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Craig Burdine: death or cover-up?

Sometime ago, an individual had asked us to look into the 2007 shooting of Craig Burdine. After putting this on the back-burner, debating rather or not to release this article, we have decided to focus on solely on the evidence, as we had seen it.

Craig Burdine was an individual with a criminal history dating back to the 1990’s. These charges ranged from assaulting officers to drugs. However, in 2007, things took a fatal detour for troubled man. During an arrest, police claim that Burdine had assaulted the officers, including spitting. Regardless of this, officers were able to make the arrest. Once in jail, the situation had taken a drastic turn.

Shortly after arriving, Burdine, in video, is seen gasping for air. During this time, several officers are seen entering/exiting the room, though it is unknown as to what transpired. While the video, which can be seen here, does have audio, several portions of the audio seemingly vanish, leaving only video.

For some, the video is enough. However, the audio mysteriously vanishing leaves a lot of questions. For starters, why does the audio seemingly vanish at certain points? What was said during this time? And, most importantly, did the police purposefully omit these segments of audio? We know that the chances of the audio simply “glitching” are slim to none. Because of this, we currently presume that the video had been altered. We had attempted to make contact with the facility but never got a response.

When the audio does return, it is apparant that burdine’s situation had become more severe. Paramedics arrive at the facility in attempt to assess and assist with the situation. Because there is no photage from within the room, we can only speculate as to how paramedics approached this critical situation. What we do know, from the prosecutor’s report, is Burdine was apparantly not the only death; this, in our opinion, raises suspisions. While we aren’t going to go into detail, regarding the report, you may view it here.

In the report, it does state that 48 arrests were made that night, with two deaths. The report names these other deaths as Joseph Hammond and Larry Sanders. While it is strange for so many deaths to occur in a single night, it isn’t evidence of the police being at fault. Of course, thus far, we have been unable to obtain many documents that we know exists surrounding these, and Burdine’s, deaths. In 2009, the Burdine family filed a lawsuit against the department. In the suit they accuse the police for being at fault. However, this case would be dismissed due to the statute of limitations expiring

Aside from what we are able to see and hear, it is unclear as to what transpired in the cell. What we do know is Burdine did have a criminal history, he was arrested, and for reasons unknown, he would die after being taken to jail. The fact that there seems to be no actual video from within the room is alarming. Generally, one officer has a camera specifically for recording situations like this. However, at no point, does it appear any officer had possession of one. With this, we can only hope that someday the full truth is revealed. Should this happen, we will update this article. Until that time, there is little more that we can say in regards to Craig Burdine, the jail, and the police.

The DOC articles update

It’s been awhile since we’ve touched on this subject. Within those articles, we had withheld the identification of our source, and will continue to do so. However, we have been granted permission to release the name of the facility to which the articles discussed. If you need a “refresher,” the articles can be found here, here, and here.

As you may recall, we spoke of how the whistleblower had gone months without employment, a common trend among those who speak out against law enforcement. In recent times, even members of our platform have recieved messages from people alleging to be former employees, thoug some of their profiles state they are current officers.

The articles, to which we spoke of, derived from an correctional facility out of Oklahoma. Mabel Bassett Correctional center has a long history of alleged cover-up as well as corruption among the officers. Beyond this, there are many other accusations regarding the facility. In one review, the individual alleges,

It’s infested with mole,kitchen has roaches and medical is the worst. An inmate received notice from medical that she was exposed to HEPATITIS A and medical refused to give her the vaccine, so now how many inmates have been effected in this facility????

Other accusations, some to which had been confirmed, range from officers refusing to stop fights to a potential cover-up of a death (unconformed.)

While this article is a basic update, that isn’t what caught my attention. As stated, members of our team had gotten some messages from an alleged former officer. Recapping one of the messages, the individual wrote, “I got a random message not long ago asking about the place and I looked at the reviews and saw ur comment.” When asking about the comment, I was informed that he had no memory of writing anything regarding the facility, and so we looked.

Searching on Google reviews and Facebook, it would appear that the statement was, in fact partially true. There was a comment left on Facebook, an oversight perhaps. Upon showing the member the screenshot, he did recall it, stating it was to bring awareness for those negatively effected by this place. However, the messaging person wanted information about our whistleblower. Details we cannot, and will not provide.

WoC has had a long standing policy of not revealing sources. Should the individual contact me for this information, I will be obligated into citing our policy to them. This protects our sources and prevents potential retaliation. Over the years, we have learned many things. One of these things is nobody ever asks for sources without having a reason. While the reason may very well be for information, as a platform we have an obligation to protect them; we simply can’t maintain trust and credibility if we reveal those who trust us to withold their identities.

