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Connolly disgraces Southport badge

James Connolly used to be a Southport police officer. A year ago, he arrested Arlanda Lee McDuffie after he found him in possession of a gram of cocaine. When it came time to provide the evidence, Connolly couldn't do it

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JAMES CONNOLLY

I AM JAMES CONNOLLYS BROTHER. I HAVE SEEN HIS CARRER FROM THE BEGGINING. I HAVE SEEN HIM ON DUTY AND OFF. THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ASKED ARE NOT BEING ASKED , LIKE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE DRUGS. ALSO IF MY BROTHER IS SO IMMATURE AND HAD SO MANY COMPLAINTS THEN WHY HAS HE BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR SO LONG AND TRAINING OTHER OFFICER'S. MY FAMILY HAS INFORMATION BUT WE ARE WAITING UNTIL HE GETS OUT SO THAT THERE IS NO FURTHER ACTION AGAINST HIM. WHAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE DONE IS THE SBI NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE SOUTHPORT PD AND FIND OUT WHY THE DRUGS ARE MISSING. AND WHAT HAPPEND TO THE CRACK PIPES WHEN BROTHER ASKED FOR THEM TO GO MEET THE DA AND PROVIDE HIS EVIDENCE. THE NEWS TRYS TO MAKE IT LOOK AS IF MY BROTHER CHOSE NOT TO GIVE THE DA THE EVIDENCE WHEN IN ACTUALITY HE COULDNT. ALSO AS TO WHY WHEN HE WENT TO COURT HE WAS GIVEN THE MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT FOR CNTEMPT. THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ASKED. I MYSELF AM IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THIS AT FIRST MADE ME VERY UPSET AND THEN REALLY ANGRY THAT MY BROTHER SERVED SOUTHPORT PD FOR ALMOST SEVEN YEARS AND THEN IS TOLD YOU ARE VERY IMATURE AND HAVE HAD MANY COMPLAINTS COM ON DOVE WHATS REALLY GOING ON. NOW I TOLD MY PARENTS I WOULD KEEP IT COOL UNTIL MY BROTHER GETS OUT BUT THIS IS REDICULOUS. BUT IN ENDING MY BEST TO EVERYBODY THAT IS SUPPORTING MY BROTHER AND FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF CHAOS AND MY PRAYERS TO MY BROTHER OFFICER JAMES T. CONNOLLY. SINCERELY MILAS A. CONNOLLY

Still pretty dumb for a cop!

I fully understand you taking up for your brother but, as a cop he did know his court dates. There is no excuse for not being in court when you are to be there unless you have been excused or, some drastic thing has happened that would keep you from being there. The fact is, even if all this stuff had been mishandled and the case could not go on because of it, if he had been in court when he should have been he would still be working. I am sorry but, he is an idiot. A rookie knows that you must appear!

I'm speaking as a friend of

I'm speaking as a friend of James for 3 years. Yes he should have shown up for court or made sure that he would have been called if needed. If there was any question to it. Thats all well and good. Thats in the past and hes paying the price now. Its done with, and life moves on. But like his brother said if hes so bad then,Why is a Training Officer? Or let me ask some questions: Why does he find the most drugs? Why does he make the most arrest? Why does he write the most speeding tickets? Why does he bring in the most drunks? Why does he so many awards for doing his job? Because hes one of the best officers I know. They build jails because of officers like him. One mistake shouldn't do all this to a good person. On duty or off duty he is a man that will stand with you matter what. And Ive seen that in James from the night I met him. In reference to your comment about a rookie officer would know to show up for court. Speaking as a rookie officer, yes we do. But we also hope to accomplish the level of safety he providing to his community. From drunks off the road to the drugs out of kids hands. And for all anyone knows, one of the drunk drivers he caught could have been the drunk to kill your wife/husband, son/daughter. But that really doesn't matter does it? He received his thank you from MADD. But hardly ever a "Thank you" Or a "Good job!" from anyone else. But that didn't matter to him he knew he was doing the right thing. Everyone on this page is likes to kick someone when there down. With out knowing the whole story. So before you judge, know who your judging. I made it a point not to go one web sites like this until James got home because I knew how people would react. You cant keep a good man down. -His friends and family know who wrote this and thats who counts.

