08 January 2008

Grafton State Rep Edmond Gionet speaks out against State Rep Martha McLeod's ill-conceived HB 1428 to honor bully cop Bruce McKay.

Subject: RE: Please reject or table NH HB 1428 and reschedule the public hearing.
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 20:58:22 -0500
From: "Gionet, Edmond" Edmond.Gionet@leg.state.nh.us
To: "Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com

Thanks,

I am glad you surfaced. I tried to locate you and got others with the same name in Nashua and gave up. I was really upset when I found the bill listed to be heard in my committee and who the sponsor was.. I feel like 99% of the responses I got to S--- C-- the bill. What a mockery. I attended both funerals out of respect and found that if it hadn't been for paid employees for the State,County and various town governments at tax payers expense there would have been a small attendance at Corporal McKay's funeral..

On the other hand myself and over a hundred others stood in the pouring rain while attending Kenny's funeral. Public attendance for sincere reasons made the difference. I propose to do all I can to ITL the bill. Sincerely, Edmond Gionet, State Representative, Grafton 3

See Three Blind Mice post #2.

13 comments:

Christopher King said...

Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 18:05:33 -0800 (PST)
From: "Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com
Subject: RE: Please reject or table NH HB 1428 and reschedule the public hearing.
To: "Gionet, Edmond" Edmond.Gionet@leg.state.nh.us

Thanks!

I just spoke with George Manupelli and he says a lot
of folks are going to Concord, like Roland Shick and
others.

Totally planned, no doubt about it.

Keep in touch.

-c

Anonymous said...

WOW! Martha is really unbelievable. Who is the selectman that she spoke with that is in agreement???? Hhhmm.

I think we should all be careful as to what we post about our specific opinions on this matter so as not to give anyone the chance to come up with opposing arguments to our deep disagreement in this happening.

Everyone needs to either send and email or go in person to oppose this from happening.

Total disgrace.

Christopher King said...

Well I agree but of course everyone can't go because then no one would be in Grafton for the KingCast hearing.

Which is exactly the Plan.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree that it seems a bit more than a coincidence that they are scheduled for the same day.

E-mails will suffice and Martha's little comment that people are not truly making a stand unless they appear for it is silly, especially when she hid it from everyone including the Reconciliation Committee. It is rather odd that she would not prepare the Committee she is leading for this as it will have grave effects on the community that she professes to want to help "heal". Wingnut is what she is!!!

Christopher King said...

She's a liar and a hater.

Anonymous said...

We are going well out of our way to be at Grafton County Superior tomorrow....a priority.
Cheers! and Godspeed, Chris!

Christopher King said...

From the email tip jar a voice of righteous dissent:

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To whom it may concern,

I am gravely opposed to NH HB 1428 passing through legislature. I understand that dedicating parts of the highway is a customary action taken in the name of officers killed in the line of duty. However, there was nothing customary or average about the aggressive action McKay chose to take on the night of 5/11. I believe McKay violated town protocol by using undue force on a young man that had fully yielded to his authority. Even several months after the death of Officer Bruce McKay and Liko Kenney there is still great public outrage and intensity of emotion about what occurred that evening resulting in their deaths. There is a lawsuit filed by Kingcast regarding information about that evening and numerous prior complaints about Bruce McKay's unethical behavior in law enforcement. This lawsuit is filed on behalf of the citizens regarding The Right To Know Law. This is not a case that has been put to rest by the public. It would be best to not allow any state highways to be dedicated to officer Bruce McKay at this time.

I fully understand the McKay family's need to heal as well as the Kenney family, the town, neighboring towns and anyone connected to this tragedy. To allow a highway to be dedicated to McKay is to sacrifice many for the peace of his family and friends. We have not only the town of Franconia, Easton, Bethlehem and Sugar Hill still reeling from the events of 5/11 but many other surrounding towns are feeling the pain as well. We also have national attention on this case with many unhappy with the manner in which McKay handled himself that evening. There are police officers that have spoken out about his poorly chosen actions and how it reflects upon their profession as a whole.

There is currently a section of Route 3 that has been dedicated to Bruce McKay through the Adopt a Highway Program. This is about 2 miles from the area in the notch that is being requested by the family to dedicate to McKay. The section of the road dedicated to him runs in front of Cannon Mountain and Echo Lake which then leads down into the village of Franconia. Seeing this sign on a daily basis is quite disturbing to many citizens. I find it simply over the top to further dedicate the highway through Franconia Notch in his name.

