PWC Police Chief “Good Time” Charlie Deane is at it again. This rogue cop who does as he pleases without regard to the intent of the Board of County Supervisors has finally gone too far.
I knew as soon as any amount of discretion was introduced here that Deane would take the opportunity to try and gut the policy.
“There is no longer the requirement that they do that inquiry prior to the physical arrest of someone,” Deane said, adding that officers will be provided guidelines later this week on how to implement the changes.
All suspects arrested on suspicion of a crime will be checked for legal status regardless of whether the officer has reason to believe the suspect is in the country illegally.
The change will mean hundreds more people each month will face status checks after committing crimes, but that dozens fewer suspects will be referred to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement for driving too fast or for being too loud.
The problem with “Good Time” Charlie is that if you say that officers have discretion to do something, he interprets that as them not having to do it at all and conveys it as such to them. I can hardly wait to see his guidelines on this.
Let’s recap what “Good Time” Charlie’s so-called “leadership” has brought us for our tax dollars —
- The second largest county in Virginia and one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. does not have cameras in their police cars in the year 2008 and he only wants to add them now, not to help acquire evidence for the prosecution of criminals or the safety of our police officers, but as a means to defend against potential “racial profiling” lawsuits brought on by the anti-illegal alien measures;
- Officers telling residents that they should call their homeowners association to complain about speeding;
- Members of the police department who routinely park at an intersection ostensibly to watch for speeders and stop sign runners, but instead sleep in their patrol car as vehicles blast through stop signs at that intersection;
- Taking 2.5 hours to respond to a home robbery report even though two patrol cars were parked around the corner from that home ostensibly “doing radar”;
- On Halloween a few years ago a home was mobbed after running out of candy and when the police finally showed up they gave the excuse that “they lacked the resources to cover the community”;
- A high-ranking police official who tells an individual something that is blatantly false, so blatantly false that the official must have known what he was saying was incorrect because the citizen certainly did;
- The police officer, who when responding to a hit and run accident where a woman’s car was rear-ended, initially didn’t want to do anything because he didn’t think the damage looked “that bad” even though several witnesses had information that could track down the person; and
- Graffiti that has been reported for clean-up remaining for more than six months after repeated reports, including reports from a County Supervisor’s office, to the appropriate offices — one such tag appearing on a utility box right in front of a sign for the police station that is right across the street from the box.
This list could go on and on just from what I have been informed of personally by residents within my own HOA.
But here is one final report I got just this week:
I recall a little more than a year ago, I called the PWC Police to complain about the ‘pocket motorcycles’ my neighbor was riding up and down the street….he literally had a fleet of 5 or 6 of these. They also had a case of beer out the day they were riding.
When the police officer came (Officer *******)….I couldn’t hear the coversation, but they were all laughing, like someone told a joke or something, the officer inlcuded.
Then the officer left, and the riding continued.
I called the Dept. back, to complain about the response/lack of…and then the officer involved called me back and asked if I had a problem with the way he handled the situation. I told him the community has an agreement with PWC Police Dept to ticket/arrest on site (and never mind the case of beer while riding situtation)….and he said they were all licensed and legal. I guess he couldn’t smell the alcohol. Who knows….
It could go on and on….
FYI, such bikes are NOT licensed for street driving and more likely than not were in excess of the 25 MPH speed limit as well (which carries and additional $200 enhanced fine in this particular area.)
So that gives you a bit of the flavor of what “Good Time” Charlie has done with this department. Unfortunately, such bad apples that people experience give the rest of our police an undeservedly bad name. The rank and file police who go out and risk their lives every single day to protect us deserve much better than this.
So, how do the illegal alien apologists view all this?
Immigrant advocate Aracely Panameno said it is too early to tell what the changes mean, particularly a section giving officers discretion to check legal status.
“They still have that wiggle room, which is why you don’t see us in the community saying, ‘Victory!’ There is still a little nervousness as to how this will work,” she said.
That didn’t stop Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, a critic of the crackdown, from making a “V” with his hands to signal victory Tuesday night. “You can see the tide has turned,” he said.
What alternate reality is Principi living in? Or does he have a direct line to “Good Time” Charlie’s office?
UPDATE: I’ve received word that Greg L. from BVBL is gathering info on Chief Deane that will “blow his doors off” within the next few weeks at most. Should be interesting!
UPDATE 2: More stories of “Good Time” Charlie’s police dept. are now coming in. Here’s one.