When the elected sheriff of New Hanover County decided to pull the plug on the mutual aid agreement he had with the City he did more than retaliate for a perceived slight of professional courtesy, the sheriff has perhaps placed one or more of his patrol deputies and/or his warrant squad in serious jeopardy by taking away the badge of those who may be close to them when they are in an emergency situation.
Normally who would care less about jurisdiction and poaching. Fighting crime is the name of the game and the more good guys the better. And when the City is making round trip after round trip back and forth to the jail, sooner or later someone is going to need a little assistance. As the county did over 300 times during the mutual aid agreement's history. But now when a WPD officer stops he will have no more authority than any Joe Citizen.
Sheriff Sid Causey made several remarks after his golf outing Monday that left many of us who know a thing or two shaking our heads. I believe one such remark made to WWAY-TV3 was that "we are stepping all over each other, duplicating services" ....
Ahem, you mean like the helicopter? You were offered that Sid and refused it, had to get your own little eggbeater to putt-putt across the sky in. Didn't want to play with the others now did you. It's OK to admit it Sid, you are scared of others. They are out to get you right?
People, Sheriff Causey is so concerned about the newspaper and this show that he went to the County Commissioners to complain. I don't mean in private, by phone call or email. I mean he stood up at a public meeting and for the record said we are out to get him.
Actually let me quote him:
"(Marc Benson) is out to take over the sheriff's office and I will do everything in my power to see that he doesn't"
A coup d'tat? Storm the administration offices, seize the jail, rockets red glare!
I'm telling you the man has some serious issues. And nothing confirms that better than Causey, again opening his foolish mouth on TV saying that Chief Evangelous may think he is king of this county but Causey assures us all that he is still King.
When I asked Commissioner Bill Caster why Causey did what he did Caster replied, "This has been something that has been going on with him since the Chief Cease days."
Well, not really Commissioner Caster. This has been going on since Causey withdrew from the DEA task force, since Causey went down to Tampa to steal money from a drug trafficker, this has been going on since Causey saw to it that his drug unit was isolated and locked up tighter than any black ops hit squad.
Causey has been rouge since the night he got stuck in the sands of Ft Fisher, since he took it upon himself to become a deputy rather than go to jail or fight in Vietnam.
Even those closest to him, his ex-wives and those with whom he has separated himself from have seen that there is no reason or rhyme to his madness. He is obsessed with revenge and with his anger and contempt raging as it is now, he has hurt those that have sacrificed the most, his troops, the men and women serving under him, his authority, by leaving them without effective assistance.
Earlier this year we saw him turn on Deputy Chris Long by firing him for shooting the unarmed teenager Peyton Strickland. Then we hear he has dipped into his campaign fund to help pay Deputy Long's household expenses, and work to develop, with his recently hired PR man Ilario Pantano, a golf tournament fund raiser to aid Long. Even going so far as saying that the tournament is tax deductible when it definitely is not. This is not charity, this is an insurance policy, something Causey can't afford not to have.
By drawing a heavy line on the border separating city from county the Sheriff has made a sanctuary for all criminals, particularly drug dealers. Drug dealers operating in the city will be safe out in the county. Statistics alone prove that. The sheriff's office rarely make the arrests other drug agencies make in this State. By the drug dealers keeping their stash outside city limits they almost guarantee their money, their weapons and drugs are safe.
But let us all hope that someday a deputy serving a warrant for failure to appear or a bad check doesn't stumble on a fortified drug lair and need backup in order to stay alive. Who's he going to call? Sadly it won't be the Wilmington Police Department, Causey saw to that when he said in his letter dissolving the Mutual Aid Agreement, "not even in cases of emergency. "
We all hope those words, like many others that have their way out of Causey's mouth, don't cause anyone any pain and suffering.