Sunday, July 15, 2007

More on Iowa

John Kass in the Sunday Tribune brings some much needed publicity to this travesty:
  • In an Iowa criminal case that smells of a thousand hogs, a young Chicago police officer was sentenced last week to 5 years in prison for defending himself against an attack by two large, drunken men, even though he testified that he repeatedly tried avoiding a fight.

    There is a U.S. Department of Justice office in Iowa. What is happening to Chicago police officer Michael Mette bears some serious federal inquiry.
Go read the whole thing. Kass identifies the political connections of the family involved and takes a number of people to task. People have fired off letters to other media members. Other blogs (like PatHickey's site) are beginning to take up the cause. SecondCitySarge has numerous contact e-mails and telephone numbers at which to register your displeasure (be polite, yet firm - don't come off as an asshole if you write, call or e-mail).

Michael Mette himself has contacted us and offered to provide a complete .pdf file of the judge's poorly written decision. We'll try to figure out a way to post it for everyone to read. We've also offered to give Michael a platform if he needs to get the word out for anything. We get about 2,800 visitors a day. If each one took the time to fire off an e-mail to your friends, family or co-workers outlining Michael Mette's plight and encouraged them to contact media, politicians, and others in their address books, we could create quite a groundswell of support and pressure.

Last year, we called on a boss, any single boss, to take the lead and speak up in support of our dead in trying to derail aldercreature Haithcock's proposal to honor scumbags who supported killing the police. Typically, no one boss stepped up, though we got a few letters that told of quite a bit of dissention taking place among the exempts at 35th Street following our articles calling them out.

We're making that call again. Someone, anyone from downtown, don't you think you ought to stand up and support an innocent officer being railroaded? We're sure the midget running the show will tell you what your opinion will be at some point in time, but with a new Supe on the way in, maybe before you resign to your golden parachute of a pension, you could get a statement out to Kass or Goudie and maybe show the guys and gals out here that deserve your support can get it once in a while?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've already fired off a few emails to media outlets as well as the City of Dupuke PD to tell them my feelings on this crap. I'm amazed that something so glaringly wrong has been allowed to take place in Iowa. I'm also amazed that another travesty is taking place right here in Illinois. That being that CPD has dropped Officer Mette like a hot potato. If anyone in authority took the time to find out the circumstances of this case, they should be able to tell that Mette acted in a righteous manner and most likely followed all CPD policies for conduct even while he was out of state. That being said, he should be placed on a leave of absence and continue to accrue his seniority until this mess is over. I would also like to see his paycheck continue to be deposited in his account so he has a job and some funds to return to when the time comes.

7/14/2007 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous "the cline redemption" said...

CARPE DIEM, Superintendent Cline!

The shame of silence will follow you and your exempt subordinates to the grave.

Can a man put a price on his sacred honor? Do the right thing, Mr. Superintendent!

7/15/2007 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"THE DUBUQUE DEBACLE"

I like it. It's got a certain ring to it for a cause celebre.

7/15/2007 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont know if second city Serg has it but her is address to send

To e-mail the Mayor, the Dubuque City Council and the City Manager as a group, please click the following link:
aldeque.org;ctymgr@cityofdubuque.orgrman
signed very pissed off 008th District PS Be nice in e-mails

7/15/2007 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone discover which truck company jag offs daddy works for? Those trucks need some close scrutiny on Illinois roads. CDL INSURANCE LOG BOOKS LIGHTING REGISTRATION TIRE PRESSURE<>>>CAN ANYONE THINK OF MORE . I’m not a traffic guy?

7/15/2007 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work SCC

This is a travesty

7/15/2007 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous nypd: bklyn north said...

Speaking on behalf of my NYPD brothers and sisters, we fully support Officer Mette. See the NYPD RANT for posts.

We are now mourning the death of our brother who was shot in a Brooklyn street stop early Monday morning. After a valiant 6-day fight for his life, PO Russell Tomeshenko expired from his wounds at Kings Co. Hospital last night.

All three savages now in custody.

REST IN PEACE, OUR DEAR BROTHER:

Off. RUSSELL TOMESHENKO, 71st Pct.

Hang in there, Officer Mette.

7/15/2007 01:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about sending letters and e mails to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez in Washington D.C., asking his to have the Justice Department look into this?

7/15/2007 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous proud k-m-a club member said...

If Cline and his no balls brass toss this Mette kid to the wolves, all retirees should spit on them as the cowardly scum that they truly are. We can handle a misdemeanor battery charge standing on our heads.

Same goes for Donahue and the FOP.

If you active CPD can't get together on this one, you are not only hopeless. You don't even have a pulse.

