Are the Movie Camera Lighs Blinding the Eyes of the Broward County Sheriff'

Remember the post I wrote about the Police Women of Broward County?

TLC Goes from Jon & Kate to, “There’s Always A Good Time to Use A Taser”, August 20, 2009

“Making police work entertaining borders on an unconstitutional exercise of the State of Florida’s police power. A basic function of state government is law enforcement not entertainment. So using government law enforcement resources to entertain the public is wasting those resources and encouraging the perception that the purpose of law enforcement is to take economic, social and financial advantage of criminal activity.”

In that post we met Andrea, a Taser-Toting Deputy on the newest TLC series. The clip used to introduce the show really bothers me: She’s heard to say, “There’s always a good time to use a Taser.” That’s not good law enforcement that’s a sound bite for a promo. Like a TV celebrity she’s cute, has cheeks with dimples, blonde hair, is fit and full of piss and vinegar. Like John and Kate who used to be parents and are now just acting like parents for reality TV, Andrea is a budding TV star who works for the people of Broward County as a member of law enforcement. But is she? Let’s look back at the earlier post. In that post I discussed the propriety of turning the governments’ function of law enforcement into entertainment. It makes little sense to me; after all shouldn’t cops be concerned about the Constitution and effective law enforcement instead of TV ratings? This YouTube clip demonstrates the focus of law enforcement in Broward County seems to be about fame and fortune. Watch it, and then keep it in mind when considering the department’s involvement with Scott Rothstein. Because when you turn on your common sense questions come up about priorities.

Like the intuition about Melissa Lewis’ murder the same thread of common sense told me mixing government employees who are carrying out their official-constitutional duties, with reality TV doesn’t add up. After all they aren't being paid to be TV celebrities; they are being paid to be government employees handling law enforcement.

 

Like the intuition about Melissa Lewis’ murder the same thread of common sense told me mixing government employees who are carrying out their official-constitutional duties, with reality TV doesn’t add up. After all they aren't being paid to be TV celebrities; they are being paid to be government employees handling law enforcement. Now that the RRA investigation is brewing and I’m left to wonder if the Broward County Sheriff’s Office shouldn’t be removed entirely from the investigation. Broward County has a heck of a mess with mixing business with fame and fortune. Let me explain myself.

Members of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office allegedly were friends with and working for Scott Rothstein. Here is a story from a south Florida blog.

“In a sign that the Rothstein scandal may be heading his way, Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti informed the department today in an email that he has removed his right-hand man, Lt. David Benjamin, as head of the agency's internal affairs department.

It was Benjamin, you'll remember, who personally escorted Scott Rothstein to his jet at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when Rothstein left the country for Morocco on October 27 after learning that his billion-dollar Ponzi scheme was imploding.

Benjamin, who serves as the sheriff's own "executive officer," is a long-time friend of Rothstein, who backed Lamberti in his election last year to the tune of a couple hundred thousand dollars in political cash.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal confirmed that the decision was at least in part based on Benjamin's role in the Rothstein saga. He said the sheriff's office has not opened an internal investigation into his ties with Rothstein. “

Sheriff Lamberti Takes Rothstein's Pal Off Internal Affairs Post

The Sheriff’s Office-Rothstein relationship was ongoing [remember Lewis was killed in early 2008] while the deputies were busy shooting the TLC shows. (Show was to start on August 6, 2009.) Was the shooting of the TLC show a distraction that interfered with law enforcement? Was law enforcement in Broward County compromised allowing the Ponzi Team room to operate?

The Loss May Reach $1 Billion – Who Has It?

The amount of money involved with this alleged Ponzi scheme is enormous. Like the Madoff matter finding the money will be a critical part of any investigation. Why either Madoff or Rothstein got away with it for as long as they did is a valid question. So how can people who were involved with the principal person being accused as the mastermind, investigate the case.

``When it's all said and done, I estimate that this scheme could well exceed one billion dollars,' said FBI Special Agent in Charge John Gillies. Miami Herald, Jay Weaver, Scott Hiaasen and Amy Sherman

So now reflecting back why would a government allow the members of law enforcement to take part in a for-profit TV show that obviously distracts them from their job of efficient and effective law enforcement? Have the citizens of Broward County lost sight of the basic function of government? Is fame and fortune a higher priority than doing their Constitutional duty in a manner consistent with truthfulness and fairness?

And lastly, would the Rothstein matter been nipped in the bud had the Broward County Sheriff’s office not been distracted with shooting a television show?

You be the judge, I rest my case.

Even Marina Orlova seems to understand a Ponzi scheme.

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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