Monday, November 16, 2015

Retaliation Continues Inside Pocomoke City Police Department





The retaliation continues inside the Pocomoke City Police Department with the resignation letter shown below. Sgt Klinke was another Officer that came from Baltimore, following Kelvin Sewell becoming Chief in the City. He has been an outstanding officer and now since Frank Savage is gone, the Crofoot, Morrison clan are continuing to pick off anyone that supported Kelvin Sewell. Klinke was not going to stand the same treatment given to Det Savage and resigned following this treatment. His letter is below



DATE: 05 NOV 2015

TO:            William Harden
                   Pocomoke City Police Chief
FROM:      Sergeant Karl Klinke
                   Patrol Supervisor
Sir,
On 28 OCT 2015 at approximately 1430 hours I was advised by Lieutenant Lynell Green to respond to your office at your request. Once I arrived at your office, accompanied by Lieutenant Lynell Green, I learned that my compensatory time may be in question. Throughout my years being employed by the Pocomoke City Police Department, I have worked approved overtime and I have often submitted that approved overtime as compensatory time instead of overtime. The compensatory time that I submitted was for Criminal Justice related training courses and seminars that I signed up for to better myself and the department. On several occasions, I addressed this training that I have gained from my on-line studies with the officers that I supervised. I was given permission from Lieutenant Lynell Green to submit my time used for this training as compensatory time. Also, by submitting compensatory time instead of overtime for this training, I would be saving the police department from the burden of draining the budget with overtime pay. So I am trying to understand my wrongs in this matter as I was given permission by my supervisor to allow me compensatory time to perform this training.

I have never used or abused any overtime or compensatory time in any unethical way. After leaving your office, I gave more thought to our conversation and I can assure you, my only intentions were to better the department and myself. I am a veteran officer with a high degree of integrity and I would never place my family, the department or myself in any compromising position.
Since the departure of former Chief Kelvin Sewell, I believe I am being targeted and this has created a hostile work environment. I strongly believe I’m being targeted because I am Caucasian and after the firing of former Chief Kelvin Sewell and Detective Savage the city is trying to give the illusion that they are being fair by first firing two African American Officers and then myself, a Caucasian officer. I do not want to be in this equation. I say this Sir, because when I first met you in your office to discuss this matter you stated “They could charge you”.

Sir, therefore, after careful consideration of the above matter and to prevent any future actions being taken against me, I reluctantly submit my resignation to you on 05 NOV 2015 and it shall become effective on 15 NOV 2015. I will use the remainder of my 56 hours of accumulated leave to cover my absence until 15 NOV 2015.

Respectfully,
Sgt. Karl Klinke
Sergeant Karl Klinke

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a twisted bunch that we have in charge of pocomoke. This bunch has been flying under the radar for a long time, until Det. Savage exposed them. He put a bright light on all these Good old boys. Did you really think that when you fired Chief Sewell and Det. Savage that it would be over? Well Good old boys, you are sadly mistaken.. THE Fun has just begun, let's see who will be the next rat after (Blake) to leave the sinking ship.. Probably (Foot) because he's known for causing confusion and running with his tail between his legs. Keep looking his dirty work is almost done, so its time to Run.
Sgt. Klinke you did the right thing sir, God bless you and your family. God bless us all !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sgt. Klinke you served Pocomoke well and as a resident I'm glad you served our community!!
Pocomoke is a beautiful community with some of the ugliest administration I've ever seen!! Blake was a dishonest nasty man and he has left his administration with this big black cloud hanging over the area. I hope things get better but I'm concerned for sure!!

Anonymous said...

Harden blatantly discriminated against white MSP Troopers. Just ask around. Pocomoke should have asked local Troopers who knew and worked for him. Troopers laughed and rolled their eyes when he was hired by Pocomoke. One thing about Bill Harden, he loves him some Bill Harden.

Anonymous said...

#billhardenisthemostracistpersoniknow

Laina said...


What I'm about to say doesnt have everything to do with Sgt Klinke, BUT IT CERTAINLY STEMS FROM WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH HIM (and the other targeted officers from Pocomoke City Police Dept)

Myself and my family will spend our money from now on - in CRISFIELD (and other nearby cities). Usually, we shop in Pocomoke, but Pocomoke City DOES NOT deserve our business! We have lots and lots of visiting family and friends who give ALL their business to the merchants in Pocomoke as well, even staying at the Holiday Inn while here. Well, NO MORE! With all the shutting down of businesses and owners closing so early in the evenings in Pocomoke, the (subtle but VERY obvious) racism & prejudice, the extremely rich to extremely poor and not much middle class, and DEFINITELY the UNLAWFUL targeting, firing, backstabbing, etc etc etc going on against innocent, decent, hard-working, citizen-serving OFFICERS in the Pocomoke City POLICE DEPT, I dont understand why everyone isnt picketing, protesting, and outright going wild in this city. What is everyone so afraid of? Is it fear? Afraid of "the man higher-up"? Is it that people just dont care? Dont care about their own well-being? Their family's future? Their own reputations? When you're old or passed on, our children will inherit this place! (Say that to yourself over and over)!! Do you all not see that the whole world around you has moved on? Integrated? Built on & up? Made lots of money? Become healthy communities? While all of Pocomoke stayed quietly and obediently in the far past? This is NOT the 1800s. This not the 1900s. This IS just UNBELIEVABLE though. People MUST begin to STAND UP to, and AGAINST injustice! Against ANY "good ole boy" network! We HAVE to! CITIZENS FOR A BETTER POCOMOKE, where ARE you??? You disappeared when we needed you MOST.

