BAD COPS
BAD COPS
Hennepin County, Minnesota
Philando Castile and Jamar Clark aren't the only people that have been victims of police abuse in Hennepin County. It happens to white citizens too. Do White Lives Matter?

UPDATE: HENNEPIN COUNTY DEPUTIES TO WEAR BODY CAMERAS. THEY BETTER LAWYER UP !
BAD COPS . . . . BAD COPS . . . . WHATCHA GONNA DO . . . . WHATCHA GONNA  DO . .  WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU. BAD COPS, BAD COPS.

June 23, 2016

Mr. Ryan Wood
Attorney-at-Law
3800 American Blvd. West
Suite 1500
Bloomington, MN 55431

Re: Your legal representation of John W. Sawyer IV.

Dear Sir:

I am the father of John W. Sawyer IV (hereinafter, 'John'), whom you represent in a misdemeanor case in Hennipen County. These are the facts according to John:

In 2014, John was attempting to eke out a living by distributing handbills during the day that he attached to the doors of private residences. After noting that there was not a "No Trespassing" sign posted anywhere on the premises, John attached a handbill to the door at the home of one Timothy L. Johnson, 7134 Knox Ave. South, Richfield, MN (about 1 mile from your office, I believe), Mr. Johnson, alcohol on his breath, opened the door and started yelling at John. Whereupon, in fear of bodily harm, John retreated to his car, while the elderly Mr. Johnson (hereinafter, 'complainant') continued to berate him. Sometime thereafter, a friend of complainant's, one Michael Hanson, of 6945 Knox Ave S. joined in the pursuit, and fearing for his life, John drove away.

Promptly thereafter, John was pulled over by the police; yanked from his car and slammed up against it and searched. After a brief discussion, wherein, I believe, the police officers claimed that complainants had averred that John had entered either his garage or backyard areas, John was released with no complaint or charges made -I guess intimidation did it for the police that day. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hanson were retired police officers.
In or about December, 2015, John drove by the complainant's house and shouted at the ex-police officer. On Christmas Eve, after returning home from church services, John was arrested and held without bond, at the Hennipen County Jail. through Christmas - for four days - a period of time, according to my calculations, that far exceeded Minnesota Statutes Sunday and Holiday rules, notwithstanding (no need to correct me), while his ailing cat was locked in his apartment and his Christmas turkey rotted.

John does not recall having ever received a copy of the complaint or charges against him. I believe the charge is "Stalking," and after several court appearances, some have suggested he plead to "Harassment." I shall address those charges pursuant to Minnesota Statutes here (redacted for brevity):


I. (emphasis added)

609.748 HARASSMENT

Subdivision 1.Definition.

For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them in this subdivision.

(1) a single incident of physical or sexual assault or repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures that have a substantial adverse effect or are intended to have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of another, regardless of the relationship between the actor and the intended target;

(3) a pattern of attending public events after being notified that the actor's presence at the event is harassing to another.NA

(b) "Respondent" includes any adults or juveniles alleged to have engaged in harassment or organizations alleged to have sponsored or promoted harassment. NA

(1) marching, standing, or patrolling by one or more persons directed solely at a particular residential building in a manner that adversely affects the safety, security, or privacy of an occupant of the building; or NA

ARGUMENT

A. "physical or sexual assault" was not a factor - not in dispute.

B.In no way would John's actions "have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of . . . . . two burley ex-police officers (probably armed); especially when John never even exited his car and remained on the public street .

C.The circumstances do not meet the minimum requirement for "Harassment" and therefore is entirely without merit and should be dismissed as a matter of Law.

II. (emphasis added)

609.749 STALKING; PENALTIES.

Subdivision 1.Definition
.
As used in this section, "stalking" means to engage in conduct which the actor knows or has reason to know would cause the victim under the circumstances to feel frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated, and causes this reaction on the part of the victim . . . . . . . . . 

B. The circumstances do not meet the minimum requirement for "Stalking" and therefore is entirely without merit and should be dismissed as a matter of Law.

