Arlington Heights Police Hide: Crimes hidden behind a veil of fear

If there was any doubt that the whole intention of the Arlington Heights Police force was to make money for the cronyism being conducted at the mayor’s court, then those suspicions can be put to rest. Within hours of Brendan Keefe’s I-Team report on the money being robbed from the mayor’s court generated by traffic citations, Arlington Heights announced that they would be suspending their radar enforcement along I-75. Such a move is the clear indicator of what the purpose of speed enforcement had always been—and that was to generate extra money that Arlington Heights used to balance their community budget, and to skim some off the top for personal use.

The same tricks that the public employees of Arlington Heights used in the wake of this announcement are the same ones that the public employees use in our local schools. Arlington Heights police have declared that due to the public outcry over the corruption going on within the police department and mayor’s court, that the highways would be “less safe” without the aggressive speed enforcement that has taken place in that area for many years. Such a comment sounds exactly like the statements made by public education officials when they come under fire for a controversy.

Suddenly public employees working for Arlington Heights and the other satellite districts are concerned that the same light of investigation might shine their way and were angry at Brendan Keefe for telling the story declaring that he was intentionally trying to place innocent people in danger by removing cops off the street. These fear tacticians of public employment always use the same methods, and when they get caught doing something wrong rely on “public safety” as their reason for existence. They will argue that without their work society will somehow fall off the face of the earth. They imply that they should be immune from public scrutiny because their jobs are “essential” to public welfare.

When that method does not work the public employees and their supporters will refer to their critics as “angry” people. They will say that Brendan Keefe is angry at the police which was why he did the investigation to begin with. They hope to apply pressure on him to not conduct such investigations in the future. I have personally heard every version of the “angry guy” defense from public employees due to my constant pressure over public education issues that cost a lot of tax money and hide many crimes putting institutional credence of the collective over individual liberty with often devastating results. For a sample, check out the City Beat article they did about me recently and notice the tone of their article, the slant they chose to use as a way to paint me in a negative way.

http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-3137-lakota_anti_tax_spok.html

It is unlikely that the writers at City Beat working closely with Michael Clark at the Cincinnati Enquirer read from a progressive playbook when they wrote their article about me. Instead they worked from their cultural understanding which is in part shaped by the types of public employees working in Arlington Heights, or virtually any public school. The intention of the City Beat article was to point out to the more “progressive” thinkers in our society that I am a crazy out-of-touch cowboy wearing, whip cracker who has crossed the line and lost all his friends. The belief of those who wrote and participated in that article was that I’d be labeled a lone loon for all my days. Of a particular note, many of my political enemies describe my articles as “rants” that are too long winded. The truth to their comments is that they cannot match those articles with equal thoughts of their own, so they resort to calling them “rants” in an attempt to diminish the content and steer people away from the material I present.

The truth behind many of these news organizations both legitimate and entertainment oriented like City Beat is that they HATE Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom because they cannot dispute the articles I write there. They also cannot compete. People have asked me if I was angry at Michael Clark for the way he attempted to portray me and I replied that I’m not. All the parties behaved exactly as they were supposed to, and was planned out well in advance.  Clark was under pressure from Lakota Schools to not give me so much media coverage because the school could not match me in interviews. With all the changes at the Enquirer, Clark is fighting for his job. Unfortunately traditional papers view my Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom as competition, and their writers get frustrated that they are not allowed to cover the news aggressively. They cannot do as I do which is report the wages, and corruption that has went on in the schools, because the editorial department is more concerned about covering up the ugly stories in favor of telling the happy ones. This is why The Enquirer and City Beat is seeing declining readership because more and more people are getting their news from internet sources—like my blog site. So they took a shot at me, and they missed terribly.

The gamble from The Enquirer and City Beat working with the Lakota School System was to cause me so much embarrassment that I would reel from the public pressure. What they didn’t know was that most people in my community thought the exact same things as I did, and had been waiting for many years for someone to say what they were already thinking. Once I had put words to the thoughts of over 20,000 stressed out tax payers, the realization had come that the plan had backfired. For many reasons related to the events of the City Beat story, Lakota pulled their levy plans in much the same way that the Arlington Police Department pulled their patrols cars from continuing with their controversial speed trap.

