Saturday, February 17, 2007

"No Fault" Government - Monopoly with Other Peoples Money

In deciding what should be done about the illegal Pittsburgh police protection racket that has been allowed to flourish within our city, and just who might do it, it is critical that one understands just who the police are-and it is NOT the warm fuzzy "We are only here to protect and to serve YOU" story that the "deputy dog" puppet espouses to our school kids.

In a big, and in a very real way, the police are the "armed enforcement squad" of the Mayor's office, and of his/her whim. If, as recently under Mayor Murphy, the Mayor decides that "something should be done" about jaywalking, it is the city police officers who are called in to "enforce" this whim - and in that case, they handed out many tickets that had huge fines attached to them. When the newspapers and others complained, the fines were dropped, and the police (on "orders from above") stopped writing tickets for jaywalking. Note that it is still a crime, this jaywalking .... just not a crime that the Mayor wants a focus on, "today."

The police chief, directly appointed by the mayor, can not really be expected to be a free agent in the "war on crime" .. and must largely support "mayorial policy" when it comes to which laws to focus on and to prosecute.

The mayor, on the other hand, must be re-elected, in order to survive as Mayor - and the large block votes MUST be listened and catered to, in order for the next election to benefit him.

What BETTER way to "buy" these votes than with public money?? .. a mayor must think!

Mayor Murphy was recently caught by the feds making a deal with taxpayer money, in exchange for the firemen union votes .. no one in power has yet made the connection between this improper deal and the continuing one with the police, though .. or maybe they have, but have been told to "stand down"?

What happens when these deals with public cash are cut? Mostly, these illegal actions have already been shielded under the umbrella of "public servant" laws, that allow these "Public" criminals to skate unpunished, because .. when it comes to public "service" .. the whole thing is a "no fault" GAME where real money and real people are quite separate from the elite politicians, and the no fault political result of improper, ill thought out, or just plain stupid actions of politicians, whose actions are separated by law from the pain, damage and devastation they usually cause. Not even an "I'm sorry" need be uttered by these criminals .. after they perform illegal and self-serving acts .. unless they violate civil rights laws, in which case they can be held accountable for improper or illegal actions.

So, with the above "rules" in mind, one can see that the police protection racket can NOT be expected to cure itself ... the insiders have millions of dollars to gain and probably nothing to lose by attempting to continue this shameful practice.

I personally, over a ten year period, have tried to have criminal charges filed against the police department which would stop this illegal practice, only to have the DA continually refuse to press charges .. his political right, though it is morally wrong - and in my mind makes him an accessory to this crime, if not a criminal conspirator himself.

I will shortly file civil charges to stop this illegal practice.

Since the courts have long granted that money gained through illegal pursuits is contraband which should be seized, I wonder what the court will say about the illegal earnings of the police officers who have worked this scam against the public businesses under their control "on duty"?

Any guesses?

Thursday, February 8, 2007

90% DISCOUNT on Concealed Weapon Permits!! Retired "Police" only need apply!!

Sheriff Mullen
Allegheny County Sheriffs Office

Dear Sheriff Mullen:

I note that the state legislature has allowed your department to increase the fee charged by yourself for the issuance and renewal of concealed firearms carry permits, and that you have indeed increased these fees – to your department’s profit.

You have increased the fees for SOME of us, that is.

I note in review that you have made a decision to charge retired police officers only 10% of the fee that you charge any other retired, employed or unemployed citizen; the fee you list for these select citizens (retired police) is $2.50, while you charge $25.00 (cash only, no checks) for the same service to less privileged citizens. WHY IS THIS?

Retired, or for that matter on-duty police and sheriffs in Pittsburgh, and all over the country for that matter, involve themselves in criminal activity, are in some cases caught and prosecuted, making them ineligible for a Pennsylvania carry permit. Surely your office conducts the same criminal history review for retired police officers as they do for retired librarians, when a renewal comes up, don’t you?

I am requesting that you provide me with the justification used by your office for offering well paid retired police officers and sheriffs with a 90% discount for the same service for which you INCREASE the fee to the rest of us.