Being born and raised many generations down in the state of NH, I am well aware of the parts that are most cherished by the citizens living in the state. Franconia Notch was not just a special place to Bruce McKay but is to everyone that knows and loves NH. I do not feel this part of the highway should EVER be dedicated in the name of any one person. It belongs to the people of the state and should be free of any attachment to a specific human being. The notch is the home of our cherished Old Man in the Mountain and his resting place after he fell from his original state. Franconia Notch is a sacred place to this state and should never, ever be dedicated to anyone, especially someone as controversial as Bruce McKay was in life and in his death.

Sincerely,

Debby
Jupiter, FL

Christopher King said...

To whom it may concern,

This is in reference to the bill NH HB 1428. I am against any part of the Franconia Notch Parkway being dedicated in the name of Bruce McKay. He was an officer that was totally out of control from the beginning of his career.

I do not think any part of any of our highways should have Bruce McKay's name on it. His name belongs on an outhouse.

Do not disgrace the beautiful area of Franconia Notch by putting his name there.

Whitefield resident

br said...

Wow. Greg Sorg totally gets it.

http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=7607718

"I hate to say this, and I could have said this privately if I had been consulted about this bill before it was filed, but if Corporal McKay had acted in a more professional manner, and not been so gung-ho to yank the chain of young Mr. Kenney, they would both be alive today," said Rep. Gregory Sorg, R-Easton.

Anonymous said...

Yup, Sorg nailed it.

My understanding is that outside of McKay's fiance no citizen in attendence spoke in favor of this.

Anonymous said...

To all concerned,

I oppose the bill NH HB 1428. The area the McKay family is requesting to honor Cpl. Bruce McKay should not be dedicated to anyone. It belongs to the people of the state.

The case regarding the death of McKay and Liko Kenney is far from being settled with the State and the citizens that live in it. McKay was not an honorable man by any means to this state and should not be honored by any of our roadways. If this is the kind of man that our Governor and State wants to honor as a hero I am ashamed to live in NH.

I work with battered women every day and this man had all of the characteristics of a batterer and abuser. He did not respect the honorable position of the badge and serving the community. He abused the privilege and terrorized our citizens. He was an officer that was known by his actions and we the citizens warned others to be weary of him for years leading up to May 11, 2007. He wore his attitude with arrogance shown by his license plate, "GOTCHA". He bullied the elderly down to the young alike.

To honor his actions over the years that he served in Franconia or the actions taken by him in his death is to send a very dangerous message to police officers and citizens throughout this state. Please do not pass this bill.

Sincerely,

Nancy

Anonymous said...

To whom it may concern,

I am gravely opposed to NH HB 1428 passing through legislature. I understand that dedicating parts of the highway is a customary action taken in the name of officers killed in the line of duty. However, there was nothing customary or average about the aggressive action McKay chose to take on the night of 5/11. I believe McKay violated town protocol by using undue force on a young man that had fully yielded to his authority. Even several months after the death of Officer Bruce McKay and Liko Kenney there is still great public outrage and intensity of emotion about what occurred that evening resulting in their deaths. There is a lawsuit filed by Kingcast regarding information about that evening and numerous prior complaints about Bruce McKay's unethical behavior in law enforcement. This lawsuit is filed on behalf of the citizens regarding The Right To Know Law. This is not a case that has been put to rest by the public. It would be best to not allow any state highways to be dedicated to officer Bruce McKay at this time.

I would like to suggest to you that if the relationship between Officer McKay and Mr. Kenney had been that of a parent and child McKay would have been arrested for excessive force and abuse of power prior to that fateful day and both lives would have been spared. I would suggest that each can of pepper spray used by law enforcement be labeled with Officer McKay's name thus causing each officer of this state to think about this incident before using pepper spray. I would say in doing this Officer McKay's memory might be more rightly honored.

Sincerely,
Judy
NH

Christopher King said...

Cracks me up how the Union Leader covers this story but neglects to cover the Franconia RSA 91-A/FOIA hearing on the same damn day, in which the town FINALLY produced an unredacted personnel file on McKay, among other things.

Read this new post for the rundown.