OVERVIEW: (A note from Gene)
The following evidence being provided to a Merced County Grand Jury gives insight as to HOW the police used a “slight of hand” to initiate a cover up of a crime against me, Gene Forte, publisher of the Badger Flats Gazette. Why would they cover up death threats to a publisher?
Well, there are a myriad of reasons for a number of accomplices/co-conspirators, each trying to protect their own butts. But, in order to protect their own butts, they also had to protect the butt of then Mayor Tommy Jones who did something really stupid.
I’m alleging that after I got Jones busted by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for his breaking conflict interest laws (taking bribes), and my publishing that Jones was arrested for crack cocaine, Jones (now ex-Mayor Tommy Jones) issued death threats to me through a minor in retaliation for it.
The FPPC found Mayor Tommy Jones guilty of breaking conflict of interest laws on January 14, 2010 based on Forte’s complaint to them. (It certainly would have been difficult for them to find him not guilty, even though they tried initially, when he admitted it himself!)
Forte receives the death threats on February 24, 2010 from Anthony Donaldson who signed his name to them, saying he was going to harm Forte for his teacher, Mayor, and close family friend, Tommy Jones.
After Forte files police report with LB police officer Llanez, he calls the police department at 8:18pm to check on it and informs them he wants the police to make an arrest that night. At 9:08pm, Forte sends a fax letter to LB Officer Bowling again requesting immediate arrest and checking on the status. He also calls and leaves a message for Bowling with additional information on where to find Donaldson, and follows up with a fax giving the LBPD a copy of the death threats at 9:25pm.
At 10:48pm, Officer Bowling informs Forte in a telephone conversation that he will not arrest Bates per Commander Brizzee despite acknowledging that the threats constituted a Penal Code 422 (sometimes called a “terrorist threat”). Forte confirms such in a fax to Bowling at 10:55pm quoting the exact Penal Code 422 words. Forte faxes Bowling suggestions on how to locate Bates, informing him that he should contact Mayor Jones.
At 11:10pm, Forte calls and talks to dispatch Officer Kate Strauch to ask if Bowling got his faxes. At 12:15am, Officer Bowling calls Forte and admits that it is a felony investigation (not a 653m misdemeanor as Townsley reported in the police report), but that an investigative officer will investigate the incident in the morning.
The above evidence shows that Forte reported, adamantly, that the death threats constituted a violation of Penal Code 422, that he absolutely and unequivocally wanted Anthony Donaldson immediately arrested, and that Commander Brizzee instructed Officer Bowling not to go arrest Donaldson, so they did not, thus completing the first step in covering up the death threats by Jones and/or his minions.
The incident police report by Officer Townsley contains perjury as to what Townsley states Forte informed the officers regarding Donaldson’s violation of the Penal Code. In his police report, Townsley states, “FORTE REQUESTED TO FILE CHARGES FOR THE THREATS IN VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE 653M. DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE VIOLATION IS A MISDEMEANOR [DONALDSON] WAS TURNED OVER TO THE CUSTODY OF THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION.”
It is a felony to lie on a police report. And yes, it was a lie.
A lie was inserted between the last conversation between Forte and LB Officer Bowling on February 24, 2010 and LB Officer Townsley on February 25, 2010 at 9:00am. Was it Bowling, Commander Gary Brizzee (now Chief Brizzee), ex-Chief Knapp, or Townsley? Or were there other public official players in the background?
Where did the lie come from? Certainly, Forte said nothing about Penal Code 653M, a misdemeanor. (A 653M involves an “intent to annoy” or harass whereas Penal Code 422 is a threat of death or great bodily harm.)
Someone kept Donaldson from being arrested, kept Donaldson from having pressure put on him to tell the truth, and ultimately protected him and those adults potentially behind him.