OF ROLE MODELS AND INVISIBLE MEN AND WOMEN (part-2): SUSAN LANGSTON DEA vs. WALTER R. CLEMENT et al

REPORTED BY 

NORMAN J. CLEMENT RPH., DDS.,

WITH CONTRIBUTION FROM

RICARDO FERTIL PHARMD, NORMAN L.CLEMENT PHARM-TECH, JELANI ZIMBABWE CLEMENT, BS., MBA., WILLIE GUINYARD BS., BERES E. MUSCHETT, BS., STRATEGIC ADVISOR

“Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has discriminated against its African-American employees for decades.”

ABC NEWS-

CONGRESS MUST DEFUND THE DEA

According to ABC News Jim Mustian of Associate Press and the Baltimore Sun Times Justin Fenton June 18, 2020;

The group of retired agents said in a statement sent to news organizations this week that Attorney General William Barr was out of touch with racial disparities that permeate not only local police departments but federal law enforcement. (5)

“This is a culture,” said Karl Colder, who previously oversaw the DEA’s Washington field division, served on the agency’s diversity committee and was one of 76 former agents involved in drafting the statement. “You still don’t have African Americans in positions to really monitor and ensure things are equal.

Gary Tuggle, who was a special agent in charge of the Baltimore field office and served as interim Baltimore Police commissioner in 2018, said he thinks the problem has worsened in recent years.

Ernie Howard, who was the special agent in charge in Houston from 1997 to 2001, said there is “not an even playing field.”

“The DEA hasn’t had an African American female special agent in charge in years,” Tuggle said. “That’s ridiculous.”

June Werlow Rogers, who previously led the DEA’s New England field office from 2002 to 2008. “I’m really glad we’re at a point now where people are listening, but in order for us to change things, we’ve got to change minds and hearts.”

” Rogers recalled while an agent in Baltimore she was pulled over and questioned despite showing her DEA credentials until a white DEA supervisor intervened and that a magistrate judge once confused her for a defendant in court.

We can easily relate with former Agent Rogers and share our experience with a privileged Judges. Transcripts from January 28, 2020, DEA v Pronto Pharmacy LLC Tampa Florida. DOCKET 19-42, before Judge Mark D. Dowd held in Tampa, Fl.

MR. SISCO: No objection.

JUDGE DOWD: Thank you, Mr. Sisco.


THE WITNESS (DEA Richard James Albert): Mr. Clement, one question. When you

served that document on the pharmacy, were these printed out for you at that time or were these maintained at the pharmacy in a logbook, or do you know where these actually came from?

DEA RICHARD JAMES ALBERT

THE WITNESS (DEA Richard James Albert): They will be maintained

in a logbook. But when I requested a subpoena, I would think that they made copies of them.

And one correction —

JUDGE DOWD: Okay. So you weren’t there when they were produced, you came back for them?

THE WITNESS: (MR. ALBERT) W ell, they was — I  either picked them up or they were sent to me.

JUDGE DOWD: Okay.

THE WITNESS(DEA Richard James Albert):: But one c o r r e c t .  I ‘m Mr. Albert. You called me Mr. Clement.

JUDGE DOWD: Oh, I’m sorry. Excuse me. It’s old age creeping up. “Old Age,” 

Lessons from our ancestors, has taught us well here, ” just let him keep talking, give him time, and the truth will reveal itself. We can observe here times have changed very little in America.

The DEA was first held liable in the early 1980s for discriminating against black agents in salary, promotions, supervisory evaluations, and discipline. Once a Black Federal employee reaches GS-13 any promotion beyond that point becomes extremely difficult.

SUSAN LANGSTON DEA VS. WALTER R. CLEMENT

While Black Agents in the DEA were continually denied, promotions, unqualified people like Susan Langston received promotion after promotion and recently was promoted to DEA Head Quarters in Washington DC. Ms. Langston has only a BS in Arts and Training as a paralegal with no law enforcement background.

According to LinkedIn reporting, she became in charge of the DEA Field office in Los Angeles and Miami and received a promotion within the DEA headquarters in Washington D.C. Ms. Langston appears to have no background, training nor certifications in the knowledge of drug substance abuse and treatment and appears to have no advanced certificates in law enforcement. 

