Monday, April 27, 2009

Crisler's shooting: What is the REST of the story?










Clarion-Ledger Stories from 1993

Jackson Mayoral candidate (and alleged front-runner) Marshand Crisler makes the point to remind us in his current advertising he was shot in the line of duty. On his website he states:
"In 1992, he was honorably discharged from the US Marines and joined the Hinds County Sheriff's Department as a narcotics investigator where he had several assignments as a contract agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the FBI and DEA. In 1993, he received the distinguished meritorious award for valor for acts of courage and being shot in the line of duty." Campaign website His current mailout highlights his shooting in the bullet points.

While I disagree with using this as a campaign ploy, if Mr. Crisler is going to use his shooting (notice no wound is mentioned) in his advertising, it's time to more closely examine what exactly happened in the Hinds County Sheriff's Narcotics unit back in the early 1990s.

The only record located which reports an officer being shot in 1993 was during the service of a warrant by the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. But that is only part of the story.

In 1993, the federal government prosecuted the head of the HCSO Narc unit, Captain Danny Woods, who was Crisler's boss. Law enforcement sources (and corroborated a good deal by the attached articles above) have told JJ they went to serve a warrant. A deputy was shot as they apparently dressed up in their ninja suits, wore bulletproof vests, and served the no-knock warrant on the wrong home (see p.8 of attachment) according to sources. In the stories linked above, McMillin refused to name the deputy shot. In this case and another one, several members of the narc unit were accused of some shenanigans, as they were prosecuted by the federal government for allegedly planting drugs on suspects.

The Clarion-Ledger reported:
"Scott Turner, who pleaded guilty Jan.6 to a charge of conspiring to violate the civil rights of an arrested man, said former narcotics unit Capt. Danny Woods put crack cocaine in a matchbox found during an April 23 arrest and tampered with drug evidence in a second case.
Turner, 28, of XXX, said federal prosecutors have agreed not to charge him in the second evidence-tampering incident "and in a case where my partner was shot and I lied about where the evidence was found." (Kingfish note: The case resulting in the conviction of Woods and Turner was not the one where a deputy was shot. They are two different cases but Turner admits to evidence tampering in both.)
"I stated the evidence was found in the defendant's right front pocket," Turner said, describing the shooting. "The defendant in that case did not possess crack cocaine. All he did was shoot my partner in the chest."
The shooting occurred April 2 at Metro Manor Apartments... The deputy, whose name was not made public, was wearing a bullet-resistant vest. The vest deflected the bullet."
Turner said he pleaded guilty because he knowingly put false information on the evidence tag, an affidavit, and an arrest warrant."

Woods was indicted by a federal grand jury with two counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of possession of crack cocaine, and one count of conspiracy to violate a person's civil rights. Woods was convicted of the possession charge and acquitted of the the rest of the charges despite testimony from two cops that he planted drugs in Lowe's possession.

However, what does this has to do with Crisler? Crisler was on the same narc unit at the time. McMillin refused to identify the officer who was shot and it was the officer's partner who was involved in framing several suspects. Several questions must be asked:

1. Was Crisler the deputy shot in the raid?
2. Was the person who shot Crisler ever charged for the shooting?
3. Were any other officers besides Woods, Turner, and Saxton present when the events concerning the evidence took place?
4. Why were charges against Lowe dropped?

It is understandable why Mac refused to identify the deputy. As this scandal brewed, the officers named were from different agencies. If there was more than one of Mac's deputies involved, then this looks not like a case of a bad apple in the Sheriff's office but a problem involving the entire narc unit. However, if Crisler is going to advertise his shooting then we have a right to know about the circumstances surrounding his shooting and if it was the same incident reported by Beverly Pettigrew-Kraft 16 years ago in the Clarion-Ledger. To paraphrase a Watergate era quote: “What did Marshand Crisler know about this event, and when did he know it?”

27 comments:

Schizo said...

Damn, Kingfish. You're good at hunting up the story behind the story. Have you ever thought about taking it up as a job rather than a hobby?

Anonymous said...

If the tepid campaigns of the other candidates don't run with this then they don't want to win very badly. Great job KF! You continue to do the stories the other local media are too timid to pursue.

stilettoGOP said...

My my my.. Something tells me there are indeed a few raised eyebrows in the bold new city today..

Anonymous said...

The more we see the greater the stink that radiates around McMillin.

Anonymous said...

From what I hear there are a number of retired officers and military alike that are not happy with Crisler constantly pulling the "I took a bullet for you, dear Public!"

Kuddo's, JJ for this! I'm sending this to everyone I know.

Kingfish said...

The campaigns have actually been pretty weak to be honest.

elPresidenteBF said...

To all the Crisler supporting idiots in Jackson.

Screw you and your BS to lay the crime blame again on Harvey Johnson. That dog wasn't hunting in 2005.

Crime was higher under Kane Ditto. Crime was higher under Frank Melton.

Murder rate was FIFTH HIGHEST EVER when McMillin was Chief.

