As of Monday, January 23, 2012, the trial of retired Sgt. Gerard Dugué of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)
began. As spokesman for the Dugué family, Dr. Firpo Carr continues to expose the truth regarding the innocence of Sgt.
Dugué in the post Katrina Danziger Bridge incidents. Now, follow the blow-by-blow action as Dr. Carr supplies an article
summarizing the courtroom proceeding at the end of each day. Read what cannot be said in a court of law, but can be espoused
in the court of public opinion.]
The Trial of Gerard Dugué (Day 3)
"The worst note-taker in the history
of the FBI"!
an editorial by Firpo Carr
25, 2012, Los Angeles, California--The witness for the prosecution in its bogus case against retired New Orleans
Police Department (NOPD) Sgt. Gerard Dugué was FBI Special Agent William Bezak, an agent Dugué trusted and had
professional respect for, but who turned on him like a Benedict Arnold. Well, brace yourselves boys and girls. Remember I
told you about the agent that the judge in this case went on record as saying he was quite possibly "the worst note-taker
in the history of the FBI"? This is the guy!
right. The latest prosecutorial witness may well be "the worst note-taker in the history of the FBI." And if he's
‘the worst note-taker in the history of the bureau,' it's probably safe to say he's not the best agent the feds has
ever seen either. Well, with this stellar background and the implication of all associated realities, Bezak ascended the witness
stand, inspiring confidence beyond description.
the Note-Taker: The FBI's worse note-taker in its 100-year history said, according to his notes, that Dugué
changed his story in connection with an interview he conducted with the NOPD sergeant when the latter voluntarily
came with crucial information to federal investigators. New Orleans' Times-Picayune next picks up the courtroom drama
(or boxing ring action), zeroing in on Note-Taker:
Agent William Bezak said that NOPD Sgt. Dugué initially told federal investigators in January 2009 that he ‘had
no doubts' about the Danziger officers' statements or actions in the high-profile police shooting. But nine months later,
in a six-hour voluntary interview, Dugué changed his tune, saying he found some aspects of the case and the investigation
troublesome or even absurd.
"According to Bezak, Dugué
acknowledged that he wrote the NOPD's official 54-page report on the Danziger shooting and claimed responsibility for its
accuracy and conclusions. But Dugué also told federal investigators in fall 2009 that he thought ‘absurd' former
Sgt. Kenneth Bowen's claim that he kicked guns of the supposed civilian shooting suspects off the bridge, Bezak said.
"Dugué also said ‘it was fishy' that he could not locate two supposed
witnesses that were cited in early police reports bolstering the police version of events, according to Bezak. Bowen, along
with four other former officers, [was] convicted last summer in a separate trial into the police shooting and cover-up."
The fact is, Dugué was always suspicious (or at the
very least, profoundly befuddled) by the actions and statements of guilty officers.
"Clobbering" Claude "Kelly suggested it was reasonable for Dugué to be unclear on some
aspects of the investigation, pointing out that interviews with federal investigators took place about four years after the
incident and as he juggled numerous murder cases. Kelly, holding up several court files, asked Bezak: ‘And this
is all you did for a couple of years?'
"'Yes,' Bezak replied."
And less we forget, fellow investigator and lying, back-stabbing, scum-and-filth-of-the-earth
rat-bastard Sgt. Arthur "Archie" Kaufman had already conducted interviews with guilty cops, on the very day
of the shootings, as he was in the process of orchestrating a cover-up, before Dugué was even assigned to
the case! Take the case of Bowen, mention in the article above, for example.
Really Happened: Way over a year ago, on December 10, 2010, I wrote the following in The Dugué Defense
"Sergeants Kaufman and Dugué interviewed Sergeant
Kenneth Bowen (NOPD Seventh District), a white male, date of birth December 14, 1973, who is, according to the report, a victim
of ‘Attempted Murder of a Police Officer.' (Page 4 of incident report.) The report also states on page 4: ‘A formal
tape recorded statement was rendered to Sergeants Gerard Dugué and Arthur Kaufman.'
"DUGUÉ IN THE DARK: For the first time in the report Dugué is
introduced as an investigative interviewer on page 4. This gives the impression that he was part of the investigation from
the beginning. However, according to the report, Dugué didn't interview Bowen until nearly five months later,
whereas Kaufman interviewed him the day of the shooting; the same day Kaufman is accused of having planted a gun on the bridge.