Susan Langston was the Program Manager for the DEA Miami Field Division’s Diversion Regulatory Program. Overall supervision of Diversion Groups located in Miami (Weston), West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee, Florida. She has since been promoted to a position in Washington DC. (1)(2)

SUSAN LANGSTON

Ms. Langston’s qualifications and educational background are both troubling and alarming. She has no law enforcement background, no medical, dental, or pharmaceutical science background. Yet she heads to head the DEA Miami Field Division’s Diversion Regulatory Program. Ms. Langston has attained only a bachelor’s degree beyond that trained as a paralegal. (9) 

Ms. Langston orchestrates the attacks against licensed physicians, pharmacists, and dentists, and yet her qualifications, background, and tactics such as redefining, misclassification of long-standing medical/pharmacy/dental protocols are further troubling. Such as:

  1. Defining Pharmacy Compounding as Manufacturing and requiring a separate registration when no registration exists.
  2. Pushing for a pharmacist to challenge medical/dental practitioners’ diagnosis and treatment, which is outside the authority and scope of a pharmacist. (11)
  3. Strong arming Pharmacies/Pharmacists into being an arm of law enforcement (supporting the misuse of Google Maps and the PDMP systems) which encourages bias, discrimination, and profiling.

WALTER R CLEMENT

Walter R. Clement, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Eastern Michigan University, 1996  

Master’s Business, Business Management, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO, 2006. Master’s Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, CO, 2007   

Home E-mail: Range1274@comcast.net

Police Officer, Detroit Police Department 1977-1980  Corrections Specialist,Michigan Department of Corrections, Phoenix Correctional Facility,1980-1985  

Resident Unit Officer, Promoted 1982-1985, Supervised inmates in correctional unit housing blocks (Full time)

Police Officer, Detroit Police Department 1985-1995 

1.)Underwater Recover Team 1985-1994 

2.) Special Response Team 1986-1993

3.) Criminal Sex Crime Investigator 1993-1995

Sergeant, Detroit Police Department, 1995-2013

4.)Patrol Supervisor, investigate use of force complaints.

5.)Financial Management Department, Supervisor/Manager Grant Writer Team

6.)Community Policing finance/operations manager

6.)Supervisor/Trainer Detroit Police Underwater Recovery

7.)Field Training Officer (FTO) Supervisor 

8.)Training Instructor, Detroit Police Academy

  • Officer in Charge of Firearms Range   

9.) Criminal Justice Instructor, University of Phoenix, Southfield Michigan, Instructor, 2006-2007 (Part-time) 

10.)Criminal Justice Instructor, Colorado Technical University, Online, 2007-present (Part time) 

Licensures/Certificates (include licensure/certificate name, issuing organization, original year obtained, and current/non-current): 

11.) Certificate of Training, National Standard of First Official Response to a Critical Environment training, United States National Standards of Training Association, 2010

12.) Underwater crime Scene Preservation and Investigation Techniques,Michigan Justice Institute, Macomb Community College,1999

Faculty: The Role
TRAINING OF OTHER OFFICERS

Formal Teaching Experience (Indicate delivery formats as appropriate)

Bachelor’s/Associate’s Subject Areas Taught:  Introduction to Criminal Justice, Classroom and Online  

Criminal Investigations, Online

13.)Law Enforcement Operations and Report Writing, Classroom and Online  

14.) Ethics in Criminal Justice, Classroom and Online   

15.) Criminology, Online  

16.) Criminal Procedure, Online  

17.) Interview and Interrogation, Online   

18.) Victimology, Online  

19.) Grant Writing, Classroom and Online  

20.) Report Writing, Online

21.) Introduction to Criminal Profiling, Online

Other Teaching Experience: 

22.)Detroit Police Academy (Inservice training for police supervisors) 2008-2013

23.) Use of Force, Leadership, Police Customers Service, Supervisor Report Writing, Job Satisfaction  

24.) Detroit Police Academy (Recruit Training classes) 2008-2013

25.) Patrol Tactics, Police Report Writing, Court Room Procedures, Officer Survival, Conflict Resolution, Proper Handcuffing, Traffic Stops, Patrol Tactics, Interview and Interrogations.    

26.) Nation Black Police Association, Instructing on Grant Writing, throughout the United States 2009-2012;

This is only 1/3 of Walter R. Clement’s credentials and what more Black Law Enforcement officer have attained in the year of services to their communities and country. Further, these are the amount of credentialing the Federal Courts have taking their time (40 years) to slow walk and act upon. The actions of the Federal Courts are disgraceful. Walter R, Clement is more than qualified to be in the Senior Executive Level of the DEA.