Top Years for Jackson Murder:
1995 = 92
1994 = 91
1993 = 84
1991 = 76
2008 = 73 (Increased 57% vs 2007)
1996 = 67

McMillin's Record
Jackson Crime
First 6 Months 2008:
================
Property Crime = Increased
Robbery = Decreased
Arson = Increased 325%
Murder = Increased
Aggravated Assault = Increased
Burglary = Increased
Larceny = Increased
Motor Vehicle Theft = Increased
Rape = Decreased

Marshand Crisler is like a balloon. Thin skinned; nothing but air inside.

Michael said...

Was Crisler a Pogue or a Grunt in the USMC?

Anonymous said...

I wonder why you didn't call Crisler's campaign or McMillin, and only rely on "a source" for your story? Considering I have an idea who that source is, I have to say you are really stretching on this one.

Who gets credit for really getting the convention center? Harvey or Horhn? They both like to beat each other up with the "I" did the hard work behind the scenes. Still waiting on someone to cover this story? But I guess when you are the apparent leader.....

Anonymous said...

What would he ask, stickface? Did you actually get shot with a bulletproof vest on while your partner admittedly claimed there was crack in the pocket of a citizen, when there wasn't, on whom law enforcement inadvertently (or not) wrongfully conducted a no-knock warrant search? So "meritorious award for valor for acts of courage and being shot in the line of duty" when it occurred when a wrongful no-knock warrant search was conducted, the person whose house is wrongfully subject to a no-knock warrant search shoots for whatever reason (self-defense (perceived or otherwise) or more sinister), and law enforcement claims crack cocaine is located on the person on whose house was wrongfully searched?

Anonymous said...

The man DEFINES the two words "empty suit". There is NOTHING TO this person. No substance AT ALL. NOTHING.

Kingfish said...

welcome back, Donna. You run your paper the way you want and i'll run my blog the way I want.

At least when I covered the Fisher story I had all the facts and didnt' try to pimp two thieves.

Schizo said...

Ms. Ladd trolling on Internet boards under the headline "anonymous"? Surely you don't mean it, Kingfish. It's enough to give one the vapors just thinking about it.

Kingfish said...

go back and look at my scoop when I posted Ed Peters was served and read the comments.

Anonymous said...

How 'bout a link?

Anonymous said...

I didn't know they had bulletproof vest for your leg? Wow Kingfish is the man!

Anonymous said...

King,

Here's where you need to finish your investigation. Want to really know why McMillin is OWED BIG TIME by McCrisler...check with Jim Ingram and see if he'll open up with you about rejecting McCrisler after they were going to hire him at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Seems while they were doing the background check they saw the Civil Rights violations by the "unnamed, but shot" deputy and others indicted.

Check it out...that's when McMillin apparently picked him up...no one else would.

Anonymous said...

I am not a Chrisler fan but you have your facts a little wrong. He was not on a raid with Danny Woods that was another screw up. Crisler was chasing a suspect who ran into an apartment, when the door was kicked in he was shot once in the chest with a .380 pistol. Body armor saved his life. Body armor that he put on 10 minutes prior to the shooting. I do not think he should use the shooting for politics, but that's the way it is. I'm sure nobody reading this has ever been in those shoes before. I have and I would not use it.

Anonymous said...

Whether you are shot with a bullet proof vest on or shot in the head, you were shot! I doubt anyone on here would volunteer to be shot with body armor on. I sure would like to know the real facts and not the guessing game from this story. Usually KF is better than this!

Kingfish said...

If you reread the story I didn't say he was on a raid with Woods.

I'm just asking if the deputy in these stories who was shot is Crisler. If he's going to drag that out as campaign material then its reasonable to seek more details.

Anonymous said...

Crisler's hard-line on crime mailer sent to NE Jackson says he "Took a bullet in the line of duty as a narcotics officer fighting crime for Hinds County". It is really simple, isn't it? Crisler wants to appear tough and dedicated on crime, so tough and so dedicated to the effort that he even "took a bullet". He wants people to believe he made the next-to-ultimate sacrifice by being wounded by the bullet in his body. Where was he hit? What were the circumstances? HCSO Deputies are not shot everyday. Where are the newspaper headlines?

Anonymous said...

If you are just "asking" then why didn't you ask before you posted this hit piece. The only reason you worte this is to smear Crisler without having to do the hard work of asking McMillin or Crisler just in case you are wrong. Which from what I hear you are off base on this one. I give you credit you uncover some good stuff out there in Jacktown, but I am disappointed that you went this far on this one without more facts. It may ultimately be true; but, it doesn't make the way you are going about it right.

Leg or Chest? said...

Crisler did it to himself.

Typical of the NEJammers to shoot the messenger when caught pushing bullshit. Will Crisler be at the NEJammers convention (aka SafeCity fundraiser) next Monday night at Highland Village? Do you think he could show us his scar?

Schizo said...

King,

Your work's not being ignored. Talked to a source today who says this story and your blog is being tossed around the WLBT newsroom. Plug away.

Anonymous said...

Schizo why don't you pen some stuff for JJ? I remember very well that you've got things to say.

Schizo said...

I'm out of that biz for now. I like to comment on boards but that's about it.

Kingfish said...

HA!

WLBT confirmed my entire story. See, my sources were real good.

If the Kingfish tells you the sky is purple, don't look, its purple.

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