"The incident report states: ‘At about 2:51PM on Wednesday,
January 25, 2006, Sergeants Gerard Dugué and Arthur Kaufman obtained a formal tape recorded statement from Sergeant
Kenneth Bowen. The statement was obtained in a trailer on the site of the flood damaged Seventh District Police Station, which
is located at 10101 Dwyer Road.' (Page 34 of incident report.)
same report states: ‘The formal tape recorded statement rendered to Sergeants Dugué and Kaufman, which ended
at 3:11PM, basically corroborated the initial verbal statement rendered to Sergeant Kaufman on September 4, 2005. The gist
of the verbal statement is listed on pages 19 and 21 of this report.' (Page 34 of incident report.)
"THE SITUATION IN A NUTSHELL: Yes, Dugué and Kaufman interviewed Bowen on Wednesday,
January 25, 2006, but Kaufman had already interviewed him the day of the shootings. They had nearly five months to get Bowen's
story straight so that when Dugué was in on the interview it could be stated that Bowen's ‘tape recorded statement...basically
corroborated the initial verbal statement rendered to Sergeant Kaufman on September 4, 2005.'" (http://firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart3.html)
"Clobbering" Claude's Conclusions: Of
course, as one observer noted, "all of this just pisses ‘Clobbering' Claude off." WWLTV reports: "Under
cross-examination [by the Clobber Man], Bezak admitted to not fully knowing conditions of the NOPD after Katrina because he
wasn't here, referring to the abnormal work load, importance of search and rescue and lack of manpower and resources."
So Bezak admits that he wasn't there, hence, did not have an intimate
knowledge of conditions after Katrina. That's interesting. Why? Because Note-Taker is quoted on the stand as saying that "Dugué
noted that he ‘couldn't pass final judgment' on the incident because he wasn't there."
Note-Taker has taken a page out of Sgt. Dugué's book. The Sergeant was neither there on the
bridge nor in the secret meetings where a murderous conspiracy was hatched, hence, could not have an intimate knowledge of
said conspiracy. The problem is this: when Note-Taker uses this line of reasoning he wants a pass. But when Dugué uses
it they want to put him in federal prison.
Blows It: Not to be outdone, Embattled "Bobbi" comes blazing out of her corner, bobbing and weaving as
she does. "Dugué reviewed summaries from these interviews and acknowledged Hills statements were inconsistent
but Dugué's report didn't mention the inconstancy," surmised the feisty brawler. "Bernstein concluded with
Bezak testifying that Dugué's 54 page supplemental report identified perpetrators on the Danziger bridge as Ronald
and James Madison, Jose Holmes, and James Brissette, which was inaccurate. And that Dugué was responsible for the accuracy
in that report." (WWLTV)
Though Embattled "Bobbi" throws
a wicked left, she strikes the air, leaving a trail of funk as she does. It has already been established that the cover-up
was well in place, with the infrastructure of the report cast in concrete, way before an innocent and completely unsuspecting
Sgt. Dugué came along. And whether the alleged oversight on the part of Dugué is real or imagined, it's a red
herring insofar as this case is concerned.
We do well to remember that criminal mastermind Kaufman maneuvered matters so well that the 54-page report was really his.
Compounding his dastardly deed, he put Dugué in a position that made it incumbent for him to sign the report as Department
policy dictated. As we learned in yesterday's testimony, "Clobbering" Claude Kelly got Ignatius Hills to confess
on the witness stand that "this was Kaufman's show." But let's go back further than just yesterday.
Here's what was written nearly a year ago under The Dugué Defense
"This anachronistic presentation of Dugué's statements--which
appears to be delivered with unabashed, shameless contrivance--gives the distinct misimpression that he was at all times aware
of the perpetrators' actions and thereafter worked in concert with them to cover up or camouflage the entire Danzinger Bridge
incident. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
the ironclad camaraderie of these criminal officers as manifested and expressed in part by egregiously false statements made
under oath, Dugué had no choice but to declare that ‘he had no concerns about the actions or statements of the
officers involved in the shooting.' This, of course, assumes the ‘actions or statements' of the officers' were, in fact,
as they said they were. The world now knows that this was not the case. But this awareness is in retrospect. At the time there
was no proof whatsoever that the ‘actions or statements' were anything less than what they stated.
"Aside from private suspicions, hunches, and misgivings that he could not support
with even an infinitesimally small shred of evidence (especially after being assigned to the case weeks after the murderous
shootings), he understandably ‘submitted an NOPD report [orchestrated under the connivance of Sgt. Kaufman, a supervisor
and fellow investigator who provided an infrastructure that was rotten to its core] concluding without hesitation [assuming
that all the officers' lies were true as stated, yet again, in their sworn statements] that the officers' shootings were justified.'
