Archive for February, 2018

Affidavits Filed With Milwaukee County Ethics Board Claiming Supervisor Peggy West Didn’t Personally Circulated Some Nominations Papers To Get On Election Ballot

Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office conflict of interest raised, since District Attorney John Chisholm endorsed Supervisor West who is facing allegations by multiple nomination paper signers that indicated in signed affidavits that she didn’t circulate some nomination papers as she claimed.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

February 28, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Wednesday, Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, candidate for the Milwaukee County Supervisor 12th District filed multiple affidavits with the Milwaukee County Ethics Board in a complaint alleging that Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West who is running for re-election in the Milwaukee County Supervisor 12th District actually didn’t circulate multiple nomination papers to get on the April 3rd Spring Election Ballot. The Milwaukee County Ethics Board will send a copy of the filed complaint to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission in Madison and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for review to investigate whether Supervisor West fraudulently filed some nomination papers in question that she certified as circulating the papers and collected each signature, which multiple signers in affidavits have claimed she did not.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office (MCDAO) has at least 10 days to notify Ortiz-Velez, if the MCDAO will review the complaint or have another County district attorney’s office review the complaint. The Wisconsin Department of Justice would be the last option to investigate the complaint filed by Ortiz-Velez, if the MCDAO and other county district attorney offices won’t review the complaint due to any conflict of interest.
According to the filed complaint, in January, Ortiz-Velez, who is challenging West in the Spring Election noticed discrepancies in West’s certified nomination papers and sent an email to Stephanie L. Hunnicutt, Personnel Review Board and Ethics Board Administrator and the Milwaukee County Election Commission detailing the discrepancies and requesting an investigation. Ortiz-Velez at the time couldn’t verify the alleged discrepencies, but later was able to get multiple signed and notarized affidavits from West’s nomination paper signers indicating Supervisor West didn’t circulate the papers, but other unidentified persons did and didn’t sign the nomination papers as the person circulating them as required by state law.
The discrepancies happened at several locations in the 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District including at the 1800 block of W. Becher Street and at the 500 block of S. Layton Blvd., according to the Ortiz-Velez complaint.
One of the signers in an affidavit confirmed that the person that circulated West’s nomination paper was an “African woman who was thin and young accompanied by a male.” Other signers (OS) confirmed the person circulating West’s nomination papers “was thin and Caucasian” and OS described the person circulating papers having black hair and also spoked fleunt Spanish, but Supervisor West signed and certified that she collected each signature in the nomination papers in question.
Supervisor West posted the following statement on her Friends of Milw. County Supervisor Peggy West, District 12, “For the record specifically at the address 1800 W. Becher, I did pass nomination papers at that location in addition, at that location, I had NO one African American passing papers, I also had no one Caucasian passing papers. I can and did speak to several residents there in Spanish…1800 W. Becher St is a Senior and disabled apartment complex as were at least 3 other addresses I used to collect signatures. It is very possible that residents don’t clearly remember who came to their door to get their signature…”
If in fact, Supervisor West didn’t actually circulate the nomination papers that are in question, she wouldn’t have had enough signatures to get on the ballot.
According to Wisconsin Statue 12.13 (13) (a), falsifying nomination papers by certification is considered a felony punishable up to 3 years and six months in prison with fines up to $10,000.

Update (3/6/2018): The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office (MCDAO) decided not to review filed complaint against Supervisor Peggy West alleging that she didn’t circulated some nomination papers as she claimed due to conflict of interest. MCDA John Chisholm has endorsed West for re-election.
The MCDAO will have ten days to get another county district attorney to review a complaint filed by Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, a candidate challenging West on the April 3rd election ballot.

