The Tipton White Wash And WJXT

November 19, 2014

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The white wash State Attorney Angela Corey poured over the murder of Black Piston Zachariah “Nas T” Tipton two weeks ago may be starting to peal. Derek Kinner of Folio Weekly in Jacksonville, one of two reporters who have actually bothered to cover the murder, ran another story questioning the veracity of public statements about the case this morning.

This one is moderately headlined “Zachariah Tipton’s Family Questions Angela Corey’s Decision Of Justifiable Homicide.” The sub-headline is a little more to the point. It reads, “The murder of the biker slain at Jacksonville Beach still raises unanswered questions.” That is interesting because Folio chose to describe the homicide as a murder. At her news conference November 7, 134 days after the murder, Corey was unequivocal that Tipton’s killer, a National Guardsman and Iron Order Prospect named Kristopher Stone, was innocent of “any crime.”

Kinner’s coverage is the rarest of events in modern journalism. One little piece of the press in Jacksonville is actually doing its fucking job. “Self-defense, cut and dried, simple as that,” Folio smirks sarcastically. “Only maybe it’s not. Tipton, 40, known to his friends as ‘Nas T,’ suffered a broken rib from being kicked, a three-inch bruise from being punched or kicked, and a gunshot wound to the head, all in about 10 seconds, according to the state attorney’s office.”

Kinner notices “the Order has willfully and pointedly eschewed the unwritten rules that have (more or less) kept the peace between rival motorcycle clubs for decades, things like not wearing another club’s colors and respecting other clubs’ territories. They brag about doing so on their website, and while the Iron Order claims to be peaceful, this has led to problems with other motorcycle clubs. As then-Iron Order president Ray Lubesky told Folio Weekly earlier this year, ‘Let me tell you, it’s been violent. This isn’t one incident for us. It happens all the time.’”

You can read Kinner’s complete article here.

You can read the State Attorney’s complete report here.

Glynda Purdy

Folio indirectly quotes Tipton’s mother, Glynda Purdy, as saying that “her family may pursue other legal remedies to obtain what they think is real justice. Purdy dismisses the cops and prosecutors as useless.”

“I believe (Iron Order members) were there waiting,” Purdy told Folio. “They were assigned to do this. They were doing what they were told to do. You are talking (about) people who know the ropes.”

The questions Folio raises are reasonable. They should be asked by other news outlets in Jacksonville and public officials should be shamed into answering them. The most obvious question is why the disposition of the case took 134 days. A second obvious question asks who are the Iron Order and what exactly is it that makes them law abiding.

The day before Corey’s press conference and the public display of the video the family had’nt been allowed to see for nineteen weeks, The Aging Rebel spoke to a Jacksonville area attorney who had a extremely informed understanding of what would happen the next day. The attorney spoke on condition of anonymity. The email was copied to WJXT television reporter Vic Micolucci and it is in the interests of justice and minimally decent journalism to point out what WJXT knew and when.

The Aging Rebel has edited the email for brevity. The attorney was not a psychic. He didn’t get everything right. But what he did get right and how he interpreted what he knew is interesting. The attorney wrote in part:

What WJXT Knew On November 6

“The meeting is at 1:30 at the SAO.”

“One of my sources advises that the video will show two scuffles, one out in the parking area, and the one which involves Zach and another person with the shooter closer to Nippers, the shooter on the ground and firing up at Zach. I question the source due to the camera locations, but I was not able to review the video due to the reluctance to permit it while ongoing investigation, and allegations that the police took the only video after downloading it from the source.  Nonetheless, and to be fair, the source is adamant that Zach was an aggressor and this is based upon viewing the approach of Zach toward Nippers. I was not permitted details of the initiation of the scuffle.”

“I was there that night and heard the shots. Four is my recollection. Three pops, then another.  My vehicle was parked within twenty feet of the altercation. I frequently went back and forth to my vehicle loading and unloading things. I am aware of the Iron Order being there and at times, all members were in Nippers outdoor area. If the whole evening’s video was secured, it would show me on it and whether or not the shooter was in the bar, but I believe the police only took what they ‘believed’ to be pertinent timeframes.”