I would also like you to supply me with a complete and comprehensive list of what vocations are included in your term “retired police officer”. IE: are you talking about anyone who has had arrest powers, are you talking about constables and court officers?

What about retired licensed private detectives?

Sheriff Mullen, I have watched for years while you personally have conspired in a criminal manner with fellow police officers to violate state law in your administration of the illegal police protection racket that has flourished within the Pittsburgh police department for decades, and most recently I have watched while you personally have done the same thing within the Sheriff’s office. It is, of course, totally illegal for your uniformed police officers or sheriff deputy’s to perform in public uniform any manner of unlicensed contracted guard or security work for private interests.

I now watch for your answer as to why you openly set your retired fellow officers up for a 90% discount for the same public service the rest of the taxpayers have to pay retail for.

You may respond to my office address @ 110 Cutler St McKees Rocks PA 15136

Thank you,

Grant W. Stapleton
Allegheny County ccw licensee &
Licensed Private Detective

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Public employees doing extorted Private work? So What?

On the surface, seeing off-duty policemen lounging around in one of Pittsburgh’s bars, businesses or topless bars in uniform and “on the take” (cash please, if you don’t mind too much) with the written approval of their superiors does not seem to generate much concern from the average citizen of Pittsburgh any more. This practice, after all, has been slowly growing like a cancer on the City for decades. I have even heard comments that seem to indicate a general lack of concern that this activity is illegal, because (as the comments go) “after all, doesn’t that keep the streets so much more safe?”

Let’s follow that thought through.

In addition to policemen, the city of Pittsburgh also has men and women of many other vocations employed. City works director Guy Costa, for example, has truck drivers, plumbers, backhoe operators, cement finishers and asphalt layers on city payroll. As far as I know, these city employees are effective and efficient; they do a good job – just like most of the police, while they work on city time.

If one embraces the “morality” (it is still illegal) of the off-duty police protection racket, then one should have absolutely no problem with any of Guy Costa’s backhoe workers taking the backhoe home on a trailer pulled with a city truck, and using this rig, and city gas, to do any amount of construction work “off-duty” that they can sell on the phone while working on city time, pocketing the money they earned using city assets.

What a DEAL! The city worker need not have insurance or bonding; who needs it, except for the poor private contractors, who are not backed by pals in the City?

Like the police, who sometime make costly mistakes off duty that the city pays for, if this backhoe work goes wrong and someone sues, or if there is an accident where someone from the public is hurt while the backhoe is being operated for private profit “off-duty”… it should be the City (read: “TAXPAYERS”) who should foot the total bill, right?

We also have lots of uniformed and well-equipped firemen that work for the city, that like our police, have access to the very best of city owned radios, vehicles and training.

Now, understand, the Pittsburgh police have managed in a very sneaky and self-serving manner to get someone in the city to make it a condition of some assembly permits and construction permits, that the permit applicant hires and pays OFF-DUTY police staff very high wages, to stand around and provide illegal guard services. If these permit applicants want to hire their own licensed, insured, bonded and trained security professionals ( my company is one of these licensed guard agencies), they are denied this option, they MUST use and pay off duty police staff, even if it is illegal for the off duty police officers to contract to do this work.

So, why leave the OTHER departments and city employees out of this great deal - if you think this type deal is legal?

If anyone within the Cities control wants to get a permit to re-do their driveway, or to dig a hole, why shouldn’t the Public Work’s employees get one of their insider’s somewhere in the city to make it illegal for ANYONE to use someone other than an off duty city works department employees, at time and a half or higher .. pay the truck driver, please, cash if you don't mind? You are a construction company who counts on work from the city of Pittsburgh area ?? Well, you can find something else to do for a living .. YOU are no longer needed in the City .. “our guys” can handle this work here, from now on!

