We have an interesting little speech which was directly transcribed from the DVD of the April 21, 2009 Meridian, Mississippi City Council Meeting, spoken by City Council President Mary Perry herself. We wonder how you will feel after reading her words, that this type of person is in city government, and that this type of person can even sit as president of that elected body.
Christ’s Church In Action (CCIA) had requested, through its Executive Assistant, Lucinda Johnson, to be placed on the agenda to present new evidence regarding crimes committed by city administration. They were going to present evidence and ask the council to investigate the mayor and other offending members of city administration, for various crimes committed, including the cover-up of the arson against CCIA and the lack of proper police investigation, which included denial of equal protection under the law for members/attendees of CCIA. They were requesting this of the City Council, under the following laws:
MS Code 21-8-27: “…the council shall have THE POWER TO INVESTIGATE any part of the municipal government and for that purpose to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents and other evidence.”
MS Code 21-8-13. General powers and duties of council.
(4) The council, in addition to such other powers and duties as may be conferred upon it by this chapter or otherwise by general law, may require any municipal officer, in its discretion, to prepare and submit sworn statements regarding his official duties, and otherwise to investigate the conduct of any department, office or agency of the municipal government.
Ms. Johnson requested an hour to present the evidence; the City Council, via Ms. Perry, denied the request to present the evidence, and relegated Ms. Johnson to 5 minutes and the others to 3 minutes each. Obviously the City Council had gagged them, again. There was no way they could present the evidence now.
If you read (How Can the South RISE AGAIN when the City Council LIES AGAIN?), you will see the specifics of the trick that Ms. Perry used to “wiggle out” of the fact that the council, according to LAW, has the POWER to INVESTIGATE any member of the municipal government. (And of course, if you read the articles and documents on this website, it should become clear to you that Mayor John Robert Smith and others in his administration, as well as in the Meridian, Mississippi Police Department, have committed numerous violations of law and deprivation of rights of the individuals in question in Meridian, Mississippi.)
Among her tricks, she tried to say that she had gotten a letter from the Attorney General’s Office saying that the council could not do any investigating; even though the laws above clearly state that they have the power to do so.
(Remember, CCIA had requested that the City Council allow them to “present new evidence which has surfaced regarding crimes committed by members of the municipal government here in Meridian. The evidence proves that there was no proper police investigation into the arson which was committed against Christ’s Church In Action (CCIA), and that city officials covered up this fact, and even actively blocked the investigation. There is evidence to prove that city officials played an active role in stopping this investigation.”)
Anyway, at the end of the meeting, Mary Perry said these words, supposedly regarding the situation with Christ’s Church In Action: THESE ARE HER ACTUAL WORDS, TRANSCRIBED FROM THE DVD...PLEASE READ THIS IN ITS ENTIRETY--YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT!
MARY PERRY’S COMMENTS:
“…To comment on what has happened here tonight…as you heard things, uh, we look into government stuff and they’re not (unintelligible) and they’re not being sent somewhere. I don’t remember seeing anything, but I wanted to find out more about it and I did find out more about it.
I don’t ask people to give their telephone numbers publicly on this thing, so you can’t call and ask, but I did find out what I needed to know or what I thought I needed to know—but I would like to again say, please send civil rights-uh- if you think you’ve been violated civil rights—with your rights—please send it to the justice department, to the civil rights office and then, um, the part about burning—and I’ve been accused of something that I didn’t even know was in….I didn’t even know about it—still don’t know about it.
But I was not even a part of the council and I was accused of that part—so I don’t know anything to do…we’ve gone out, we’ve looked, we’ve investigated, we visited, we read, we’ve read their reports, we’ve had the meetings, we’ve had work sessions with this, and we cannot get people to understand that we make laws, we do investigate government dealings but we do not investigate private homes bein’ built. Bein’ burned, or whatever.
That is a judicial issue; I wish and pray that it will be taken to the courts, and please not bought back to us—I have heard this since I’ve been on the council and when I have heard that I have kept somebody do something, I said, “WHAT?” And then I was told what they owned, what they had, I didn’t know nuthin’ about it, that was before my time.