Since leaving home at 21, John has devoted himself to being self-sufficient. He will take any job, however menial, so that he never has to go on welfare. In handing out fliers, her was just doing his job. That two asshole retired police officers decided to take whatever their personal hangups are out on John is unconscionable. While it showed bad judgment on his part to go by the ex-officer's home and yell at him, this is still a free country and we still have a 1st Amendment that allows free speech, and a 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments that guarantee John freedoms and due process that your local police seem to have forgotten.

John assures me he has demanded a jury trial.

John has attempted to file assault charges against Hanson and Johnson, and the police have kept him waiting for hours - because they can.

Have you taken depositions yet? I would like to be present.

Has anyone filed a Motion to Dismiss? And may I have a copy ?

Cordially,


John W. Sawyer III
Conservative Candidate for Congress
CD-17 Florida   ​
July 12, 2016

Mr. Ryan Wood
Attorney-at-Law
3800 American Blvd. West
Suite 1500
Bloomington, MN 55431

Re: Our Conversation re: Your legal representation of John W. Sawyer IV.

Dear Sir:

Pursuant to our conversation last Friday concerning my letter of June 23, 2016, let me make a few comments. I realize you are busy, and that you called me on your "own time." While you could not recall exactly when my son's (your client) time began and ended, and you weren't able to recall what the charges were against John, or when his next court appearance, your brief recitation of your legal vitae and assuring that "you'll have to trust me" on John's defense gave me great relief. And I certainly hope speaking with me on your time didn't cause you to be late picking up your kids. 

I appreciate that you gave me the lowdown on how the legal system and the prosecuting attorney operate in Hennipen County, and with further thought, I'm thinking that if the case goes to trial, the Judge might not allow testimony concerning the original encounter to be admitted - leaving John's behavior the day of his arrest as a stand-alone infraction. 

John has given me his power of attorney - a cricumstance I pointed out to you on Friday. John tells me he never received a copy of the complaint. Our conversation seems to aver that John was guilty of littering and shouting obcenities at the former police officers - which, you concluded was a 'public nuisance' violation. If that's the charge, fine.

John seems to think he is charged with "Stalking," and that previous court discussions have suggested that John plead out to "Harassment." John has indicated to me that this is not acceptable to him, and I agree. In my previous letter citing Minnesota Statute, I pointed out my belief that neither alleged violation rises to the standard of misconduct as defined in the Statutes. 

I. (emphasis added)

609.748 HARASSMENT

Subdivision 1.Definition.

For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them in this subdivision.

(1) a single incident of physical or sexual assault or repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures that have a substantial adverse effect or are intended to have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of another, regardless of the relationship between the actor and the intended target;

(3) a pattern of attending public events after being notified that the actor's presence at the event is harassing to another.NA

(b) "Respondent" includes any adults or juveniles alleged to have engaged in harassment or organizations alleged to have sponsored or promoted harassment. NA

(1) marching, standing, or patrolling by one or more persons directed solely at a particular residential building in a manner that adversely affects the safety, security, or privacy of an occupant of the building; or NA

ARGUMENT

A. "physical or sexual assault" was not a factor - not in dispute.

B. In no way would John's actions "have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of . . . . . two burley ex-police officers (probably armed); especially when John never even exited his car and remained on the public street .

C. The circumstances do not meet the minimum requirement for "Harassment" and therefore is entirely without merit and should be dismissed as a matter of Law.

. (emphasis added)

609.749 STALKING; PENALTIES.

Subdivision 1.Definition

As used in this section, "stalking" means to engage in conduct which the actor knows or has reason to know would cause the victim under the circumstances to feel frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated, and causes this reaction on the part of the victim . . . . . . . . . 