What about having empty warehouses and commercial buildings, along with any gathering place with more than 50 people in it at one time, being forced by some new ordinance that would make it MANDATORY to have them hire off-duty uniformed city firemen to stand around for cash under the table .. after all, we WOULD be safer, too – what a WIN WIN! And, these hard working fireman guys of “ours” could use a little extra folding cash for the family, couldn't they? Licensed fire alarm companies do the same job cheaper and legally, you say? Who cares .. they can get their work outside our City .. “our guys” will be handling this fire-protection work from now on!

And, guess what? “We” (the City) also have accountants, painters, drivers, lawyers, engineers, architects, typists, food workers ……. Why should THEY be left out of this great Public employee/Private work racket?

..... AND, our poor uniformed meter maids. If law and order for the community and concern for overtime income for "our" people are things that should govern our actions .. What would be wrong with allowing those meter maids to keep on their uniforms, print out their own parking tickets (mail the fee to their home, not the traffic court) and do their "official job" off duty, and after hours, for their own private monetary benefit?

If only "we" don’t get caught …. just THINK about all the wonderful things "we" could do, in this Great City.

Maybe this is why many people say the best view in Pittsburgh is the one in the rear view mirror of your U-Haul truck, as you depart for safer and more free places.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Office of Municipal Investigations - are you sleeping?

After several years of filing complaints about officers working in uniform illegally, and having the nerve to park their private cars in clearly marked "No Parking" spots while they did this illegal work, I have gotten no response to my formal complaints, although OMI claims (look at their web page) that at the end of an investigation they will send notice to the complainant as to the disposition of the complaint.

I have repeatedly visited or emailed the office, and have had my requests for a meeting with their head totally ignored.

Today I once again contacted the city department of OMI, and sent a copy to the Mayor of Pittsburgh. Here is a copy of the email. I was once lots nicer in my communications with them, but believe me, after 5 years of being ignored and stonewalled by these deadbeats, this is the best I can squeeze out for them.

"roy dean"

Mr. Dean,
Recently I came in to your office for perhaps the 10th
time, noting that I have not had resolution letters
given me on the many complaints I have filed in the
matters of Pittsburgh police officers parking
illegally and working so called "off duty" jobs
I also repeated my request (this time making it a
demand) to meet with your OMI head to discuss this
lack of attention, and the fact that your office is
violating it's own dictates by not notifying me of the
resolution of my complaints.
I gave you pictures of license plates and of the
vehicles that the plates were on while they were
parked illegally, and I gave times, places and dates
of where this illegal work was being done, and in most
cases gave you the officers names. I also have
pictures of some of these officers, taken as they were
working illegally. WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?
If you contend that this illegal parking and
contracted off duty work in police uniform is legal, I
demand to have a copy of the law(s) which you have
based your determination on. I have cited the laws
under which this work is illegal, and I now DEMAND an
answer from your office,and an IMMEDIATE MEETING with
your head to discuss your lack of response to date.
I await your response with interest.
Grant W. Stapleton
February 5, 2007
COPY: Mayor's Office

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Blog Q & A: or Questions, we got Questions

Since posting the first two blog entries, I have had many questions asked of me, most of which fall into one of three categories:
1. Are you crazy or just kidding about this? If this is illegal, why haven’t I heard about it, or why has nothing been done about it before?

2. You sound like you are against police in general and Pittsburgh law and order in particular! These cops, even off duty, are “on the job” – don’t they have “special rights” when it comes to things that normal citizens don’t have?

3. Aren’t you afraid of retribution, making statements like this, about the police? After all, “they have more guns than you,” the old saying goes – right?

Since these are all good and worthy questions, I will answer them here, for all to read, rather than answer these one at a time in person:

1. No, I am not crazy or kidding about the illegal activity these political insiders have been getting away with right out in the open, in front of everyone – as a matter of fact, I am as serious about stopping this illegal protection racket in Pittsburgh as is a two-week toothache without medical insurance!

I have been watching this amazing police corruption going on around me in da burgh - undiscovered and unpunished - for a long time now, and I have been feeling a little like the little boy in Hans Christian Anderson’s fable about “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Convinced at last that, like that little boy in that fable, I am the only one who can see the truth. I am, like he did, now coming to the public with the truth of the matter.

