Why the Montgomery Democratic Party is a joke

Mark Owens, Montgomery County Party Chairman and Dayton Clerk of Courts came up to me after the meeting to ask me if I gave someone the finger. I said yes, and that the little old lady has been disrespecting me for years, mostly by hissing when I spoke, but tonight, as I started to speak and said Montgomery County has a problem- she suggested that it was me. I was tired of her shit.

As I went to confront her, she started to tell me that it was the only thing I’d ever said worth hearing. I gave her the single finger salute and left her to run to Mark. Some folks saw me do it and chastised me. Former AFSCME Chief Tom Ritchie being one. Another woman came up and said I lost all credibility. Really? People are dying- and giving a heckler the finger is your big worry? I think I’ll survive my loss of credibility.

But, that’s the end of the story, and although Kurt Vonnegut Jr. said in his 8 rules for writing to “5. Start as close to the end as possible” I started there, because, well, you know, full disclosure is critical to journalism, and I wouldn’t want to waste your time continuing to read if I no longer had any credibility.

The meeting had a whole bunch of new precinct captains as the party is trying to backfill 2/3rds of the seats that were never filled. Some of those people had no clue who I was either time I spoke, and of course, that’s my fault as well, since I didn’t say who I was.

First the party endorsed former party employee Dawn Wojcik who is running for the seat on the State School Board, District 3, that Jeff Mims abandoned when he wanted to be a city commissioner.

Then, they heard from Becky Benay from Five Rivers Metroparks who came asking for an endorsement to renew the levy- plus tack a little extra on. I questioned why her board, that’s appointed by a probate judge, and supposed to have three year terms never changes, and why, just not getting as much tax revenue today vs 2010 is a good enough reason to justify her increase. The dems, earned their tax and spend cred- by almost unanimously voting to endorse- almost, except for me, the loan voice, who told Ms. Benay that I’d like to have as much money as I did in 2009 too- but, my taxes keep going up for Sinclair, the libraries, etc. We could start saving money by stripping Metroparks of their private police force and putting that job under the Sheriffs budget, but, that’s not how we roll in Montgomery County.

When it was time for other business, I went up to the podium and started my speech about how it’s embarrassing that this party, with it’s control of the county commission, and complete control of the Dayton City Commission- is allowing the jail to continue to operate as is. That jail is not a place to get tortured, to be maimed, or to die. Yet, in the last 3 weeks, 2 maybe 3 have committed suicide already, and we’re facing over $10M in settlements from lawsuits.

Folks, $10 million spent on proper jail staffing and management would go a long way to solving our problems. Real democrats wouldn’t allow the poor to be sent to Phil’s house of horrors.

If a house is dirty, if it doesn’t have running water- it’s declared unfit for human habitation and the people are evicted. I remember getting the run around on an occupancy permit for my office because the staircase rail would let little kids fall through. Yet, we are allowing a jail to operate that’s killed three people in 2 weeks?

Sorry. That doesn’t cut it. Real leaders would find ways to do any of the following:

  • Send inmates to other facilities that are safe for their residents, even if transportation costs are higher.
  • Charge the Sheriff with crimes against humanity, remove him from office, and place him in the jail. If you need a reminder, go watch the video I released in February of 2017 of yet another inmate in a restraining chair being pepper sprayed at point blank range.
  • Call on the Governor to declare a state of emergency and put the National Guard in charge of the jail. There are multiple MP battalions in the state. Call them up.
  • Hire a private prison management company to take over the running of, and responsibility for the safety of the inmates. We have no problems having private companies run prisons in this state, why not run a jail.
  • Refuse to do the State’s work, holding people who are guilty in the jail.
  • Speed up the courts processes.
  • Refuse to hold people brought in by the feds- ICE, Secret Service, FBI etc. until overcrowding is undercontrol.
  • Build alternative facilities for the mentally ill and drug addicted inmates and charge it to Medicaid.

At the end of the meeting, as Owens was threatening to kick me out of the party (I’m not sure he can do that, since I’m an elected precinct captain), and whining how I’d called him a criminal on my blog (I looked quickly for it- couldn’t find it via search- A free “Make Orwell Fiction Again” t-shirt to the first person who posts the quote and link in comments) he also complained that he couldn’t find anyone qualified to run against Plummer.

Well, Mr. Owens, you’ve been endorsing your friends and family to run for office before the primary for so long, you’ve chased people away from being involved. You’ve advanced the careers of people so bad, that they’ve been beaten by no money yahoos- like Mike Turner when he first ran for Mayor- that they got to move up to Congress- and you’ve failed to mount a serious contender against a pretty weak candidate (remember, Turner lost to Rhine McLin before he was handed the congressional seat). Rhine was also beat by a no money yahoo- Gary Leitzell- mostly because Owens, who ran her campaign, spent half his budget mailing everyone lit with Gary’s name on it.

