September 18, 2015
I wrote that everyone needs to understand that though it is our natural instinct, as good people, to want to help police – who we are told are there to protect us – we should under no circumstances talk to them.
Today, we have case in point.
Joey Meek knew more about accused Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof’s plans than he let on and lied to authorities about it, prosecutors said in an indictment unsealed Friday.
A federal judge ordered Meek, 21, held in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of misprision of a felony — concealing and failing to report it — and making false statements.
Meek pleaded not guilty, according to the court.
IF HE WOULD HAVE REFUSED TO TALK TO THE POLICE NOTHING AT ALL WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO HIM.
He is potentially facing years in prison because he tried to help.
Meek told CNN that he called the FBI the morning after the shooting, describing Roof and giving investigators the license plate number from his car.
Meek told reporters that Roof had drunkenly vowed to “do something crazy” but that he did not take him seriously, even though he said he hid his friend’s gun the night of that boast. He said he put it back the next day.
“I didn’t take him serious,” Meek said.
He is a good person. He called the FBI because he wanted to help. Now he may be put in prison for years.
This is what these people are. This is how they function.
But according to the indictment, Meek may have known more than he let on.
Prosecutors allege Meek told an FBI agent questioning him after the shootings that “he did not know specifics of Dylann Roof’s plan to shoot individuals on a Wednesday, during Bible Study, at an AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.”
In reality, prosecutors say, “Meek’s statements and representations denying such specifics were false, fictitious and fraudulent when made.”
If he wouldn’t have called them at all, and when they called upon him he said simply “I want to talk to a lawyer,” he would not currently be charged with anything.
He knew he had done nothing wrong, felt that he had a moral obligation to help in any way he could, now he may well go to prison.
Meek told CNN shortly after the shooting that he had been friends with Roof in middle school. They’d lost touch a few years ago but reconnected in recent months, Meek said, adding that there were things about Roof’s recent behavior that scared him.
Roof said he wanted to have “a race war,” according to Meek, and once asked his friend to videotape him burning an American flag.
“I’m sorry this all happened to everybody,” Meek said in June. “And it could have been prevented if people would have taken him serious. But Dylann wasn’t a serious person, and no one took him serious.”
He wasn’t a serious person, no one took him serious. i.e. he had no reason to report him to the police.
But he told the police – voluntarily – that “yeah, I mean, he talked crazy some times,” having no idea that Federal cops would try to prosecute him for trying to help, and now he is in custody with a $100,000 bond.
Here is more information from Seattle PI:
Meek also said he called authorities after recognizing Roof from surveillance footage from the church. But, according to a federal law enforcement official, authorities believe Meek was dishonest with them during their investigation. That official also was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and requested anonymity.
Meek’s girlfriend, Lindsey Fry, said he called her on his cellphone Thursday afternoon and said it looked like federal agents were approaching him as he was at his job repairing air conditioners.
“They want to talk to me, but I think I’m going to jail,” Fry recalled Meek saying.
He said goodbye and she hasn’t heard from Meek since, Fry said outside the mobile home where they live.
Fry said she doesn’t know if Meek has an attorney or where he is being held, but earlier told AP that Meek is innocent. He is expected to have a hearing Friday.
This is the kind of people they want to hurt.
21-year-old air-conditioning repair kids who live in trailer parks.
White people want to help, because they are biologically driven to do so.
Here’s another interesting bit from Seattle PI:
According to the indictment, Meek knowingly lied to an FBI agent when he said “that he did not know specifics of Dylann Roof’s plan to shoot individuals on a Wednesday, during Bible Study, at an AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.” The indictment does not specify how the government knows Meek was lying.
Well, I can tell you how I think it happened.
He said “I had no idea he was going to do it,” but he also said “Yeah, he want talk crazy about how he wanted to start a race war, but nobody took him seriously.”
They just chop off the “but nobody took him seriously” part and you have an “admission of knowing a crime was being planned” and add it to the “I had no idea he was going to do it” and you have “purposefully misleading investigators.
Then you’re in prison for three years.
Note that I don’t know the details of this case, and am, in this article, speculating.
What I do know, for a fact, is that if Meek had not talked to the cops, he would currently be a free man.
If you haven’t already watched this video, watch it.
If you have already watched it, watch it again.