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DCSS police chief ordered to clear arrests with superintendent

ALBANY, Ga. — In response to two separate open records requests filed by The Albany Herald on April 17 and 24, the newspaper has obtained emails exchanged by Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree, Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer and system Police Chief Troy Conley in which Goseer instructs Conley "not to make any more arrests unless authorized by the superintendent's office."

The email exchanges took place on March 15, beginning with this one Goseer sent to Conley, which was copied to Murfree:

"Chief Conley, "As of today March 15, 2012, there will be no more warrants or arrest made unless authorized by Superintendent Joshua Murfree. Please inform ALL Officers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. "Thank you"

Conley then responded, also copying Murfree in one that had "Unlawful Directive" in the subject line of the email:

"Mr. Goseer, "I acknowledge receipt of your directive. With all due respect sir, I will not be able to comply with your directive, being that it is unlawful. As a certified Chief of Police of the State of Georgia I must inform you that you do not have the authority to instruct or direct me to seek authorization or approval when addressing violations of local, state and federal laws. Neither you nor the Superintendent have powers of arrest. As the Chief of Police I am mandated by the State of Georgia to adhere to laws that govern our state and country. I have attempted to explain this matter to you in the past, perhaps we should seek legal guidance for further clarification. "Respectfully Submitted,"

Goseer then answered Conley, again copying Murfree:

"Chief, I am of the opinion Dr. Murfree is wanting to make sure he is informed before any such action is taken , I am sure he will have a meeting to discuss this issue, thanks."

The exchanges ended with this one from Murfree to Conley and Goseer:

"We are not trying to be unlawful I am getting hit for not having information and being accused of knowing when I was not informed. We all work for the Dougherty county school system."

According to a source within the school system, the emails illustrate friction that has existed between the superintendent's office and the school police department since the school lunch fraud arrests of Morningside Elementary Principal Gloria Baker and School Board member Velvet Riggins in November and December of last year.

A call Monday to the number of Troy Conley listed in the phone book had been disconnected.

A call to Murfree's cell phone requesting comment returned a "full mailbox" message.

The Herald filed its original request asking for all communications over the past three months from Murfree in any instance dealing with the Dougherty County School System Police Department.

A week later, the paper asked for all communications for the month of March from Goseer to Conley, Murfree and school system Attorney Tommy Coleman.

The week before and after the emails were exchanged, arrests by school system police dropped dramatically before picking back up.

According to Dougherty County Sheriff's Department booking reports, in the period of March 1-8 there were six cases made by Dougherty County School System Police Department (DCSSPD) officers — two for loitering on school property; two for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana; one for drug possession in a school zone, drug trafficking in a school zone and marijuana sale or possession with intent to distribute, and one for a fake ID.

No cases were filed by DCSSPD from March 8 through March 22.

March 22-29, which included spring break March 26-30, had one case for simple battery.

In the week of March 29-April 5, there were five cases — two for affray/fighting; one for drug possession in a school zone, drug trafficking in a school zone, and marijuana sale or possession with intent to distribute; one for loitering, obstructing officers and simple battery, and one for loitering.

April 5-12 and 12-19 each had two cases, and the week of April 19-26 had six cases, including one theft by taking; one felony obstruction of officers; one burglary; one with two counts of forgery; one disorderly conduct and disrupting school operations, and one contempt of court.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

"Henceforth to be referenced as His Royal Highness Doctor Joshua Murfree" and the Court Jester Krazy Kenneth Goseer" who will do whatever he is told by His Royal Highness.

Can we please just get a little Sanity up in here??????

My respect for Chief Conley is as High as the Sky! Well done, Sir!!

Lord Hell Puss!!!!

PS: To those who will jump to the defense of His Royal Highness Doctor Joshua Murfree and Court Jester Krazy Kenneth Goseer....."the emails is the emails" they say what they say for anybody with a half-ounce of Gray Matter to clearly understand. Thank you again, Albany Herald, for shining a flashlight on this pile of stinking excrement to see what bugs and worms scatter in the light.

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AlbanyDad 2 years, 5 months ago

Well, for one I could not think of anything more stupid than this crap right here!!!!

You can't tell the police when and where to make cases....Lord someone please get rid of this stupid, non-reading, arrogant, crazy, man

He is making everyone look bad...Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Purple...

Yes, We agree on this one Sister...he needs to go...like last year!!!!

