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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Police officers MUST carry personal liability insurance NOW!

Read these articles, then YOU decide...

US Police Officers Should Be Required Professional Liability Insurance: Expert

US police officers should be required to carry their own professional liability insurance so that they have personal consequences for their actions, believes Michelle Gross, President of Communities United Against Police Brutality.
WASHINGTON, October 10 (RIA Novosti) - US police officers should be required to carry their own professional liability insurance so that they have personal consequences for their actions, believes Michelle Gross, President of Communities United Against Police Brutality.
"Our organization is working to require police officers to carry their own professional liability insurance, so that officers who engage in brutality and misconduct will have personal consequences for their actions, and so that "repeat offenders" become uninsurable and are forced out of the profession," Gross told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
He explained that the shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, and subsequent uprising in Ferguson had focused renewed attention on the issue of policing, with the community proposing many new solutions.
The issue of policing in the United States is up again after Wednesday's cop-involved shooting in St. Louis, Missouri. African-American teenager Vonderrick Myers was killed by an off-duty white police officer, who also works for a security company. The incident occurred when the officer tried to make a pedestrian check. Myers reportedly ran away, shooting at the officer three times. According to the police, the officer returned the fire fearing for his life.
"This latest fatal shooting by St. Louis police continues a pattern of reckless disregard for the lives of young Black men, and provides yet another example of why police agencies cannot investigate themselves," Gross asserted, noting that an off-duty police officer unleashed a volley of 17 rounds on a young man, although witnesses claim that Myers was carrying only a sandwich.
"Yet, police administration immediately declared the killing justified," Gross pointed out.
"The continued targeting of black youth by police in St. Louis and across the country is an epidemic," Gross stressed. "The US Department of Justice must step in to stem the tide of police-on-black violence as well as police violence against other people of color, the poor and homeless, and mentally disabled."
The officer who shot and killed Myers has been placed on administrative leave, and the investigation is underway.
The killing immediately sparked the protests. One arrest was made, and three police cars were damaged during the unrest.
The death of Myers is the second such incident in St. Louis County since August, when police officer Darren Wilson, also white, shot dead Michael Brown, another 18-year-old African American.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20141010/193881823.html#ixzz3SjlG1ef5

Should Minneapolis police officers carry their own insurance?

Members of the group Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) say ‘yes.’  The goal, members say, is to cut down on instances of police misconduct and reduce the amount of money the city of Minneapolis pays out for officer misconduct legal matters.  An MPR News analysis of data from the Minneapolis city attorney’s office show that since 2003, the city has paid out nearly $21 million in police misconduct settlements, judgments and claims.
I spoke with CUAPB member Dave Bicking last month after police chief Janee Harteau announced that the officer involved in the fatal collision with a motorcyclist on May 10 of this year would face no criminal charges or discipline from the incident.  Bicking handed me a flyer spelling out the case for self-insured cops.
“The city could pay the base rate of the insurance premiums, but officers would have to pay any increases in their premiums due to the their personal history. Too many claims or other evidence of risk would cost the officer extra, an effective form of discipline,” reads the flyer. “Consistently brutal cops would become uninsurable, and could therefore not continue on the Minneapolis police force.”
However, some say if police officers become more worried about getting in trouble than capturing bad guys, public safety could suffer.  In 2009 I spoke to attorney Gregg Corwin for a story on police misconduct lawsuits. Corwin often represents officers who get fired or harshly disciplined.
“There’s a joke among officers: ‘You never get fired for just sitting in your car,” said Corwin.
Corwin also said unlike most other city employees, police officers often have to come in physical contact with people who don’t want to be restrained.  Complaints and legal action are just part of the job.
Members of CUAPB are trying to collect 15,000 signatures to put the self-insurance question on the 2014 ballot.  They’re meeting tonight at the Churchill apartment building on Marquette Ave. downtown at 6 p.m. to discuss the petition drive.