B. The circumstances do not meet the minimum requirement for "Stalking" and therefore is entirely without merit and should be dismissed as a matter of Law.​

ARGUMENT

  A. I doubt that two ex-cops can persuade a jury that they felt "frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated by a person who never exited his car.
B. The circumstances do not meet the minimum requirement for "Stalking" and therefore is entirely without merit and should be dismissed as a matter of Law.
I suggest you take depositions or send interrogatories from the complainant retired police officers. so that you are not ambushed and unprepared at trial. If you would like me to prepare the Interrogatories, I'll be glad to do so for your signature and filing - please e-mail me the style for the local court.
Also, I can see no reason whatsoever why you wouldn't, at the proper time, ask the Court to dismiss the charges as they do not rise to the level of Minnesota Statutes

Cordially,

John W. Sawyer III  
NEEDLESS TO SAY, IN SPITE OF THIS LETTER (SENT AND SIGNED FOR - VIA CERTIFIED MAIL), AND THREE E-MAILS, AND SEVERAL PHONE CALLS, MR. WOOD, WHO HAS BEEN HIRED TO DEFEND JOHN, HAS NOT RETURNED MY CALLS. TRIAL IS THIS MONTH - AND IT APPEARS THAT THIS LAWYER - LIKE SO MANY OTHERS WHO DEFEND INDIGENT CLIENTS, INTENDS TO DO NEXT TO NOTHING IN JOHN'S DEFENSE. 

AND WE WONDER WHY A HUGE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE DISGUSTED WITH THEIR GOVERNMENTS?
JULY 29 UPDATE:

ONCE AGAIN, Bulldog Prosecuting Attorney, Michael (get a conviction at any cost) Freeman has hauled John Sawyer into Court, charged with Harassment. In fact, as I have documented on this page, the Minnesota Statute for "harassment" simply does not apply - any more than 1st Degree Murder applied to the police officers in Baltimore, or against Casey Anthony in Orlando - overcharge, and try to get those charged to plead to a lesser charge - guilty or not. Really worked out for the Orlando and Baltimore Prosecuting Attorney's didn't it Mike Freeman ? May I call you M.F. ?

The Statute for Stalking does not apply - and M.F. knows it. So after trying to wear John down, they tried to get him to plead to "Public Nuisance." BULLDOG IS DESPERATE FOR A WIN - ANY WIN.

Here's the Statute for "Public Nuisance"

609.74 PUBLIC NUISANCE.

Whoever by an act or failure to perform a legal duty intentionally does any of the following is guilty of maintaining a public nuisance, which is a misdemeanor:

(1) maintains or permits a condition which unreasonably annoys, injures or endangers the safety, health, morals, comfort, or repose of any considerable number of members of the public; or

(3) is guilty of any other act or omission declared by law to be a public nuisance and for which no sentence is specifically provided.

ANALYSIS:

Legal Duty ? Hardly
Maintains ? Nope - that's probably playing Rap Music 24/7
Guilty of any other Act ? Show me.

SO PUBLIC NUISANCE DOESN'T APPLY EITHER, M.F.

Try "Littering" Crime Buster !

169.42 LITTERING; DROPPING OBJECT ON VEHICLE; MISDEMEANOR.

Subdivision 1.Objects on highway.

No person shall throw, deposit, place, or dump, or cause to be thrown, deposited, placed, or dumped upon any street or highway or upon any public or privately owned land adjacent thereto without the owner's consent any snow, ice, glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, garbage, swill, papers, ashes, cigarette filters, debris from fireworks, refuse, carcass of any dead animal, offal, trash or rubbish or any other form of offensive matter, or any other substance likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon any such street or highway.

INJURY ? MAYBE A RETIRED HENNEPIN COUNTY COP COULD TRIP OVER A CIGARETTE BUTT ? NAH ! His own fat butt maybe.

Subd. 2.Dropping dangerous object on highway

Any person removing a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway shall remove any glass or other injurious substance dropped upon the highway from such vehicle. NOPE.

Subd. 4.Dropping object on vehicle.

