Neither Reasonable nor Necessary

May 28, 2009

(NOTE: This article is the full text of a rebuttal of an Op-Ed which appeared on Sunday defending the Chesapeake Police Department raid on the home of Ryan Frederick submitted to the Virginian Pilot which had to be greatly edited for printing.)

Former Norfolk Police Lieutenant Rue L. Bagwell asserts that the expedited forced entry search of Ryan Frederick’s home by the Chesapeake Police was reasonable and necessary , but those terms have specific meanings against which those actions should be measured.

The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution demands searches be reasonable. Read the rest of this entry »


Formal Sentencing for Ryan Frederick

May 7, 2009

Over the fifteen months since the tragic death of Det. Jarrod Shivers, while serving a search warrant at the home of Ryan Frederick, many questions regarding the means used in obtaining the warrant, the method chosen for serving the warrant and the time allowed for Frederick to respond before forcing entry, have gone unanswered. We were assured those answers would come out at trial, but they did not. On the contrary, all requests for explanations for the serving of warrant is such a confrontational and hazardous manner have been ignored.

So, on February 24th of this year, the Tidewater Libertarian Party asked the Chesapeake City Council for a citizen review of the procedures and policy involved. Read the rest of this entry »


The Tidewater Libertarian Party Asks For a Citizens Review Board After the Frederick Case

February 26, 2009

In the February 25th edition of the Virginian-Pilot, an article featured the Tidewater Libertarian Party request for a Citizens Review Board to assist the Chesapeake Police Department in finding solutions.

The Tidewater Libertarian Party called the shooting death of a Chesapeake detective last January “tragic and avoidable” and on Tuesday night asked the City Council to create a citizen review board to investigate police policies.

“Police take the position that they need not explain their actions,” said Don Tabor, who represents the Libertarian organization. A citizen review board would restore “lost trust” in the Chesapeake Police Department, he said.

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Request to Chesapeake Council for Citizen Review

February 24, 2009

Tonight, I brought the Tidewater Libertarian Party’s request for a citizen review board on the police procedures revealed by the Ryan Frederick case to the Chesapeake City Council. I must have run a bit long, as when I was wrapping up, Mayor Krasnoff asked me to wrap it up. It was hard to read their reaction, I guess we will have to wait and see.

As expected, the Chesapeake Police had someone present to give a rebuttal. Read the rest of this entry »


Call to Action, and Change in Timing

February 15, 2009

The Tidewater Libertarian Party has authorized me to address the Chesapeake City Council to request a Citizen Review of police procedures in the incident leading to the death of Detective Jarod Shivers and the subsequent trial of Ryan Frederick.

It was originally planned that our request would be delivered at the February 17, 2009 meeting, but I have learned that citizen comments are allowed only on agenda items at third Tuesday meetings. So, our request will have to wait until the February 24, 2009 meeting. If we hope to have the City Council act on our request, it will be important that we have a large turnout of support at the meeting. Read the rest of this entry »


OK, the Trial is Over, What are we going to do about it?

February 7, 2009

Not about Ryan Frederick’s fate, that is his attorney’s job, but this trial has left us all at far greater risk than before.

Instead of learning form the experience, the police, if their FOP leadership is typical, feel vindicated in their dangerous tactics. The precedent established by this jury’s verdict will not likely be limited to those who are involved with drugs, so everyone will be inhibited in their willingness to aggressively defend their homes. Criminals engaged in home invasions will be emboldened by the knowledge that those upon whom they prey will have to consider the risk of prosecution if they do not allow criminals to enter their homes before resisting.  So, what do we do to set things right?

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Sentence handed down

February 4, 2009

I just heard on WAVY channel 10 that Frederick was given the maximum sentence of ten years.

John Wilburn’s Account

None of us are safe in our homes if this stands.

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