This is the party that never met a tax levy it didn’t love, because they help pay for more patronage jobs in the bloated mess of banana republics that make up this County. If you want to see how expensive it is- check out Reconstructing Dayton’s site– and look at some of the charts we’re starting to build. We could do a lot more, with a whole lot less government.

But first, we have a duty to protect the less fortunate, the drug addicts, the mentally ill and even the common criminals, from getting death sentences while awaiting trial.

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And, if you are a glutton for punishment, you can watch the entire meeting:

Another unreported hanging at the Montgomery County Jail

Phil Plummer behind bars in JailWith 1 guard per 100 inmates, it’s hard to keep an eye on things.

When you don’t care, things get out of hand.

We reported Tuesday that an inmate had hung himself. It’s still not made the Dayton Day-Old news.

Now, it turns out that a dozen days earlier, Nathan Griffith hanged himself- cut down and taken to the hospital already brain dead. He was kept on life support for a week- until family could be located at which point life support was pulled.

That’s 2 deaths by hanging in August of 2018.

Jail isn’t supposed to be a death sentence. And, hangings are preventable with proper supervision.

Again, maybe it’s time we put Sheriff Phil “the torturer” Plummer in prison- or at least make him work there so that these deaths stop.

Condolences to Griffith’s family.

 

Did a suicide take place on Sunday in the Montgomery County Jail?

Phil Plummer behind bars in JailWord has it that an inmate, Jimmy Miller hanged himself in Pod C on Sunday, Aug 19, 2018.

Today at noon, the Jail task force is meeting at the Main Library, room 1 B. They meet every third Tuesday of the month, same time, same place. You have to get there early to register to speak- and then for only 2 minutes.

Questions, that Sheriff Phil “The Torturer” Plummer needs to answer are:

  • Is it safe for 1 correction officer to watch 100 inmates?
  • What is the ratio of inmates to correction officers?
  • How many officers are assigned to a pod?

These are the questions for accreditation, and the accreditation folks haven’t been getting reliable answers.

Maybe Jimmy Miller’s family will get answers- in the form of more of our tax dollars paying for his mistakes.

It’s time to put Phil in jail, instead of running one. How many people has he given death sentences to already?

Whistleblower in Montgomery County Jail fired today

One of the last known whistleblowers from the jail was fired today. Sergeant Ransley Creech, who was instrumental in the exposure of the initial pepper spraying video of an inmate in restraints apparently didn’t have the ability to take a medical disability like everyone else- and was fired.

You might remember this article from the Dayton Day Old News:

In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily (sic) News, Eric Banks said he and a fellow sergeant, Ransley Creech, brought the video to attorney Doug Brannon and also called the FBI. He said they did so because they feared the sheriff’s command staff was trying to cover up the pepper-spraying of a bound inmate, Amber Swink, by then-Sgt. Judith Sealey on Nov. 15, 2015.

Source: Former jail sergeant alleges cover-up of pepper-spray incident

Sealey was promoted after she was exposed as a torturer, then put on paid leave for a year before she took medical retirement.

Banks also retired.

The jail still has people dying in custody, and the task force that was supposed to fix things has done nothing. In the meantime, the county keeps paying to settle lawsuit after lawsuit, and Phil Plummer thinks he’s the best candidate to run for state representative.

It’s time to shut down the jail, or take it out from under the control of Phil Plummer.

If the City of Dayton leadership had any balls, they’d stop sending Dayton residents to the jail until something has changed. Letting our citizens die for minor crimes is a crime.

 

Another inmate death in Phil Plummer’s Montgomery County Jail

Dillon Abplanalp mugshot- via the police reporter site

Sources tell me another inmate died of a drug overdose in the last 24 hours in the Montgomery County Jail.

This is despite Sheriff Plummer investing over $100K in a body scanner to stop the flow of drugs into the jail.

Dillon Abplanalp, age 28, who is listed to vote in Springfield, and has had previous drug arrests- as far back as 2009, and minor cases in Dayton for panhandling and solicitation in 2016.

Since the Jail removes records of persons in custody after a death quickly, I had to rely on a janky site to get the following info:

Dillon Abplanalp was Arrested  in Montgomery County on 01/14/2018

Charges
  1. CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPON
    NOTES: NOT FORMALLY CHARGED
  2. POSSESSION OF DRUGS
    NOTES:
    NOT FORMALLY CHARGED
  3. RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY
    NOTES: NOT FORMALLY CHARGED
Arrest Information
Full Name: Dillon Abplanalp
Date:
Time: 8:21 PM
Arresting Agency: MORAINE PD
Arrest Location:1800 W DOROTHY, Montgomery, OH
Personal Information
Arrest Age:28
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 04/02/1989
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 160 lbs
Hair Color: BLACK
Considering he’d been in jail almost a week before overdosing, and the jail staff was unable to resuscitate him, there are still serious, unresolved problems in the Montgomery County Jail.
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