7/15/2007 02:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Kass is a stand up guy and long time friend and supporter of the police. I have read many articles of his where he stands in our favor while others try to bury us. I 'm glad this injustice is getting out there in the media. it needs to go national like on fox news etc...

7/15/2007 02:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to organize a road trip/protest for each day off group. 7 straight days of protest so that each of us can go. Iowa isn't that far of a drive. Just let me know a time and a place to meet and i'm in!!! DOG 7 so I have two weekends coming up! Lets bring national attention to this horse shit Judge. The e-mails and phone calls have just begun for me. Now I'm on to the fax machine! My fingers will not tire till there is justice !!!

7/15/2007 03:10:00 AM  
Anonymous snethen said...

I'm not really a boss, I retired from the job as a sergeant in February. Something is wrong here. The Iowa papers, the Illinois papers, pretty much tell the same story. This smells like a motion to fix. You want to go to Iowa and walk around this court I'm availlable. e-mail me at cpd1775@yahoo.com

7/15/2007 03:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, anyone contact the A.C.L.U.? This is a clear civil rights violation. I'm sure they would jump at the chance to help a Police Officer whose rights have been trampled upon.


Oh wait, I forgot. They only defend pedofiles and terrorists!

7/15/2007 03:35:00 AM  
Anonymous snethen said...

Lets not lay off this, this kid is getting fucked. Lets get MAD.

7/15/2007 03:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now it's ON with IOWA.

No more courtesy of any kind to ANYONE from IOWA, especially dubuque.

It took a police officer to arrest one of our's to put all of US in this situation.

7/15/2007 03:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just another example, an extreme example at that, of our judiciary losing all common sense in dealing with the creeps and thugs of our society.

After reading about Officer Mette and what he and his father have gone through,is it any wonder, that we would feel evil has truly won over goodness.

What boggles the mind is this judge's admission that yes, Officer Mette was the victim in this attack and was provoked, still, I sentence him to 5!! years behind bars. Will someone please either in Illinois or Iowa, please see the insanity of this and come to Officer Mette's aid?

Our we as law enforcement officers, because of the actions of a few, regulated to staying at home in our safe homes, fearing that if we travel anywhere, and act as righteous and correct as Officer Mette did in dealing with this creep, we too will lose our job and be thrown in the slammer?

Every law enforcement officer in America should be infuriated with this judge and her decision.

My prayers are with Officer Mette and his family.

7/15/2007 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Iowa hates us too! Start writting people with Iowa plates. Welcome to Chi-town baby!

7/15/2007 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with all of this is that you guys are a day late and a dollar short. Innocent or not, this guy has now been convicted. . . his only hope is a winning appeal based upon judicial error. Where were you all when he was awaiting trial??? Where was your outrage then? Don't know this PO and certainly sympathize with his situation but why are we just now hearing about this? Better you should be taking up a collection or throwing a benefit to get him some good legal counsel to handle his appeal.

7/15/2007 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous bless the nypd! said...

Rest in Peace, our NYPD brother:

Off. RUSSELL TIMOSHENKO, 71st Pct.

Brooklyn North: 1:27 AM

Our thanks to our NYPD brothers and sisters on this Mette nightmare. When visiting Chicago, give our guys a holler!

7/15/2007 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

District Court Judge, Monica Ackley: District 1A

District Court Judge Monica Ackley, Dubuque, was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 1997 as a magistrate and to the district court bench in 2003. She attended the University of San Diego, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1986 and her law degree in 1990. She worked as a law clerk and research assistant before going into private practice. Ackley is a member of the Dubuque County, Iowa State, and California Bar Associations. She is married and has two sons

SHE IS APPOINTED SO THIS FALLS SQUARELY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE GOVERNOR

7/15/2007 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Iowa Association of Chiefs of Police & Peace Officers >> write them too: toledopd@iowatelecom.net

Iowa is a non-FOP state...what gives?

7/15/2007 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cline is going out in the same fashion as Hillard. He is screwing the Officer...

7/15/2007 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ALL OF YOU READ THIS SITE EVERY DAY- THIS SITUATION IS DISGUSTING- EVERY ONE SHOULD TAKE THE FIVE MINUTES TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF DEBUQUE AND THE GOVENOR OF IOWA, SAVE THE DRAFT AND RESEND IT OVER AND OVER- FLOOD THE MAILBOXES AND FORCE THEM TO RECOGNIZE THIS GROSS ERROR- ALL DIFFERENCES ASIDE THIS YOUNG COPPER NEEDS HELP, YOU WOULD WANT AND NEED OTHERS HELP IF AND WHEN YOU STEP IN S**T- AS THE POLICE YOU OWE THIS GUY THAT AT THE VERY LEAST. THIS IS NOT ABBATTE, THIS IS NOT JEFF TAP- DO THE RIGHT THING POLICE AND CIVILIANS ALIKE

7/15/2007 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read Kass article.........It stuns me that a person can live with themselves as aparently this college golf star can......Hey golf star there is a reason no one was at your kegger..........you are without any morals,scruples, or human dignity.........I predict that you will go on to drink yourself to death...........Fellow Officers its time to take up the cause for Officer Mette.......fundraiser.....