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Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

Murphree is an arrogant idiot. He must think the DCSS Police belongs to him. They are not the King's private security force. What else must he do before there is a serious effort to de-throne him? I join my astute sister in the post above in thanking the Herald for exposing this administrative corruption. This would be absolutely embarrassing to a legitimate school system administration. Unfortunately, it is less shocking in Dougherty County.

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hayward2 2 years, 5 months ago

well said sister,seems like chief conley and his men are doing a pretty damn good job without murfree's help (or hinderance). the super. just can't stand to see his buddies getting arrested without being able to intervene. hat's off to you chief!!

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

THIS IS FURTHER PROOF OF WHY HE WAS NO. 34 AND HE SEEMS TO BE LIVING UP TO THE PERCEPTION OF HIS BEING A DEGREED MORON. OVER AND OVER THE MAN APPEARS CLUELESS. MURFREE YOU COME OFF LIKE BARNEY FIFE. CHIEF, STAND YOUR GROUND.

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 5 months ago

What do you expect,when the Pres.of the USA tries to tell the Cheif Justices to do.Mr. Free ride,went to school on taxpayers dime,(If i am not wrong and have been known to be wrong,i am not perfect).He has gotten to big for his pants.IF YOU BREAK THE LAW,you break the law,no matter who you are.Now before anyone gets on the race bull crap,which i am very tired of,this is about wrong and right.And the abuse of power.How many people do you know that will hire someone,and give them 4 years to do the job?I d like to have a job like that.Obama is tearing our Nation apart.He made a remak the other day about his WHITE HOUSE,excuse me,but it is not yours sir.And Dr. Murfree believes he has the same power.People of Albany,and the school board need to show this man that he can be replaced.It is past time to let him go.I have tip toed around the race issue,trying not to affend anyone.But i am to the point that i no longer will do that.I dont care what color you are,what office you hold,what part of Govt.,you work for,you have to follow the law.And if you break it,go to jail,do not pass go.It is time for people to start standing up and fighting for what you believe in.JUSTICE 4 ALL.I know from reading all the post above that Albay can make it,but we have to stand together.

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 5 months ago

Chief Conley--you have my 100% support. It is so refreshing to finally find a person in authority with the Dougherty County School System that actually has morals and will perform the duties of his job regardless of whom is in the line of fire. Murfree, you could learn a lesson from this. This is just one more reason Albany WILL NOT be growing anytime soon. Who wants to move to a community where the biggest clown in the circus is the superintendent of the school system?

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Support 2 years, 5 months ago

There is more to the story than whats on the surface. This department is costing the school system money with the number of false arrest done in the last year. This has nothing to do with the school meal case. Get the facts before you praise this man. He needs to go. Leaking an email lets you know he's out of control. The officers that work hard every day deserve better. Conley has plenty skeltons, why is he trying to throw stones.

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 5 months ago

The emails were not "leaked." They were obtained through opens records requests. And "facts" would be easier to come by if people would talk to the media about difficult subjects that they would rather just go away.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

Translation: certain entities on the Schools Board and employees of the DCSS, most significantly Dr. Murfree, will NOT talk to the Herald. They are public employees........WE are THEIR bosses and pay THEIR salaries but they will not talk to the primary media outlet in Albany? Another piece of unacceptable behavior.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 5 months ago

Well said, Terry. I totally agree.

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Support 2 years, 5 months ago

Someone had to tell the media what to look for. Coleman or Conley. Take your pick.

I agreed with you, facts would be easy to come by if people would talk. That's what the Public Information Director is for.

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 5 months ago

You don't don't really believe that, do you? If the world relied on PR people for information, the unemployment rate would be 2.5% and getting better, we'd all have money in the bank and bad roads aren't really that bad, they have "character." The DCSS has huge problems, ignoring the truth will only make matters worse.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

The "Public Information Director" is like the Political Officer on a Russian submarine.

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Citizen_A 2 years, 5 months ago

And he can't say anything that isn't approved by Mufree anyway...

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 5 months ago

What the heck is a "skelton?" There was a comedian back in the 60's named, Red "Skelton." So, you may be right, we've got plenty of "skeltons" when referring to the BOE!

