As I've mentioned in a previous post, the trumped-up charges against my friend were dropped because the grand jury decided that there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime.
When I found out that the grand jury declined to indict my friend (keep in mind that, you can indict a ham sandwich, but WANTF couldn't even get an indictment against my friend), I immediately made a trip to see Captain Wayne Robertson at work so that I could inform him of the great news.
Of course, when I visited Captain Wayne Robertson at work, his first response was to threaten to arrest me, despite the fact that I had every right to be at the police station, since it is a public place, and me informing Wayne Robertson that the charges against my friend were dropped was, in no way, shape, or form, harassing communication. By now, I've seen Wayne Robertson for what he is, so his empty threats don't scare me.
That said, Wayne Robertson is willing to operate outside of the law (as I've documented here and here), so while I know that there's nothing he can do to me that will stick longer-term, he can make things uncomfortable for me, or just about anybody else. In fact, when I went to visit Captain Robertson at work, I was a little concerned about him illegally detaining me (again), because I actually had an appointment at 3:00 that day (I showed up to see Captain Robertson at work just after 2:30), and missing that appointment would have wreaked havoc on my schedule.
Luckily, after I called attorney Josh Swords, Wayne Robertson knew that, as much as he must hate it, the police also have to follow the law, so Captain Robertson was forced to let me go.
While Josh Swords was talking to Captain Wayne Robertson, two other gentlemen from WANTF were talking to me. To be completely honest, those two officers were actually very polite and professional, and they were not overly adversarial. Dealing with those other two gentlemen actually gave me hope that, once Captain Wayne Robertson is forced to resign for abusing his power, WANTF might actually stop bullying and intimidating people to such an extent. Although the two gentlemen from WANTF were not acting aggressively towards me, they did emphatically deny that WANTF bullies and intimidates people, so maybe it's just wishful thinking that I have some hope that, when Wayne Robertson is gone, officers of WANTF will stop bullying and intimidating people to get their way.
Captain Wayne Robertson is a power-hungry man who is out of control. Indeed, he does not care about the wake of destruction that he leaves behind, as long as he gets to show everyone that he's in charge. WANTF officers, under Captain Robertson's command, were willing to lie and have my friend criminally prosecuted based on that lie just because my friend lent me his truck in order to haul my mobile billboard.
Not only do Captain Robertson and Chris Ardovino (also of WANTF) need to be forced to resign, but they need to be criminally charged for their actions. If the public is going to have faith in the police, then the conduct of the police must be beyond reproach. Having someone falsely charged with a felony is not what anyone would consider conduct that is beyond reproach, but that is exactly what those two officers did. The Tuscaloosa Police Department, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department, and University Police are all great, but WANTF is just terrible. It's time for those who are in charge to make a change at WANTF, because too many people in Tuscaloosa have no faith in WANTF to do the right thing.
Many of you have probably heard about my friend who was arrested on trumped-up charges by WANTF (read about it here, here, here, and here). Some of you might not have believed that a law enforcement agency would stoop to actually breaking the law in order to achieve its goal, but that's exactly what WANTF did. I'm going to give a background on the story that many of you might remember, but some of you don't. Before I do that, I want to make it very clear that the grand jury declined to indict my friend, Bryan Jennings Webb.
The grand jury deciding not to indict Bryan Jennings Webb is a big deal, because getting an indictment is insanely easy. Indeed, the prosecution only needs to show that there is probable cause to proceed with a criminal case against a defendant, and the defense doesn't get to put on their case -- it's a completely one-sided affair. Not only that, but the burden of proof required to secure an indictment is merely that probable cause exists for an indictment. Probable cause is a far lower burden of proof than is a preponderance of the evidence (anything greater than 50%) or beyond a reasonable doubt (greater than 99% certainty). The old saying, "you could indict a ham sandwich" has stuck around because there's a lot of truth to that statement.
Again, it's worth noting that Bryan Jennings Webb did not get to put on his defense, but the grand jury decided not to indict him anyway -- that's substantial, considering the previously-mentioned ham sandwich threshold.
The officers from WANTF who railroaded Bryan Jennings Webb, showed up to his place of employment, got him fired on the spot, and subjected him to ridicule and humiliation deserve to be charged criminally. They lied about Bryan Jennings Webb in order to secure an arrest warrant, and he paid a steep price for their lies.
For those of you who do not remember, below is the chain of events surrounding the arrest of Bryan Jennings Webb.
On March 23, 2017, I drove around a mobile billboard to warn the people of Tuscaloosa that Crystal Rogeri was a narc.
The following day, I was illegally detained by WANTF for exercising my right of free speech. When WANTF detained me, the officers weren't happy that they had to let me go, so they decided to raid the house of the person (Bryan Jennings Webb) who lent me his truck to haul my mobile billboard. Bryan Jennings Webb was actually not home when WANTF came to his house, but one of his roommates was home, so they arrested her for having less than a gram of marijuana (she did not narc).
The officers of WANTF weren't happy to stop there. They later went to Bryan Jennings Webb's place of employment (a bank), and arrested him for a disorderly conduct charge that he had from two years in the past. Bryan Jennings Webb had no warrant for his arrest, the disorderly conduct charge had already been resolved, and he had no drugs on him at the time of his arrest two years prior, but the officers of WANTF lied when they said that he did have drugs on him. THEY LIED! Their lies got a man fired from his job, taken off in handcuffs, forced him to pay a bail bondsman in order to bail out of jail, and subjected him to ridicule and humiliation.
What WANTF did was beyond the pale! I was so excited that the charges against Bryan Jennings Webb were dismissed, that I paid a visit to WANTF immediately after I heard the news (Captain Wayne Robertson tried to arrest me for that too). There's a lot that I have to say about that, and I will write about that shortly, but for now, I want to bask in the good news that WANTF is losing its ability to get its way by bullying and intimidating people (and Captain Wayne Robertson is losing his grip on sanity).