7/15/2007 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, let me say that the length of the sentence is clearly unreasonable given several mitigating factors: Mette's lack of any criminal record; Mette's status as a PO; the alleged victim's admitted aggression against the officer; and, the "victim's" intoxication.

On the otherhand, having read Kass' article (which is my only source of information), and reading between the lines, I get the following take on all of this: Mette, his brother, and their friends (number unknown), are out on the town and are drinking themselves; they invite themselves to a college party, they pay the admission fee, find that the party is over and leave (any good Chicagoan, PO or not, would have demanded his/her money back) and there's the rub. Did the fight ensue when the golfer refused to return the group's money and is that why he's alleging that they stole his cellphone (seems reasonable to me), and did he chase them down and behave belligerantly because he thought he'd been ripped off? Certainly Mette and company felt they'd been ripped off because there was no party and they didn't get their money back. Given this guys alleged injuries, Mette and crew beat the crap out of him. Being a drunken corn-fed Iowa boy, he probably couldn't defend himself against the better trained and more agile Mette and his friends. Why was Mette the only one charged? What about his brother and any of their friends?

Before everybody goes balistic on Iowa and this Judge, let's get more of the story than we're hearing right now.

7/15/2007 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"CARPE DIEM, Superintendent Cline!

The shame of silence will follow you and your exempt subordinates to the grave"

Hey Daddio, It goes w/ the job. Remember when Hillard left Joe Airhart critically wounded for 2 hours? This is the guy who everyone said was a coppers copper, a Marines Marine all that Bullshit. Well his shining moment came the day Airhart was shot and the true test of the man came shining thru NOT!!

7/15/2007 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Now it's ON with IOWA" - 3:51 AM

3:51 AM

While well-intentioned, you're obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Our beef is NOT with the citizens of Iowa and the City of Dubuque.

The arresting officer was Craig Salmonson, Dubuque PD.

The prosecutor was Timothy Gallagher, Dubuque Co. Asst. Atty.

The judge was Monica L. Ackley.

That leaves us with a few million Iowans that have absolutely nothing to do with this outrage.

7/15/2007 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the retired SGT is available to do what needs to be done. Email me at cc2581@gmail.com, I'm willing to help in any way possible. If it means burning time to drive down there to protest count me in.

You are in our prayers Officer Mette

7/15/2007 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tired emailing the mayors office with the the link posted on this thread and it was returned undeliverable.. can someone post the correct link please

7/15/2007 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once the name of the trucking company owned by daddy of the jagoff becomes known, rest assured that ISP will be doing many, many Motor Carrier Safety inspections on their rigs. Best of all, no probable cause needed to stop a big rig for MCS inspections. Let the games begin.

7/15/2007 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well F.O.P. are you going to stick you head in the sand and do nothing again? I suggest if our local F.O.P. ignores this maybe we should contact the national F.O.P. If neither does anything to help this officer maybe its time to find another organization to represent us.

7/15/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHEN IS THE BENEFIT???
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That being that CPD has dropped Officer Mette like a hot potato. If anyone in authority took the time to find out the circumstances of this case, they should be able to tell that Mette acted in a righteous manner and most likely followed all CPD policies for conduct even while he was out of state. That being said, he should be placed on a leave of absence and continue to accrue his seniority until this mess is over.

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As crappy as it sounds the city of shitcago didn't hot potato Off. Mette. Once you have been convicted of a felony you can no longer be a police officer. Once he wins his appeal he should fight to be reinstated and he will win that one too. Unfortunately while going through all this his bills are going to start piling up so once again, WHEN IS THE BENEFIT?????

7/15/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The right of self defense is one of the bedrock values of civilization; except in Iowa. I hope that muggers, buggers, and thieves from around the country pick up on the fact that in Iowa, self defense is illegal. A mass migration of the criminal population to Dubuque would be well deserved. Both the States Attorney and the judge should be disbarred, at the least. And if any collusion between them to the politically connected family of the "victim" can be shown, they should be imprisoned. Lastly, a boycott should be started. BOYCOTT IOWA! Do not vacation or visit there; do not buy any products made there; divest of any stocks of Iowan companies; do no business with any financial institutions that have branches there; send none of your children to college there, and any that are now there, bring them home for their own safety. For if that is the actual state of the law in Iowa, then there is no law.
Edward M. Kane, retired CPD Sgt.