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 5 months ago

I guess Support doesnt have the luxury of an iPad, which has auto correct, like I do. :)

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe it's a reference to Red Skelton.......a comedian who liked to dress up like a clown quite a lot.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 5 months ago

Please don't relate Red Skelton to this incestuous nest of crooks. Red was one of the funniest and most ethical comedians ever to live and doesn't deserve to be associated with Support, Bush, Murfree, June Bug, Riggins, et. al.

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tocar 2 years, 5 months ago

Murfree is an absolute idiot. Why did Dougherty County hire this clown?
We are support Chief Conley! Now is the time to get rid of Murfree. He has overstepped his bounds too many times. Wake up Albany.

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VietVet1 2 years, 5 months ago

Please have have #34 assistance show him how to clear up his cell phone messages

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agonized 2 years, 5 months ago

I think #34 thinks if his voice mailbox just stays full, that people will think he's really busy and just leave him alone. Talk about oblivious!

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agirl_25 2 years, 5 months ago

I dunno......this maybe goes along with the wonderful distinction the Wall Street Jounal has bestowed upon the State of Georgia as the most corrrupt state in the nation and I quote...."Georgia has the worst levels of corruption risk and lack of accountability of any state in the country. The state scored a D or worse in 12 of the 14 categories. The state’s biggest problem is the absence of a strong ethics enforcement agency." If we have no ethics at a state level do we expect them at a county level. Well yes we do, but we never get them do we? Seems the man does want to rule the place as if he were a king. Sad, sad, sad. I am so glad I moved out of the county. Even tho I had no children in the schools there it is still nice to know I have no ties to the county whatsoever. I will take my drive to Albany when necessary but that is it. Good luck to you all. You all truly have my deepest sympathy for what you have to put up with in Albany, not just in the school system but in the whole government mess.

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gotanyfacts 2 years, 5 months ago

I can not find anything from the Wall Street Journal referencing the study you mention. The only similar story in WSJ refers to the nation of Georgia being among the most corrupt. The quote you refer to with respect to our state can be found in the Savannah Morning News. The study comes from a liberal group, the Center for Public Integrity. Though the group might be suspect given its financial support from George Soros and Bill Moyers and the fact that it is waterlogged with associates of NPR, this report warrants a look. The article does not say Georgia is the most corrupt. In fact, later in the article it points out that "A recent University of Illinois study sought to identify the most corrupt 10 states. Georgia didn’t make the list." It claims that we, according to their parameters, are at greatest risk. All that said, I doubt if any state would get a passing ethics grade from the public if we knew half of what goes on. One more reason to keep excess monies out of politicians' control

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agirl_25 2 years, 5 months ago

http://247wallst.com/2012/03/22/americas-most-corrupt-states/3/

Scroll down.....Virginia(4), Wyoming(3), South Dakota(2) and then Georgia(1)....but the article doesn't start there.......this is just where the part about Georgia is. Remember tho, it is who you read and who does the gathering of information. I have lived in 3 of those 4 states and who knew...hahahaha!!!!!! Having New Jersey and California as least corrupt does kind of make me laugh tho.....till I fall on the floor. I think this sort of stuff is in a word all BS, quite frankly, put out to upset the masses and whoever puts it out does a good job.

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MoreOfTheSame 2 years, 5 months ago

When are the DCSS cover-ups going to end? CRCT scandals, board member misconduct, trying to cover-up student misconduct, and even principals going so far as to dictate how teachers respond to a SACs survey rating school improvement. The corruption seems never-ending.

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myside 2 years, 5 months ago

The disfunctional school board elected to go to the bottom of the barrel to select Murfree because he was the one who best suited their ignorant standards, and their act made him feel like the king who could do no wrong. That decision has kept citizens and businesses away from moving to Albany and Dirty County and has also caused many to move out. That trend will continue until the place becomes one large ghetto. It might already be too late.

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Citizen_A 2 years, 5 months ago

Just when you think things couldn't be worse for the school system, Dr. Murfree gives us another head shaker. @tocar...we should have had a clue, given all the clowns that I've ever seen wear bowties...

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe Conley needs to arrest Murfree for obstruction of justice, just saying. Mr Conley knows he swore to uphold the constitution and the laws of the State of Georgia, not Murfrees law, thats what the taxpayers expect from him. Thank You Sir !

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43cop 2 years, 5 months ago

Troy, you and I had some differences in the past, but I sure support you now. Keep it up Chief and help the normal citizens of Dougherty County get rid of this idiot; bow tie and all. And while we are rmoving some, get Bush and send him back to Miller County where he was "hatched" from.

