL and Liko would be stained forever as the looser drop out kid. NH AG Kelly Ayotte (who will not release the video for yet another 21 days) then comes along and gives a Grand Coronation. Either way, Liko could have been a marked man.

********

Hell, you saw what my neighbor said about "something fishy in Denmark", infra, and that's a law enforcement family for Pete's sake.

Namaste.

Anonymous said...

In one way, or another, people were at the ceremony for Liko. Family, friends, locals who may have felt guilty...

Whatever happened, we look at a "child" and an officer. He hope that the officer is the one who is experienced enough to be the better person. When you hear that the officer may not have been the better person, you look at the underdog for answers (sorry, another dog reference).

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Same with my friend that was a cop in Florida, moved back to hometown Boston 2 yrs. ago. He's one of the good ones.

He said he knew there was more to it. His first thought, "The cop had this kid on his radar and pushed him too far".

Anonymous said...

All I can say is that the passenger said they were scared from the get go because they were not speeding and there appeared to be no apparent reason for them to be pulled over.

The location that was secluded added to it.

McKay was playing a bad game - he just expected to keep on being the badge calling the shots. To Liko Kenney he had long ago become the the man with the gun as he bore no honor to his badge. He was a man to be feared.

Anonymous said...

If I had a child that got pulled over, I would want to know that my child was safe in the officers' hands. Of course, that child wouldn't be exactly happy, but safe from the officer, at least. I would want my child to look at that officer with eyes that said "please, don't let my parents get hold of me". LOL!! Not into child abuse at all but I would want my child to have trust in that officer. A police officer should be held in high regards. They should be someone that you can trust.

Anonymous said...

Peter's,

It is also upsetting to know we are paying the salary for people like McKay that terrorize our communities. Along with cops like the perv in Whitefield or the cop that stole all that money.

It is not comforting to know that you Peter's, support the behavior exhibited by McKay either as it gives insight into your own possible attitude towards citizens.

Anonymous said...

What are the requirements for being a police officer? Maybe NH should push to see that the standards are a little higher. Maybe have an agency to visit every town just for locals to file complaints and review those that should be.

Christopher King said...

Dear 9:33:

Funny how the creme de la creme of bad police attitudes have been so readily manifest in this and my other journeys through the law.

The bad seeds find me because I look for them too.

Anyway, I just made a new post with that timeline provided by 8:44.

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/06/kingcast-follows-rhetorical-flight-of.html

Deal with it.

And WMUR can deal with its pending lawsuit for putting me down for supporting Liko and the Cause of Justice:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/06/kingcast-cease-and-desist-letter-to.html

Namaste.

Christopher King said...

Dear 9:37:

Believe me a non-profit civilian review board may result from this, but then I would have to stay in NH for another year.

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/06/kingcast-comtemplates-non-profit-for.html

Ouch. And WMUR would say the same thing.

Anyway, I will not say with whom I've discussed this, but I betcha' Nashua Lieutenant Tim Goulden would get involved; watch us on KingCast short film "Day in Nashua."

We shall see.

Meantime, I'll let you know how to listen to me discuss this case on your computers (and call in) within the next week, possibly as early as this Sunday.

Namaste.

Anonymous said...

I know the winters are cold, but isn't this worth staying in NH for? After everything you've heard, can you really walk away?

Anonymous said...

And then there was silence.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris,

If you use my exact post on the time line, check it because I have a couple typos - missing letter or word in a couple spots.

....Chris will not be able to leave us. He's hooked on justice.

no silence here. no way.

Anonymous said...

Don't want Chris to be silent. Would love for him to help make the changes that need to be made. I think he's smart enough but it needs to be in his heart. I'm seriously hoping that it is. :)

Christopher King said...

Oh, y'all know I'm not leaving until I'm satisfied that a network is in place to address the facts and to move forward.

Namaste.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back to NH?

Christopher King said...

And to 9:52:

Of course the winters are cold. I can tell you that from my days at Cannon!

Remember this post from Wildcat where I admit to loving New Hampshire?

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2006/04/naacp-trial-king-admits-to-loving-new.html

It's true.

Anonymous said...

The long pauses between postings leave me nervous, lol. You know that you can do this but is it worth changing your plans?

Anonymous said...

Changing the police departments all across NH for Liko. Isn't that worth freezing your ass off for? Small price to pay. And you get another chance to play tennis at Tammarack.

Anonymous said...

Looking for the comment about the law-abiding citizen of Franconia and couldn't find it. S/he said that for once s/he was scared in her town. Who is to be trusted? Really hard when you lose that security.

Christopher King said...

And then there is the case of

No. 2001-023

MARSHA WEGNER, ADMINISTRATRIX FOR THE

ESTATE OF CHRISTIAN WEGNER

v.

PRUDENTIAL PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY

.....which is suspect because I have reason to believe that the alleged driver was not really the driver. More I will not say at this point.

Christopher King said...

GTB,

Holler tomorrow!

-c

Anonymous said...

Chris, what day did the article run? It wasn't in Friday or today's paper. Did I miss it on Thursday?

Christopher King said...

It must have been Thursday. Amy said it had run already, and we spoke yesterday -- Friday.

Let me know if you have a problem getting one. I told her I was going to have her send me a copy.

I love this quote:

"Colin Manning, the governor’s press secretary, said he had not seen the letter yet, and deferred comments on it to the attorney general’s office."

How not? I had already sent it to his office the day BEFORE I sent it to Amy.

Namaste.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Chris. I found the Thursday paper, and that's where it was.

Anonymous said...

hi, all ~ i've been following the posts, after the first news of liko kenney's death. i am most grateful for chris king's passion, knowledge, and willingness to pursue the truth, for the sake of liko, his family, and the general public.
i'd never imagined when choosing to live in a community of approx. 5,000 that the focus of law enforcement could be teens being teens....and how deadly it could potentially become.
i recall one of my children, at age two, wanting to touch policemen's uniforms...he must have been in awe! he collected several "patches" gladly given by officers.
no issues....."serve and protect".....the "criminal justice" system.
however, a few run-ins might teach teens and parents that all isn't as it may appear to be.
liko's story identifies for all of us, in every part of the country, the need for true justice, and for an overhaul of the system. chris, your work is a fine beginning.
i thought it important that someone commented on the blog that it was liko kenney who died, not bode miller's cousin. very true. however, it was probably the media's mention of bode miller that brought this matter to my attention. the miller/kenney family was, indeed, brave and courageous to raise their families as they did. again, for their sake, the truth must be told.
keep up the good work......god bless.

Anonymous said...

P.S. Chris - get this out to the major media! Does Fox News care? or CNN? They should!!!

Christopher King said...

Major media is the problem.

They are all aware of this.

-c