No person shall drop or hurl any destructive or injurious material or object at or upon any motor vehicle upon any highway or the occupants thereof. NOPE

BUT WHEN HENNEPIN COPS MURDER PHILANDO CASTILE​ IN COLD BLOOD DURING A TRAFFIC STOP - M.F. DECLINES TO PROSECUTE. WHAT'S GOING ON IN HENNEPIN COUNTY ?

FORTUNATELY, JOHN HAS DUMPED HIS USELESS LAWYER, RYAN WOOD, AND RETAINED ANOTHER - IN WHOM JOHN HAS CONFIDENCE.

JOHN WILL GO TO TRIAL IF THAT'S WHAT M.F. WANTS.

HENNEPIN COUNTY POLICE HAVE REFUSED JOHN'S REQUEST TO FILE CHARGES AGAINST THE TWO RETIRED COPS WHO ASSAULTED HIM AND THE TWO WHO PULLED HIM OVER.



HOW MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO PRISON BECAUSE THEY WERE REPRESENTED BY THE LIKES OF RYAN WOOD ? THE "PUBLIC DEFENDER'S" OFFICE ?
Oct. 21, 2016 UPDATE

Today John had his FOURTH 1 'preliminary' hearing; and attempt by the crimebusting Prosecuting Attorney, to persuade John to plead guilty to the over charge of Harassment - which I clearly have explained, does not come close to applying.

Having been represented by three different attorney's previously, none of whom knew diddly about the facts of the case, yet again, Ryan Wood showed up. No interrogatories; no depositions; no nothing.

John said he would accept a plea for disturbing the peace, but the PA, who previously had said he would accept, turned him down. So the trial, by jury, if the Defense Attorney de jure does as his client asks (for once), will be Monday October 24.

Why, you may ask, wouldn't the PA accept the simple plea of guilty to public nuisance ? Because the PA is adhering to the Blue Wall of Silence, and covering the collective fat asses of two drunken retired policeman, Timothy L. Johnson and Michael Hanson, who took offense because my son was eking out a living hanging door signs for a local bank.

If the PA gets John to plead out on the more serious Harassment charge, the drunk cops likely will be immune to a lawsuit - which, if this goes to trial, I promise to initiate.

Like to bet these two creeps had a history of complaints for unnecessary violence ?

Monday, we will know whether Ryan Wood et al are representing their client, or are just anoth corrupr group looking out for the boys in blue.
Oct. 21, 2016 - UPDATE

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING

Today - John shows up for Court, and - no attorney. So he sits, and sits . . . and sits. No Ryan Wood. But wait - after awhile someone (probably the janitor) announces that John's 'lawyer' (Maria Mitchell, number 3 and, apparently today) is SICK. So the Judge, with a straight face, announces: 

Mr. Sawyer's lawyer, Maria Mitchell, who knows the most about John's case - is sick today, so we will continue the case.

Awwwwwwww - GET WELL MARIA, we needja !

In fact, in spite of my phone calls which she does not return, and certified mail, which she does not acknowledge, requesting copies of the record - arrest report, etc., has not done one bit of discovery; has not interviewed any witnesses, has not even read the arrest report as far as anyone knows, doesn't know a damn thing about the case.

Such is the condition of "Justice" in Hennepin County.

The reality is obviously this: plead guilty or keep coming back to get jerked around,

I wonder how many innocent people are incarcerated in Minnesota, because of the "justice system" in Hennepin County ?
October 24, 2016 - UPDATE                 IT'S OVER

After five Court Appearances; 4 days (Christmas 2015) in jail; countless loss of hourly pay for work missed; lazy-to-non-existent "Public Defender legal representation." the Crime-Busting Prosecuting Attorney decides and the PD Lawyer who actually showed up this time, and the  co-conspirator-judge coerced John into accepting a plea on a minor charge. If not, they would have him returning indefinitely, missing work.  A decree is entered - Don't bother the drunken retired police officers again, and they will withhold adjudication. No harm - no foul ? Not quite. Now John gets turned down for jobs because he has a record; gets denied public housing assistance, because he has a record.