7/15/2007 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Bullshit needs to be addressed! PLEASE don't let this crap go unheard by the Department. If they continue on the path of termination of this Policeman, You all should shut down. Stand united because as been said before here and other places, It could be you next time. This Department will hang one out to dry in a heartbeat. Didn't Mayor Dumbass hire someone recently with a criminal record and state, " everyone desrves a second chance".
If this officers appeal doesn't go through and this Judge doesn't get removed, then what the fuck is the point of a judicial system when a judge doesn't follow the laws. What kind of answer is " cause that's the law" ? What fuckin' law is that?
In my opinion, this officer should never see prison and should be able to sue the, (I know they probably can't..) the ASA and Judge in Iowa.
Furthermore, I for one would be willing to stand with my former brothers and sisters in defying any law enforcement officials in taking him. Remember, you could be next and just because you all believe you have some sort of brotherhood because you are Policemen is false. If you pay attention, you would notice that one gets hung out to dry everyday, unless of course you have clout, then maybe...
Hammering any Iowans may help but it's the officials of IOWA that I would target. Look for Iowa cops and officials on the roadways and nail em'.
How do you put a leash on rogue Judges...apply pressure! STAND UNITED !!!
Former Brother in blue...CPD
Stand Tall.
God Bless our fallen brothers and Sisters

7/15/2007 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Now it's ON with IOWA.

No more courtesy of any kind to ANYONE from IOWA, especially dubuque.

It took a police officer to arrest one of our's to put all of US in this situation.

7/15/2007 03:51:00 AM

Do you want to be treated like we are all from SOS? Judge only the officer that made the arrest. For all we know the other officers in Iowa feel the same we do.

7/15/2007 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone is pointingto the judge who is clearly wrong, but there is no mention of the police officers who handle the case and how in the world, they came up with the decision to lock HIM up in the 1st place. He was clearly the victim and at very least, both should have been locked up. Then there is felony review. I'm sure they saw his backgroung as a druken shithead, which would disqualify him as being a reliable witness. But he was not a witness, he was the offender...I forgot. Obviously there was some pressure put on the cop to do this dumb shit and the heat needs to start on him or them. We can find out who ordered this "hit" on P.O. Mette and start preparing the lawsuits from the bottom to top. My prediction is once this really heats up and gets national or even world attention, Mette will be able to retire with a nice piece of change. He'll get to do Oprah and maybe Springer if he is lucky!:) It will go national because now there is an issue of self defense at risk. This ruling clearly paves the way for anyone attempting to defeat a robbery, rape, or assault be arrested as the offender and the rapist, robber or batterer will go free. NATIONAL ISSUE...SOMEONE(S) IN DE PUKE WILL GET FUCKED IN THE END!!! If someone in the judge's family got assaulted, she would just have to lay there and take it, according to this ruling.

7/15/2007 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A liberal democRAT judge. Isn't that a big surprise.

7/15/2007 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC - 10-1 LAST NIGHT IN 008 AT DURKIN PARK (008) AS GROUP OF OUTSIDEER KIDS JUMP OUT OF CARS & FIGHT GROUP OF KIDS FROM NEIGHBORHOOD - DOESN'T SOUND TOO BAD UNTIL YOU SEE THAT RESIDENTS CLAIM TO HAVE CALLED POLICE AND NO ONE ARRIVED FOR 20-30 MIN. IT TOOK A RESIDENT TO CALL HIS DAD WHO WAS WORKING OVER IN 006 TO RESPOND AND BE THE 1ST CAR THERE, WHO IN TURN CALLED 10-1. MOST OF THE CARS THAT ARRIVED TO HELP WERE OUTSIDE SUPPORT UNITS...6- 7 PEOPLE INJURED, SOME SERIOUS AS ONE THE THE CARS TRYING TO FLEE SCENE DROVE HEAD ON INTO CROWD OF KIDS/PARENTS RESULTING IN SOME PRETTY SERIOUS INJURIES....ANGRY PARENTS/RESIENTS SHOUTING AND DEMANDING ANSWEERS TO WHY NO MANPOWER IN 008, IN ST. BEDES AREA TO RESPOND...SHOWING PROOF OF MANPOWER SHORTAGE AND HOW SOME NEIGHBORHOODS IN 008, 022, 016 ETC. GET NO POLICE SERVICE...EVERYONE'S PULLED OUT TO THE DOC...THEY WANT ANSWERS, STAY TUNED TO SEE IF THE NEW CMDR. CAN HANDLE THE HEAT AND EXPLAIN WHY NO SERVICE..........THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE SIMILAR TO BEVERLY PARK INCIDENT, ON A BIGGER SCALE.....Hate Crime????? STAY TUNED...