Walter R. Clement, comes from a family of mud, grit, and adventurers, he enjoys riding his Aspencade Motor Cycle throughout the United States of America and Canada, just like Val Demmings. He enjoys teaching Law Enforcement. Walter R. Clement, was born the 4th child into parents Erlin and Rose Elaine Clement from Panama. His grandparents were from Barbados and migrated to Panama to build the Panama Canal. He is most proud to say that all of his 5 brothers, finished college and our dad is still standing at 103 years old and loves his Golf Game.

ERLIN CLEMENT SR., AGE 98 TUCAN COUNTRY GOLF CLUB, BALBOA, PANAMA 2015

SUSAN LANGSTON DEA VS. VAL DEMINGS

Val Demings, began her career in Jacksonville as a social worker, working with foster children. Despite seeing a few women in the ranks of law enforcement in the early 1980s, Val was inspired to move to Orlando to join the police force. She graduated from the police academy as class president, receiving the Board of Trustees’ Award for Overall Excellence, and quickly earned the reputation of a tenacious, no-nonsense cop. (published resume online google search)

CONGRESSWOMAN VAL DEMINGS

Val Demings, took these lessons seriously, getting her first job at age 14, and became the first in her family to graduate from college. With her parents proudly at her side, she received a B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University.

It was that reputation that helped her work her way up the ranks while raising a family. During her 27-year career, she served in virtually every department, including serving as Commander of the Special Operations, where she was responsible for some of Orlando’s highest-profile tasks, including special events and dignitary protection.

In 2007, Val Demings made history when she was appointed to serve as Orlando’s first female Chief of Police.

Chief Demings was widely praised for her dynamic leadership and a significant drop in crime. She shepherded the department through the financial crisis and despite budgetary constraints kept the same number of officers on the streets. Remarkably, the Orlando Police Department reduced violent crime by more than 40 percent while she was Chief.

Chief Demings founded innovative programs like Operation Positive Direction, a mentoring program that empowers at-risk students through tutoring, community service, and positive incentives. She also launched Operation Free Palms, a project focusing on rejuvenating Orlando’s most crime-ridden housing complex, the Palms Apartments. Collaborating with city officials and faith leaders, this initiative included increasing access to childcare, building playgrounds, a GED program, and job skills training to improve the quality of life in Orlando’s most distressed community.

VAL DEMINGS ON LINE PUBLISHED BACKGROUND

According to Wikipedia;

In 1983, Demings applied for a job with the Orlando Police Department (OPD); her first assignment was on patrol on Orlando’s west side.[5] Demings was appointed as Chief of the Orlando Police Department in 2007, becoming the first woman to lead the department.[8][9]

According to a 2015 article in The Atlantic, the Orlando Police Department “has a long record of excessive-force allegations, and a lack of transparency on the subject, dating back at least as far as Demings’s time as chief.”[10] A 2008 Orlando Weekly exposé described the Orlando Police Department as “a place where rogue cops operate with impunity, and there’s nothing anybody who finds himself at the wrong end of their short fuse can do about it.”[11] Demings responded with an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel, arguing that “Looking for a negative story in a police department is like looking for a prayer at church” and added that “It won’t take long to find one.” In the same op-ed, she cast doubt on video evidence that conflicts with officers’ statements in excessive force cases, writing, “a few seconds (even of video) rarely capture the entire set of circumstances.”[10]

In 2010, an Orlando police officer flipped 84-year-old Daniel Daley over his shoulder after the man became belligerent, throwing him to the ground and breaking a vertebra in his neck.[12] Daley alleged excessive force and filed a lawsuit. The police department cleared the officer as “justified” in using a “hard takedown” to arrest Daley, concluding he used the technique correctly even though he and the other officer made conflicting statements. Demings said “the officer performed the technique within department guidelines” but also said that her department had “begun the process of reviewing the use of force policy and will make appropriate modifications.” A federal jury ruled in Daley’s favor and awarded him $880,000 in damages.

VAL DEMINGS EARLY LIFES

According to Wikipedia;

Valdez Venita Butler was born on March 12, 1957,[4] one of seven children born to a poor family; her father worked in orange groves, while her mother was a housekeeper. They lived in Mandarin, a neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended segregated schools in the 1960s, graduating from Wolfson High School in the 1970s.[5]

CONGRESSWOMAN VAL DEMINGS

According to her online Biography;

Congresswoman Val Demings represents Florida’s 10th District. The first in her family to graduate college, she became a social worker, then a police officer. 