The Down and Dirty: What Every Officer Should Know About Insurance and Professional Associations

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*Disclaimer: We are not legal authorities and any advice provided should be taken as informational only. Do your own research and consult with a professional.*

Despite having insurance to cover law enforcement action, Chris and his family have had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket to cover all of his expenses. He’s had to hire five separate lawyers to handle the wide variety of issues resulting from the incident. In addition to his criminal charges, the deceased’s family brought a civil suit against him for wrongful death, his insurance company sued him for filing a claim on his policy, and he’s had to retain defense and appeals lawyers in both Hawaii and Virginia. Plus, he’s had to pay for numerous flights and housing in both locations for extended periods of time–expensive items that aren’t necessarily covered by insurance.

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Let’s take a few minutes to talk about insurance, lawsuits, and professional associations. Many of you in the law enforcement community may be thinking “that sucks for him, but that’s why I have liability insurance.” Well, it’s not quite that simple. Chris had professional liability insurance and was covered under his renter’s insurance for negligence/wrongful death, and they are actually costing him more money.
When the civil suit was brought against Chris for wrongful death, he filed a claim under his renter’s insurance policy to cover the expense of hiring a civil attorney. The insurance company didn’t want to pay, so they turned around and sued Chris, and he had to hire yet another attorney to fight his own insurance company! His lawyer won that suit, so the insurance company is forced to cover Chris for the wrongful death suit in Hawaii, but this policy is very limited financially. Luckily that case has been stayed and will not proceed until the criminal case is over, but the future costs of the lawsuit are still pending, and the policy will likely not be enough to cover all the expenses.
Professional liability insurance is designed to protect officers from being held personally liable for acting within the scope of their employment. It is recommended for all law enforcement officers due the nature of the job and our overly-litigious society. Over a year after the incident, Chris’ attorneys are still fighting with his professional liability insurance policy to provide coverage. At this point, they have neither declined nor agreed, but even if they do end up covering, the coverage limit of his particular policy will only reimburse up to half of what has already been invoiced by his attorneys. The limit has long been passed, and no future costs will be covered.
This is not to say that you should not have professional liability or any other type of insurance to cover you. If and when Chris’ insurance pays his claim, it’s going to help him out quite a lot–but it still won’t be nearly enough since his case is so complex. Everyone should be insured! Just make sure you’re protected to the fullest extent, know your coverages/exceptions and keep in mind the insurance company may not automatically pay your bills just because you pay theirs.
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is the largest federal law enforcement professional association. At the time, Chris wasn’t a member of FLEOA, but he became one after the incident. We can’t say enough about what a difference FLEOA has made for Chris–they have supported him throughout the process, providing legal advice even before he became a member, meeting with his attorneys, writing articles about his case, using it as an example to support the Officer Safety Act of 2012, and they are continuing to lobby on Chris’ behalf. If you’re a federal law enforcement officer, it is in your best interest to join FLEOA.
That’s it for today’s lessons to be learned. We believe these are the kind of things that every officer should be aware of, and unfortunately it took our friend Chris learning the hard way to really hit it home for us. Please donate to help him keep fighting the system so that his case doesn’t set a terrible precedent for the future.
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16 Responses to "The Down and Dirty: What Every Officer Should Know About Insurance and Professional Associations"

