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“Sunlight is the best disinfectant” -US Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)

Welcome to Cherokee County, Texas, the glittering jewel and Civil War relic of East Texas: Population 47,000 and where minorities still count as 3/5ths human. The sunlight of outside scrutiny has begun to disinfect that festering boil of public corruption. A place where Jr. High girls at band practice and women driving home from work are raped on the side of the road by police officers. Where infant molesters are sentenced to probation by the district judge simply for being related to members of the school district Board of Trustees. Where black men checking on their livestock at night are beaten while handcuffed by trespassing, spotlighting and disguised sheriff deputies. Where homes and buildings are burned and business owners are killed for insurance money. Where parole violators’ bond money is kept after a fugitive convict is let out the next day to kill themselves and a DPS Trooper.

Where an innocent black man, after watching his pregnant wife get tasered and beaten, can be put on trial while the arresting officer is awaiting federal prison for rape and retaliation. Put on trial simply to stave off a federal rights suit against the county for recruiting law enforcement with police brutality histories.

A place where female federal witnesses who go missing before a police officer’s rape trial are referred to as “drug addicted street walkers and prostitutes,” simply for making statements to the Rape Crisis Center and FBI. Where the steps of the courthouse and city hall are made distribution sites for illegal drugs, embezzlement and theft of public service- and when caught, the culprit is written off as never being employed or appointed. Where laws can be created out of thin air on one day, and penal code statutes completely ignored the next by the district attorney’s office.

After multiple arrests of their police chiefs, bailiffs, constables, patrol officers and sheriff deputies – and as many sitting in federal prison or under FBI investigation for civil rights violations, Cherokee County stands firm in its traditions of corruption and Klandestine [sic] activities. Cherokee County Texas voters not only accept it, they demand it from their elected officials, pastors, Postmasters, police, Kleagles and baby Klanspeople.

In customs handed down through the generations that only an East Texan could understand, their local newspapers are as content blaming little black kids for the failing TAKS test in their subpar public schools as they are fascinating their own children with Illiterate Civil War Alternative History. Namely that “the North invaded the South because the Yankees wanted our cotton crops…And a lot of black people fought in the Confederate Army, too, for States’ rights.”  Not that succession, slavery and the Union’s severe response broke our young country into pieces. Printing white trash Civil War revisionism in local newspapers nearly every single week on how “glorious” the only war fought on American soil was for the 3 million citizens involved and 600,000 who died. Convincing their ignorant selves that their own farmstead ancestors, prior to the invention of penicillin, were eager to have their limbs shot off in “The War of Northern Aggression.” And that black people would have been content being kept as property for a few more centuries under the States’ Rights of the agrarian South. Convincing themselves that because their family trees never split [the county], they are entitled to as many taxpayer venues as their lily-white hearts and Rebel Flags desire.

Quite a backdrop for national business chains trying to generate a profit in a county that is now primarily minority owned and operated. Meanwhile, bitter and uneducated types continue to cling to racist mentalities of the Reconstruction Era; an economic period that passed Cherokee County, Texas completely. Companies are sued out of existence, their corporate mail and business calls intercepted by the same people sworn to uphold the law. And the few people who charge themselves with operating their county services are swollen with White Pride as they strangle the last drop of taxpayers’ dollars from the local treasury.

The laws of the United States simply do not apply. All the while feigning fundamental, even turn of the century Puritan Christian values as minorities and immigrant entrepreneurs are made the scapegoat for the county’s failing economy. Perpetuating their pre-1964 world, these good ole ‘Christian’ country boys/biddies, after leaving their Sunday night prayer services, eagerly doff their Sunday go-to-meetin’ attire and don their favorite kambric [sic].

Not in a 20th Century suit and tie do they honor dead Southerners on the county square or at family cemeteries; No Sir, tailor made Shell Jackets and militia uniforms with fake ranks and bayonets are more appropriate when posing for front page propaganda. Constantly trying to stir up anxiety for the local black people whose slavery lineage stretches further back than anyone else’s.  Or as their community leaders rallying under Confederate States of America banner say: “If the sheet fits- wear it.”