1.)Rep. Demings is married to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, is a proud mother to three sons, and proud grandmother to five.

2.) Rep. Demings holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Bethune-Cookman University. (oh no!!, “FAMU, FAMU I LOVE THEE”)

3.) Rep. Demings is an active member of St. Mark A.M.E., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Orlando Chapter of The Links, Inc., NAACP Silver Life Member, Florida Bar Citizens Advisory Committee, Florida Police Chiefs, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, National Congress of Black Women, and numerous other affiliations.

4.) Rep. Demings enjoys spending her very limited free time riding her Harley-Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle (just like Walter R. Clement). She has completed the O.U.C. half marathon as well as the Walt Disney marathon.

5.) Congresswoman Val Demings more than qualified to be a DEA special agent, or head of DEA Southeast Region, or Director of the DEA. Congresswoman Demings is absolutely qualified United States Supreme Court Associate Justice or Chief Justice or Vice-President of the United States.

Congresswoman Val Demings, Former Police Chief, sits on the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security.

SUSAN LANGSTON DEA VS. LAURA COATES

According to Laura Coates online Biography “ABOUT LAURA COATES;”

” Laura Coates is a well-respected attorney, commentator, law Professor, author, and radio talk show host. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Laura graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University of Minnesota Law School before beginning her legal career in private practice. (3)

Ms. Coates practiced law in Minnesota and New York handling cases ranging from intellectual property litigation and First Amendment issues to Defamation and Media law.  Called to public service, she transitioned from private practice to the United States Department of Justice, thriving as a federal prosecutor. (3)

LAURA COATES ESQ.

She served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice during the Bush and Obama administrations, specializing in the enforcement of voting rights throughout the country.  She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, prosecuting a myriad of violent felony offenses, including drug trafficking, armed offenses, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault.(3)

Laura’s depth of experience and broad expertise has earned her acclaim across all media platforms.  Easily branded a constitutional expert, her diversified expertise is both timely and topical.  She is lauded across the globe for her persuasive objectivity and ability to break down complex and emotionally-charged topics plainly and without partisanship. Her opinions and analysis can be found in national publications such as The Washington Post, USA Today, and are prominently featured on CNN, where she has long served as a Senior Legal Analyst.

Recognizing the dire need for increased police accountability and improved police-community relations, she wrote the bestselling 2016 book, You Have the Right: A Constitutional Guide to Policing the Police. In the book, Laura removes the legalese and helps ordinary citizens know and understand their 4th, 5th and 6th Amendment rights.”(3)

Laura Coates comes from solid family background. Her father is a Dentist, and he too enjoys riding his motorcycle throughout, just like Walter R. Clement and Congresswoman Val Demings. Ms. Coates can easily serve as head of DEA, or United States Appeal Court Judge, Washington DC., or Governor of The State of Minnesota, or United States Supreme Court Justice. Ms. Coates is too qualified to run for Prosecutor of Hennepin County, or Ramsey County Minnesota because those positions are beneath her grade.

WAITING 40 YEARS FOR JUSTICE AND NO PROGRESS

Justin Fenton, Baltimore Sun Times article concludes.

“There’s racism in the United States still, but I don’t think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist.” (4)

“The retired agents say that just 8% of nearly 4,500 special agents as of last fall were black. Similarly, just four of the 50 senior executives are black. Last year, a federal judge ruled in the class-action suit first brought in 1977 that the DEA needed to take more steps to cure systemic race bias in promotions to the detriment of black agents.”(4)(5)

“This begs the question that if the DOJ will not abolish the 40-plus years of racism in one of its component law enforcement agencies, how can they expect police departments to do the same?”(4)(5)

END NOTES

  1. https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2015/10/01/florida-patients-suffering-from-chronic-pain-and-illness-are-having-problems-getting-prescriptions-filled

2. https://www.pharmacist.com/article/dea-reacts-accusations-made-pharmacy-board-hearing?is_sso_called=1

3. http://magazine.gwu.edu/who-is-laura-coates

4. https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ci-cr-black-dea-agents-racism-20200618-47ctxvzd7vebjiozh5jtoycnza-story.html

5. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/retired-dea-agents-agency-legacy-discrimination-71326557

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