Why blame Rod Mitchell?

Why blame Rod Mitchell?

There are 182 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from May 25, 2010, titled Why blame Rod Mitchell?. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

In response to John Thornton's letter to the editor of May 19. My sympathy for the loss of his mother is heartfelt, but why blame Rod Mitchell for an accident his employee Russ Perdock was involved with on his own time.

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LTZ

United States

#1 May 25, 2010
Finally! Some Sanity!
Uncommon Sense

Newark, CA

#2 May 25, 2010
Soon to be overcome by insanity when the rumormongers get wind of this.
copter dave

Williams, CA

#3 May 25, 2010
Twice Sacramento sheriff deputy Charlie Slaybaugh testified he was not allowed to interview any witnesses other than perdick and his entire report was based on perdicks testimony only .
Speaking of sanity

Lakeport, CA

#4 May 25, 2010
Sheriff Mitchell did a great job tonight at Blue Lakes. For those of you who didn't see the invitation in Saturday's RB, it was all about "Fact vs. Fiction". There was a great deal of factual information handed out that made for some very interesting reading. I am glad I attended and thank those in law enforcement for doing such an excellent job.
Ned

Clearlake, CA

#5 May 25, 2010
I was there too. I can't tell you how many times I gagged!
copter dave

Williams, CA

#6 May 25, 2010
Bottom line is that Mitchell is named as a defendant in a federal civil rights lawsuit and my money is that Lawrence Monsoon is a better attorney and just as Haltom beat hoppy . Lawrence Monsoon will be better than Lake County's attorney .
pot head

United States

#7 May 25, 2010
All the voters will remember is that Capt.Russ Perdocks poor judgment took someones life and Sheriff Rod Mitchell and D.A. Jon Hopkins conspired to Protect Capt. Russ Perdock and shifted the blame to someone else to protect Capt. Russ Perdock. When you add everything up and twist it any way you want The end result is just that simple.
Philip Murphy

Keene, CA

#8 May 25, 2010
several problems with this one, as objective people who read the ENTIRE Slabaugh report conclude that it wrongly excluded data that suggested that the sailboat lights were on and instead made an absolute determination that they were not on. Any fair,balanced report would have said it was impossible to say with any certainty whether the lights were on.
Then the auhtor of the report had only done a total of five investigations, and he just happened to work for the same departmant Rod Mitchell began his carreer in-his last employer before the LCSO in fact.
But there are plenty of other reasons not to vote for Mitchell, garzoli-gate should be enough by itself and if half that stuff Beland listed really happened then he should be charged with something!
Uncommon Sense

Newark, CA

#10 May 25, 2010
Several problems with Phillips comment. The forensic examination of the lights by a Department of Justice criminalist was the source of the determination that the lights were in fact off. Charlie Slabaugh had nothing to do with that examination.

Since: Apr 10

Lakeport

#11 May 25, 2010
The Author provided an excellent piece here.

It reminded me of how malcontents blame everything that is wrong on Rod Mitchell.

Their maledictions remind me of people who would blame God for the death of a loved one or any tragedy they lacked the perspective to explain.
pot head

United States

#12 May 25, 2010
Uncommon Sense wrote:
Several problems with Phillips comment. The forensic examination of the lights by a Department of Justice criminalist was the source of the determination that the lights were in fact off. Charlie Slabaugh had nothing to do with that examination.
Just listening to you go on and on and on Would make anybody plead guilty.
Philip Murphy

Keene, CA

#13 May 25, 2010
Uncommon Sense wrote:
Several problems with Phillips comment. The forensic examination of the lights by a Department of Justice criminalist was the source of the determination that the lights were in fact off. Charlie Slabaugh had nothing to do with that examination.
I think the bulk of the jurors would agree that the defense expert made a better case for the lights being on, but what I was refering to was witness statements, they were conflicting and the people hoppy used to make his case kind of sank it when they didn't have their stories straight. I do know one thing for absolute certain: Nobody who wasn't there could know beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Slabaugh should have included the other statements and not dismissed the possiblity that the lights were on, in that regard i do believe the report was rigged.
Uncommon Sense