The goal of the social ridicule is to prevent people like Brendan Keefe from investigating the crimes that are committed right under everyone’s nose. Most people know these crimes are being done, but they have been conditioned by ridicule to keep their mouths shut, because they don’t want to be scorned the way I was in City Beat, or the Enquirer. I was told when I wrote my controversial articles that “they” would come after me. I was told this by my friends who were very politically savvy. My response was that I invited the attack, because I was tired of dancing around the issue and wanted to strike first for a change instead of reacting to the acts of others. I estimated that people would appreciate my comments because nobody says things like that, but everyone thinks them. I thought it was time to put the thoughts on the table so the levy advocate people would know what society thought about them. The news articles attempted to paint me as a crazy radical in the hopes that the people who read me would feel the guilt of their own thoughts and would push deep down inside their own opinions, which mirrored my own. As it turned out, I was right and my political opponents were wrong.

If Brendan Keefe at Channel 9 News had not had the guts to investigate the story at Arlington Heights, the cops would still be pillaging motorists with immunity, just as they have for over a decade. Thankfully, Brendan is taking the criticism from the public employee out-cry over safety boldly. The public employees involved in this Arlington Heights case hope to knock Brendan down as a warning to other reporters who might dig too deeply. If Channel 9 sticks behind Brendan’s reporting they will discover that more viewers will tune in to 9 News than will turn away, and politicians will suddenly run for cover when they see Brendan coming. That’s how you know who the bad guys are, and what they’re up to—they are the ones who hide when someone turns on the lights. They are also the ones who declare foul when someone calls them on their crimes. The network of sinister nepotism is revealed when the cries for public ridicule erupts as it is now in Arlington Heights. The guilty parties are the ones who cry foul the loudest.

I have given just a couple of examples of what happens when corrupt organizations are revealed for what they truly are. Those who are up to no good will avoid the questions and attempt to attack the investigator with social disgrace. But if the investigator does not care about the public disgrace, they will find that corruption cannot defend their positions and must surrender. This power has always been in the hands of the press, but they have not used it. Instead they have climbed into bed with corruption by allowing it to continue without doing their jobs. They elected to play nicely with those who are up to no good, instead of holding their feet to the fire. Bad politicians, bad companies, and bad people have been allowed to feed off the good and innocent for too long because people in general—particularly in the press—lack personal courage, and care too much what others think of them. They do not want to suffer through the unpleasant ordeal of not being “liked,” so they stay away from controversy. But, the rewards in this life are in the controversy as long as the investigator is moral, and after the truth for the sake of truth.

The world would be so much better if there were more people like Brendan Keefe. Politicians wouldn’t be so quick to openly steal from tax payers, and cops wouldn’t feel they can use speed traps as their personal ATM machine. Bad people would not be so quick to exploit the weak and innocent. In the case of our modern times, all it takes for evil to prosper, is for good people to do nothing, which is how Arlington Heights and other public organizations for generations have openly looted the American public making government the joke of social conversation. But that conversation stayed away from public discourse because most people feel they weren’t allowed to say as much for fear of being singled out with derision.

My advice to everyone reading this is to break the unspoken rules of “proper” behavior and let the scum bags of this world know what they are. Don’t let them hide behind fancy titles, and thick office doors. Don’t listen to their lies, and be angry at yourself latter for not having the courage to say something when it mattered. As shown all it takes is a demand for the truth to take the cops off the highways of their extortion racket in Arlington Heights. The truth can stop a public school with a multi-million dollar budget and the thick claws organized labor running deep within it. The truth can bring down presidents, Department of Justice employees, company CEO’s or even the highest ranking military official, because the truth is more powerful in a society of scum bags than all the guns of the world. Yet people don’t use the truth because they fear being made fun of—or being called names in public. And they don’t tend to rant with long blog postings of their own because they are afraid some punk 25-year-old bar hopping kid at City Beat might put the Latin word (sic) after the improper use of ‘s in the word “husband’s” instead of “husbands.” They worry that someone might say they cannot write, or that their opinion is silly, and “uneducated.” They do not trust their inner most thoughts that scream for action when society has said to contain those emotions. It was society that created these laws so the unjust among us can escape their crimes as they did in Arlington Heights for decades openly stealing from thousands of people without a single person standing up for themselves until Brendan Keefe came to the small town with his microphone and his TV camera and wasn’t afraid to use it. Once he did, the guilty scrambled for cover and attempted to hide their actions from the eyes of the public, but discovered too late that they were already caught. If more good people acted this way, it would only take a fraction of them to remove from all of society most of the evil that currently thrives like a parasitic organism against all that is right in the world. All that is needed to defeat the kind of corruption going on in Arlington Heights is the truth, and for people to not be afraid to speak it, or act on it.