The Aging Rebel was told by numerous sources that there were either five or six shots. It now seems likely that those witnesses heard a combination of gunshots and echoes.

What Lawyers Should Ask

In his email to both The Aging Rebel and WJXT, the attorney then asked a series of lawyerly questions about the police investigation into the Tipton murder.

“So, was toxicology done to determine drinking,” the attorney wondered.

It is an important question. In fact the shooter, who is a National Guard Medic with access to drugs, was not tested for alcohol, marijuana or any other psychoactive drugs. It is a widely reported fact that the Army is awash in officially prescribed psychoactive drugs including, but not limited to, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Cymbalta and other SSRI antidepressants as well as Topamax and Neurontin, Chantix which is prescribed to control tobacco use and has been linked to violence, and the asthma drugs Singulair and Advair which have been reported to have mood altering effects.

The State Attorney assumed the shooter was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol because investigators were told by members of the Iron Order that prospects are forbidden to drink. Officials let it go at that.

The anonymous attorney then asked another question Angela Corey should have asked.

“Even if the video shows the shooter on the ground and even if two men were pounding on him, and he shot in self defense (meaning he reasonably feared for his life at the time), shouldn’t the shooter be arrested and have to assert the ‘defense’ rather than the SAO failing to file charges based upon the shooter’s testimony and lack of toxicology? Of course, due to the Iron Order alleging they are a law enforcement club, they have privileges and prior to this evening, their command had advised to shoot the OMC club members if in an altercation because the OMC clubs will not talk to police or report altercations. There is an email in existence that establishes this fact.”

The attorney then raised questions that undermine the seemingly airtight credibility of the video evidence that the state said exonerated Kristopher Stone. For example, what did the video show and what didn’t it show?

“The ‘witnesses’ will be an issue,” the attorney stated, “because there were only about ten to twelve true witnesses after the fact and a few less prior to the shots being fired. Another source advises that as the Black Pistons pulled in there were no Iron Order members in the parking lot.”

“The video cameras are at the four points of the Jax Beach Marine building and I am not aware whether or not other cameras were functioning,” the attorney explained the night before the State Attorney’s announcement. “I am told that the Iron Order were suddenly out in the parking lot. I know that the Iron Order were on the Nippers deck walking about and at several tables, and mostly sitting at the closest tables to the parking lot at the SE corner of the Jax Beach Marine building, the southwest corner of Nippers deck, right near my vehicle, and able to view incoming bikes and patrons.”

Shame On WJXT

There were, in fact, a dozen witnesses but the only two with more than glancing knowledge of the ten-second fight that got Zach Tipton shot in the head were the shooter and another Iron Order prospect named Tim White. The limited angle of the poor quality video that purports to show Tipton initiating an unprovoked attack on Stone doesn’t show what Tipton or the two Black Pistons who accompanied him saw or heard. It is impossible to know, for example, if an Iron Order member flashed a gun or other weapon that made Tipton and his companions fear for their lives. It is the kind of detail that arises at trial.

Even though the State Attorney either did not see or ignored the holes in the official account of Tipton’s murder the Jacksonville media should not. Journalism shouldn’t be about the beauty of the on camera talent. Journalism is about skepticism, not public relations. Journalism should be about confronting official power when official power appears to lie.

WJXT got the same tip and the same set of obvious questions this page got. The television station acted like the sort of bubble headed bleached blondes who give television news a bad name. As Kinner pointed out in his story this morning, WJXT responded to Corey’s press conference by announcing, “a series looking into motorcycle clubs. The first entry paints the Black Pistons and their parent club, the Outlaws, as villains, while the Iron Order is portrayed as a law-abiding club that would never do anything untoward, because they’re cops and military, the good guys, and these things are black and white.”

Even television can do better than that.

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164 Responses to “The Tipton White Wash And WJXT”

  1. Straight Shooter Says: I googled corrupt Jacksonville Fl and small wonder it’s loaded w/decades of wrong doing by all forms of ‘authority’.

  2. popeye Says:

    All part of the everyone gets a trophy mentality we live in today.

  3. PJ Says:

    Thank you for the history lesson RVN69, Panamaa. I didn’t know black was originally Rangers. And thank you Rusty. Forgot about THAT one.