7/15/2007 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets send notices to the FOP grand lodge\\

glfop@grandlodgefop.org

lets see what they have to say about this
a retired CPD

7/15/2007 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The local FOP
is a do nothing organization
Donahue only wants to see him self in the photos
why dont he let other officers present awards
because hes looking to higher political offices
he is kissing Daleys ass

7/15/2007 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LETS SEE IF WE EMAIL OUR JUDGES IF THEY WILL INTERVENE! PROBALBLY NOT WITH THE LIBERALS WE HAVE HERE! IOWA MORE THAN CORN RIGHT! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE EMAIL OPERATION PUSH SEE IF FATHER FLAKY AND JESSE JETSTREAM WILL HELP!

7/15/2007 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Kass for covering this!

7/15/2007 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure his only mistake is when he said what he did for a living. Soon Police Officers will go to jail for thinking things. Hope this works out and he lives high on the hog the rest of his life from the lawsuit. GOOD LUCK.

7/15/2007 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shooting in the 005th district. Officers Ok. Offender down.

7/15/2007 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The civil rights of this officer are being violated. He is being treated like 2/3 of a citizen just because he is a Policeman. It evokes the emotion of Martin Luther King in his civil rights movement. Like MLK marching on Selma, Ala Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 7, 1965 we should march on the Julien Dubuque Bridge. It spans the Mississippi River between East Dubuque, IL and Dubuque, IA. This could make a great statement and grab media attention.

7/15/2007 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few things; did anyone call Bill O’Reilly on Fox News? He is pretty good at taking these Judges and their idiotic decisions to task on national television.

Also, is there going to be a benefit? This is one that I would definitely buy a ticket for.

Lastly, what about setting up a bank account to help him with his bills? I would gladly donate $200.00.

7/15/2007 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to organize a road trip/protest for each day off group. 7 straight days of protest so that each of us can go. Iowa isn't that far of a drive. Just let me know a time and a place to meet and i'm in!!! DOG 7 so I have two weekends coming up! Lets bring national attention to this horse shit Judge. The e-mails and phone calls have just begun for me. Now I'm on to the fax machine! My fingers will not tire till there is justice !!! ....................................im DOG 7 count me in ewhats ur contact e-mail or whatever?

7/15/2007 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactley is the law in Iowa? Does that mean that anyone can go to Iowa, get pissy drunk, chase people on the public way, commit Battery against them on theor own property, and then if the person I am harassing punches me, does that mean that the person will go to prison for 5 years?

Sarcastic yes, but I want a truthful answer.

7/15/2007 02:03:00 PM  
Anonymous no hawkeye fan here said...

IOWA v. METTE, Case No. FECR 67563

I just read the four page "findings of fact and order" of Judge Monica "The Kangaroo" Ackley. Her (lack of) reasoning was a murky nonsequitur, preposterous on its face.

Did anyone else notice how defensive, even apologetic that Assistant Dubuque Co. Atty. Timothy "Nifong" Gallagher, the prosecutor, came across in his soundbyte on Channel 7?

Mr. Kass' column in today's Tribune was outstanding.

Something's rotten in Dubuque!

7/15/2007 02:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you SCC and John Kass for writing about Officer Mette's legal woes in Iowa.

I don't know this officer, but I feel sorry for him.

Most fights start with mere words. Depending on what happens after the initial verbal joust, one or both parties may elect to take the correct path and walk away. Officer Mette took the correct path and walked away; Jacob Gothard didn't. It's clear Jacob Gothard initiated the physical fight and his actions remind me of a wise saying from Colin Powell:

"Be careful of what you choose. You may get it".

Gothard chose to fight, got a fight and the results of the fight are his responsibility alone.

Shame on the prosecutor and the judge. What the heck were they thinking? Or should I ask: What are their political aspirations?

Thanks again for SCC and John Kass bringing light on Officer Mette's plight.

7/15/2007 02:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

e-mail the Mayor, the Dubuque City Council and the City Manager as a group, please click the following link:
aldeque.org;ctymgr@cityofdubuque.orgrman

I just emailed them, thanks for the link.

7/15/2007 03:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine what would have happened in a situation like this. Your vacationing in Iowa (I don't know why you would do that either) and in the middle of the night you hear someone trying to break into your home. He succeeds and comes at you with a knife. You give him several warnings to cease and desist which he refuses and you shoot and kill him. After seeing how they treat the victim of a battery in Iowa (Officer Mette), can you imagine what they would do if you had to use deadly force to save you and yours?

7/15/2007 03:30:00 PM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

I'll post a link to this over at the Philly LEO site if outside support is welcome and you think it will help. I know those guys would offer up their support.