Confed of Cherokee Co
[Rusk, Texas courthouse circa, Nov. 24, 2007 courtesy of the
Cherokeean]

Written by Cherokee County, Texas

01/20/2008 at 7:00 AM

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  1. Why is it so difficult to see rap sheets of Cherokee County Offenders? I thought this was a matter of public record! I’ve been looking for an incident that transpired April 5,2008 in Rusk, Tx. with Ronnie Jones and the local law enforcement and to see what is on his rap sheet.

    Denise Cooper

    04/19/2008 at 10:12 AM

  2. Thank you! I have been away from Cherokee County for about eight years now, but the stench of corruption is still in my nose. I am very pleased to see someone doing something about this! Let your voice be heard by everyone!

    Keep up the wonderful work.

    _ Ryley Moore _

    Ryley Moore

    07/05/2008 at 8:13 PM

  3. Ronnie Edward Jones, age 52, transferred from Cherokee County, TX jail to an unknown facility.

    The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department arbitrarily releases police reports, as dictated by the district attorney’s office. If one of their cousins is arrested then Elmer Beckworth’s office will bury the arrest. The local media has a better shot at getting the actual arrest information. However there is a site called VineLink at :

    https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/initMap.do

    This site provides county inmate registry information in participating jails; Cherokee County’s website also has the link.

    You’d be surprised how many local Rusk/Jacksonville professionals are arrested for assault and battery, DUI, etc. and their reports never make it to print.

    If looking for an inmate in State custody, try:

    http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/offender_information.htm

    The Editor

    07/30/2008 at 8:14 PM

    • Hey Editor; 3 gossipy, nosey hags at the local Rusk paper are trying to figure out who you are! Keep up the good work! The corruption is bad.

      Anonymous

      06/18/2009 at 10:30 PM

      • The Federalist Papers were written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay using only one unifying name “Publius” so readers would not be distracted by analyzing who actually wrote which essay. Rather they wanted their readers focusing on the substance of the messages.

        The Editor

        06/21/2009 at 9:52 PM

      • Who are those three nosey hags, could one be a preacher?

        Anonymous

        05/30/2010 at 8:57 AM

  4. Hey, I love what you have on your blog. I have a story to tell too. It’s about Carthage, tx, Drew Nixon, Larry Fields, the DA, and the list goes on. Worse than Henderson. I am thinking that they are the grand poompaw.. I am hearing the FBI are here too. Let’s hope so. The corruption is so widespread, it is like a virus that is consuming everything in it’s path.

    Undercover

    08/31/2008 at 10:00 AM

  5. i here that new summerfield has another gypse cop working there……….. this guy has worked at 15 diff. police departments in 16 years. he has been fired from more then half of them. and he likes to stop people and make arrest out of his personal vehicle. why are guys like this still running the streets carring guns and badges?

    the man

    07/18/2009 at 6:43 PM

  6. Hey, got something for ya! How about the ex-Sgt. promoted to Detective (still there) that had a civil suit filed against him and the S.O. for sexual harassment in mid 2006 and settled in early 2007? That didn’t get out now did it? Settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. I would be a real proud Christian Man to have that kind of person on the payroll of the tax payers dollars.

    anonymous

    10/14/2009 at 3:48 PM

  7. With all this corruption, you’d be surprised to know it’s actually a great place to live.

    Anonymous

    05/21/2010 at 10:56 AM

  8. There is so much corruption in Cherokee County. THe local media in Rusk. The Sheriff’s Department and the local Police are corrupt. It’s horrible how a few people do what they do and others look the other way. Kind of reminds me of Sodom and [Gomorrah]!