Thank you Chief Conley

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waltspecht 2 years, 5 months ago

That would be the Chief that got the job with a diploma from the internet wouldn't it? One that really didn't meet the criteria for the posted job? Much as Murfree himself? Terry, where did the tip that led to the information request come from? Interesting timing with the School Board looking at doing away with the School Police. Wonder when Conley will be filing his latest discrimination lawsuit? Sorry, it looks like another stunt to me.

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 5 months ago

Walt, I am often amazed at the depth of your cynicism :)

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

Cynicism.......born of years of watching, listening, hoping, and eventual disappointment.

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justme 2 years, 5 months ago

I think you might be wrong in that Mr. Conley would not be the Chief had he not met the criteria, much the opposite for Mr. Murfree. Makes no difference, the internet or the class room, the man has proven himself.

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VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

I was always doubtful about Troy Conley, but whether I was wrong to think that way or not, I fully 100% respect him now. Not only do we need to be rid of #34, but the gang of 4 that put him in there. The DCSS is a circus ran by clowns.

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Support 2 years, 5 months ago

Your support is so misplaced. I wish you knew all the facts.

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VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

Interesting that Da Corch has no comment....probably grumbling to himself.

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agonized 2 years, 5 months ago

Truly pathetic. Once again, #34 does not understand what the function of a police department is. I guess because the DCSSPD handles cases in and around the schools, he thinks he is privy to be a part of the law enforcement decision-making process. Wrong! And even if it were legal, it isn't practical. Good grief, #34 is evaluating principals, or evading questions from the public and employees, or not answering his cell phone. How are the school police officers going to be able to even get in touch with him?

I love the statement made by Chief Conley: "I have attempted to explain this matter to you in the past." I guess he realized early on he was pumping a dry well there. I applaud his ability to work under these circumstances and refusing to do things the way #34 wants, which is illegal, despite his belief that it's not.

The scariest thing is #34's email in reply with its lengthy run-on sentence and unprofessional word usage is so whiny. He's "being hit" because he doesn't have the information?? Maybe if he would pay closer attention and clear his voice mail every once in a while, he just might get it. But I don't think even that would help. The bow tie must be depleting the oxygen supply to his brain. It's embarrassing.

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billybob 2 years, 5 months ago

Sorry, folks, but you are stuck with Murfree. There was such an uproar when he was hired, albeit justified, that he has become a symbol of sorts for the school board. They would be admitting failure by dismissing him, and they will not do that. Furthermore, the constituents of these members will continue to put them in office.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 5 months ago

Don't we have to pay him two years salary if they dismiss him? It won't happen anyway... wishful thinking.

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Citizen_A 2 years, 5 months ago

Might be a savings to the school system to go ahead and do it anyway. If something doesn't give soon, we will be in the same shoes as Miller County. I know it would hurt to part with the money, but maybe we need to bite the bullet. Malcolm Forbes has said "Failure is success if we learn from it". Maybe we need to chalk this one up to a learning experience. Our egos can take the hit, but in the long run it's the children who will be hurt if we do not do something to change the state of our school system.

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Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

If the arrests have to be cleared through Murphree, and his cell phone mailbox is full - what does an officer do that has a suspect in front of him?

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agonized 2 years, 5 months ago

That was my question as well. It would seem that he really doesn't want to be contacted except through one of his minions. It's apparent that he just has a problem with not being in total control of everything, yet lacks the common sense to know what it is he should be controlling. What's next? A principal has to call his full voicemail box to ask him about disciplining a student?

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justme 2 years, 5 months ago

I think that the black preachers who actually run things on the quiet and pressure their own to do what they feel is right got to Murfree. Murfree did not have the answers they wanted to hear so somebody has to answer. Rather than assissiting Mr. Conley they would shut down the School Police Department and let the BEAST THAT ROAMS THE HALLS OF THE DOUGHERTY SCHOOL SYSTEM continue on it's way. Mr. Conley should be the Head cop in Albany as he has proven his leadership in his email to Murfree and Goseer stating his position in law enforcement, something Albany's top cop is not willing to do or fearful of doing as THE BEAST CONTINUES TO ROAM THE STREETS OF ALBANY.