Incidentally, there was incident in Southern New Jersey (Deptford) not far from where I grew up that had a lot of media attention lately that reminds me a bit of the story you posted.

A Philadelphia scumbag motorist testified that two NJ officers beat him (he's a 19-yo POS and he and his family have been known to sue for a fast buck)...

Anyway, Patrol Officer John Gillespie was acquitted just recently of these charges brought against him and it was a huge victory.

Here is the video tape of the incident and quite a few articles:

Deptord Police video

Related news articles

Related articles from Domelights.com (Philly LEO forum)

7/15/2007 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, the department has no choice but to terminate his employment when he is convicted, when he wins on appeal, which he certainly should, he will get reinstated with backpay etc..... Fuck IOWA and especially Dubuque!

7/15/2007 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rrpotter@dbqco.org
Above is the email address to a Ralph Potter. Mr. Potter is a member of the Dubuque County Attorney's Office. Write him and express your displeasure with his fellow prosecutory, Timothy Gallagher. Keep up the writing campaign. Do not stop. If these people get enough emails, they will get the message and maybe change something.

7/15/2007 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Write to Jake Gothard's golf coach at the University of Dubuque and express to the coach how Jake Gothard's poor conduct reflects poorly on the school, team and city. See if the golf coach will suspend him.

rsieverd@dbq.edu

7/15/2007 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Pat Scanlan said...

Though I don’t know Mike Mette personally, I’ve known his father for nearly thirty years; and if anyone believes these comments are bias, they are correct. Judge Monica Ackley decision to convict based on Mike Mette not running away is flawed. Life is full of options. When a burglar breaks into your home, you have the option to run out the back door. You also have the option to stand your ground and protect your property. When confronted with eminent bodily harm, you have an ABSOLUTE RIGHT to use necessary force to defend yourself. The uncontested evidence proved Mike Mette struck the aggressor one time with his fist. The force was reasonable and there was no intent to cause bodily harm. One can only hope the Iowa Court of Appeals will reverse this injustice.

As always, stay safe and protect your partner.

7/15/2007 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contact the college University of Dubuque President and tell him what had happened. Tell him to investigate one of his student's conduct, Jacob Gothard and express the the President that Mr. Gothard should be suspended from school because it appears that he cannot control himself outside of the classroom. Tell him how it reflects poorly on the community and the school. Let him hear it from all of us.

University of Dubuque President,
Jeffrey Bullock,
Campus Phone: 589-3224
Campus Email: president@dbq.edu

7/15/2007 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop and think for just a minute. The judge, in her written ruling, vindicated officer Mette, while at the same time finding him guilty. Seems to me she placated the clout of the real offender, while leaving Mette a very very huge door open for a successful appeal and possible lawsuit against the mope.

This is a poor copy cat of Chicago style politics. Had the judge had any courage, ethics, or morals this case would never have come to trial.

Unfortunately- for those of you who claim to be leagal experts, but your expertise is confined to parking violations- where is the Civil Rights Violation and who can be sued? Judges and prosecutors are immune from suits of this nature, unless there is iron clad proof of malicious prosecution, malice, or personal conflict of interest. The police only responded to a signed complaint.

The only suit is against the kid whose family has deep pockets.

7/15/2007 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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They ask us to be the police - We blindly accept the challenge.

They ask us to work for little benefits and wages - We agree and desperately dream for better conditions and pay.

They ask us to educate ourselves so we can apply the law and rules impartially - We absorb the data and attempt to keep it fresh in our minds as we may need it in a split second at any moment.

They ask us to patrol the darkest alleys to keep them safe - We willingly hold the light.

They ask us to perform our duties flawlessly - We attempt the task at hand to the best of our human abilities.

They ask us to arm ourselves not with an arsenal, but with as much reason and knowledge - Using our human abilities and emotions we prepare ourselves for the unknown and try to peer into the unseen.

They ask us to lay down our lives for them, but they allow us to defend ourselves sometimes - We are afforded the ability to decide when to defend or flee.

They ask us to explain our actions as they demand justice and indictments - It is then that we realize we are naked and alone in that dark alley.

They ask for indictments, and punishment when they feel we shouldn't have defended ourselves. They hope to send a message of prevention to others - The message that we perceive, however is not one of prevention, but one of hesitation.

Then finally they ask for prayers and remembrance at our funerals for duty and services rendered.

By Reholster & Run Away -NYPD

7/15/2007 07:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/15/2007 12:54:00 PM

I'm in.

- Civilian

7/15/2007 07:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spread the word about Mette and the letter writing campaign at your units. I'm surprised at how many people today at work did not know about this situation. Keep those letters, emails and faxes going all day tomorrow. Monday mornings at any office are a bitch.

