Sunday, December 17, 2006
Nebraska Judge Overrules Arbitrator, Reaffirms Dismissal Of State Trooper Robert Henderson
The final chapter of Nebraska State Trooper Robert Henderson's unfinished law enforcement career may have been written by a Nebraska judge on December 13th, 2006. Original story from NewsNet Nebraska. For more detailed background on this case, see my previous posts, "Courageous Arbitrator Orders Reinstatement Of Nebraska State Trooper" (Aug 27), and "Update On The Case Of Nebraska State Trooper Robert Henderson" (Nov 17). Henderson photo above left courtesy of ABC News.
Lancaster County District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront issed a ruling reaffirming the Nebraska State Patrol’s firing of Trooper Robert Henderson for his brief membership in a group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. The judge explained that Henderson’s membership in the Knights Party violated Nebraska’s public policy against discrimination, and that his involvement with the Party could create public distrust of the agency. “All citizens must have faith that the enforcement and application of the laws of this State are done impartially and fairly,” Cheuvront wrote. The order vacates an arbitrator’s ruling that reinstated Henderson.
In August 2006, the arbitrator, Paul Caffera, originally ordered Henderson's reinstatement because the Nebraska State Patrol failed to demonstrate why Henderson posed a threat to the public or to the State Patrol, and that Henderson's termination was not proven to be justified under terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who represented the state, praised the ruling. “The Patrol has a well-deserved reputation as an institution with the highest integrity, and this ruling confirms the Patrol’s ability to take actions necessary to maintain the public trust,” he said in a news release Thursday.
Henderson’s attorney, Vincent Valentino, expressed disappointment on Thursday. “There’s no evidence that Bob discriminated against anybody,” he said. “This just tells me this was a case not about actions, but associations.” Valentino further stated that the state, instead of firing Henderson, should have found another position for him within the patrol besides a trooper. According to a report from MSNBC, Henderson's family includes black and Latino members, a fact Valentino pointed out when arguing that his client is not racist.
While Henderson's career with the Nebraska State Patrol is over, he still at the moment holds law enforcement certification. However, to add insult to injury, this is also jeopardized. In August, at the behest of Attorney General Jon Bruning, Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers filed a 13-page letter officially asking the Commission on Law Enforcement and Justice to task the Crime Commission to investigate Henderson and revoke his law enforcement certification. The Commission could act on this request as early as their next scheduled meeting on January 26th, 2007. So it's quite possible that the Bruning-Chambers axis of evil could not only deprive him of his Nebraska job, but also destroy his ability to get a law enforcement job anywhere in America. Complete economic disenfranchisement - simply for briefly joining a racist group as an act of desperation after losing his wife to a Latino.
Analysis: There are two primary ways which the establishment seeks to circumvent constitutional freedom of speech in America:
1). Filing inflated or false criminal charges against those who hold unpopular political viewpoints. The most egregious example is the case against former National Alliance Chairman Shaun Walker and two of his cohorts, discussed in greater detail HERE. To recap, the Feds have charged these three with civil rights violations over a couple of bar fights they were involved in nearly 4 years ago. The Feds allege they were trying to take over a Salt Lake bar and make it a "white" bar. However, neither the alleged victims pressed assault charges nor did the State of Utah file assault charges, so this leads me to believe the Fed charges are politically motivated. The trial, originally scheduled for August, has been postponed twice; first, until November, at the behest of the defense team, and now, a second postponement until January 2007. Meanwhile, their lives are on hold, with these charges dangling over their heads like a Damoclean sword. Chester Doles was likewise victimized with inflated "weapons" charges; he chose to cop a plea not because he was guilty, but because they threatened to jail his wife, leaving their kids without parental supervision, and because he did not have the economic resources to compete judicially against the Feds' limitless resources. The last consideration undoubtedly drove David Duke's decision to cop a plea in his case. The Feds can outlast you and outspend you.
2). The use of employers as "proxy enforcers" of political orthodoxy. Dan Schildhauer was fired from his job at Cabela's in 2003 for distributing pro-white literature in the local community OFF THE JOB. He was a model employee who never brought his politics on the job, but that did not matter to Cabela's. American Renaissance followers undoubtedly remember the case of former Allegany County ADA Michael Regan, who was fired from his job in March 2006 merely for attending an American Renaissance conference. And finally, David Pringle was forced by his new employer to temporarily close his White Wire website as a condition of employment. And now you can add Robert Henderson's name to the list. Eighteen years on the force down the drain with no retirement - all because of a few posts on a racist forum. It is well-known that at-will employers have and use extensive powers of economic coercion to enforce political correctness. What's now apparent is that not even a collective bargaining agreement or binding arbitration can save you.
What's befuddling is a part of the judge's explanation, where he stated that Henderson's membership in the Knights Party violated Nebraska's public policy against "discrimination". Discrimination? How in hell does mere membership in an organization violate public policy? There were no documented racial abuses on Henderson's part. Discrimination is an active measure - it requires a specific act. So, employing this logic, if a cop is a Christian, does that mean he automatically discriminates against Jews or Muslims? It could go that far.
Jon Bruning has got to be one of the most vindictive SOBs I've heard of in a long time. From day one, Bruning was out to get Henderson. He not only challenged binding arbitration, which is almost unheard of, but manipulated an activist black state senator into taking parallel action to revoke Henderson's law enforcement certification in case Bruning's appeal didn't work. And the judge went along with it.
Tags: politics , racism , Nebraska , brrreeeport , arbitration , justice