  1. K APosted on January 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm
    This is extremely informative. Thank you so much for sharing
  2. adminPosted on January 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm
    You’re welcome! We have a few subjects we plan to discuss in future posts, but if you have specific topics you’d like us to cover please let us know.
  3. JAAPosted on February 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm
    Can’t preach about FLEOA enough…this LEOs prayers are with Chris and his family.
  4. Tin ManPosted on February 9, 2013 at 6:17 am
    Can you share the name of the insurance company fighting to NOT pay his claim? I’d like to contact them and either 1) tell them I’m canceling my policy and going another company (and tell them why), or 2) tell them why I and my friends refuse to use that company.
    And please tell me his renter’s insurance wasn’t with USAA!
    • adminPosted on February 9, 2013 at 6:23 am
      We can tell you that his renter’s policy definitely wasn’t with USAA (he made his claim with Allstate), but we’ll have to get back to you on the professional liability policy.
  5. jackPosted on July 1, 2013 at 10:58 am
    Actually the carrier for the Prof Liab Policy did not receive notice of this until Oct. 18, 2012, almost 1 year after the incident on 11/5/11. The carrier paid the policy limits for defense costs on 1/28/13. The Prof Liab carrier did conduct an investigation that was hampered due to the criminal charges pending. The carrier did not receive the invoices from criminal defense counsel until 1/21/13.
    So once the proof was received (attorney invoices) the carrier cut a check for the limits 1 week later.
  6. MarkPosted on July 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm
    I got an idea. How about not injecting yourself into a situation that doesn’t need your help? How about acting like a federal agent who was brought to Hawaii for APEC and not a cop? How about not letting down your fellow agents and department by engaging in police activity better left to the locals? How about not carrying your weapon while going out to bars and drinking till 2am? You SA Deedy are a fed, not a cop. What made you think you could play cop without actually knowing what you were doing? Was anyone in danger? What was wrong with your phone that you couldn’t call 911and let the real police handle the situation? You acted like George Zimmerman long before George Zimmerman overstepped his mandate. Nice job, so you failed to fulfill your duty as an SA by failing to be a LEO and forgetting the one thing all street cops know, the badge gets you nothing. Respect is earned. Go to jail Chris. I hope you spend the next 30 years behind bars and think about what honor and duty actually mean. Being a bully with a badge is actually worse than being a bully without one.
  7. Xing WongPosted on July 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    Why isn’t CNN covering this — tells any off duty law enforcement not to intervene in any developing situations that they observe
  8. FrankPosted on August 9, 2013 at 11:15 am
    Mark, I’m curious for whom you work. It’s shameful for you to wish prison on Chris for doing what he believed was the right and decent thing. Thank God the world isn’t filled with cowards like you, who’d stand idly by and let others be intimidated and bullied by drunken druggies (I’m sure your loved ones feel very safe knowing you’d quickly call the police if they needed you!). If you’re also a Special Agent, you’re the one who needs a lesson in honor and duty. You should also consider a different profession.
    Chris, keep your head up. We’re behind you.
    • MarkPosted on August 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm
      Nice Frank – name calling and labeling. That about sums up your age too I am sure. You’ll make a nice jack-booted thug for the governemnt to control I am sure. If you even thought about what I wrote for a second I would be surprised. You don’t get it and you never will, instead of learing from Deedy’s example, all you can do is glorify it. He did not do the right thing, he didn’t even do the next to the right thing. He did the wrong thing, displayed immature and poor judgment and now a man is dead. Just because I disagree with you doesn’t make me wrong. I have a different opion, that’s all. Calling someone a coward because they choose to not intervene like an idiot, against department policy is not only the height of ignorance, it’s also very naive. I am guessing you have less than 5 years on as an SA. I never said I wouldn’t have intervened, but I would have don the smart thing; call the actual cops and have been a good accurate and impartial witness instead of confronting someone after drinking alcohol. I learned my lessons about honor and duty, probably when you were in diapers. You apparantly are not far behind Deedy in learing those lessons.
      • FrankPosted on August 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm
        Thank you for your insightful comment. I’m happy to reply this one time, and then you’ll need to troll somewhere else.
        First, you’re wrong about you’re analysis of my time as an Agent. I’ve been with the Government longer than five years. One doesn’t lose their enthusiasm for the job or the desire to help others at the five-year mark, as you alluded to. In fact, one doesn’t need to be on the job long to realize you don’t lose those things until you’re too fat and old to do the job, and you haven’t qualified with your weapon in years. Only you know where you fit into that, but I have my suspicions.
        Second, based on your comment, I’ll assume you don’t know Chris. I’m sure he’d appreciate your personal counsel and mentorship, given your professed experience in the moral and professional high ground. If only we could all be as brave and sensible as you would’ve been in Chris’ place, we’d all be safer and better off. Perhaps you could teach a class at DSTC?
        Third, I’ll say again that I doubt you know anything about duty or honor. But if you were living both of those when I was still in diapers, you’d be well into your sixties and no longer working as a LEO. And given your warped sense of moral obligation and apparent lack of character (yes, just my opinion), do us all a favor and remain in retirement.
        Finally, and most importantly, this is a website dedicated to SUPPORTING Chris Deedy. If you don’t, no worries. But be an ass somewhere else. This site is run by those who care about Chris and hope he’s found innocent. Since that’s not you, post your opinions somewhere where they dont hurt or offend others needlessly.
        • MarkPosted on August 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm
          LoL! Like you’d ever give me the last word on this site. That’s rich. I know you’re type, you have to respond. Your type of FED, “You will respect ma ah-Thor-it-thai!” Too funny. Yes, I am trolling your “support” site. If only to try to inject some reason into your silly delusional idea that Deedy was right. As I’ve said, you don’t get it, you’ll never get it. You can’t even acknowledge that Deedy was even remotely wrong. Here’s a news flash. He.will.never.survive.the.internal.investigation. He violated your policy and for that, he’ll get fired. Furthermore, the Elderts family will crush him in the civil suit. He acted out of the scope of his duties and against the policies of his own department. Why is that so hard to understand for people like you?
          Lets see if you read this(doubt it): I will stipulate that as soon as Elderts attacked Deedy, a properly identified LEO, Chris was 100% in the right. But what you don’t see is Deedy’s actions, right up until then were 100% wrong.
          So unlike you, I’ll stop. You’ve proven my point time and again. That many, of not most federal LEOs have a much over inflated sense of their own purpose. You included. I am sorry I said he should go to jail. Thanks for calling me on that. In reality, I don’t want him to go to jail. Elderts was a piece of shit. No loss to society there. But what I want is justice. Deedy fuked up. Elderts death, while not especially tragic here, could have been avoided. Here’s the lesson: next time it could be someone who wasn’t a racist POS. So an example has to be made. An example of not to do. I am not saying he should not intervened, I am saying discretion is the better part of valor. He did it wrong, despite what you think. Something you and your supposed LE experince has yet to teach you.
          But you’ll never understand that with your misguided sense of proportion, and your name/label calling. I am not trying to hurt or offend anyone, but you have no idea who I am or what I do. You obviously work for DSS and Deedy is your friend. So you are supporting your friend, I’ll respect that. He needs your help. But this is an open site, anyone can post. I suggest if you just want a circle jerk you make this a closed site.
          Can’t wait to see your response. I am sure it will be as professional as your previous ones.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kenton Buckner: Corrupt Police Chief of Little Rock

New Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner has a very deep history of back-door corruption that has followed him from KY, no wonder he wanted to escape his old job.  All the dirty shit that he's done was finally catching up to him 

Don't you DARE bring that fucking dirty-ass corrupt shit to Little Rock *DIRTY COP*, 'cus we ain't having it!

I have YOU on audio BLATANTLY & under color of law violating Federal civil AND CRIMINAL law. 

You have declared war on the Creole Houma-Choctaw People

Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit


The Louisville Metro Police Department has settled a whistleblower lawsuit from an officer who alleged he was retaliated against for helping a woman whose conviction followed a Kentucky State Police investigation that's been called into question.
Dirty Cop Kenton Buckner & City Manager Bruce Moore
The lawsuit—filed initially by one-time narcotics detective Barron Morgan and later joined by Lt. Richard Pearson—also alleged that the state police trooper who led that investigation lied under oath, tampered with evidence and intimidated a witness to maintain the questionable conviction.
Morgan, who was transferred to a patrol position, asked for $400,000 and reinstatement to the LMPD narcotics unit; the department instead agreed to pay $450,000 but would not give Morgan back his old job, said Thomas Clay, Morgan’s attorney. LMPD and Morgan agreed to settle on Tuesday. Pearson is challenging a five-day suspension; his case has not yet been resolved.