7/15/2007 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CALL FOP IN THE MORNING-LET THEM KNOW HOW OUTRAGED WE ARE THAT THEY DID NOT INFORM US IN OUR STUPID, WASTE OF PAPER, NEWSLETTER ABOUT THIS AND SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR POOR MIKE METTE. WE MUST HELP OUR FELLOW OFFICER AND SET UP SOME SORT OF FUND FOR HIM!

7/15/2007 07:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

STILL NOTHING ON THIS BLOG ABOUT A RIDE OUT THERE. I BELIEVE A LOT OF US WOULD GO. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO C/U TIME BUT WOULD FIND A WAY TO GO. ANYONE GOING TO ARRANGE ANYTHING?
ALSO, LET ME TELL YOU FIRST HAND....I WAS INVOLVED IN A FIGHT SO SIMILARE TO THIS ONLY I DIDN'T GET FELONY CHARGES BECAUSE IT WAS HERE IN CHICAGO AND THE JUDGE WAS ABLE TO SEE THRU THE LIES OF THE OTHER PARTY. I'M GLAD IT WAS NOT IN SOME SHIT HOLE IN IOWA. HOWEVER, THIS WONDERFUL DEPARTMENT DID FIND THAT I BROUGHT "DISCREDIT" TO THE DEPARTMENT BY HAVING A FIGHT IN A BAR AND AFTER FIGHTING THE TIME THE DEPARTMENT WANTED TO GIVE ME, I WAS SENT TO A PANEL OF "MY PEERS" AND MY "PEERS" SAID I WAS LYING AND GAVE ME A 5 DAY SUSPENSION. NOW, LIKE I SAID, THIS WAS A PANEL OF P.O'S SGT, LT, ETC. I REMEMBER CLEARLY THE FEMALE PO SAYING OVER AND OVER TO ME AGAIN...."YOU MEAN THAT YOU WERE BEING CALLED NAMES, A BITCH, ETC. AND YOU DID NOTHING?" OBVIOUSLY NOT BELIEVING A WORD I SAID. AND IT WAS THE TRUTH...NOT UNTIL I WAS GRABBED BY THE BACK OF THE HAIR DID I DEFEND MYSELF AND I GOT A FIVE DAY SUSPENSION. I KNOW FOP AND DEPT ...EVEN SOME OF OUR "PEERS" AREN'T ON OUR SIDE. I DID GET MY 5 DAY SUSPENSION BACK...IT'S CALLED MEDICAL....SO FUCK YOU PEERS AND DEPARTMENT AND THANKS FOR THE 10 DAYS OF MEDICAL.OH AND YOU PEERS THAT GAVE ME THE SUSPENSION.....I REMEMBER YOU.
SOMEONE OUT THERE GOING TO HELP THIS GUY? ANYONE KNOW HIS EMAIL ADDRESS?

7/15/2007 08:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're forgetting the watch commander of the person who calls himself the police, and arrested officer Mette. Someone had to approve the initial proable cause or did they ever hear of this concept?

7/15/2007 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent the Kass article to Bill O'Reilly (oreilly@foxnews.com). Maybe he can have his people start looking into this idiot judge.

7/15/2007 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.................Anonymous said...
First, let me say that the length of the sentence is clearly unreasonable given several mitigating factors: Mette's lack of any criminal record; Mette's status as a PO; the alleged victim's admitted aggression against the officer; and, the "victim's" intoxication.


MUST BE A COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7/15/2007 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10:31 AM
All of the coppers of Dubuque are jag offs. Been there & they treat everyone like pieces of shit, Even the Dubuque County Sheriffs can't stand them. The city coppers have 3 colleges there & they do nothing but grab college kids for minor shit but theyy won't sit on dope houses or blocks. Why do that when you have the college kids to fuck with & get their $$$ for revenue for the cow town. The county coppers are #1 and know jhow to treat people.

7/15/2007 08:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Superintendent Phil Cline's concept of defending police officers involved in media situations.

1. African American officer involved in a disturbance that resulted in use of deadly force and major media attention:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNQnqwxy9Vc

2. Caucasian Sergeant involved in a high-risk traffic stop on a dark street in a high-crime area with a prominent politico:
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=News&id=3259397&ft=sm

Bottom line is that if you are an African American member of the CPD involved in any incident receiving major media scrutiny Superintendent Phil Cline will do whatever it takes to rectify the situation.

If on the otherhand you are Caucasian or any other race you are thrown under the proverbial bus. IE: Indicted,Criminally Charged,Destroyed in the Media,Fired,Suspended or as Officer Mike Mette is receiving, greeted with SILENCE and left to hang all alone.

Phil we see right through you,your hypocritical statements that you will go to bat for any officer in the right mean nothing to us.