This article isn’t much, just an update with some other details. Unless we get something more critical, we are planning to end fiture updates regarding this facility here. While we still haven’t revealed some information, such as the name of the captain, it’s not due to the lack of knowledge. In fact, we using nothing more than a lastname, we were able to find the captain on Facebook. The rest of the information is being stored away for the “just in case” factor. While we hope to never need to, we will only do another article if the facility does any future retaliation against our sources.

Completely unemployable: former DOC officer speaks to us again.

Last month, we did a couple of articles in regards of a former correctional officer turned whistleblower. This article is an update on their situation. We like to think that doing the right thing means being rewarded, this is not the case.

As you maybe aware, the whistleblower’s former department caught onto who they were. Once this happened, they were issued a cease and disist via email. However, the Department of Corrections didn’t stop there. Through a recorded phone call, we were able to verify that the former officer resigned due to ongoing abuse and unethical treatment from their acting captain. The abuse extended to not only inmates, but to officers the captain did not like.

Recap of the resignation

The officer, who we only identify as “whistleblower,” resigned in December, 2019. Through bank records, we saw what they identified as “the final straw.” The department deposited their paycheck into their account in late November. However, early December the same department somehow withdrew their entire paycheck out of the account. As of this time, the bank has refused to comment in regards to how this happened.

Further documentation has revealed that the department intended to place the officer on what they called “secondary” payroll, a move often done as a form of punishment. However, this never happened. What transpired can only be described as sadistic. Once the pay was removed, the captain, as verified in audio recorded calls, placed the officer back on “primary” pay. By doing this, it negated the secondary payroll, thus making it where the officer got no pay until January. The targeting didn’t end there.

What’s happening

Since leaving the department, the former officer has been deamed completely unhirable. Living on only the money saved in their bank account, the noose of time has a constant effect on them. Allegedly, the department has fabricated the situation, claiming the individual was terminated for violating a policy, one that we have already shown to not exist. We, as a media platform, have been assisting the whistleblower, locating potential places of employment in their area. At this point, we have began assisting with their bills when able.

This entire series has opened a floodgate into what happens to those who refuse to conform. It demonstrates a warning to anybody who seeks to be in law enforcement: “join the blue brotherhood or pay the price.” Sadly, this individual’s convictions caused them to be against this uniformed, unspoken code. However, this isn’t an isolated event. In the past, we have seen similar articles to this. It also demonstrates the amount of power behind these agencies.

For the precious articles relating to this, check out the following links.

Insider Information

Insider Report

Department of Corrections: Article II (insider information)

Previously, we had covered a few aspects of the department of Corrections and their operations. You may read that article here. Today, we are going to be expanding on this. Furthermore, as our insider has been discovered by their former department, giving an update to that situation. The intention of this article is to provide more inside information provided by an individual who would know best-a former officer. As before, their identity is being withheld to, at bear minimum, protect them from those who may wish to target them online.

Smackdown happy

We see it often in videos, the police brutally assaulting a person when it isn’t needed. However, we don’t see how officers often get away with this. According to our insider, a lot of it boils down to the wording on their reports. One example we were given is as follows: “when an officer utilizes use-of-force, rather justified or not, they are usually coursed on how the report should reflect that. For instance, if an officer body slams an inmate to the floor, a common occurance, their report will state that they ‘assisted’ the inmate to the floor. They do this because any report written maybe subject for court use; the officer can get into legal trouble if they state they body slammed the offender.” According to our insider, this is the big part of the foundation to getting out of legal responsibility for any injuries.

In cases where the force wasn’t warranted, the department has a tendancy to “doctor” reports, the classic cover-up. While this is publically denounced by D.O.C. it is a normal occurance. Furthermore, if an offender attempts to defend themselves from this, they are slapped with additional charges. These charges may include assaulting an officer, which leads to a longer prison sentence.

When the officer uses force, it is very common for jokes to be made, at the offender’s expense. These people take great pride, from what our insider saw, in laying the “smackdown” on those who may not be able to fight back. “Officers will generally make jokes such as ‘damn, talk about a rag doll effect, sucks to be them, and so on,” according to the insider. Officers, in many ways, are expected to have this mentality. Failing to do so usually results in being made a target by those who outrank you.

The “blue” brotherhood

“During my stint in working for D.O.C., I met a captain who was hardcore about the brotherhood. In the end, because I refused to act like the rest, I questioned him, I was made a target,” according to the source. Cadets who enter the department, with the “brotherhood” mentality, often find a high paying career. According to our source, if you aren’t one of these new officers, you are harassed and bullied into resignation, this also applies to seasoned officers.