Lt. Richard Pearson, Threatened by Kenton Buckner by phone
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Dirty Cop Kenton Buckner
Morgan and Pearson allege they were retaliated against by superiors who felt Morgan’s inquiries into the closed state police case would upset the department’s cozy relationship with KSP, according to court documents. The allegations in the court documents also suggest that Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad have a friendship that goes back to their college days.
The lawsuit revolves around the case of Susan Jean King, a Spencer County woman who state police Sgt. Todd Harwood  arrest for the 1998 murder of her ex-boyfriend, Kyle “Deanie” Breeden.
A ‘Cold Case’ Warms Up
Two fishermen found Breeden’s body in Henry County in 1998—and state police detectives concluded that none of their original suspects, including Susan Jean King, was the culprit, investigative reports said.
The case went unsolved for nearly eight years.
On May 22, 2006, then-trooper Todd Harwood was assigned to investigate the Breeden “cold case,” according to a commendation he received.
King was indicted in 2007. 
She’d taken the advice of her public defender at the time and pleaded guilty with an Alford plea on charges of manslaughter and evidence tampering, meaning she did not concede guilt but agreed that prosecutors had the evidence to convict her.
The alternative was life in prison.
But Harwood’s investigation is riddled with inconsistencies, according to allegations made in three separate lawsuits—two filed filed on behalf of King and the whistleblower lawsuit.
In April 7 testimony  to the Spencer County grand jury that indicted King, Harwood didn’t mention that before Breeden’s death King had a leg amputated at the hip following a traffic accident. She uses crutches or a wheelchair to get around. Police records indicate that Breeden’s body was thought to be thrown over the Gratz Bridge.
Dirty cop Kenton Buckner sworn in
on new city to predate upon.
“Is she a bigger woman than him?” asked one of the grand jury members. “Does she get him down and shoot him, or—”
“No,” Harwood replied. “She’s actually a very, very small woman. I mean, Susan King is probably 100 pounds wet.”
Another question posed by the grand jury concerned how King was able to physically manipulate Breeden’s body.
“I don’t know if she was capable of it by herself,” Harwood said.
In a filing in the 2013 whistleblower suit, Innocence Project director Linda Smith alleged Harwood committed perjury when he provided “testimony about ballistic evidence which was demonstrably false” to the Spencer County grand jury which indicted King.
In May 2012, King asked for a new trial. To the Spencer Circuit Court, her lawyers submitted Innocence Project investigators’ point-by-point refutation of Harwood’s investigation. The documents mention an interview with an unidentified KSP trooper in the agency’s “firearms department" that would cast doubt on ballistics evidence used against King. The trooper told the Innocence Project that degraded fragments of a .22 caliber round that Harwood recovered from King’s residence “was not consistent with the .22 caliber magnum bullet removed from the victim,” Kyle Breeden.
Morgan was also aware of the ballistics question.
“Morgan stated that this match would have been impossible due to the fact that the weapon and the bullets found were not compatible,” Pearson wrote in a April 2013 Louisville Metro Police memo to Conrad.
King, then a hairdresser in Eminence, Ky., spent six and a half years at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Peewee Valley as a result of Harwood’s investigation, and was released in November of 2012, Smith said. A Spencer Circuit judge denied her request for a “new” trial in an October 2012 order and opinion, stating that it would be “inappropriate” because King entered a guilty Alford plea and no verdict existed that could be changed. The question of a new trial  is currently with the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
The Spencer Circuit Judge, Charles Hickman, also wrote: “If King had a prior trial, rather than entered an Alford plea, the Court agrees that Jarrell’s confession would be evidence that ‘with reasonable certainty, change the verdict or probably change the result, if a new trial was granted.'”
On May 20, 2009, KSP Commissioner Brewer awarded Harwood with a special commendation for his work on the Breeden case.
“The determination, commitment and professionalism of Trooper Harwood exemplifies those standards held in highest regard by the Kentucky State Police,” Brewer wrote in the commendation letter. 
But for all the evidence that purports to show King’s innocence, it was a confession from another party that set in motion the events that would make Morgan a thorn in the side of his superiors.