Newark, CA

#14 May 25, 2010
I should be a prosecutor then huh?
Provocateur

San Francisco, CA

#15 May 25, 2010
Deputy 1" is alleged to have driven his on duty patrol vehicle as a practical joke over 100 MPH while being pursued by his own department;
Deputy 2: is alleged to have misappropriated government funds by seeking private helicopter lessons;
Deputy 3: is alleged to have discharged his weapon during horseplay while at a substation;
Deputy 4 is alleged to have discharged his weapon during training damaging an interior wall;
Deputy 5: is alleged to have discharged his weapon at the Sheriff's Main Office damaging the floor;
Deputy 6: is alleged to have been terminated for being drunk on duty;
Deputy 7: is alleged to have stolen prepared food from jail detainees and thereafter contacted witnesses to interfere with the investigation;
Deputy 8: is alleged to have used his taser in an off duty incident involving alcohol;
Deputy 9: is alleged to have aimed his duty revolver at another deputy while in a highly intoxicated state;
Deputy 10: is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with a witness to a crime;
Deputy 11: is alleged to have had and ongoing sexual relationship with a primary witness in a homicide;
Deputy 12: is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with a supervising Deputy's wife who threatened the Deputy until he resigned;
Deputy 13: is alleged to have had ongoing sexual relations with another member of the department while on duty;
Deputy 14: is alleged to have had made racial remarks resulting in a lawsuit against the Department;
Deputy 15: is alleged to have physically battered a female deputy during a disagreement alleging that women did not belong in law enforcement;
Deputy 16: is alleged to repeatedly make racist or national origin comments which are offensive to the Deputies involved;
Deputy 17: is alleged to have damaged County property during a temper rage after an unwanted assignment;
Deputy 18: is alleged to have battered another on duty deputy during a dispute wherein the assaulting deputy threw a phone at the deputy striking him in the head;
Deputy 19: is alleged to have falsified time cards thereby collecting county funds without working;
Deputy 20: is alleged to have repeatedly viewed porn sites on duty then displaying the porn sites to other deputies;
Deputy 21: is alleged to have struck a woman and killed her in a boating incident;
Deputy 22: is alleged to have responded to SWAT call outs in an intoxicated state;
Deputy 23: is alleged to have been accused of having sex with a minor and thereafter lied about such conduct during an investigation;
Deputy 24: is alleged to have been terminated for insubordination after hearing.
30. The purpose of this writ is to identify in camera the resulting discipline of these deputies. Petitioner alleges that the discipline administered herein is based on favoritism without
regard to allegations. Further, that favored deputies are not disciplined at all.
pot head

United States

#16 May 25, 2010
Uncommon Sense wrote:
I should be a prosecutor then huh?
No your just boring.
Provocateur

San Francisco, CA

#17 May 25, 2010
Poor Rodney I forgot, like Perdock Rod is the victim, not justice or Lake County.
Provocateur

San Francisco, CA

#19 May 26, 2010
Rodney is that you?
Forgot A Few

Palo Alto, CA

#20 May 26, 2010
Uncommon Sense wrote:
Several problems with Phillips comment. The forensic examination of the lights by a Department of Justice criminalist was the source of the determination that the lights were in fact off. Charlie Slabaugh had nothing to do with that examination.
You mean the "expert" who came to his conclusion by a scientific experiment consisting of lights strapped to a 2 x 4 then pounded on the ground???? The same "expert" who's conclusion was refuted by the expert who's one week class he had taken?! I tell you, you can't make up comedy like we saw presented as evidence and expert witnesses by Hopkins.
pah leaze

Schaumburg, IL

#21 May 26, 2010
the clowns have taken over the circus, it's out of control now. Whomever takes over is gonna be stuck with this fact and eventually become a part of it.
When u've got a group of jocks with guns that have been allowed to run wild for this long, good luck.
LTZ

United States

#22 May 26, 2010
Provocateur wrote:
Deputy 1" is alleged to have driven his on duty patrol vehicle as a practical joke over 100 MPH while being pursued by his own department;
Deputy 2: is alleged to have misappropriated government funds by seeking private helicopter lessons;
Deputy 3: is alleged to have discharged his weapon during horseplay while at a substation;
Deputy 4 is alleged to have discharged his weapon during training damaging an interior wall;
Deputy 5: is alleged to have discharged his weapon at the Sheriff's Main Office damaging the floor;
Deputy 6: is alleged to have been terminated for being drunk on duty;
Deputy 7: is alleged to have stolen prepared food from jail detainees and thereafter contacted witnesses to interfere with the investigation;
Deputy 8: is alleged to have used his taser in an off duty incident involving alcohol;
Deputy 9: is alleged to have aimed his duty revolver at another deputy while in a highly intoxicated state;
Deputy 10: is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with a witness to a crime;
Deputy 11: is alleged to have had and ongoing sexual relationship with a primary witness in a homicide;
Deputy 12: is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with a supervising Deputy's wife who threatened the Deputy until he resigned;
Deputy 13: is alleged to have had ongoing sexual relations with another member of the department while on duty;
Deputy 14: is alleged to have had made racial remarks resulting in a lawsuit against the Department;
Deputy 15: is alleged to have physically battered a female deputy during a disagreement alleging that women did not belong in law enforcement;
Deputy 16: is alleged to repeatedly make racist or national origin comments which are offensive to the Deputies involved;
Deputy 17: is alleged to have damaged County property during a temper rage after an unwanted assignment;
Deputy 18: is alleged to have battered another on duty deputy during a dispute wherein the assaulting deputy threw a phone at the deputy striking him in the head;
Deputy 19: is alleged to have falsified time cards thereby collecting county funds without working;
Deputy 20: is alleged to have repeatedly viewed porn sites on duty then displaying the porn sites to other deputies;
Deputy 21: is alleged to have struck a woman and killed her in a boating incident;
Deputy 22: is alleged to have responded to SWAT call outs in an intoxicated state;
Deputy 23: is alleged to have been accused of having sex with a minor and thereafter lied about such conduct during an investigation;
Deputy 24: is alleged to have been terminated for insubordination after hearing.
30. The purpose of this writ is to identify in camera the resulting discipline of these deputies. Petitioner alleges that the discipline administered herein is based on favoritism without
regard to allegations. Further, that favored deputies are not disciplined at all.
The operative word here is "alleged". You can think anything, but proving it is a completely different matter. Since this is "allege" it is just gossip.

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