    Anonymous

    05/30/2010 at 8:53 AM

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    07/23/2010 at 10:48 PM

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  18. When I was a kid, growing up in Rusk, Texas, I was involved in a car accident when the son of a prominent local businessman ran into my car. The young man asked me to not contact his insurance company because his father would “handle it for him.” I obtained the insurance information but figured I didn’t really care who paid to have my car fixed as long as it was repaired so I contacted his father.
    I spoke to his father and explained to him what had happened and he was very apologetic and polite and told me that his son had informed me of the accident and that all he needed for me to do was to obtain an estimate from a local body shop. I agreed and drove to a local body shop and obtained an estimate. I faxede man’s office as he’d requested.
    Later that evening, I received a call from a local police officer, Otis Crow. Officer Crow was a well known police officer with the Rusk Police Department. Officer Crow proceeded to interrogate me about the accident and whether or not I was intoxicated when the accident occurred and whether I was trying to extort money out of the boys father. The call became quite heated but I kept my cool and informed him that I would gladly contact my insurance company if the man would prefer. Officer Crow ended the call.
    Later that day, I received a call from the boys father and he arranged with me a meeting where he would pay me for the cost of the repairs. I agreed to meet him but when I asked him where he’d like to meet, he suggested we meet on the road between his home and town, out off the highway. I already felt a bit uncomfortable about the situation, so I lied and told the man that I had to work that day and asked him to meet me in the parking lot of the grocery store where I was employeed. He reluctantly agreed and we mset a time.
    That evening, we met in the parking lot of the grocery store and who do you think in the car with the man, Otis Crow. He said he was there to make sure everything went smoothly. Strangely enough, it did, the man paid me the exact cost of the repairs in cash and they left me standing in the parking lot of the grocery store, dumbfounded.

    To me, what I witnessed showed who in Rusk the police are trying to protect, the wealthy. I was a 16 year old kid, I wasn’t trying to extort anyone, I just wanted my car fixed that was ran into when the man’s son put his car into reverse at a stoplight and punched the gas and ran into me.

    Former Ruskite

    08/10/2012 at 11:18 AM

    • Traffic accidents should always be reported to the police and parties’ insurance companies.
      What you supposedly witnessed was the Cherokee County Good ‘ol Boy system at work outside the letter of law.
      They annoint themselves the enforcer of the guard, engage in illegal telephone recording and eavesdropping, trespass; and US mail interception.
      The ones who have been there (in Rusk, TX) decade after decade without promotion are paid to do the dirty work.
      Local law enforcement operates without probable cause when issuing the most minor of citations and they pocket the fines.
      There is no “law” enforcement in the county, just as you said, protection of their relatives’ interests including the lawbreakers.
      Perhaps Officer Crow was “off the clock” that evening in the parking lot, nonetheless he got another thrill working beyond the scope of his police duties. Obviously he was recruited to frighten you into dropping your insurance claim— just another day in Cherokee County, Texas.

      Cherokee County, Texas

      08/10/2012 at 12:04 PM

      • Well, hindsight is 20/20. As a police officer myself, I know that traffic accidents should be reported, however as a freshman in highschool, the thought on my mind was “oh crap, I was just involved in a car crash (even though I wasn’t at fault)! I was shook up and nervous. With hindsight, I may have even called my parents and told them and asked them what I should do. In the end, my car was fixed but I the tone of the phone call with the police officer evoked my Spidey Senses, even when I was 16. I knew good and well that it wasn’t right and I knew I needed to be uncomfortable. What’s funny is I didn’t charge the man to repair my car, I only charged him for the parts because I knew I could put them on myself ……

        Former Ruskite

        08/10/2012 at 12:36 PM

      • Multiply that somewhat benign incident by 100,000 over the course of 30 to 40 years, and you get a picture of why Cherokee County operates like a Ciudad Juarez.
        The officer was so bored that he had to physically join in the transaction; it never occurred to either men to follow corrective measures and do so out in the open (i.e. inform the insurance company and risk what? a 2% premium increase?). Instead they wanted to play clandestine. To them it is perfectly normal to call an underage kid and threaten with a mad dog tone. If you would have reported it, you would have been harassed, your parents and friends targeted, and every single phone conversation from your home phone played for the district attorney.
        Cherokee County law enforcement eavesdrops on the lay population not just to bust the little drug rings going through town, but to dig up dirt and retaliate against regular citizens. Hence the abundance of deputized phone men and cable guys, along with the willing gals working at the post office.
        You did the best thing by leaving.

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    07/13/2013 at 2:46 PM

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    08/01/2013 at 4:16 AM

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    08/02/2013 at 3:27 PM

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    09/17/2013 at 12:53 AM

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