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Multiple Signed Affidavits Alleged Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West Didn’t Circulate Some Nomination Papers To Get On Election Ballot

West is facing allegations by multiple nomination paper signers that indicated in signed affidavits that she didn’t circulate some nomination papers as she claimed.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

February 26, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West who is running for re-election in the Milwaukee County 12th Supervisor District is facing an allegation that she actually didn’t circulate multiple nomination papers to get in the April 3rd Spring Election Ballot. Candidate Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, who is challenging West in the Spring Election noticed discrepancies in West’s certified nomination papers and sent an email to Stephanie L. Hunnicutt, Personnel Review Board and Ethics Board Administrator and the Milwaukee County Election Commission detailing the discrepancies and requesting an investigation. Ortiz-Velez at the time couldn’t verify the alleged discrepencies, but later was able to get multiple signed and notarized affidavits from West’s nomination paper signers indicating Supervisor West didn’t circulate the papers, but other unidentified persons did and didn’t sign the nomination papers as the person circulating them as required by state law.
The discrepancies happened at several locations in the 12th Milwaukee County Supervisor District including at the 1800 block of W. Becher Street and at the 500 block of S. Layton Blvd., according to Ortiz-Velez.
One of the signers in an affidavit confirmed that the person that circulated West’s nomination paper was an “African woman who was thin and young accompanied by a male.” Other signers (OS) confirmed the person circulating West’s nomination papers “was thin and Caucasian” and OS described the person circulating papers having black hair and also spoked fleunt Spanish, but Supervisor West signed and certified that she collected each signature in the nomination papers in question.
Ortiz-Velez is expected to file the multiple affidavits with the Milwaukee County Election Commission and a complaint with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office alleging that Supervisor West committed fraud by signing multiple nominations papers that she collected each signature when in fact she did not.
If in fact, Supervisor West didn’t actually circulate the nomination papers that are in question, she wouldn’t have enough signatures to get on the ballot.
According to Wisconsin Statue 12.13 (13) (a), falsifying nomination papers by certification is considered a felony punishable up to 3 years and six months in prison with fines up to $10,000.

Supervisor Peggy West posted the following statement on her Friends of Milw. County Supervisor Peggy West, District 12 in response to the article posted in Hispanic News Network U.S.A. “Multiple Signed Affidavits Alleged Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West Didn’t Circulate Some Nomination Papers To Get On Election Ballot”

West’s statement:

Thank you to those of you who contacted me regarding this “blog” post alleging that I did not circulate signature papers which I signed stating that I had.

For the record specifically at the address 1800 W. Becher, I did pass nomination papers at that location in addition, at that location, I had NO one African American passing papers, I also had no one Caucasian passing papers. I can and did speak to several residents there in Spanish.

Here is what the “blog” does not tell you.

1. 1800 W. Becher St is a Senior and disabled apartment complex as were at least 3 other addresses I used to collect signatures. It is very possible that residents don’t clearly remember who came to their door to get their signature.

2. Knowing that, it is possible that the residents are confused & perhaps Supreme Court candidates had people also circulating papers at these addresses.

3. This is ONE of the same tactics my opponent used to discredit me in 2012.

I will close with this. I have not looked at my opponents signatures. I handed my signatures in and so did she and I was stratified with that. I looked forward tp running a race based on the issues and not slinging mud especially because if I had someone bankrolling my campaign to the tune of $28k+ I would seize that opportunity to promote myself & not throw mud at my opponent.

I welcome the opportunity to talk with whoever is necessary to get this straightened out.

Thank you.

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Milwaukee Suicide Jumper From I-94/I-43 High Rise Bridge Identified

The 40-year-old suicide victim who jumped from the I-94/I-43 High Rise bridge near W. National Ave. exit has been identified.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

February 25, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office identified a suicide jumper from the I-94/I-43 High Rise bridge as Michael J. Carter, 40, of Fond du Lac. On Friday, the MCSO around 12:20 p.m. responded to a body located at the 800 block of W. Bruce Street under the I-94/I-43 High Rise freeway bridge. According to the MCSO a vehicle was reported abandoned on southbound I-94/I-43 freeway right distress lane near the W. National Ave. exit. Several witnesses saw Carter jumped off the bridge.
The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) and Milwaukee police also responded. MFD declared Carter deceased at 12:34 p.m. after attempting life saving measures.
The Milwaukee Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene.
A passerby who wanted to remain anonymous managed to take several photos of the MCSO suicide death investigation and sent them to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA).
The MCSO has an ongoing investigation on Carter’s suicide.