Why come forward in a blog, and not in a quiet word to higher law enforcement than the Chiefs of the Pittsburgh Police – who have and are themselves illegally involved in this CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY? Another saying goes: “Been there, done that.”

Over several years I have officially contacted the mayor, deputy mayor, the chief of police, the law department for the city, the (totally worthless under the current director) Office of Municipal Investigations (OMI), the head of the local FOP union and their atty., and I have personally served illegally working off duty officers notices that their contracted employment was illegal. After getting no response to reporting on this illegal activity, I went to the District Atty. for Allegheny County, and delivered to him a legal brief that outlined by chapter and exact citation, which laws were being violated, and by exactly which officials and officers. When the district atty. refused to do his duty to arrest and prosecute these criminals, I attempted to file these same criminal charges on my own (through a district justice), as is the right of any citizen who personally sees criminal activity taking place – but the district atty. refused to accept my paperwork. Does everyone know that a district atty. is legally able to “pick and choose” what criminals he wishes to prosecute?

Only the County Police have held their heads above this corruption, while the sheriffs and Pittsburgh police and their rapaciously greedy FOP union have all wallowed like pigs in the mud at this illegal protection money-trough. Read the following article and note that Jim Hasara of the County Police is saying in this article that he knows that it is ILLEGAL for his county police to do this “off-duty” work (His old boss, Jim Roddy knew, because I personally met with him and told him so). It is also illegal for the sheriffs and Pittsburgh police to do this work, and it is illegal and criminal conspiracy for the chief of police and the sheriff to allow their employees to contract out their labor as security for private employers in an illegal fashion - and even more so when these criminal officers are given official permission to masquerade as public servants with their uniforms on, while officially “off-duty,” and illegally being paid to do work for which they are forbidden by state law to do.

After being ignored at the city and district atty. level, I would have gone to state officials early on with this complaint, but until recently I was working as an aide and legislative analyst for a member of the Penna. House of Representatives, who told me that he knew that this work that the police were doing was illegal, but who also demanded on the threat of me being fired that I NOT report this further. Now that Jeff Habay has been arrested, convicted and faces jail himself, for his own ethics breaches, I am no longer constrained by this threat of losing my job for telling the truth about the legal and ethical actions of the Pittsburgh police. The funny thing in the case of Habay is that once convicted and let out of confinement on house arrest – he was required by the Court to obtain work, and until I had to write his judge a official letter detailing the law and how Habay was violating it, convict Habay got (with help from his friends) work as an well-paid illegally contracted for SECURITY GUARD, just like the off-duty Pittsburgh police who he shielded with threats to me while I worked for him .. Hummm.Why the judge ordered Habay to quit his illegal job, but there were no police charges filed in this matter of illegal employment is your guess… all I know is that within my letter to the judge I asked that Habay be charged in this illegal employment scheme, and that he was only ordered to cease working – I have seen no charges filed by the D. A. in this matter either – Steve, who are you shielding in this particular decision not to prosecute for this latest violation of the Private Detective Act … still the criminal element within the police, or who -since it certainly can't be Habay himself?

2. No, I do NOT hate or disrespect law and order in general OR the Pittsburgh police or the Sheriff of Allegheny in particular. As a former sworn officer myself, I feel a continuing brotherly bond for fellow citizens who now work, as I once did, “on the job.” I do draw a “thin blue line” though, when a fraternal friend goes “off the reservation” and crosses that line, and who commits a crime against the very citizens he is sworn to protect. This fraternal feeling of mine evaporates completely when the officer(s) band together to fleece the very sheep they are hired and paid to watch over - and then arrogantly refuse to cease and desist this self-serving crime when notified informally that their actions are illegal.

