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.