Richard Jarrell
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A Confession to a Closed Case
Richard Jarrell first came to the attention of law enforcement when he was arrested in Louisville two years ago following an attempted murder of one of LMPD Det. Barron Morgan’s drug informants.
It wasn’t long until Jarrell began opening up to Morgan about a string of murders in the hopes of reducing the sentence of his “brother,” who was apprehended on federal charges in another state.
In police reports and LMPD e-mail correspondence included in the whistleblower lawsuit, detectives tell how Jarrell brags about the number of people he’s killed.
“Detective,” said Jarrell, according to Jefferson Circuit Court documents. “I killed a lot of motherfuckers.”
Morgan immediately contacted LMPD homicide Det. Russ Scott, who conducted an interview with Jarrell where he intimated having murdered at least two people in the city. But when it came to the killing of a Spencer County plumber—Kyle “Deanie” Breeden—Jarrell went into explicit detail, according to Jefferson Circuit Court documents.
According to those same records, in the telling of the murder to LMPD homicide detectives, Jarrell said Breeden had stolen $20 from Jarrell to buy crack cocaine—and that was initially his motivation to kill Breeden. But Jarrell told police that he really killed Breeden “just to do it.”
On an October afternoon, Jarrell told police, he lured Breeden to an abandoned house under the pretense of picking up some money from his father to celebrate his 21st birthday. Breeden approached the cattle gate fence where Jarrell fired a .22 caliber revolver from his coat sleeve, and fired a shot into the back of his “best friend’s” head.
“I blowed his fuck’in brains out,” Jarrell told LMPD, according to a police report included in the motion for a new trial to the Spencer Circuit Court.
Jarrell told police he fired another shot in the back of Breeden’s skull for good measure before dragging the body off to the side of the house.
Worried that the body might be discovered, Jarrell said he returned to the scene sometime later and hauled Breeden’s lifeless frame into the trunk of his car after tying the body to a concrete block with a guitar amplifier cord.
Jarrell made it to the Henry-Owen County border where he stopped on the two-lane Gratz Bridge. The overpass was well lit, he said. No cars were coming from either direction, so Jarrell popped the trunk.
Laughing to detectives in his confession, Jarrell said he wrestled the “fat piece of shit” out and dropped the nearly 200 pound body some 40 feet into the Kentucky River.
At the time of Jarrell’s interview with LMPD, Breeden’s murder had been solved four years earlier by KSP Sgt. Harwood after he arrested King, who was serving a 10-year sentence.
A week after receiving this confession, the KSP’s Harwood—who had declined to interview Jarrell while Jarrell was in LMPD custody—visited him in the Louisville jail, according to allegations in the Jefferson Circuit Court case.
After that, Morgan said, Jarrell declined to talk further about any information he had.
“I re-interviewed Mr. Jarrell the following week and he informed me that Sgt. Harwood came to the jail and interviewed him,” Morgan told LMPD assistant chief Kenton Buckner in a May 2012 e-mail that is part of the lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court.  “He continued stating that he got the impression that Sgt. Harwood wanted him to keep his mouth shut and not talk about the Breeden case.”
Harwood denied pressuring Jarrell to change his confession during a two-day hearing in a Spencer Circuit Court in July 2012. State police also said there were major inconsistencies in Jarrell’s telling of the murder, including the time of Breeden’s death, the type of vehicle Jarrell was driving and the lighting on the bridge.
In a state police interview, days after the KSP investigator visited the city jail, Jarrell recanted to having killed Breeden altogether, according to a Spencer Circuit judge’s order denying King a “new” trial.
In the same document, Jarrell indicated to state police that he’d been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was taking medication for the condition.
According to the whistleblower lawsuit, Morgan’s actions following this series of events would upset his Louisville Metro Police supervisors, laying bare their chief concern: Don’t upset Kentucky State Police.

The Gratz Bridge
Credit Google Maps
KSP, LMPD Relationship At-Risk?
Pearson gave Morgan permission to contact the Kentucky Innocence Project and Morgan was even encouraged by a prosecutor in the Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, according to documents filed in court. The non-profit group had been independently looking into King’s case for at least three years, and was eager to hear what new evidence Morgan had.