While working there, our insider informed us of some of the harassment endured because of their former captain. Pay check being withheld for a month, constantly being in his office for various, and even petty reasons, and at the time they resigned, for violating a policy that did not exist within the department. As we are told, the above mentioned are only a few examples.

We asked the officer, aside the harassment, what was the final straw? What lead you to resign? Their answer is as follows: “the final straw, for me, was the captain getting the warden involved. I was supposed to go to a meeting, regarding violating a non-existant policy, a meeting that I knew meant my termination. The captain had already fucked me out of my pay, which meant, since we were paid monthly, I would go two months without a check. I simply had enough of their bullshit games, the amount of control over my life, and how they used threats to make us do what they wanted, even if we felt it unethical.”

We went on to inquire about the policy, we asked what policy did they violate, exactly? “Honestly, as stupid as this sounds, I drove myself to another facility, to which I was required to be at. I didn’t have the money to get to my home facility so taking a state car wasn’t an option,” was the very quick response given. As we could tell, it appeared that our insider actually violated the “blue brotherhood” code in several ways.

As we can tell, and as generalized law enforcement has revealed, this is a career of being a thug. Those who are thugs last. On the other hand, if you opt out of this mentality, you are bullied into resignation or even terminated. If there is no “justified” means, they fabricate one. Their job, according to the insider, is to ensure inmates don’t break out of the prison, do what they are told when they are told, and to ensure the institution operates smoothly.

Isolation

A disturbing concept of prison comes in the form of the “segregated housing unit” (S.H.U.) the unit is essentially a jail within a prison. This unit is classified as a “maximum” security unit. What this means for inmates is: they are locked down 23hrs a day, aside from weekends. They get one hour on a secured yard, Monday-Friday only. If an inmate gets in trouble, they maybe sent to this unit pending investigation. The investigation can take upwards of 30 days to complete. However, this month is actually extended as weekends aren’t counted. This means that if an investigation takes the full thirty days, the inmate will actually be in this unit for approx. 45 days. It was further noted that our insider has, by first hand account, seen the mental deteriation of those locked down.

Synopsis of the information

From this, and our previous article, it is clear to see how this system is in shambles. A system that treats human beings worst than animals needs a complete overhaul. Worst yet, we are only about halfway through our notes. Should there be enough interest, we will happily do article III on this.

Officers laughing and joking about injuring people is appauling. Officers targeting their own, simply for wanting to do their jobs, is just as bad. We often ask ourselves, “why aren’t there any good officers?” These articles are demonstrating the answer, as provided by, first hand experience.

Whistle-blower update

Our insider has informed us that after releasing our previous article, there has been some rather suspicious activity around their house. Daily, in some cases several times a day, police cars have been witnessed slowing down in front of their home. In several instances, the cars have been observed coming to a complete stop, the officer watches the home for a few minutes, and proceeds to drive away. Furthermore, they have informed us that several “unmarked” cars have been seen doing this. We are told this is a common practice when officers, or former officers, begin whistle-blowing their department. This seems, if it is a common occurance, to be a form of fear tactic, in our opinion.

Missouri vs the tribal nation

As you know, Ferguson was recently in the media due to issues with racism. Have they reformed? No. This story is one of utter horror. It involves a family, who are on the tribal roll, CPS, and the corruption of law enforcement. This story is one that defies all logic, rationality, and law.

It started when Rosemary, mother of a 16 year old located innapropriate photos on a cell phone. A 20 year old Muhammad Cisse of St. Ann, Mo. picked the girl up to take her to a friends house. However, that is not where she ended up. Instead, he drove her to a fitness center across county lines, and then to his home. Once there, he held the young girl against her will, even upon being asked to go home. While imprisoned, her family drastically searched and eventually found her. Muhammad, the abducter, called the police for a “welfare” check. Keep in mind, this man, as shown below, clearly had sexual relations with this minor.

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Perhaps she needed a welfare check against him.

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As if things could not get any worst, an official report, above, clearly confirms the abuse from Muhammad occured. To this day, against the familys’ wishes, the state has done nothing against these accusations. Instead, they removed the victim from her family, forcing her into isolation. Now, here is where more laws get disregarded.

The girl and her family are enrolled with an Indian tribe. What this means is, legally the state must turn the child over to the tribe. However, the state has willfully violated these laws.

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Above, is a legal notice from the tribe to the state. Within this letter, they confirm that not only is the family tribal, they notify the state of the various laws being broken; Senators are currently being involved by the tribe. Beyond this, the state has refused to release the child.

This is a case of complexity and corruption in its purest form. This shows just how far the CPS/ DFS is willing to go for a quick buck. There is much more I can comment regarding this, with photographic evidence. However, for now, I hope this basic analysis works.