After being a policeman long ago, I was a bonded international security expert and bodyguard, a bonded courier, and later a private detective, criminal investigator, and legislative aide. I have worked in law enforcement and law creation service almost all of my life. Including former Atty Generals and many current and retired law-enforcement personnel .. most of my friends are or have been involved in upholding US and state laws. I value the laws that keep society together, and I can tell you I have personally worked in foreign countries under police state law, and it AIN'T, folks, a place you want to live. Saying this, I see Pittsburgh as being a city under police rule, not the rule of morality or of public Law. As a matter of fact, after investigating this protection racket for years, I KNOW it is! (keep reading my blog, and soon you too will know this sad fact).

I live here, and my family and friends live here, and this is where I have chosen to try to make an honest living, doing the very same things the police have illegally usurped but that I am licensed to do. The illegal and immoral actions of a few crooked police are interfering with my right to live in a free country governed by the laws of men, not governed by the biggest gang or the gang with the most guns. I will NOT live in a police state (or a police city) and keep my head bowed and bahhha like a tame sheep, that is NOT the American way.

But, having said this, I am in NO way anti law, or anti police.

I have happily and at my own request sat on a local board of citizens who have put together at great effort and cost a series of “Law Enforcement Appreciation” luncheons, one of which honored my friends, (former) Sheriff Pete DeFazio with an award that he merited, I felt. Now, as a licensed criminal investigator, with evidence at hand, I am calling Pete, and his deputies who performed illegal work with his approval .. CRIMINALS. Nothing personal or hateful with that, it is what it is.

While I speak of CRIMINALS, the new acting Sheriff is, in my view, twice the criminal that the former sheriff was, because William Mullen, now our county’s proud acting sheriff, also was a co-conspirator in the illegal protection racket - when he worked for the Pittsburgh police department, prior to making an “insiders jump” to acting sheriff. I have no respect at all for Sheriff Mullen, as, along with then Chief McNeely, he flatly refused to meet with me to discuss resolution of this matter short of legal action.

Sheriff Mullen, if you are reading this, I say to you now in public, what you would not listen to in private before: that some of your deputies are contracting out their services in your uniform, and are working illegally with your permission, just like certain of the police officers under you before did. This makes them criminals, and you even more so, as I charge here and now that you are guilty of criminal conspiracy to violate sections of the County Code and the Private Detective Act of 1953.

Since there seems to be some who may not believe my evaluation of the law in this town, I invite you to sue me for calling you a criminal (I am calling you just that) if you truly believe your actions and those under you are in keeping with the laws of our Commonwealth. If you have had competent legal advice you will already know you are a crook, and you will not dare to sue me, because that might be the only way I can get this protection racket to be heard by the court.

We will talk about where all the money gathered by these officers and deputies goes later.

As far as "special rights" for police, other than the "rights" offered by law of arrest powers, to be used ONLY ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC interest, while on official duty .. when it comes to speeding, parking, drug use, gambling, driving drunk or other violations of the public laws (to include the restriction placed against police with arrest powers NOT being allowed to contract their services as security or guard work to the public) police officers should be held to a HIGHER, not a LOWER standard than the average citizen. All moral police officers know this, as I suspect do most average citizens: One can not be entrusted to enforce the very laws that he does not obey himself - Particularly where violations of the law puts large amounts of cash into the officers pocket.

Am I afraid to bring this illegal activity to light?

Well, sure, who wouldn’t be? I said above that I was not crazy! I have already had anonymous calls warning me to stop this investigation “in the interest of my health,”and I have been assaulted in the Strip district by an uniformed off-duty officer, when I asked him if he was on or off duty. Also, in the past, several of these illegal off-duty uniformed thugs working the Strip “barked” derisively at my lovely date, trying to egg me on, and the list can go on.

When I first tried to bring this illegal activity to light, and attempted to bring this information to Allegheny County District Atty. Steve Zappala, Steve, admittedly one of the “good ol boys,” not only refused to take my testimony to impanel a Grand Jury to investigate this serious police crime, he also refused to honor my request for witness protection for myself and my family, or even to issue or loan me a bullet proof vest, as I requested.