Oh, and Danny Cross, author of the City Beat article against me I can use the word (sic) too. Danny wrote:

Local angry guy Rich Hoffman should have stuck closer to the Glen (sic) Beck style that made Butler County Tea Partiers like him — too much Rush Limbaugh got the bull whip performer ousted today by the local organization he helped start.

Just in case you didn’t know it Danny, you spelled Glenn’s name incorrectly. And you can’t be ousted by an organization that you run. People may turn away from you, but you can’t be fired. That’s why all the information I put up on the school levies are still online and I have more supporters behind me now than I did before that Enquirer article came out. That’s what you call, “smart” marketing, kid.

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Highway Robbery in Arlington Heights: Thank goodness for Brendan Keefe

Not all cops are bad.  But a fair percentage are, and for over 10 years in front of everyone’s eyes the small community of Arlington Heights, Ohio—the land between the north and southbound lanes of I-75 just south of the GE Evendale plant–have been handing out 20 times the number of traffic citations for a Ohio community and employees of the police and court system have been pocketing the money to take elaborate vacations and buy expensive cars.  In some cases the money went to buying girl friends large rings and other extravagances all on the backs of traffic citations.  Brendan Keefe of Channel 9 News did an I-Team investigation on this issue which can be seen at the video and link below.  The information I just stated are leaks of the kind of items that the money stolen from traffic citation money was spent on.  Some of that information will soon come out from a special audit conducted by David Yost which is now in the hands of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters who will bring the case before a grand jury at the end of July.  Based on early indications a mother and her daughter who worked as the clerk of courts will be charged for the theft. 

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/i-team-arlington-heights-knew-its-employees-were-pocketing-speeding-fines

It is because of a few courageous individuals that this case is even being talked about.  Most of the time, a crime of such open theft of public money is not as egregiously abused as it has been in this case in Arlington Heights. Every community has its share of bad apples and crooked cops.  But the important thing to understand is that society must always be on the lookout for these scoundrels and understand that they are a constant menace to society.  It is because of these “bad apples” that government can never be trusted completely to do anything, because there will always be a number of employees who work within any system who will lie, cheat, and steal to feather their own nests at the expense of others.

Because of the threat of such people, good people must always keep a watchful eye out for these scum bags so that they don’t abuse their power.  Often however, even the good are powerless to do anything about such crimes as is the case in Arlington Heights where the theft was participated in by many public employees, so there was no desire to stop the thieving behavior.   Way back in 2002 police Chief Mark Groteke began questioning where all the money being taken in from traffic citations was going—because it wasn’t making it to the Mayors Court bank account.  He attempted to blow the whistle in a letter to the mayor at the time, but there was no desire to investigate the crimes.  The obvious reason was because the traffic court in Arlington Heights was using fines collected from traffic citations as their personal ATM machines, and simply pocketed the money as supplemental income. 

The irony for me upon hearing this story is that the Arlington Heights case virtually mirrors the plotline of my newest book Tail of the Dragon which deals with this very issue of police abusing motorists in order to raise money for their personal interests.  In my story they pick on the wrong guy, and all hell breaks loose.  But in real life, it appears that the people who live in Arlington Heights were too afraid of the local police to call them out on the scam, because it seems the entire neighborhood knew about the situation and did nothing about it. 

Thousands upon thousands of motorists were pulled over by Arlington Heights police, showed up to pay their fines with cash, check or credit card.  Most people suspect that the citation scam on most any roadway in the nation is simply designed to generate revenue for the local courts, but the proof is often hard to validate because it is law enforcement that would have to carry out the investigation.  In Ohio a portion of all fines generated go to the state and according to records state auditors noticed that $40,654 was missing.  Based on the knowledge of the state share in the potential fines, this is how it was discovered that $262,000 was completely missing from the Arlington Heights Mayors Court accounting.

