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View Diary: Charlie Grapski jailed since Oct. 12 with no bond (227 comments)

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  •  Alachua County Today article is just POLICE LIES (0+ / 0-)

    c obviously places far too much credence in a local weekly rag that is little more than a mouthpiece for the Good Ole Boy network and the developers. He clearly has no respect for Charlie's right to a fair trial or a competent defense.

    Listen up. The last time Charlie was arrested in Alachua, ON THE SAME CHARGES, BY THE SAME OFFICER, (and also under orders by Clovis Watson) was on February 12, 2007. Jernigan LIED on the arrest report and accused Charlie of Resisting Arrest With Violence and Battery on a LEO. This was after dragging him out of a city commission meeting and threatening to Taser him for going limp (only the intervention of witnesses and a video camera prevented the Taser from being fired). There was a video of the entire meeting and the arrest, proving that a) there was no legitimate reason for the eviction from the meeting and the arrest, and b) that Chief Jernigan committed perjury on the arrest mittimus when he claimed that Grapski committed the crimes.

    The State Attorney's Office was given sworn statements by witnesses and a copy of the video. Instead of tossing out the charges and investigating the criminal conspiracy by Watson, Jernigan and other Alachua officials, the SAO kept the charges pending for over six months, during which time Grapski was prevented from attending meetings under his bond conditions. The charges were only dropped after Jernigan made up new charges.

    The story cited by c in the Alachua County Today is full of false statements by police. He was set up in the jail to be pepper sprayed in the shower, the only place in the jail where there are no security cameras. The "attack" on the guards consisted of involuntary convulsions suffered by Grapski from being repeatedly pepper sprayed in the face as he lie prone and handcuffed on the floor, surrounded by six guards. He couldn't even see. It was probably just routine payback for his "assault" on the APD officers earlier in the day (the original arrest) and a "welcome" to the jail.

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