So, yes, I worry about reactions of the organized criminals whose activities I bring out into the light of day, but in no way will I allow that worry to stop me, or even to slow me down:

In this case, as in many others (though I hate to say it exactly this way) another saying is valid: “What does not kill me, only serves to make me stronger”

Stay tuned .. much more to come

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Impersonating a Police Officer, for Fun and Profit - is it legal?

No, it is NOT (I thought everyone knew the answer to that one).

If, as a regular citizen, you buy yourself a Pittsburgh Police uniform and badge, you too might be ABLE to flag down speeding cars on I79 or Liberty Ave and get the drivers to pay you their "fine" in cash - and you "won't give out a ticket, this time" .. but this activity on your part is NOT legal .. you are "impersonating a public servant," goes the Law... and when caught, you go to jail. BUT when some citizens of Pittsburgh dress up in a police uniform, and go around the city acting as if they were on duty police officers, THEY can earn $30 to $60 dollars an hour - and get away with it ... wondering who these elite citizens are?? Read on!

First, let's look at this principal more closely .. PUBLIC servants and PUBLIC property are forbidden by law and practice from being used for PRIVATE profit. This means that if you are in coveralls and working for the Pittsburgh Public Works Department, it is illegal (and immoral) for you to contract your off-duty time to use your Public Works backhoe and truck (and some of that unused asphalt from yesterday's pour) to fix up a private driveway. Everybody knows this is wrong, right??

Pittsburgh officials are so sensitive to perceived official misrepresentation, that I understand that uniformed and badged Public Crossing Guards BY CITY DIRECTIVE must be out of their uniforms within (20 - 30 min?) a very short time after their shift, and back into civilian garb. Stay tuned, because one of the city unions have managed to cut a way better deal for THEIR members .. sure, it's ILLEGAL, but who will dare to challenge them, they think?

Can anyone imagine the uproar if one of the City's bus drivers was given permission from his/her supervisors to come in after hours, IN UNIFORM, and take a city owned bus full of city-paid fuel out for the week-end, so the driver could sell tickets on his own, for cash in his own pocket, to take a busload of citizens to Atlantic City for the weekend?

Even the Mayor's own secretary would be fired, if it came to pubic light that he/she had used city owned copiers, stamps and envelopes to mail out hundreds or thousands of personal "Amway" solicitations, right?

In Pittsburgh, there are only two elite gangs that have managed to hold themselves above the law, when it comes to impersonating a public servant for private fun and profit ... and these gangs have netted TENS if not HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of illegal dollars impersonating on-public-duty police officers. One last guess at who these criminals are, before I tell you??

Off-Duty Pittsburgh police officers and Sheriff Deputies have somehow gotten away with forming marauding gangs of off-duty (or sometimes retired) officers, who punch out at the department after 8 hrs, and instead of going home to their families or on to a legitimate second job, they stay dressed in their public uniform, keep on their public issued guns and badges, and in some cases keep their police marked vehicle filled with public paid gasoline, and insured by the City .. Thus publicly outfitted, they go to a second "job" (demanding cash with no records kept in some cases) from the very merchants who are "under their official thumb" during their public shift.

Those so called "off-duty" officers who offer (or demand?) to CONTRACT their (official?)services to private employers for undocumented cash or even legitimate (from the employer's standpoint) checks, are by definition of law"CRIMINALS", who are appearing in public uniform with the clear intent to confuse the fact that they are NOT on official police business - as a matter of fact, the last thing these criminal opportunists would want, would be for the average citizen who runs into them during this illegal work to know that they were not "official," but were actually working as an agent of a private business owner illegally. Remember, LEGALLY and MORALLY, no public servant can provide public services for private interests .. the days of the strike-breaking Pinkerton's are over!

So, after reading the above, can anyone tell the legal or moral difference between a public works backhoe driver contracting to do "his" driveway construction work "after hours" for cash under the table .. the City bus driver doing "his" job of driving citizens somewhere for private profit .. and a off duty Pittsburgh policeman doing uniformed/armed police security work at a downtown "titty bar" or club, for cash on the barrel head (or even a check)?