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Four Broward County Sheriff Deputies Including Scot Peterson Alegedly Failed To Enter School While Nikolas Cruz Slaughtered 17 Victims

Cowards or just avoiding a death wish?

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

February 25, 2018

Parkland, Florida – At least four Broward County Sheriff deputies including Scot Ralph Peterson, 54, the School Resource Officer (SRO) decided not to enter the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland while Nikolas Jacob Cruz, 19, slaughtered 17 unarmed victims, according to Coral Springs police officers who arrived at scene.
Peterson was behind a concrete pillar with handgun drawn for 4 minutes as Cruz continued to kill students and staff for at least 6 minutes before escaping from the scene. Also, three other deputies were spotted behind their squads with handguns drawn by Coral Springs police officers who were just arriving at the crime scene.
The Coral Springs Police Department in a press release indicated it has not officially released any information concerning the actions of Broward deputies at the scene nor did it denied that three deputies were seen behind their squad vehicles with drawn weapons as Coral Springs police officers arrived at the scene, but confirmed that it has an ongoing investigation.
Peterson was suspended without pay while the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) conducted an internal investigation, but he immediately resigned and than decided to retire from the BCSO after it was clear that he could face termination, according to the BCSO. The BCSO has confirmed that no official findings have been released concerning reports that three BCSO deputies had also failed to go into the school as Cruz killed victims.
Peterson was spotted with a drawn weapon behind a concrete pillar by students and video at the crime scene showed that Peterson took cover behind the pillar for at least four minutes of the six minutes it took Cruz to commit mass murder. 17 victims died on February 14th and 16 injured victims survived, according to the BCSO.
On Friday, President Donald Trump during remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) says that he wants to improve schools security and “it’s time to make our schools a much harder target for attackers, we don’t want them in our schools, we don’t want them. When we declared our schools to be gun free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger, far more danger.” Trump says that he also wants teachers with military and law enforcement training to have conceal carry permits, which could be a major deterrent because killers are inherently cowards, if Cruz would known that people would be shooting back at him, he wouldn’t have gone there, but gun free zones sends a message that a killer will not face anyone from shooting back.
According to Trump, the school had one guard and he didn’t turn out to be any good and identified Peterson as the deputy who didn’t go into the school to stop Cruz.

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Wisconsin State Assembly Republicans Refused To Suspend Rules To Consider A Cesar E. Chavez Optional Holiday

Democrats in the State Assembly attempted to address the Cesar E. Chavez optional holiday, but the Republican controlled State Assembly refused to suspend the rules to take AB 244 out from committee.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

February 24, 2018

Madison, WI – On Thursday, the Republican controlled State Assembly in Wisconsin on a vote of 34-59 failed to suspend the rules so, Assembly Bill 244 (AB 244) relating to creating an optional holiday for state employees to observe the birthday of Cesar E. Chavez on March 31st would be pulled from the Committee on State Affairs Important Actions and bring it to the floor to debate. AB 244 was introduced on April 14, 2017 by State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milw.) including 18 other Democrats in the State Assembly and co-sponsored by 5 State Senate Democrats.
Chavez was the founder of the National Farm Workers Association, which later was renamed the United Farm Workers Union and a civil rights leader for migrant farm workers in California who struggled to improve the treatment of workers, fair wages and better working conditions in farms.
Zamarripa has been attempting to create an optional holiday for Cesar E. Chavez’s Birthday since 2014, but the Republican controlled legislature have opposed it including State Representative Yesenia Eldermira “Jessie” Rodríguez (R-Franklin). State Representative Rodriguez was an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, but later became a U.S. Citizen.