IT ALL STARTS AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

justme........you and I are friends in this matter.

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justme 2 years, 5 months ago

With no disrespect intended, the preachers push for more than they pay, as they make sure the voting block is PULPIT READY on election day. Those in charge of their community have a distaste for news of their own and their children. Maybe it is time for the Governors office to get involved as the local prosecutor stands by idely, the School Board and their appointees and department heads fear or just do not care as long as the paycheck is on time.

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justme 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey Ruby check this out. Now for the other me.

Mr. Murfree is not the brightest light on the tree,however the Board that appointed him was not even plugged in, so who came up with him and why was his dimly lit view on education so in demand. Makes you wonder who is really running things in Albany. The DCSS Board certainly is not. For every day that passes and nothing get's accomplished and the kids run wild in the halls of the county schools and then into adulthood only to roam the streets, the only thing one can say is that Murfree nourished THE BEAST THAT ROAMS THE SCHOOL HALLS AND STREETS OF ALBANY. So Murfree when you go back to those who ask and you know not the answer they seek, beware of the beast..............

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waltspecht 2 years, 5 months ago

One good outcome of Murfree's job. Albany State got rid of someone the Alumni wanted gone.

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agirl_25 2 years, 5 months ago

Have any of you ever thought of getting in touch with a major news outlet, say NBC, ABC or CBS and giving them a heads up on the situation in Albany. I know back in the days of the fight for Civil Rights they were here doing a lot of stories on Albany and the fight here...maybe they need to come back and see what Albany has turned in to.....after it got its civil rights and how it went downhill with all it had gained. I contact the major networks all the time, always have, and always will, about things I see and hear about, and from time to time they respond back to me, NBC especially. I think this is a very interesting story....considering how much Albany was in the news in the 60's and 70's when so much went on here about how blacks fought for a place of leadership and now have it and look at what they are doing with it. We have a school superintendent who thinks he is a king........how sad. I will keep e-mailing the major networks and hope that someday someone will take a look at one of the stories I give them a heads up about and follow up on it. You never know now do you? This one is priceless as far as I am concerned. Look at the cast of characters........and tell me it is not priceless!!!! And remember, if one of the major news networks shows an interest in a story like this, (and I do believe it is interesting......I mean why doesn't MoCurlyLarry want to disclose a lot of information about himself).....you can bet they would find out everything there is to know about him. Investigative reporting is sneaky and fun and if one is good at social engineering they are excellent at it also.

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Jacob 2 years, 5 months ago

Even though what you say is true, don't count on the mainstream media to do any story that portrays a minority in a bad light. They have had a hands off policy for years now, and were the key factor in getting the current president elected.

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agirl_25 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe but I keep emailing and I feel good when I get a reply from someone, even if it is just a minor player in the news game.....it lets me know someone has at least read the email I sent and took an interest in what I wrote........enough of an interest to write me back........right???

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

COULD CHIEF CONLEY HAVE ARRESTED BOTH SUPERS FOR INTERFERENCE WITH A L.E.O.? IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND THE PROOF IS THERE. GO AHEAD CHIEF, CALL THE MEDIA AND SLAP THE CUFFS ON.

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DoctorDorite 2 years, 5 months ago

If memory is correct Murfee is the one which ruled that the rapist on the football team could play football games, do you think he wants to be a Judge or dictator ?, LOL

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Support 2 years, 5 months ago

That case was proven not to be rape (consensual)

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myside 2 years, 5 months ago

Why all this anti Murfee and anti DCSS stuff? This is just routine for Albenny and Dirty County leadership. Your skin tone is the only thing that is acceptable in this ghetto.

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agirl_25 2 years, 5 months ago

Bring on the clowns......they're already there........la la la la....honk honk...

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Amazed2 2 years, 5 months ago

Well there was a reason the Murfree was ranked #34 in the hiring process. I guess the taxpayer had to foot the bill to train and certify him to meet minimum standard to sit in the job has now and now it looks like we need to send him to ASU for basic Criminal Justice/Law classes so he knows that a school supt. does not trump a Police Chief. Owe well another turning stomach day at DCSS.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

Also note that "All open records requests from the Herald must now be submitted directly to the Superintendent's Office and no longer to R.D. Harter's Public Information office. How well do y'all think that's gonna go? Absolutely PATHETIC!!!!! But a typical action by an incompetent leader.

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