  4. Rusty Says:

    Most every thing this day and time is a bastardized version of what it once was, and the signs and symbols that once carried significant honor and respect don’t carry that same symbolism today. The outcry when the Army started wearing the Marine Corps 8 point cover comes to mind….
    The 1% ♢ is the last I ever expected to see “stolen” and worn publicly.

    Respect to the deserving.

  5. panamaa Says:

    Sorry RVN69,

    Your post was not up when I wrote the above….

  6. panamaa Says:

    Not only did they let everyone wear a beret. They let ’em wear a black beret………… That was bullshit…


  7. RVN69 Says:

    @PJ, same as that asshole general under Clinton who decided that the Rangers having Black Beret’s was bad for the morale of the other troops so he had them issued to everyone. Taking a extremely hard earned symbol of recognition and giving it away to everone, did nothing for the regular troops morale and pissed off the Rangers.

    I think the Urine Odor putting a 1% Diamond on is more akin to someone who was never in the service or never served in combat wearing the uniform full of silver & bronze stars and purple hearts. It is in a way Stolen Valor. Claiming without deserving it a symbol of sacrifice, honor and courage.

  8. PJ Says:


    Reminds me of our military. Dad told me in his day, only paratroopers bloused boots (woe to the man tried to imitate). Then, someone decided all Soldiers should wear berets.

    When I first came in the Navy, only folks who said ‘Hooyah’ were our Spec Op community. Now, its like a Navy thing. Brown shoes once being only worn by aviators, coveralls (I think) only by submariners.

    I won’t even go into how watered down my Shellback initiation was (I guess to not offend and be more inclusive)…

    This stuff doesn’t mean much to outsiders, but to the people who earned it (be it a diamond, beret, shoes, etc…) it cheapens what they worked for and shows people want something for nothing.

  9. Jim666 Says:

    here`s the latest gossip from the hate io page,

    I just copied and pasted, thought it might be worth a check in to,


    46 minutes ago
    So, rumor has it that this cat Brit, who is Prez of this shit show, is considering tossing all LE, and throwing a “real” diamond on….. Tell me how this changes anything? Tell me how this wouldn’t actually make things worse for these idiots? Tell me how the diamond isn’t losing its exclusivity? There are those in the BIG clubs that are putting the diamond in the drawer of their desk for that exact reason….. Fucking dumbest thing I’ve heard yet. Go ahead Brit; see what that does for ya…..SMH”

  10. 11c_infantry Says:

    MPOV said: “Oh and if you haven’t noticed. I am not a biker or affiliated with any biker clubs, not the IOMC, not the BPMC, … NONE zilch, natha. So please, stop referring that I am. I am a neutral citizen who cares for LIFE.”

    An obvious question arises from this admission; why the flying fuck are you here? There have to be a million other places you could post your point of view — maybe a JAX newspaper site, for example — but you choose to post here…a site that is primarily visited by bikers who live in the club world or, at the very least, on its periphery. You talk about Rebel’s agenda, but what the fuck is your agenda? A supposed “neutral citizen” doesn’t waste the inordinate amount of time you waste blathering about shit they know nothing about without having some very real, very personal agenda. I smell a very large skunk in the room. I am sick of you insulting our intelligence. Your claim of being a “neutral citizen” strains credulity, and yet you expect us to swallow that bullshit like it’s ice cold beer. If you can’t at least be honest about your stake in this, just find another site where your bullshit POV will be appreciated.

    L&R to those who earned it,


  11. panamaa Says:

    Ricky Redneck ,

    Right you are…

  12. Ricky Redneck Says:

    The donation can be set up to reoccur on a monthly basis……..

  13. Ricky Redneck Says:

    And the donation can be set up to reoccur on a monthly basis…….

  14. Tooj Says:

    I have gotten a needed belly laugh from this site. So the IO threatened to ‘gang bang’ Amy? Let me guess? Handcuffed to a barred jail cell; eh, ‘Gemma’?

    Now the IO is a white supremacy, woman raping, caricature of SOA? This site just keeps going full circle jerk regarding this bunch. Only by reporting a circle jerk, to clarify.

    Geezus Christ on a Bike Amy, you should look into playing straight for a comedian…

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