SLED Fails Again
Just as we clicked the “publish” button on our last article we were notified of a piece over at Jive 5 news about the SLED investigation into Hanahan PD. The P & C also has a story up. As we expected, the SLED investigation and the 9th Circuit Solicitor have failed to do what should have been done. As usual, a SLED investigation into dirty deals in Berkeley County has yielded absolutely nothing. Does that agency have any shred of credibility left when a group of citizens can conduct a more thorough, detailed investigation anonymously than they can in person?
Let’s run though the alleged results of that SLED investigation and call out those who deserve to be called out. Remember that 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson asked for a SLED investigation into Hanahan PD and their handling of the pursuit. We initially suspected that investigation would be directed at either supervisor at HPD who may have instructed officers not charge Wayne DeWitt or at possible intimidation by BCSO. We now know that investigation was requested because of a “conflict” between the initial report and subsequent statements given by one officer.
Let’s deal with Officer Justice Jenkins, formerly Berkeley County Deputy Justice Jenkins. You remember him. He was the one we exposed after he had been in a pretty bad traffic accident in a BCSO patrol car while his drivers license was suspended. We were kind at the time and didn’t name him because he was going through a divorce and having some money troubles. The local media picked up on our story and they did name Jenkins. He left BCSO as a result of that incident. Some say he was fired by DeWitt, others say he resigned. Jenkins was then picked up by Hanahan P.D. after getting his drivers license reinstated.
We again tried to given Jenkins the benefit of the doubt when the DeWitt story broke, even in light of his piss poor tactics and officer safety practices. We won’t make that mistake again. Is he that timid in every situation? Jenkins seems to think everyone else is stupid and will buy into his ridiculous claims. Let’s review them.
On the night of December 28th a pickup truck blew by Jenkins on North Rhett Avenue. Jenkins gave chase. Here is the video again.
Let’s review the timeline:
0:04 Jenkins’ patrol car is almost struck by DeWitt’s truck.
0:16 Jenkins has managed to turn on his blue lights - his front facing blue lights as evidenced by the blue glow on the back of DeWitt’s truck.
0:18 Jenkins has managed to turn his wigwags on.
0:55 Jenkins “bumps” his siren on for a bit.
1:26 Jenkins gives his siren a second bump.
1:53 Jenkins gives his siren a third bump.
2:07 DeWitt finally comes to a stop.
So, for almost two full minutes DeWitt ignored blue lights, wigwags and sirens while he drove on North Rhett Avenue at speeds up to 108 miles per hour, almost running off the road and colliding with other innocent citizens like he had done a few minutes earlier. Jenkins even told dispatchers, “He won’t stop for me.” He also said, “He just blew through the red light. He didn’t even acknowledge the blue lights or anything.” Those are all the signs and elements of the crime of Failure to Stop for Blue Lights.
Well, maybe not an old salt like Justice Jenkins, who has exactly four (4) car chases to his credit, knows better than anyone else. But, what would you expect from someone who doesn’t seem to understand the law about maintaining insurance on his vehicles and having a valid drivers license?
Officer Justice Jenkins, however, made it plain to SLED agents he took issue with this blog pointing out the failure of HPD to charge DeWitt with failure to stop. No, we didn’t call him out personally on that before. We are now, however. Jenkins told SLED agents he “kept a safe distance” from that erratically driven vehicle and didn’t even get close enough to read the tag. Strange. We counted at least six points in that video where he was close enough to read the tag.
Jenkins further explained to SLED agents he was not going to charge the driver of that truck with any criminal offenses even before he knew the driver was Wayne DeWitt and even though he believed the driver failed to stop for him because he was intoxicated. Really? Do you see now why no one wants to hire deputies who leave Berkeley County? Moronic, insipid goofballs like this guy ruin it for the rest of them. Jenkins knows he would have locked up any other drunk driver or hoodrat for that same behavior.
Jenkins suddenly, out of the blue, decided to change his story. We are told he even tried to change the incident report, but was prevented from doing so by a supervisor.
Now, Jenkins would have you believe he submitted a written statement to his attorney, Donald Gamache. A statement that was allegedly done of his own free will. A statement that made him look like an idiot and conflicted with his initial incident report and the in-car video because he was upset about something he read on this blog. You have to wonder what kind of attorney would allow his client to make himself look like a complete and utter fool. Gamache then gleefully took that statement to Chief Cochran of the Hanahan Police Department on January 5th.
