Squeaky Wheel Gets Greased

October 20, 2009


A friend of this page, who often comments as “Not Surprised” has “undertaken a letter writing campaign regarding the events surrounding the death of James Hicks.”

I thought you should know this. And, I also thought you should have the email addresses if you would also like to raise your voice on this subject.

The Governor of Virginia is a politician named Tim Kaine and you can write him at  [email protected]vernor.virginia.gov.

Not Surprised has also written to the Virginia State Police and the ATF. If you are so inclined you can tell the State Police what you think of their SWAT Teams by writing to [email protected] General complaints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be addressed [email protected]

If you think news coverage of James Hicks’ homicide has been superficial and lazy you might one to complain to one or more of the following editors.

You can complain to Norfolk Virginian-Pilot Managing Editor Denis Finley at [email protected]

Complain to Richmond Times-Dispatch Managing Editor Louise Seals at [email protected]

The Assistant Managing editor at the Baltimore Sun is Sam Davis. Write him at [email protected]

The Assistant Managing Editor at the Washington Post is the highly regarded Bob Woodward. His email address is [email protected]

The Executive News Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer is Stan Wischnowski. Write him at [email protected]

And, the Managing Editor at the New York Times is Charles Strum. His email address is [email protected]

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2 Responses to “Squeaky Wheel Gets Greased”

  1. sled tramp Says:

    Saw this today….
    About as bad a end as it gets.This in the aftermath this week of an unbelievable verdict of involuntary manslaughter instead of the desired second degree murder in the case of the B.A.R.T. cop shooting a father on a train platform last year in Oakland California.
    Yet more cases of cops going unpunished for rogue behavior.

  2. Not Surprised Says:

    Rebel, I appreciate the kind words. I’ve come across more information that I am pretty sure is accurate as the source is very close to the family. Part of the “after action” report whereby everyone gets together and agrees on what really (did not) happen, was either leaked or obtained by the family or their attorney. Or, what I read may have been from a pre-raid surveillance report, I cannot say.

    Mrs. Hicks was a School Bus driver for Dinwiddie County School system. Each day Monday through Friday, she would, at just before or shortly after 0600 AM, start the bus up to “warm up” the engine. That this fact was known to the authorities since it was written, begs the question of whether or not the raid was planned to avoid Mrs Hicks being outside of the home. It also begs the question of whay such a raid was necessary when it would require little effort to leverage Mrs. Hicks thus convincing her husband to surrender.

    I have read unconfirmed reports that the actual execution release from Command (not the Judge but the coodinater of the raid) was not signed off on until 11:15 or 5 hours AFTER Mr Hicks was shot dead.

    Alos, just for clarification the FBI Office in Pittsburgh was Command for that agency, the BATFE Office in Lexington KY was Command for that agency, and it reamins unclear if the Richmond Office of BATFE was even involved.

    I have read fairly reliable reports that in the days after the shooting Govermnet agents were questioning neighbors of the Hick’s as if to find some reason to “justify” their actions. This may be a routine aspect of the “investigation” of the shooting itself which i understand is two pronged. The Virginia State Police is or has already conducted its internal investigation and by statute will turn their findings over to the Attroney General for the state of Virginia as well as the DA for Dinwiddie county. You can bet they will never see the light of day.

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