We had planned to run our customary Friday Ruminations, until we saw the story in the Buffalo News today related to the use of "silent dispatch" by the Niagara County Sheriff's Department. As you may recall, we posted a detailed story earlier this week related to the practice and touched on the problems associated with the use of silent dispatch.
At the end of the post earlier this week, we stated that we had a seven page document written by a member of the New York State Police detailing the pratfalls of silent dispatch and we were deciding how to proceed next. After some of the mainstream media picked up our story and ran with it, we figured our role was done, and there was no need to post the document.
That changed when we read current Sheriff candidate James Voutour, a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, tell a bold-faced lie to the Buffalo News. The Buffalo News story states, "Voutour, chief deputy in the Sheriff’s Office, says the agency doesn’t engage in silent dispatching and that Palmer has manufactured the issue...", adding "“It’s ridiculous.”
Now, you may not know about the practice of silent dispatch, you might not like the practice, you might not condone the practice, you might not believe in the practice, but goddamit, do not stand there and tell me a god damn lie like I'm a complete idiot.
Voutour accuses candidate Ernest Palmer of "manufacturing" the issue. For the record, the numbers on each individual occurence on the report start with a date, all of which pre-date either of the current Sheriff candidates, virtually decimating the point of Palmer manufacturing the issue since neither of them were candidates when this was written. The document, minus identifying markings:
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