7/15/2007 09:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care if the next Superintendent is the color pink,female and a civilian as long as he/she has the INTESTINAL FORTITUDE to LEAD and GUIDE and PROTECT his/her flock.

Quit the pandering to the media and LEAD. Have the Gumption to effect decisions based upon the TRUTH, not political correctness or inability to face the media and defend your actions as a REAL LEADER would.

"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't."
Henry Ward Beecher

7/15/2007 09:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As regards Sup Cline, officer speak for yourself:

He's been the best in 18 years i've been on so take your petty personal hatred and stick it up your whiney ass.

7/15/2007 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOT TO CHURN THE RUMOR MILL BUT SOMONE INVOLVED WITH THE CASE INFORMED ME THAT THE JUDGE AND THE KIDS FATHER ARE OLD FAMILY FRIENDS. SHOULDN T THAT FORCE THE JUDGE TO REMOVE HERSELF FROM THE TRIAL? SOMONE REALLY NEEDS TO LOOK INTO THIS THE WHOLE SITUATION IS DISGUSTING

7/15/2007 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judges have codes of conduct just like coppers. They also have their own version of our OPS. The one for Iowa is:

Iowa
Commission on Judicial Qualifications
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-5241
FAX (515) 242-6164

Perhaps if they get enough letters from us, they'll feel the heat. Stick together on this one!

7/15/2007 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Childish? Pimpy?

There I was working today when I saw a car with Iowa plates. Parked illegally in an alley. Then Guido the TMA tow driver pointed out that he was also parked under a fire escape!! 2 hang ons and a tow! Welcome to our kingdom.

Then the TMA showed me the Kass article. He asked what Mette did wrong.

Dont bother with the criticism about that guy had nothing to do with what happend to Mette. It was an illegally parked car under a fire escape that was towed as a hazzard. A hazzard to the safety of Chicagoans(sp)!

7/15/2007 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's face it. By definition, Cline and all exempts have the integrity of a crack ho.

Do you think the spineless suckholes actually got their jobs on the legit? Some are better than others. Show me even ONE who will have the moral courage to publicly speak the truth when an innocent copper gets in a controversial jam?

All they care about is keeping their six-figure salary and pension.

Life's a bitch, Mette. Here's a C-note. Now go away!

7/15/2007 10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Squad, is Iowa a promise to comply state????????

7/15/2007 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with Mike in 011 and he was dealt a bad hand. I hope it all turns out in the end because he's a good copper and a good man. Hang tough brutha.

7/15/2007 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mdonahue@chgofopmail.org, bdougherty@chgofopmail.org, tfallon@chgofopmail.org, eDburke@cityofchicago.org Jcapparelli@chgofopmail.org, mmadigan@hds.ilga.gov, rroeper@suntimes.com,

LETS START THE CAMPAIGN WRITE AND COPY AND PASTE TO THE REST!

7/15/2007 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC,
We appropriately rip the whore media, almost justified 99.9% of the time but there are exceptions.

I think Chuck Goudie from ABC Channel 7 and John Kass of the Chicago Tribune deserve high praise and recognition for being objective journalists on this one and bringing the truth to light.

I Thank both of you for a well done job.

7/15/2007 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
As regards Sup Cline, officer speak for yourself:

He's been the best in 18 years i've been on so take your petty personal hatred and stick it up your whiney ass.

7/15/2007 09:46:00 PM

SORRY TO SEE YOU LOSE YOUR CHINAMAN YOU PIMP WHORE

7/16/2007 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's organize a local protest in front of 35th street or in front of the FOP. Right here, in our own backyard and demand they step in and help Mette!

Or, how about Daley Plaza? Or City Hall? I am sick of this! It is time to do something. I would be willing to organize this immediately. I have emailed all addresses given. I am just disgusted by this whole scenario, this could be any one of us in this situation. We cannot let this just fall by the wayside.

time2unitecpd@yahoo.com

7/16/2007 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave the good people of Iowa alone.

It's the Dapuke copper, prosecutor
and Judge that are
the strokes.

Also, the college
kid and his family.
If the old mans trucking firm is
identified let the good times roll.

7/16/2007 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"pimp whore?" Pick one or the other you uneducated fool.

7/16/2007 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you guys gonna have a benefit for Mette?
D-Chicago Trooper

7/16/2007 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Smells like a thousand hogs?" Smells more like North Carolina Duke Lacrosse Team to me. How are you going to spend your millions Mike?

7/16/2007 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.cityofdubuque.org/uploads/police/ridealong.pdf

Lets do a ride along.

7/16/2007 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

something is fishy about this story. They followed me because I didn't want to drink with them.

7/17/2007 02:41:00 PM  

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