Let's go to the videotape...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Let's go to the videotape...

...of the shameful December 2nd Village Board meeting, courtesy of Black Sheep Television, Jacques Ditte, videographer.

The really shameful stuff starts at the 0:14:20 mark.

The drumbeats calling for the disbanding of the Westhampton Beach Police Department grow louder.


1. Jeanne Speir said...

Wow. I don't usually watch this stuff, but-man-oh-man, some observations after watching the Trustees at this meeting. Between the body language,the absence of eye contact from the dais, especially as the attorney advised a runaway board not to comment, the dull defiance of Kametler, the perky impudenence of the down-facing-dog Levan, the spectacular non-answers of Mr.Tucker, (this is who is being groomed as the next Mayor? You've got to be kidding!) and the huge tracts of video silence when being asked simple questions (Non-personnel related)- one is left with the sinking feeling something really rotten is afoot.

Folks, this is worth watching; dull monotones aside, it is like watching a runaway train once it gets started. Kudos to you, Dean, and Vic, to attempt to expose what the Board is doing.

This video should be played in civics classes in the high school! Fascinating.

I call it outrageous... but if enough Village residents don't express their outrage, it will continue.

2. Matlynn Carville said...

Is there any way to gag that non-Villager? Good grief. What a stick-her-nose-in-other-people's-business wretch. Go away!

I'll assume that you're referencing nutburger Irene Barrett. She certainly served herself up as a complete idiot last Wednesday, griping about not knowing something that had been a front page story in The Southampton Press.

But she speaks at the sufferance of the Mayor, and he generally takes a fairly hard line with her.

3. EastEnd68 said...

Did I follow this correctly -- board ordered report, read report, didn't like the report, is ordering a new report. That was Joan at her best.

Not quite.

Trustees wanted an investigation, and tried to get the District Attorney to conduct one. Mr. Spota declined.

Chief Dean, meanwhile, went to the Suffolk County Police IA to have them conduct an investigation.

When the Trustees found out that SCPD IA was on it, then rushed up to Yaphank in an attempt to influence the course, if not the outcome, of the investigation. (That meeting... in April, I believe... is documented in the IA report.)

When the IA report was released (to the Chief who had initiated it), the Trustees were disappointed that the victimized police officer, McManus, was completely cleared of any wrong-doing, and one of Trustee Tucker's good friends, officer Breutsch (also a pal of Trustee Kametler's) wound up with eight charges against him, the Trustees simply quashed the report and eviscerated any authority of the Chief.

This could be a watershed moment for the Village, particularly if it goes uncorrected.
– Dean

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