One of my favorite readers left the comment below. It reflects what I feel about the Mason case, Boks, Boswell and Bartholomew. (The Three Bs). Actually Dana and I get along well. I just disagree with him 100% about what happened to Mason.
By the way, this is day 9 of my third Request for Public Records regarding all information, medical records, lab results, photographs and euthanasia information of all the cats seized fron Mason and killed that same day. These were evidence animals and required a judge's order to be destroyed.
I have to check with Brad Jensen whether he received the requested info by snail mail, but I doubt it. I'll bet they have NOTHING in terms of medical records, lab tests, photos or reasons for killing the cats. They just did it without a second thought.
Preliminary Chameleon info shows only one cat to have been irremediably suffering, not 25 as Boks alleged. Maybe that is why Boks took down his libelous post about Mason almost a month after he was cleared, because it stated 25 cats were killed because they were irremediably suffering.
It appears Boks is going to tough it out and just refuse to respond. He just killed the cats for no reason that first day and maybe a total of 40. Boks/Boswell never gave Mason the legally required (PC 597.1) Postseizure Hearing where the case for seizure is made along with a mechanism to get his property--the cats--back, or at least deciding their disposition.
Boks basically has said to all of us and Mason, "Fuck you. I can do anything I want because the Mayor backs me, Bickhart defends me and Mason does not have a lawyer." The Daily News does not appear to care either.
Remember, Ron Mason is Everyman; he represents all of us in the animal community who are at risk of repraisal if we do anything that displeases Boks, Boswell, the ACTF, etc. They can say anything they want and the media will dutifully repeat the City's libelous claims.
Thanks for the Mason story.
Sure doesn't rise to the level of what Dana Bartholomew promised, which was to "write a story" once the case was decided one way or the other. This isn't a followup, and it doesn't address the myriad of civil rights violations Boks perpetrated against Ron Mason, including lying about him on an offical city website.
This is just CYA on the part of the Daily News, and completely lame at that. Dana and his bosses better hope Mason doesn't get a lawyer.The one thing I hope WE take away from this is that this whole incident was a blatant attempt by Boks to curry favor and rehab his irretrievably lost reputation with the rescue community.
He deliberately went after a white man (not what he thinks WE will perceive as a victim), he overtly states that Ron was breeding cats, which he knew was false because he had all Ron's spay/neuter paperwork. He charges a felony (and don't give me "the City Attorney brings the charges -- look at the videotape and see what Boswell says), even though since LAAS has had a relationship with Ron for years.
If he HAD been perpetrating felony abuse they would have been negligent in not getting him sooner.He kills a bunch of cats he knew weren't sick, including the original six kittens who were the bogus premise for the bust.And when the City Attorney won't go along with this baseles pile of garbage "case," he continues to twist the knife in Ron to the bitter end, in violation of his agreement with Ed M., and for NO other reason than to vent his spite because oops! it turned out Ron wasn't the friendless patsy Boks thought he was.
Let's remember just who we're dealing with. Let's remember that he's no better than Mayeda, he just has a smaller playing field. But he kills cats for spite.
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FTR I posted the Mason "follow up" story.
I didn't see it in the paper. I had to pay for the article in the archives.
It was a small part of the "around the valley" section where they had five tiny stories strung together. It was buried in the paper. Mason has not been exonerated.
Poster one, who is policing the police, exactly. There was an article in the Times last week about LAPD. They investigate themselves when there are excessive force complaints. Guess what? In every investigation, they get rid of evidence, change what witnesses said and they find no excessive force. Amazing. Our government is so effed up.