You have to wonder what Gamache’s endgame was. It was already apparent HPD had put the onus for laying that failure to stop charge on the shoulders of Scarlett Wilson. There was absolutely nothing to be gained by giving that statement to Chief Cochran. Did they think the Chief would agree to change the official report once he had that statement? Of course, based on Gamache’s statement to Chief Cochran we all know what the endgame was - help Sheriff DeWitt beat the charges.
Chief Cochran is not a stupid guy. He spoke honestly with the SLED agents and told them Gamache said to him, “Wayne really appreciates the way ya’ll are handling this.” Do you get the implication in that? If not, keep reading and we will spell it out for you. Cochrane said he believed there was some type of close relationship between Gamache and DeWitt and the two had spoken about the incident or the written statement from Jenkins. We found that very interesting in light of what we know about both Jenkins and Gamache.
Apparently the local media found in interesting, too, It was so interesting they had to hide certain details from you. Jive 5 News chose to conceal Gamache’s name from you, like it was a big mystery. The Propaganda & Criminals told you the attorney was Donald Gamache, but failed to tell you the bit about what he said to Chief Cochran and the Chief’s impression of the whole situation. Still think you can trust the local media?
Gamache, who represents Justice Jenkins in a Family Court matter, was apparently adamant with the SLED agents that there was “no collusion or discussion among others to entice Jenkins to produce this statement in order to help DeWitt”. Believe that if you want to.
Did SLED bother to investigate the fact that in addition to being Justice Jenkins’ attorney, Gamache is a good friend of Wayne DeWitt? Did they know that Gamache has been telling people he has been helping DeWitt with the “day to day stuff” regarding his recent arrest? Does the fact that Gamache is also a former Berkeley County deputy who worked for DeWitt factor into the equation at all? Oh, and Gamache and DeWitt play the Shriner thing together. None of that is rumor, folks. All of that can be backed up by folks with the personal knowledge, dates and times.
Since DeWitt resigned Gamache has been appearing regularly on the arm of self-professed candidate for Berkeley County sheriff, Marty Housand. Does anyone see that candidacy imploding yet? Gamache has also told a number of people he plans to move back to Berkeley County and run for sheriff himself in four years. The plan was for Wayne DeWitt to help get Gamache elected after what was supposed to be DeWitt’s last term. We guess that plan is out the window.
And you thought the dirty Berkeley County deals ended when DeWitt resigned. Surprise!!
It is absolutely amazing what information comes out of a law enforcement agency when the folks are tired of being treated like crap, are hungry for change and tired of being represented by actions of the idiots among them. BCSO has finally reached that stage. Keep reading.
We happen to know Jenkins owes a ton of money to a certain member of the BCSO command staff. You see, a while back he was about to have a judgement placed against him. South Carolina law prohibits deputies from having judgements or liens. The command staff member loaned Jenkins the money to clear that pending judgement. The word amongst members of BCSO is that particular command staff member had a hand in using that loan as leverage against Jenkins to obtain this written statement in favor of DeWitt. Did SLED bother to investigate any of that? Apparently not.
We have to wonder why SLED and the 9th Circuit Solicitor have chosen to overlook all of this information that is readily available to anyone with the desire to seek it out. Hell, most if it was sent to us weeks ago with no solicitation at all. We have been sitting on the information waiting to see if any additional charges, indictments or ethics violations for things like witness tampering or obstruction of justice resulted from the SLED investigation.
Yeah, we know, we have to squash all that optimism when it comes to all things Berkeley County or 9th Circuit. We were thinking the SC Bar might be interested in the details of this case, but we doubt Scarlett Wilson has the moxie or the will to do what needs to be done. Well, that and the fact that lawyers tend to look out for one another and sweep those questionable deeds under the rug.
Now we know SLED is incompetent and the 9th Circuit Solicitor doesn’t have the balls to follow through. Trust us on this folks, if the information was sent to us, you can be assured those tasked with investigating all of this (SLED, Wilson) are aware of it, too. They just chose not to do anything about it.
Now you know.