I know we have our differences with law enforcement at times. I also know that we know what's right and what's wrong. The case of Chicago Police Officer Mike Mette is one of extreme injustice. He is in a Iowa prison as we speak. His crime? He defended himself against a drunk idiot. I wouldnt post this if I didnt believe that this man is getting a serious raw deal.
Google his name for the story. You will be shocked and outraged too.
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03-12-2008, 11:01 AM #1
Cop needs helpIAFF-IACOJ PROUD
03-12-2008, 11:07 AM #2
Wow, that is ridiculous.
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03-12-2008, 11:10 AM #3
03-12-2008, 11:42 AM #4
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What a CROCK!
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03-12-2008, 12:31 PM #5
In case you haven't seen the latest on this:
Hopefully, this will be the last favor we have to ask for Mike. They have set April 16,2008 for Mike's first parole hearing and have requested character reference letters. These should be sent to the parole board and be addressed to "To whom it may concern". Please be sure to sign the letters and put a return name and address on the envelope as they won't accept them without these. They should be mailed to:
Board of Parole
510 East 12thStreet, Suite 3
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Also, please send a copy to Mike for his counselor at:
North Central Correctional
Michael A. Mette #6520284
Rockwell City, Iowa 50579
Again, don't forget to include Mike's inmate number and a return name and address.
Thanks again for all your help and maybe we are finally getting closer to the end of this mess.
Bob & Patti
If it's character reference letters the Mette's want let's fill those mail bags!
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03-12-2008, 12:51 PM #6
03-12-2008, 01:23 PM #7
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I think you should all read the rest of the story.
03-12-2008, 01:28 PM #8
03-12-2008, 02:04 PM #9
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I agree that he absolutely had a right to defend himself, and he had a number of options.
1) He could've used enough force to get the kid to leave.
2) He could've gone inside his brothers residence without using any force
3) He could've called the cops.
He threw strikes against a drunken college student until the kid lost consciousness. Then he continued to strike, kick, and punch the kid after he had lost conscioussness - at that point it is no longer self defense. You are just being a thug.
Second, he was at a party thrown by under age college kids. He was a cop, does anyone see any problems with this?
I think the guy got a raw deal, but he isn't exactly a political prisoner. If he would've pled guilty to simple assault, he would not be in prison. He would be at home, and might still be a police officer. Instead, he failed to take responsibility for his actions, and thought that he could get a get out of jail free card from a Dubuque county judge. Well his plan didn't work out, and he got sent to prison.
It was his choice to be at an underage drinking party. It was his choice to "stand his ground" even though he wasn't on his ground. It was his choice not to go inside. It was his choice not to call the police. It was his choice to be where he was that night. It was his choice not to plead guilty. It was his choice to go to a bench trial, even though the stakes were higher. It was his choice to continue to beat an unconscious drunk kid.
03-12-2008, 02:17 PM #10
I disagree with your assessment/opinion Getin. I stand by my post.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
03-12-2008, 02:27 PM #11
03-12-2008, 02:54 PM #12
I remember all the press about this when it happaned. Seems like five years is pretty steep for what amounts to a bar fight(outside of being in a bar), but at the same time Officer Mette seems to be a lot more guilty than some of his defenders make him out to be. Is there a petition to just lower the sentance to six months? Then he could be out a few weeks from now.
03-12-2008, 04:04 PM #13
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If he was a cop, he is held to a higher standard, i.e. he should have known better. I saw this post this morning and read the petition. To me there seemed to be a lot of holes in the story. The biggest question to me was the extent of the "victim's" was injury. If he was truly beaten unconscious like Getin stated, that was excessive. From my experience, a problem with a lot of younger cops is the attitude that they can do anything and get away with it by just flipping out your badge. I feel bad that this guy ended up in jail, but as a cop, you should know the law. I find it hard to believe that all of these issues with the judge and lawyers weren't know to him, or that he was never offered a plea agreement. A huge percentage of cases never make it to trial due to plea agreements. As a cop he should have known that.
To make it simple, everyone on here calls for firefighter arsonists to be hung from the gallows, when a cop breaks the law, it is the same thing.
Stay SafeChris Polimeni
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03-12-2008, 04:10 PM #14
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03-12-2008, 04:34 PM #15
Do you honestly think I would post this if I didnt believe in the cause? I am not some kind of Pollyanna.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
03-12-2008, 04:50 PM #16
03-12-2008, 06:53 PM #17
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8825. I of course remember this story from when it first happened. It was BS then and is BS now. I am so happy and so lucky that I don't have to work with many of the guys who post on this site. What a pack of holier than thou peices of garbage. I have no doubt that this pack of maggots would sell their brother out in a minute and happily eat the corpse. God, I hope many of you get the same treatment when you need help. It's not just this thread either. It's many. Any of you who happen to work with stand up guys - be grateful.
I have learned alot from this site. Mostly about how shameless many people are.
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03-12-2008, 08:08 PM #18
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Any time I need to read something to make me laugh or feel good about my job...I come here and see what a bunch of hairbags most of the rest of the country must deal with.
Between the guys who think anyone accused of wrong doing should immediately be suspended and fired without due process to the morons who think we are a special breed of person who takes a vow to lead a life of poverty in service of any given city and that the needs of the taxpayers always come before those of the men, union, Department and each individuals family...I can't even count the places I'm glad I don't work at.
While I will never be rich because of this job...I won't be leading an austere life either. And at least I can go to work without worrying about getting a knife in my back either.
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03-12-2008, 08:59 PM #19
Whats the 411?
Guys i am firewalled so i cannot go and look it up...but can someone post the story? boith sides of the story would be nice to read so those that are not up to speed on the issue can get a clearer picture of what has transpired instead of the he said/she said rhetoric that is being thrown about.
I have lots of questions on the issue but it would probably be better if the story was out there so everyone could read it and not go through the whole 20 questions of who, what, when, where, why...
Like why was this cop at a underage drinking party? Was he related to someone? Working security?
Did he identify himself as an officer? What started it? Why was so much force used when the kid could've (i wasnt there, just thinking out loud) been subdued with a hold or some cuffs? Was the kid a known turd?
Did the cop in question attempt to hide what happend? What is all this about him thinking he would not be punished or that the judge would give him a get out of jail free card?
How long has this been going on? Someone said 5 years; 5 Years since it happend or 5 years was the sentence that was handed down for the assault/battery?
Who supplied the alcohol to the party goers if they were under age? Was it the cop?
Lots of question... no answers. Wish i knew more about it, cause it sure sounds like an interesting story.
P.S., being firewalled to fire/safety sites ONLY stinks.
03-12-2008, 09:18 PM #20
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my short term memory is sleeping. I forgot my number (8851 I think.)
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