"If, in fact, the officers were being fired upon as they alleged and subsequently
returned fire, ‘the officers' shootings were justified.'
cannot be overstressed that when every single officer involved in the shooting, as well as the supervisor on site immediately
following the incident, make sworn statements to the effect that all their actions were legal and well within department policy,
a conscientious and responsible investigator would naturally, in the proper order of things, submit ‘an NOPD report
concluding without hesitation that the officers' shootings were justified.'" (http://firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart4.html)
Dugué Not "Lead" Investigator:
WWLTV notes: "When questioned by federal prosecutor Bobbie Bernstein, Special Agent William Bezak testified that Robert
Gisevius, who was convicted in the first Danziger trial, gave a taped statement to Dugué and Arthur Kaufman, who was
convicted in the early trial and worked with Dugué investigating the [Danziger] shootings, that did not match
a recorded statement or list of evidence at scene, specifically whether Gisevius fired a gun at the scene. Kaufman and Dugué,
the lead investigator, worked on the follow-up investigation into the Danziger case." (Emphasis supplied.)
But, try as she may, Embattled Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein cannot make Dugué
"the lead investigator," and bringing up Gisevius is quite fortuitous. Why? Because Sgt. Kaufman and Sgt. Gisevius
had already corroborated and synchronized the latter's story before Sgt. Dugué interviewed. I noted this fact over
a year ago on December 10, 2010. I quote the 54-page incident report as saying: "‘The formal tape recorded statement
of Sergeant Gisevius corroborated his initial verbal statement, which was rendered to Sergeant Kaufman on September 4, 2005.'
(Page 38)." (The Dugué Defense, Part 3) Part Three further states:
Kaufman conducted what the report calls an ‘initial' investigation on Sunday, September 4, 2005, Dugué was assigned
on Friday, October 14, 2005, over five weeks later, to do what the report identifies as a ‘follow up' investigation.
By this time, the cover-up was signed sealed, and delivered.
gave Dugué a contrived ‘verbal account of what occurred,' a bogus ‘explanation' of the deadly, tragic events
that transpired on the [Danziger] Bridge on September 4, 2005. Even the court brief filed by the government on October 26,
2010, characterizes what NOPD officers did prior to Dugué's assignment as the ‘original cover-up conspiracy.'
(Government court brief, Criminal No: 10-204, filed October 26, 2010)." (http://firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart3.html)
"Holy [Sheol!"] announces one family member.
Sheol is the ancient Hebrew word for "hell" or the "common grave of mankind," and there isn't
anything holy about it; just as there is nothing holy or righteous about this sham trial.
Even the government admits there was an "original cover-up conspiracy" before Dugué was assigned
to investigate the matter some five weeks later!
"Clobbering" Claude Beats Bezak: "Bezak acknowledged
that federal officers who worked with Dugué saw nothing suspicious about him during his follow-up investigation."
(WWLTV) But Bezak said "when there are inconsistencies we need to investigate them and in this case Sgt. Dugué
did not do that." Actually, Dugué did. For example, for hours and days he looked for a phantom witness that Kaufman
conjured up, sending the very conscientious and thorough Dugué on a wild guess chase.
Further, if Note-Taker and the prosecution were so thorough in putting this sham case together why
did they shoot themselves in the foot? Here's what I mean:
Officer Ignatius Hills testimony against Dugué yesterday. WWLTV reveals: "Bezak also testified there were conflicting
statements from former Officer Ignatius Hills, who pleaded guilty to federal charges and is cooperating with prosecutors.
According to Bezak, one statement said Hills did not fire a gun, but another mentioned he did fire and missed the subject."
"What the [Hades!]!" exclaims one observer. (Hades is
the Greek word for hell.) "Do you know what this means?" he asks. Indeed I do. It means the prosecution just discredited--officially
and for the record--their very own witness! Yes, we knew he was a stinking, lying, gutter-rat all along. But for the prosecution
to seal the deal and officially validate this conclusion is mind-boggling.
So when all the dust settles and smoke clears,
"Clobbering" Claude Kelly is relentless. He's leaving a trail of dead bodies as he makes mincemeat of prosecution
tuned for Day 4.
"Clobbering" Claude Kelly:3
Embattled "Bobbi" Bernstein: 0