Cumberland Co, Maine DA, Stephanie Anderson – What are you waiting for??

Capt. Shawn Welch (right, w/ pepper spray) was investigated, fired, re-hired and suspended for this……but never charged with a crime.

What are you waiting for, Stephanie Anderson? Dos this not fall under your jurisdiction? Your website seems to suggest it does:
“…. handles all criminal matters for incidents investigated by the Portland Police Department,…, Maine Department of Corrections, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Boston & Maine Railroad Police,…”
Full article here about officials now trying to find out who the whistle blower was who leaked the picture.
Anyway,..
Case is pretty clear cut: perpetrator was investigated and punished in-house, clear evidence exists of his crime, and the DA doesn’t see any need to put the bad guy(s) in front of a grand jury. My guess is this victim will sue, maybe try to press charges. Then, my guess is that, as these things usually go, the perpetrator’s employer will settle. And then the whole business will be over, the message being sent that if you’re an officer at this prison you can pepper spray a completely restrained inmate and the worst that will happen to you is a 30 day suspension.
Contact info and website for the DA who is currently overlooking this:
District Attorney Stephanie Anderson
anderson@cumberlandcounty.org
Cumberland County Gov Facebook page
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Something to keep an eye on: apparent look-the-other-way prosecutor now Governor of New Mexico

‘forgotten’ inmate Stephen Slevin before and after being held almost 2 YEARS in solitary confinement – PRE-TRIAL – on a DUI charge

Victim, Slevin, has won a federal lawsuit for $22 million and the county has recently settled a separate lawsuit for $15.5 million.
The jury’s verdict in the federal trial states that they found, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the Dona Ana County Jail’s Administrator, Chris Berela, was liable for “depriving Defendant of his constitutional right to humane conditions of confinement…depriving Defendant of his constitutional right to receive adequate medical attention…(and) depriving Defendant of his procedural due process rights.”
I couldn’t find anything anywhere saying Berela had been fired or otherwise punished. And, of course, no one was charged with anything.
The DA whose office handled Slevin’s original DUI charge was none other than the current Republican Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez.

NM Governor and former prosecutor Susana Martinez

Was she made aware of this situation? She was the DA for the entire time Slevin was detained. Did she see some kind of list of all the pre-trial inmates with their intake dates? Did she see at some point that this guy had been held for almost two years? One of her subordinates had to have been made aware of this when the DUI charges were dropped. Did that subordinate pass this info on to Martinez?
The state’s Democratic Party asks the questions:
The DPNM is calling on Governor Martinez and the Dona Ana district office’s to reveal what she knew about this case and how she allowed this to happen while serving as District Attorney – and to also account for her lack of actions in protecting the rights of Mr. Slevin.
Below is a statement from DPNM Executive Director Scott Forrester on this black eye for New Mexico:
“This is an absolute disgrace and total lack of leadership by Susana Martinez to let such a horrific action to happen under her watch. How could she let this happen, what did she know, and why did she not act?”
It’s good that they’re asking this, although I have no doubt that the state Dem party wouldn’t be asking this if Martinez were of their party. And I doubt the state GOP be asking these questions on their website any time soon. Anyway, I’ll be watching to see what the what else shakes out of this.

Denver, CO District Attorney Mitchell R. Morrissey

Denver DA Mitch Morrissey (at podium)

…doesn’t want to do his job and put former Denver Police Officer Devin Sparks’ actions in front of a Grand Jury despite the fact that a 3 member “Civil Service Panel” has found that Sparks used excessive force AND lied about it. Sparks’ actions were enough to get him fired, plus they resulted in the city paying $17,500 to then-Officer Sparks’ victim.
Link to article, but there are many others like it, same old song and dance, same old two track justice system, enabled, ultimately, by the jurisdiction’s top prosecutor, who will be the Grand Marshall at the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year.
Looks like there’s been a pretty long train of abuses with the Denver PD, and Morrissey has been in a position to do something about it since ’05:
Denver PD on YouTube
Wiki lists a good deal of misconduct incidents between ’06 and ’10.
What he’s done is look the other way 100% of the time.