So, I’m beggin’ and prayin’ that we not be involved in this again.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Although it is hard to comment on incoherency,the following statements made by Ms. Perry need addressing:
“But I was not even a part of the council” - WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT? SHE WAS DEFINITELY A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL WHEN THE ARSON OCCURRED IN 2003, AND THROUGHOUT THE COVER-UP WHICH IS ONGOING TO THIS DAY. (MARY PERRY HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS!)
“and I was accused of that part—so I don’t know anything to do” - AGAIN, WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT?
“…we’ve gone out, we’ve looked, we’ve investigated, we visited,” - THIS WOMAN IS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH. THE CITY COUNCIL HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING ABOUT THE CRIMES COMMITED BY JOHN ROBERT SMITH’S ADMINISTRATION IN COVERING UP THE ARSON AGAINST CCIA AND THE DEPRIVATION OF THE RIGHTS OF THESE CITIZENS. SOME OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WENT TO THE BUILDING DURING THE TAX-EXEMPTION DEBACLE IN WHICH CCIA HAD BEEN FALSELY ACCUSED* OF NOT HAVING A TAX EXEMPTION FOR THE BUILDING THAT WAS BURNED, BUT THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COVER-UP OF THE ARSON AND THE OTHER CRIMES COMMITTED BY MAYOR JOHN ROBERT SMITH AND OTHERS. SHE IS CONFUSING THE ISSUES COMPLETELY HERE, AND IS MISLEADING THE PUBLIC.
“we read, we’ve read their reports,” - IF THE CITY COUNCIL HAD REALLY READ WHAT CCIA HAS GIVEN THEM OVER THE YEARS, THEN WHY DIDN’T THEY INVESTIGATE THE MAYOR AND THE OTHERS A LOT SOONER? THIS IS HOGWASH. BESIDES, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NEW EVIDENCE CCIA WAS GOING TO PRESENT.
“ we’ve had the meetings, we’ve had work sessions with this,” - THEY HAD ONE WORK SESSION WITH PASTOR DEMERS AND HIS WIFE IN 2006, IN WHICH THEY LISTENED (WITH A BAD ATTITUDE) FOR A FEW MINUTES, WITHOUT LOOKING AT ANY EVIDENCE, AND THEN SAID THAT THEY WERE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING BECAUSE THEY “HAVE NO ‘SAY SO’ WHEN THE MAYOR DOES ANYTHING WRONG,” AND THAT IT WAS “NONE OF (THEIR) BUSINESS.” AND, OBVIOUSLY, THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING SINCE, EXCEPT GAG THE VICTIMS AND THWART JUSTICE.
“ and we cannot get people to understand that we make laws, we do investigate government dealings” - THIS SOUNDS LIKE SHE IS REVERSING HERSELF AND SAYING THAT THE COUNCIL DOES INVESTIGATE GOVERNMENT!
“ but we do not investigate private homes bein’ built. Bein’ burned, or whatever.” - AGAIN, THIS WOMAN IS MIXING UP THE ISSUES AND MISLEADING THE PUBLIC. CCIA DID NOT ASK THE CITY COUNCIL TO INVESTIGATE THE ARSON. CCIA ASKED THE CITY COUNCIL, ACCORDING TO THE LAWS CITED ABOVE, TO INVESTIGATE THE MAYOR AND OTHER MEMBERS OF CITY ADMINISTRATION FOR CRIMINAL WRONGDOING, AND TO LOOK AT EVIDENCE CCIA HAS REGARDING THIS. (PART OF THIS INVESTIGATION WOULD HAVE INCLUDED THE FACT THAT THE MERIDIAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS ULTIMATELY UNDER THE DIRECTION AND CONTROL OF THE MAYOR, DID NOT INVESTIGATE THE ARSON AGAINST CHRIST'S CHURCH IN ACTION PROPERLY, IF AT ALL...ALSO IT WOULD HAVE INCLUDED THE MEDIA BLACKOUT WHICH CCIA ALLEGES WAS ORCHESTRATED, AND AIDED BY THE MAYOR AND OTHERS IN HIS ADMINISTRATION.) (See Letter to the City of Meridian-COVERUP OF AND PARTICIPATION IN ARSON, HATE CRIMES, AND PREJUDICE BY CITY GOVERNMENT EXPOSED, and POLICE FRAUD & DECEPTION, PART I: Details of Methodology of Mayor-directed, Police Chief-effected, Council-allowed Cover up Revealed!)