Kentucky State Police Rodney Brewer
Credit Kentucky State Police
Two weeks after Jarrell gave police his confession, the Innocence Project filed a motion for King in Spencer Circuit Court to request a new trial for her.
While Spencer Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman commended Morgan for sharing the information so quickly, some Louisville Metro Police commanders weren’t so pleased.
According to court records, their initial reaction to Morgan’s inquiries centered on how upset state police were with the city detective.
LMPD Major David Ray was among Morgan’s more vocal critics in command, suggesting early on that disciplinary action against the detective was warranted.
“Off morgan (sic) may also be making more of this than is really there,” he said in an e-mail obtained by WFPL.
Ray had also apologized on the city’s behalf to a KSP commander for “Morgan sticking his nose in this.”
In a June 2012 e-mail, Ray, who oversees the major crimes division, said another state police commander had called concerning Morgan “interfering with their old homicide case.” 
“I got the impression that this is causing some hard feelings with KSP and possibly damaging our department’s relationship with them,” Ray wrote.
Before that, Morgan alleges in the whistleblower lawsuit that LMPD Lt. Colonel Kenton Buckner cursed him out in a voicemail for sharing information with the Innocence Project. Morgan further alleged that Buckner said the non-profit group was on the “other side” and ordered the detective to stop sharing information.
In a court deposition, Buckner said he did ask Morgan about the Innocence Project’s involvement but did not recall cursing at the detective.
“If I did leave something like that, it was in a joking manner,” he said.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad
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When reporters first raised questions in July 2012 about the KSP’s handling of the Breeden murder, the media inquiry made it up the chain of command. 
Brewer immediately contacted Conrad, saying: “Steve--Just an FYI. Call me when you can.”
Five days later, the headline “KSP, LMPD wrestle over confession in 1998 slaying” appeared in The Courier-Journal.
“Conrad’s lost some weight,” KSP Commissioner Brewer wrote in a July 24, 2012 e-mail. “I think I could out-wrestle him now.”
“‘Can’t we all just get along?’” Conrad replied the following morning.
In his deposition, Conrad called the communication between him and Brewer “embarrassing and inappropriate.”
"Steve--Just an FYI. Call me when you can." - Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer
The whistleblower lawsuit alleges that from the beginning Conrad was not happy with Morgan’s communication with the Innocence Project and that he was initially upset with the detective’s actions.
In his court deposition, Conrad said Morgan had “technically violated” LMPD policy by not contacting the proper chain of command.
The personal relationship between the state’s two top cops and how it possibly influenced LMPD’s reaction to the case is of particular interest to Thomas Clay, the attorney who represents Pearson and Morgan in the whistleblower case.
“The relationship between Commissioner Brewer and Chief Conrad certainly is a concern,” he said. “They continue to have a close, personal relationship over the tenure of their careers and according to the testimony they socialize on a monthly basis, so to me that is an issue that we certainly intend to bring into trial.”
LMPD declined to make Conrad available for comment, saying the department does not comment on ongoing litigation.
Four months after taking Jarrell’s confession to his bosses and the Innocence Project, Morgan was transferred out of the narcotics unit.
Morgan had applied for a coveted spot in Conrad’s new VIPER Unit that year, but he was denied despite being a 20-year veteran who had received commendations from the current chief and his predecessor.
Former Metro Police Chief Robert White praised Morgan in a November 2011 letter for seizing over 30 pounds of cocaine and a firearm.
A month before Jarrell’s confession, Conrad had also applauded Morgan in an April 2012 letter for a cocaine seizure worth half a million dollars in addition to more than $43,000 in cash.
Morgan is now a patrol officer as part of the departments reorganization, and has been assigned to a so-called graveyard shift. He currently makes about $15,000 less annually due to a loss of overtime and court pay. 
“Barron Morgan and Lt. Richard Pearson did the right thing by exposing the fact that an innocent woman was in prison for a crime she didn’t commit—a murder,” Clay said. “Rather than being praised and encouraged in their efforts to bring out the truth they were retaliated against and treated in a manner which in my opinion is truly despicable.”
Jarrell, who is now 36 and has allegedly alluded to knowledge of multiple murderers, is up for parole in February 2015.
In the meantime, attorney Linda Smith of the Innocence Project said she is still seeking a new trial for Susan Jean King, and has filed a federal suit to that end.
King isn’t looking for money, Smith said, but wants to be exonerated of the charges and to live “a quiet life.”  

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