If someone can make a positive case for these officers illegal actions, I would love for you to post them here. Please remember though, that while the bus driver and backhoe driver have GENERAL legal prohibitions against doing the work as posited, Pennsylvania law enforcement officers have SPECIFIC legal restrictions placed on them, that directly prohibits them from contracting after hours to do ANY kind of security work without first obtaining a license (for which they are prohibited from getting). I will post these Penna laws in a future blog entry, meanwhile, why not call the police department or atty general's office yourself, and ask them why Pittsburgh police are allowed to violate state law for private profit?

Where has the local media been while this illegal police protection racked has grown?

Where are they now?

Friday, February 2, 2007

What's a "mere citizen" to DO?

Moving to the "burgh" from Harrisburg, I heard the complaints, and saw clearly the problems mere citizens face in our town. Park 2 minutes past 4:00PM, or in one of the many posted areas, and your car is immediately towed to an expensive impound lot (Cash only, please .. no checks), Jaywalk or commit one of the many legal infractions of the day, and you face arrest and fines at the hand of on-duty police, backtalk one of the many "moonlighting" uniformed police officers or sheriff deputy's, who work the local bars, festivals, concerts and other private events, and face harsh "street justice" AND then arrest, if you are not shot dead first by one or several of these illegally working so called "moonlighters". Yes, it is ILLEGAL for these uniformed police officers to work these so called "details", but WHO CAN STOP THEM?

On the other hand, if you are a FOP member here in "da burgh" you need not face the "mere citizen's" parking woes - you too can violate state vehicle code and put a little or big round "FOP" decal over the numbers on your private vehicle's tags, and park with impunity in any "no parking" zone or expired meter you like, for however long as you wish. After all, WHO CAN STOP YOU?

It is immoral and a violation of state ethics decisions for officers and sheriff deputies to solicit gratuities, or accept fees or other payments for their official duties, and it is illegal for these city and county employees to offer to contract their employment out as guards or security, but this has not stopped them from approaching business owners while they are on duty, and "suggesting" that these business owners "hire" them off-duty at sometimes three times the rate that a legal guard could expect to earn.

Some bars have faced the decision of being reported as a "nuisance bar" or hiring "off duty special details" which usually consist of the officer that "suggested" this hiring (sometimes for CASH - no 1099 please) and his off duty pals. Yes, it is both immoral AND illegal for the Pittsburgh City Police and Sheriff's deputies to contract to perform this "detail" work .. but that little fact has not stopped them from fleecing local and outside businesses and agencies of perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars worth of illegal income over the years (some of it cash).. after all (they think) WHO CAN STOP THEM?

Over the last several years, I have made the Pittsburgh Police Department aware that these actions are taking place, and that they are illegal, but they have chosen to ignore my complaints, the immoral actions of their officers and their officers superiors within the department, who share the financial benefits of this illegal racket ... and most importantly, the department, it's chief and the mayor, have all ignored the very law that they have sworn to uphold - for the financial benefit of officers who during their official shifts reportedly earn the second highest rate paid police officers in the whole country. Why not> WHO CAN STOP THEM? William Valenta, a police supervisory employee, was personally made aware by myself of the illegal FOP decals that many of his officers had placed over their license tags, in violation of state law. Not only did he not manage to get this violation of law stopped within his own department .. later he was appointed to the Office of Municipal Investigation, where he continued to refuse to discipline these renegade officers, for their illegal parking scam .. despite many documented complaints having been filed against these scofflaw officers, who continue until today to cover up their license plates with FOP decals, and continue to park in "no parking" zones with impunity. After all, if officer William Valenta has smugly refused to stop them .. WHO CAN?

Who will stop this illegal protection racket?

Who will protect us from the illegal actions of our protectors?

Stay Linked to this Blog, and let's see. The answer is: "enough mere citizens" - Will we get them interested?

More details posted here by myself on an irregular basis - I am respectfully soliciting the viewpoints of mere citizens, officers, media and anointed officials: Please post your reply.