MY BROTHER

ARE YOU SERIOUS IKNOWHIM. FOR ONE THING IF YOU KNOW MY BROTHER THEN YOU KNOW HES NOT AN IDIOT. SECOND YOU NEED TO LOOK A LITTLE DEEPER AND FIND OUT WHY CHIEF DOVE DIDNT CALL THE DA WHEN MY BROTHER ASKED HIM TO SO THAT HE COULD PROVE HE HAD GRANDE JURY THE SAME TIME HE HAD ANOTHER COURT CASE. ALSO LOOK AT HOW MANY TIMES MY BROTHER MISSED COURT IM BETTING ON 0. THIRDLY MY BROTHER WAS NO ROOKIE IF HE WAS SUCH A BAD OFFICER AND SO IMMATURE AND HAD SO MANY COMPLAINTS THEN WHY WAS HE TRAINING OTHER OFFICERS AND GETTING NEW PATROL CARS EVERY YEAR KINDA MAKES YOU GO HMMMMMM. FINALLY SIT DOWN AND THINK ABOUT WHEN "CHIEF DOVE GOT ON THE NEWS SAYING MY BROTHER HAS DIGRACED THE SOUTHPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT AND HIS BADGE WHY WAS HE WEARING AVIATOR SUN GLASSES WHEN IT WAS CLOUDY AND RAINING. ALSO THINK ABOUT THIS REMEMBER THE COUNTY DRUG ROUND UP. WELL WEEKS BEFORE IT HAPPENED MY BROTHER WENT TO CHIEF DOVE ABOUT THE DRUG HOUSES IN THE CITY AND ASKED IF HE COULD APPLY FOR A SEARCH WARRANT AND IF THERE COULD BE SOMETHING DOEN. CHIEF DOVES RESPONSE WAS THERE ARENT ANY DRUGS IN MY CITY THERES NO NEED TO GET A WARRANT. WELL FUNNY THING IS MY BROTHER TOOK THE INFORMATION HE HAD TO BCSD AND THEY GOT THE WARRANTS AND ON THE DAY OF THE DRUG ROUND UP GUESS WHERE MOST OF THE DRUGS IN THE COUNTY CAME FROM... YOU GOT IT THE HOUSES MY BROTHER APPROACHED THE CHIEF WITH.OH BUT THERES NO DRUGS IN THE CITY. AND YOU SAY THAT WHETER OR NOT THERE WAS ANY MISSHANDELING OF EVIDENCE WEEL HERES THE FACTS. I WONT MENTION NAMES UNTIL MY BROTHER GETS OUT BUT A CERTAIN DETECTIVE THREW THE TEST KIT ALONG WITH THE DRUGS IN SHOWING THE DRUGS WERE POSITIVE FOR CRACK COCAIN AWAY AND WAS CONVIENANTLY ON VACATION THE DAY HE WAS SUPOSE TO TESTIFY IN COURT. THE SAME DETECTIVE PLASSED TWO CRACK PIPES IN A BOX MARKED TO BE DISTROYED INSTEAD OF ENTERING THEM IN THE LOG BOOK. WHICH BRING S ME TO ANOTHER HMMMMM... THERE ARE TWO PAGES OF THE CHAIN OF EVIDENCE CUSTODY BOOK PAGES MISSING WANDER WHERE IT WENT DID THE CHIEFS DOG EAT IT. ILL TELL YOU WHY THIS HAPPENED THE DAY MY BROTHER WAS IN COURT HE DIDNT HAVE A CHANCE THE MOMENT HE WALKED IN THE RULING WAS ALREADY MADE. THE CHIEF AND DA WALKED INSIDE THE COURT ROOM SIDE BY SIDE LIKE OLD FRAT FRIENDS. THE JUDGE PASSSED IN HER JUDGEMENT THAT MY BROTHER WOULD TURN OVER HIS BADGE UNIFORM PATROLCAR AND UNIFORM ALONG WITH HIS SERVICE WEAPON. NOW NORMALLY THE JUDGE WOULD JUST HAD SENTENCED HIM AND THE PRECEDINGS WOULD BE OVER MY BROTHER AND HIS ATTORNEY LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND KNEW THAT THE CHIEF HAD BEEN TALKING TO THE JUDGE AND DA. LOOK AT OTHER OFFICERS THAT HAVE MISSED COURT HAVE THEY SPENT A DAY IN JAIL. AND AS FAR AS MY BROTHERS REPORT WELL NAME ONE OFFICER THAT HASNT MESSED UP ON A REPORT. NO FOR YOU MAKING THE COMMENT THAT MY BROTHER IS AN IDIOT YOU DONT REALLY KNOW MY BROTHER AT ALL OR WHAT TYPE OF COP HE WAS. YES HE WAS ABRASIVE AT TIME AND WOULD LOOK AT YOU LIKE YOU WERE AN IDIOT BUT HE WOULD NEVER CALL YOU ONE. FROM PEOPLE IVE TALKED TO THEY THINK THE CHIEF IS AN IDIOT AND HES REALLY GETTING SOME HEAT FOR THE NEWSCAST. AND YES IM DEFENDING MY BROTHER BECAUSE HE WOULD DO THE SAME FOR ME AND PROBABLY ANYBODY ELSE. WHY BECAUSE HE GOT IN TO LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HLP PEOPLE. AND HE DID BUT IF YOU BROKE THE LAW HE WOULD LET YOU KNOW WITH A TICKET OR YOU GOING TO JAIL. HOW MANY PEOPLES LIVES HAS HE SAVED IN THE SEVEN YEARS HE WORKED FOR SOUTHPORT PD BY TAKING DRUNK DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD OR GETTING DRUGS OFF THE STREET AWAY FROM KIDS. THINK ABOUT THESE FEW THINGS BEFORE YOU THINK YOU KNOW HIM AND TRY TALKING TO THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY KNOW HIM LIKE HIS FAMILY AND TRUE FRIENDS. SINCERELY PO'D MILAS CONNOLLY

Connolly

Before the media airs or publishes a news story they should know the truth .Connolly comes from a fine family. The question should be "what happened to the evidence that he turned in.? Why was is destroyed by his those who handle evidence testing in the police department.? Why weren't these questions asked to them? How can one body be in two places at one time. ? Now the Judge has come up wanting to add to his sentence. So I do believe the detectives and those who suppose to have sent the cocaine off to be tested should answer up to some of the questions and they should be the ones who should be behind the bars and taken away from their children and family. Get Real !! My family supports Officer Connolly and we hope the real truth will come out and maybe someone will hear a voice deep inside of their sick minds who did this to Officer Connolly will and come forward. I pray that will happen. How much stress can a family take. Our thoughts and prayers are with James and his family...