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Southside Death Investigation Conducted By The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office

The body of an unidentified victim layed on W. Bruce Street under the I-94/I-43 bridge located in the Southside of Milwaukee.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

February 23, 2018

Milwaukee, WI – On Friday, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office after 1:00 p.m. responded to a body located at the 800 block of W. Bruce Street under the I-94/I-43 freeway bridge. The victim has not been identified or whether the victim committed suicide nor any other circumstances that led to the dead.
A passerby who wanted to remain anonymous managed to take several photos of the MCSO death investigation and sent them to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA).
The MCSO hasn’t released any information about the death investigation.
The Milwaukee Coroner’s Office also respondedo to the scene.

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Anti-immigrant Sanctuary Wisconsin State Assembly Bill 190 Dead After Legislative Session Ends

The Wisconsin State Assembly ended their session on early Friday without taking up Assembly Bill 190 known as an anti-immigrant bill.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U S.A.

February 23, 2018

Madison, Wisconsin – On early Friday, the Wisconsin State Assembly ended its session without taking up Assembly Bill 190, an anti-immigrant bill, which is similar to Senate Bill 275 relating to: prohibiting local ordinances, resolutions, and policies that prohibit the enforcement of federal or state law relating to illegal aliens or immigration status, authorizing certain elective officeholders to commence an enforcement action, providing a reduction in shared revenue payments, and creating governmental liability for damages caused by illegal aliens. AB 190/SB 275 also illegally allowed for law enforcement especially County Sheriffs around the state to comply with U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers.
On November 3, 2017, the State Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform on a vote of 3-2 passed it to move it out of the committee after it held a public hearing, which drew public opposition and was available for scheduling to bring it up on the Senate floor. Since, AB 190 remained in the State Assembly Local Government Committee and didn’t make it out of the committee to the Assembly floor, it is dead for now.
The Wisconsin Republican legislators in control in both the State Assembly and Senate have been aware that federal ICE detainer requests are not legal binding, but attempted to force law enforcement agencies and county sheriffs to comply with such ICE detainer requests under two bills AB 190/SB 275 known as anti-sanctuary bills. According to the text in both bills, “The bill also requires a political subdivision to comply with a lawful detainer that is issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and authorizes the attorney general or the appropriate district attorney or sheriff to file a writ of mandamus with the circuit court to require compliance with the requirements created by the bill if he or she believes that the political subdivision is failing to comply with the requirements.” The acceptance of detainers by law enforcement are voluntary, which many law enforcement agencies shy away from complying due to federal lawsuits for violating the rights of those illegally held without a court warrant signed by a judge.
According to the ACLU-Pennsylvania in 2014, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that states and localities are not required to imprison people based on “detainer” requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, ICE, recognizing that states and localities may share liability when they participate in wrongful immigration detentions. The ruling in Galarza v. Szalczyk, et al., stems from Lehigh County Prison’s wrongful detention of Ernesto Galarza, a U.S. citizen, who despite posting bail and telling his jailers that he was born in New Jersey was held in jail for three days because of an ICE detainer that stated only that ICE was investigating his immigration status…A growing number of states and localities, including California, Connecticut, New York City, Newark, Cook County, New Orleans, and Washington, DC, have adopted laws or policies limiting their involvement with ICE detainers, or declining to treat them as a basis for detention at all. Although ICE has long characterized its detainers as “requests,” this is the first time a federal appeals court has addressed this precise issue.”

In other ICE detainer rulings, in an Illinois case, “Jimenez Moreno v. Napolitano — that’s currently moving through the courts. In September, U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee ruled that the Department of Homeland Security’s use of detainers exceeded its legal authority and were “void” because “immigration detainers issued under ICE’s detention program seek to detain subjects without a warrant — even in the absence of a determination by ICE that the subjects are likely to escape before a warrant can be obtained.”…the “Mercado v. Dallas County, in which a federal court ruled last year that an ICE detainer didn’t provide probable cause to law enforcement to detain a person because probable cause is an issue relevant to criminal cases, while immigration is a civil matter,” the Texas Tribune dot org reported.

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