Thursday, November 26, 2020

Lawsuit: JPD Commander Pointed a Loaded Pistol at Detective's Head

 A federal lawsuit claims a JPD supervisor pointed a loaded pistol at the head of a female detective when she asked him about an investigation.  Martha Dee sued Commander (Ret.) Donald Gater, JPD Chief James Davis, and the city of Jackson for sex discrimination and excessive force yesterday in U.S. District Court.  The complaint states: 

 7.          On April 2, 2019, while dressed in his JPD uniform on the third floor of JPD’s headquarters, Commander Gater pulled his service weapon out of his holster and pointed the weapon directly at the head of JPD detective Dee.   Gater approached Dee and Detective Bruce Triplett in JPD headquarters as they were preparing to investigate whether a body found in Madison Parish,  Louisiana was the body of a person murdered in Jackson, Mississippi.

8.          Dee did nothing to provoke Gater to pull his service weapon out and point it at her forehead.   Gater asked a question about the investigation.   Dee responded to Gater’s question.   After pulling his service weapon out and pointing it at Dee’s forehead, Gater told Dee he was not  talking to her.   When Dee responded to Gater’s question, she was not engaging in any criminal  conduct and had not engaged in any conduct that would have caused Gater to believe he needed to  protect himself from violence or that Dee had engaged in criminal conduct.

9.         Immediately after the incident, Dee informed her supervisor, JPD Sergeant Terry Dismuke that Gater without any provocation or legal justification pulled his loaded service  revolver out and pointed it directly at her forehead.   Prior to the April 2, 2019 incident with Dee, Gater had been disciplined for attempting to establish a personal relationship with one of his female subordinates, striking a suspect who was in handcuffs, and directing another officer to arrest  a Jackson Public School District teacher who had not been afforded a due process hearing as required by MCA § 99-3-28.

 The complaint accuses JPD of going easy on wayward cops and cites specific examples. 

Ms. Dee claims Chief James Davis suspended her.  No supervisor reported Gater to Internal Affairs.  Ms. Dee took it upon herself to do so.  Mr. Gater eventually retired.  She alleges she was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation while Gater escaped such treatment. 

The complaint charges the defendants with sex discrimination, unlawful seizure and excessive force, and disability discrimination. 

Attorney Lisa Ross represents Ms. Dee. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan, III.  The lawsuit asks for reinstatement, back pay, economic damages, and punitive damages. 



Anonymous said...

The tip-of-the-iceberg.

Anonymous said...

Not doubting any of the happened, but I don't know of any LEO still carrying a revolver as their duty weapon.
" pulled his loaded service revolver out and pointed it "

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Anonymous said...

By peddling this crap story and others like it, you are trying to bring down law and order in Jackson. Didn’t take you to be a defund the police type Kingfish but here you are doing your best to destroy our city for good. Just do a little “investigative reporting” Mr wannabe journalist and you’ll learn just how full of crap and how toxic this former troublemaking crazy female employee is. Your blog is nothing but crap and I hope you have a sh*t Thanksgiving and get Corona.

Kingfish said...

Ah yes. And when the tv stations and Clarion-Ledger cover the story and I don't, y'all will be on here accusing me of covering up for JPD. What's a honkey to do?

Anonymous said...

How much money has the city of Jackson paid out in sexual law suits...form police to mayors office, etc...?

Anonymous said...

KF - stay the course! @9:49 AM and @9:43 AM obviously have agendas.

Anonymous said...

9:43- you clearly do not know Lisa Ross-

Anonymous said...

There is nothing Kingfish can do to harm law and order in Jackson that can compare to what law and order are doing to its self. It isn't the reporter's duty to decide the validity of the report but to report what facts are available. If you want more than that stay with the gaslighting of the mainstream media or get in touch with 9:43. He seems to be working that gaslighting hard.

Anonymous said...

Lisa Ross is one step above Abby Robinson and Carlos the clown

Anonymous said...

people like @9:49 are what's wrong with this country. By simply reporting a story of an alleged criminal activity by an officer (not the entire PD) KF is now a part of the defund the police movement and obviously hates cops. That logic is ridiculous. Welcome to the NWO, where cops have supreme authority and we are never allowed to question or be critical of their actions, no matter how criminal or unethical.

Anonymous said...

" while dressed in his JPD uniform"

So . . . ( as allegations go) . . . if out of uniform, I guess it wouldn't have been as bad.

To quote a former Hinds County Sheriff, "smells like ass".
I'm not being vulgar, only thinking about the history of that City/County.

Anonymous said...

Former Chief Robert Johnson will be running for Mayor in next election! He was an outstanding leader in law enforcement and for the overall best interest of citizens & city! For the working people and safety being first concern this is a prayer!

Anonymous said...

How much does this lawsuit or type of lawsuit pay?

Moogan and Moogan said...

'...forced to undergo a psychological evaluation' for answering a question that was not specifically addressed to her. No matter how 'crazy' she might be, she will rack up on punitive. Her only mistake was in not seeking psychological help following this incident. With the right file notes, that would double the punitive damages.

Anonymous said...

8:16 pm


Anonymous said...

" while dressed in his JPD uniform" So . . . ( as allegations go) . . . if out of uniform, I guess it wouldn't have been as bad.

No, dipwad...It establishes the fact that he was on-duty in a city supplied uniform acting (supposedly) in the performance of his duties as an employee of the municipality.

Enjoy your Waffle House breakfast!

A Bohunk Will Survive said...

Kingfish: You used the term Honkey. I rushed to my search engine to see if you had perhaps misspelled it, only to find that honkey is an acceptable spelling of honky. I also learned (and didn't know this), that it derives from a slur toward a 'factory hand' or 'bohunk'.

I'm white, worked in a factory many eons ago and I do like Bocephus, so I reckon I qualify.

Thanks for challenging me to improve.

Anonymous said...

Jackson spends more money settling lawsuits brought against its city workers and elected officials than it does repairing deteriorating roads and streets.

Maybe the potholes should run for some of these political offices.

I mean, what’s the difference?

Anonymous said...

Attorney Lisa Ross is the best female lawyer in the State of Mississippi, and wears the shortest skirts in the courtroom. She is HOTT!!

Anonymous said...

4:44 is probably that 77 year old bailiff who's clutching his chest when she sashays through the swinging gate. I do hope he has his pill-bottle in his vest pocket.

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