Of course - the PA overcharged John to begin with - modus operandi - it's what they do. Overcharge and get you to plead out to the charge they should have made in the first place. The PD, PA, and crooked judge are all in on it - that's the way things are done in Hennepin County.

Bet this goes on the Prosecuting Attorney's resume as a win come next election.

Makes you proud doesn't it. John working in all kinds of weather to make a living, and two drunken slobs who no longer can pull innocent people over for" broken tail lights," and blow their brains out, who now must be content with harassing people on the margins eking out a living trying to hang a bank flyer on their redneck door handles, walk away scot-free (John tried to file charges, and the police just kept him sitting for hours),

Justice in Hennepin County.

You all must be so proud.



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In 2014, John W. Sawyer IV was attempting to eke out a living by distributing handbills during the day for a local bank, that he attached to the doors of private residences. After noting that there was not a "No Trespassing" sign posted anywhere on the premises, John attached a handbill to the door at the home of one Timothy L. Johnson, 7134 Knox Ave. South, Richfield, MN (about 1 mile from your office, I believe), Mr. Johnson, alcohol on his breath, opened the door and started yelling at John. Whereupon, in fear of bodily harm, John retreated to his car, while the elderly Mr. Johnson (hereinafter, 'complainant') continued to berate him. Sometime thereafter, a friend of complainant's, one Michael Hanson, of 6945 Knox Ave S. joined in the pursuit, and fearing for his life, John drove away.

Promptly thereafter, John was pulled over by 5 Hennepin County Police cars, yanked from his car and slammed up against it and searched. After a brief discussion, wherein, the police officers claimed that complainants had averred that John had entered either his garage or backyard areas, they couldn't decide which one, John was released with no complaint or charges made -I guess intimidation did it for the police that day. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hanson were retired Hennepin County police officers. The favor was done for a fellow officer ! (I wonder if their dash cams were on that day either ?)

On or about December, 2015, John drove by the complainant's house and shouted at the ex-police officer, and threw them the bird. On Christmas Eve, after returning home from church services, John was arrested and held without bond, at the Hennipen County Jail. through Christmas - for four days - a period of time, according to my calculations, that far exceeded Minnesota Statutes Sunday and Holiday rules, notwithstanding (no need to correct me), while his ailing cat was locked in his apartment and his Christmas turkey rotted.

The ensuing miscarriage of justice continues on this page.




  "AMERICAN NIGHTMARE." 
Australia's Daily Telegraph front-page headline:

The grieving father of an Australian bride-to-be shot dead by police in Minneapolis after calling 911 paid tribute to her Tuesday as “a beacon to all of us.” 

Damond died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen shortly before midnight Saturday after calling 911 to report a possible assault, officials have said. The tragedy unfolded shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday local time (12:30 a.m. Sunday ET), when the police officers responded to call about a disturbance in southwest Minneapolis, officials said. 

The officer who fired the shot has been identified by his lawyer as Mohammed Noor, who joined the force in 2015 — and was celebrated as the Fifth Precinct's first Somali officer. He was recognized in May 2016 by Mayor Betsy Hodges, who called his assignment a "wonderful sign of building trust and community policing at work." He has two open complaints, from 2017 and 2016. 

Noor's lawyer presented the usual official line - "He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers." 

According to local NBC affiliate KARE's sources, Noor shot across his partner, who was "stunned." 

Minneapolis Police Department Chief Janeé Harteau said on Twitter that she "acknowledged the pain and frustration that family and community members" felt after the shooting. 

Noor has lawyered up and has declined to be interviewed at this time, ​

May 7, 2017 - UPDATE                                                              WAIT !     IT'S NOT OVER

Pursuant to my FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST, I received Maria Mitchell's pay records. Contrary to what was reported on the Court Records, Maria Mitchell WAS NOT SICK on October 24. 

The "PUBLIC DEFENDER'S" OFFICE LIED TO THE COURT. ISN'T THAT A FELONY ?

Any lawyers in Hennepin County want to handle a lawsuit ? I'll pay expenses.