According to former police chief Groteke Arlington Heights officers would take the deposits collected from the mayor’s court to the bank.  Most of the time the money was in the form of checks and money orders, but sometimes it was in cash.  He discovered when he would issue arrest warrants for suspects he had on record who had not paid their fines, that when arrested, they would declare that they were innocent and had paid their tickets in cash.  That’s when he realized that the cash had been stolen by public employees with access to the funds from the mayor’s court. 

The situation in Arlington Heights is one of the most grotesque in the entire nation.  The abuse is obvious, and everyone has known about it.  It’s a story breaking now because Brendan Keefe went to the trouble to do a very good investigation.  But even in this very obvious situation, public employees from the mayor all the way down to traffic cop covered it up for over a decade.  In most small towns, and big cities, crimes every bit as audacious as what has been happening in Arlington Heights are going on right now, and the crimes happened because there is nowhere to turn, no law to trust—as cops are for most people the highest authority they deal with.  So when a cop pulls over a driver for a traffic violation under the guise of safety, the driver has no choice but to pay the money if they are told.  If the driver refuses they will be forced to pay the money one way or the other because the legal system will turn its might against them until they get their money from the driver. 

The Arlington Heights situation is proof that traffic court is not about safety, and it is not about law enforcement.  Traffic court is about generating revenue for the court system, the attorneys, the insurance companies and the politicians who write the laws that are meant to be enforced.  The law enforcement officers can then pull over anyone they wish since no one person can possibly know if they are in violation of a law or not, so virtually all people everywhere are potential targets of this massive extortion scheme.  In Arlington Heights the law enforcement officers took the whole process one step too far too many times for too many years.  They actually took money out of the bank deposits so that the parasites upstream didn’t get their take of the loot.  It appears that when police officers needed more money for a new car, or a vacation, they simply pulled over more people so they could collect fines on the record or off the record in the form of pay-offs. 

The worst aspect of this story is that the evidence of power abuse is obvious, yet it is these very same people who would go door to door under issues of martial law and are supposed to be trusted with our lives and property who have committed these acts.  It is obvious that law enforcement cannot be trusted with such responsibility and should never be given authority under any circumstance.  This is what the NDAA Act does which President Obama signed into law on New Year’s Eve this past year, he gave law enforcement complete authority over every American life upon his command—and it is these types of people who will abuse such a power without fear.  In this case the primary thieves appear to be a mother—daughter team employed as clerks in the court.  But the police officers are the ones who did the pulling over, and the courts processed the citations even when alarms were being raised by the police chief. 

In the end it isn’t just a mother and daughter clerk of courts who robbed thousands of dollars from the citizens in and around Arlington Heights.  This case is about the crimes that come wherever the money tree of taxes grow.  Everyone wants to shake that tree of everything it has and they expect new fruit to always appear no matter how hard they shake it.  Without question this story goes well beyond the clerk of courts employees who will be charged.  They are simply the parts of the story that can be proven in the paper trail.  No prosecutor in their right mind would dig too deeply, since similar scandals are most likely happening right in their very offices right now.  So in this Arlington Heights case it will be the employees in the clerk of courts office who pay most dearly, perhaps even the mayor.  Everyone else will cover their ass and lay low for a while before attempting to take to the streets yet again to churn up the money machine that is the traffic writing citation industry. 

This story would have went nowhere if not for Brendan Keefe at Channel 9 news and the very good I-Team reporting that they do there.  It would be wonderful if every reporter was like Brendan.  (SEE HIS GREAT STORY ON SUPERINTENDENTS HERE) If there were more reporters doing the kind of investigative reporting shown in that I-Team report, corruption in government would be a rarity, rather than a common activity.  Instead, corruption is rampant as a majority of society—reporters included—hide in the shadows and allow sinister behavior to perpetuate unchecked.  That is how Arlington Heights has managed to use traffic citations for over a decade as their personal ATM machines using unjust taxation to supplement their very lucrative public employee incomes.

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/arlington-heights-suspends-radar-operations-after-9-news-investigation

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