Deputy Says Criminal Activity, Corruption, Rampant within Sheriff’s Office Command
As the all-on-assault on Freedom of Speech continues against RNRF, we’ve begun to receive an overwhelming number of supportive emails, letters, and social media comments from viewers, many of which work in local law enforcement. Unfortunately, we cannot reveal their identities because they would run the risk of instant unemployment.
In the last few weeks I [Tom Lemons] have been harassed, threatened and stalked relentlessly by a certain group of Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Dawn Center supporters, because we are on the cusp of exposing corruption like none that has ever been seen in this county before. The closer we get, the more vicious the attacks become. In recent weeks, I have been investigated for crimes of the most frivolous nature, which after further investigation, turn out to be criminal activity perpetrated by the persons making false allegations. However, when we make a counter-claim against those individuals, they are suddenly dropped without explanation.
Because of those unusual circumstances, we have contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate these suspicious activities. Unfortunately, we cannot comment on the investigation at this time.
To exemplify the incredible support of law enforcement who work among the criminal element within the upper echelon of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, I give you one of the most encouraging and inspiring letters I’ve ever received. Again, I cannot divulge that person’s identity for obvious reason.
In the coming weeks, maybe less, you will receive a full expose’ into unethical, and most likely, illegal activity perpetrated by the top law enforcement officers in Hernando County. At that time, you will receive the name or names of deputies who are willing to come forward.
Op-Ed, Anonymous Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy
I cannot disclose my name, I cannot disclose my position, but I can tell you I am an employee of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
It is a shame to see what is being done to you [Tom Lemons]. I have seen it all too often in my career at the Sheriff’s Office. If someone challenges anything, right or wrong, the “green light” is given to do anything and everything to destroy that person. At the Sheriff’s Office, certain people in the command staff believe they are above the law. They pick and choose the policies and laws they enforce to make it work for them to satisfy their agenda, even if it involves a criminal act.
When you speak, you speak for US, you are our only voice. You says the things we cannot say, for fear that what is happening to you will also happen to us. It’s not a farce, we have ALL seen it happen, even if no one will openly admit it. Anyone who has been employed with this agency for any amount of time knows that if the command staff “doesn’t like” you, a target is drawn on your back. You get disciplined for things that are common practice. If you fight it, if you show them proof that it IS the norm, it changes nothing, because they cannot be wrong. They tarnish the best; they praise the ones who follow their questionable leadership style.
I can honestly say that if S.O. employees were permitted their first amendment rights, their right to free speech without the fear of retaliation, you would not be standing alone. A large number of deputies would not only be backing you, but also applauding your efforts to expose the truth behind this agency.
I recently learned of a report that you attempted to file. The manner in which that report was investigated was unethical, to say the least. If you were any other victim, the case would have been rejected by supervisors, or the deputy would have been reprimanded for the lack of effort put into the investigation before attempting to close it. Their refusal to investigate your allegation of a crime is appalling, and it undoubtedly comes from a rank well above that of the rank of the originating deputy. When deputies arrive on a scene, they are taught not to be biased. They are taught to investigate every case as if the victim was their own family member, regardless of that victim’s history. In your case, the investigation was, in law enforcement jargon, “blown off”.
Many people don’t like cops, because they do things with which others don’t agree. Your job is no different. Minus a few innocent discrepancies, you post the truth. The truth in which an unfortunate amount of people refuse to accept. Pull almost any employee aside, ones who are not followers of an intimidation-based leadership style, and most, if trusting enough, will tell you that you are, more often than not, correct.
I hope all your followers realize one thing: without your reporting, they are not only hurting you, they are hurting the integrity of an agency that is already to the point of corruption, and they are hurting the Sheriff’s Office employees who suffer for the Sheriff’s political gain.
I can only hope that one day, those who have been treated as you have been treated, will stand up for what is right, as you have always done.
Thank you, Mr. Lemons, for being our voice.
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