It is a sad state of affairs when people who sit in government can misspeak like this woman did, and no one will say anything to them…are the other people on the City Council really understanding what she says when she talks? Or is everyone afraid to tell her? Is she one of those women who yells and “goes off” on you when you try to talk to her about anything? We here at The Arm of Justice are sitting here wondering (yet, at the same time, knowing) why justice has not been accomplished for these victims yet.
 Looks like this could be a 26th Tactic to add to the (25 DISGUSTING TACTICS USED BY CORRUPT GOVERNMENT UNKNOWN TO THE AVERAGE CITIZEN): Tactic #26. “Pre-emptive Strike.” To keep victims from justice, find out (a week before a public meeting is to be held) what they are going to talk about at that meeting, and what request they will be making. Then, use that week to SCRAMBLE to find a way to NOT do what those citizens are asking. Make sure you do your homework on this! Find a way to thwart them! Like, come up with a supposed letter to yourself from the Attorney General’s Office and read a tiny part of it and twist the meaning to suit your own devious desire to NOT do the right thing. Make that little sucker say whatever you want it to say…then, make sure you DON’T give a copy of that letter to the victims. Do everything you can to keep it from them, because then your lie will be kept secret!
MCBRIDE VENDETTA/ TAX-EXEMPTION DEBACLE
Mr. McBride was angry at Pastor Demers and CCIA because the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors had overruled the Library Board in regards to some illicit materials in the library being made available for children to see. Pastor Demers and CCIA had brought it up to the Library Board (Bill McBride was a member) who had seen nothing wrong with it, and so Pastor Demers and CCIA brought it up before the Board of Supervisors, whose members (correctly) were shocked at the material being made available to children.
Tony Green, the County Administrator at the time, wrote a letter to Pastor Demers telling him that a committee from the Board of Supervisors had met with Mr. McCartney and the Library Board to make sure that they were placing tighter restraints on that type of material being made available to children. (Mr. McBride had visited the parsonage to view the material which talked about a 90-year-old man having sex with a 15-year-old virgin, and Mr. McBride said, “I don’t see anything wrong with that.” Ms. Johnson said, “If you don’t see anything wrong with that, then you’re a dirty old man.”) The letter from Tony Green was dated December 29, 2005.
Mr. McBride “stewed” for a while, and then, on April 13, 2006 Mr. McBride was shown on television, complaining to the Board of Supervisors that he wanted examinations of certain properties because he felt that they should not be tax-exempt. CCIA’s property at 518 41st Avenue was shown on this news clip. CCIA found out later from Tony Green that Mr. McBride had demanded that the Board look into CCIA’s tax-exempt status on that property. Mr. Green said that the Board tried to tell Mr. McBride that they couldn’t just look into one church—they would have to look into all of them if they did that; and that Mr. McBride insisted and made a lot of noise about it, so that the Board ended up having to look at all of the churches tax-exemption statuses in Meridian. (Because of Bill McBride’s desire to stir up trouble for CCIA, the whole city’s churches and tax-exempt properties had to be re-examined for tax-exempt status.)
For CCIA, this began a long series of attendance at City Council meetings, document preparation, and the like, and tied the church staff up for over one year. To sum up, the tax-exemption on CCIA’s property at 518 41st Avenue was (improperly and not according to the law) revoked, and then later reinstated by the City Council when several of the members came and saw the usage of the property.
