Opinion By Jan Bergemann
President, Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.
July 18, 2007
the scenario: Owners try to hold a peaceful assembly -- as guaranteed by
the Florida Statutes -- to decide whether or not they want to recall their
association board. (Owners
claim that the board members are puppets of Ray McDonald, the employed
manager of the community.) One of the main reasons to recall: Alleged
financial mischief -- money seems to be missing and the owners have been
refused access to the financial records for many months. Complaints to the
DBPR didn't do any good!
meeting was noticed -- as required by law -- and the signs outside the
room clearly indicated: "Owners
Only!" The owners even hired a security guard to make sure that
only owners had access. All was working according to Florida Statutes --
until Panama Beach Police Officer Donald Nichols showed up. Then the chaos
started that left two owners injured and one owner in jail!
McDonald had different ideas about an "Owners Only" meeting (quote):
"I am the community manager, I can come anywhere I
want!" With the help of Panama City Beach Police Officer
Donald Nichols (quote): " I'm not allowed in here, AM I?
You're gonna stop ME?" McDonald bullies his way into the meeting
room, injuring two owners and having Nichols arrest an owner who happened
to stand in his way. Officer Nichols continued to bully the mostly elderly
owners by threatening an elderly lady: "You stand in my way, you're going to jail too!"
to add insult to injury: PCBPD Lt. Jeffrey Heath refused to take statements of the
injured owners trying to file a complaint at the station later this
afternoon saying: The only report that would be
written would be by officer Nichols!
this is what the Panama City Beach Police Department understands as "To
Protect And Serve" it is absolutely no surprise why Panama City
Beach has the nickname "Red
CONDO BUST and the reaction of Lt.
Jeffrey Heath is a sure indication what this Department is all about!
Donald Nichols + CAM Ray McDonald
I'm not allowed in here, AM I?
gonna stop ME?"
OFC Donald Nichols
"You stand in my way,
you're going to jail too!"
we are just in the middle of a serious debate about property taxes, we
might consider that it's not even a serious threat if county and city
commissioners threaten that they have to let go of police officers if they
have to further reduce the taxes. Considering the service we citizens
receive from police officers like Donald Nichols, it might even be a great
idea? Because without his interference -- what did he do in a private
building in the first place since there was no report of criminal activity
-- law-abiding citizens wouldn't have been hurt! Don't forget, without the
back-up of Officer Nichols CAM
McDonald, who is coincidentally a former police officer himself, would
have never dared to bully his way into an Owners Only meeting! A thorough
investigation is definitely necessary, because there is obviously more to
the "Condo Bust" then what we saw on the video!