Anonymous said...

Well said 2:45, I completely agree with you!!

CITIZENS FOR A BETTER POCOMOKE said...

The CITIZENS FOR A BETTER POCOMOKE continue to meet regularly at least once or twice a month. We are asking all Pocomoke citizens to try to attend the meetings to see what's going on in your community. The last meeting was held on Thursday November 12, 2015 at 7:15pm. at The New Macedonia Baptist Church located on the corner of Seventh and Young St. in Pocomoke City. We will keep you updated through social media and flyers that will be distributed out to the community and local churches prior to the meeting date. SEE YOU AT THE NEXT MEETING.

CITIZENS FOR A BETTER POCOMOKE said...

We, the citizens for a better Pocomoke have decided to move forward. A few things had come to our attention that we felt this was the best decision. The above comment isn't from us.

Anonymous said...

2:45 Good luck shopping in Crisfield......nothing but two dinky dollar stores and one tiny grocery store.....

Anonymous said...

The department wants to mess with Sgt Klinke but so many other officers that work there have a whole lot of baggage. They have wife beaters, drunks and officers who were criminally charged and or fired from other police departments still working there. I mean come on now This is all on Maryland case search public records. Put in all the names of the officers that work there and you will be surprised at what you find. How can they still be police officers smh. This department needs to fire all officers with black marks in their background and start over with officers who deserve to wear the Pocomoke uniform.

Anonymous said...

We will not stop fighting for our city The Citizens for a better Pocomoke are here to stay

Anonymous said...

Good point 9:51, but our mayor and council are doing it backward. FIRE the Good Officers and keep the what settled on the bottom. That fits in with what they are about. Birds of a feather flock together, don't they Mr. Harden. Oh by the way Mr. Harden don't get to comfortable. You may think that you're one of the good ole boys, but guess what. When they're through with you, you'll get what Chief Sewell and Det. Savage got. Oh buy the way , You're the same, _________ until further notice. When are you going to bring your family to live in the Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore. I've seen you on the highway, you can't get away from here fast enough. A Charge is Gonna Come. God sees All !!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a way we pocomoke citizens can force these corrupted sorry excuse for local government and leaders out? They are DESTROYING this town. So they try to look fair by fireing a Caucasian officer. NONE of the officers fired should have been..

Anonymous said...

At 2:45. First and foremost Citizens for a Better Pocomoke have not disappeared. I, as a member of this organization, can tell you we are working very hard behind the scenes. We have several movements that are about to take place. Folk just have to be patient. As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built overnight. We want to make sure when we go in, that it is forceful, yet peaceful. Our mission is to get Pocomoke on the straight and narrow, but these things take time. You just come to the meetings and have a voice. There are so many people giving advice, but there are very few still standing up for the right things. Changes are going to come.

Anonymous said...

You are so very right, it takes time. All of this didn't happen over night, so its going to take time to fix it. The corruption in Pocomoke has been here for quite a while, it affected some more than it did others. But now it affects us ALL. So we can't look the other way, and not say anything. We can't keep quiet, that is how it got to this point. Together our voices are Loud, Together our presence can't be over looked. This is where we live, we spend our money and raise our children here !!! We can change things here, we have the power, others have done it !!!! LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE, LET'S BRING MORE ATTENTION TO POCOMOKE, WE'RE TIRED OF THIS MESS !!!!! TOGETHER WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL !!!!! We are not Black and White, We are citizens of Pocomoke City M.D.. Amen. God bless us All !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Talk to your children, explain to them what is going on. Especially our young adults, if we don't change things, we're handing down to them the mess that we made. Are we so Whipped and Beat down that we can't even Talk. That we don't even know Right from Wrong. Pocomoke is full of a lot of good people that are tired of this. Everyone come TOGETHER , hold hands , hold your heads up and Take our town back. We are all citizens of Pocomoke, God made us all, and he did not put one group over another. We're all equal in his eyesight, this problem affects us ALL. Let's start with MAYOR any Council and Clean House !!!!!!!!!!! Next Pocomoke Police Department and Clean House. That will be a Blessing for All of Us !!!!!!! (God help us to do what we need to do !)

Anonymous said...

Citizens for a better Pocomoke stand up for your city. We have corrupt city officials in office. Our police department was fine until Mayor Morrison tampered with it. I don't think this city have enough money to pay these officers who was fired and resigned to come back. We had a since of secured safety in our city before this happened. If you want to find chief sewell it wasn't hard because he was always working keeping us safe. He was visible throughout the community day, evening and night and how can this new city manager say crime wasn't down when chief sewell was here. I lived in Pocomoke all my life and I can assure you crime was down here, officers were out walking foot. There was a sense of togetherness with the community and the police. So Mr. City manager you are wrong. When chief Sewell was here we didn't have one homicide, now we have houses being shot up, two houses to be exact, armed robberies, rapes you name it. We just had a third young lady raped in Pocomoke and the detective on the case told the aunt and mother the little girl have a whorish attitude. So the pocomoke officers have gone back to their old ways of speaking down to the citizens and during work hours placing race cards on social media. So I ask this question, Is this ok with you Mayor and city council?????????????????.

Anonymous said...

TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL,YOU BETTER BELIEVE WE WILL NOT FORGET WHAT YOU DID TO OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT COME ELECTION TIME. SO ENJOY THE LITTLE TIME YOU HAVE LEFT.