The law states that any property owned by a church and used for church purposes and not for profit is tax-exempt. It was clear looking at the law and the usage of the property that the property was tax exempt. That is the reason that, once some of the City Council members saw the usage of the property they “gave back” the tax-exemption they had revoked.
During the time frame of the tax-exemption debacle, Mr. McCartney started a slanderous thread on the Meridian Star forum, under the name of Ernest T. Bass (Mr. McBride joined in as “Sailorman”). Pastor Demers, his wife, and CCIA’s ministry were slandered mercilessly.
· Anyone who came to their defense was banned from posting on the forum, but slanderers were allowed to continue.
· This was in keeping with Crystal Dupre’s statement which she made to two people on separate occasions (Pastor Demers and Lucinda Johnson) that she would never let them get the truth out in her newspaper, and to Mrs. Demers that she (Crystal) would never let the truth get out in her forum.
· Be reminded of the MEDIA BLACKOUT of the arson which has kept the normal outpouring of sympathy away from the victims; and now there was a slanderous thread on The Meridian Star’s forum.
· This further obscured any investigation, blocked any public outpouring of sympathy towards the victims, and hindered anything which may have been used to bring about justice in this case.
· One of the confusing things which Mr. McCartney started on the forum was that he called into question whether or not CCIA was really a church or not; he was publicly questioning whether the church should be tax-exempt or not. THAT was never in question; CCIA is a church, recognized by the Federal (US) Government as such since 1983, and exempt from taxes. The question in Meridian was NOT whether or not Christ’s Church In Action was a church or whether the church was tax-exempt; it was a question of whether or not that building was exempt from (ad valorem) taxes, which, of course, according to law, it always was.
· Because most people are not familiar with the laws, this all started great confusion among the public and was very hurtful to CCIA, its pastor, members, attendees, and people whom the church was trying to help.
Without going into all of the details here, after revoking CCIA’s ad valorem tax-exemption, the City Council reinstated the tax-exemption on September 4, 2007. Now that this was over (over a year had gone by), CCIA was ready to re-address the question about the arson and cover-up, which had originally been brought up a year earlier. This issue had been side-tracked by the City Council’s refusal to do anything about it, and had been obscured by the tax-exemption hassle which was brought against CCIA.
A letter was written to the City Council on September 7, 2007, requesting that CCIA be placed on the agenda to address, among others, the following issues:
1. The cover-up of the arson, denial of equal protection under the law and denial of civil rights by city administration and police department, presentation to include police records (we had a partial copy of the report at that time) and CD recording of CAO Ken Storms;
2. To request Council’s assistance in obtaining all records of police department and fire department concerning the arson;
3. To explain and present facts to show connection between that arson and the cover-up by city and kidnapping and brainwashing and psychological abuse of minor children;
4. To present laws under Title 18 of Federal Code to show that the city’s administration by its action and inaction violated same.
CCIA was placed on the agenda for the September 18, 2007 meeting, but was told in a letter from Pam McInnis, Clerk of council, that she had been directed to place CCIA on the Citizens’ Comment portion of the agenda (at the end of the meeting), and that CCIA would have five (5) minutes to speak.
At the September 18, 2007 meeting, John Robert Smith stood up before CCIA’s presentation, and, in a surprise, sensationalist move, VETOED the City Council’s reinstatement of CCIA’s tax-exempt status on 518 41st Avenue. Thus, the Mayor effectively eclipsed and obscured his own crimes being exposed, because the media and everyone else seized on his surprise veto, so no one paid attention to CCIA, again.
· One can see clearly how this was carefully orchestrated by the mayor to place CCIA at the end of the meeting, in addition to gagging them with only 5 minutes, and that he could then swoop in with his VETO and take all of the attention away from what CCIA was going to present regarding the crimes his administration had committed. Mayor John Robert Smith’s move was successful. The veto was the big news and made it to the front page of the paper, and no attention was brought to the mayor for his crimes.
· One should ask, why would a mayor be going after a little poor church whose tax revenue would only be a few hundred dollars at most?
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