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  • Submitted: Thu, August 31, 2000
  • Updated: Wed, July 11, 2012

  • Reported By:Tempe Arizona
Hampton Virginia Government
Hampton, Virginia United States of America

Hampton Virginia ... injustice here is about as evil as it gets - by police & fire departments- corruption, civil and human rights violations, slavery, human breeding, oppression, racism, sexism, genocide Hampton Virginia

*Consumer Comment: Hampton City Council is once again being thrust into the spotlight as racists

*Consumer Suggestion: This is about money first and racism second!

*Consumer Comment: lived in hampton roads for 10 years, I guess being gay means you don't deserve to be helped.

*Consumer Comment: Racisim is Racisim, no matter What color the skin.

*Consumer Comment: Hampton native

*Consumer Comment: Hampton native

*Consumer Comment: Hampton native

*Consumer Comment: Hampton native

*Consumer Comment: Old Hampton Roads Resident

*Consumer Comment: THE ENTIRE AREA IS RACIST

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Patrick A. OKeefe ..your only goal is to satisfy your own self serving ego by spreading exaggerated lies and half truths."

*UPDATE Employee: Exaggerated half truth's and lies

*Consumer Suggestion: Just a Comment

*Consumer Comment: Hampton Police do not care

*Consumer Comment: Hampton Police do not care

*Consumer Comment: Hampton Police do not care

*Consumer Comment: Hampton Police do not care

*Consumer Comment: Hampton is very Racist

*Consumer Comment: Lived in Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown- Va.

*Consumer Comment: Why waste time?

*Consumer Comment: Do the job you were hired to do.

*Consumer Suggestion: Please, things are always what they seem

*Consumer Comment: Hampton, Virginia Citizen

*Consumer Suggestion: Hampton's always been rascist!

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Subj: hampton virginia Date: 8/30/00 4:33:52 PM US Mountain Standard Time From: JJop159083 To: badbusinessbureau.com



Dear Rep. Maxine Waters

After twenty years of federal law enforcement that includes looking down the barrels of 3 guns and arresting every type of criminal known in the annals of crime, I must say the injustice here is about as evil as it gets. How can professional EMT personnel allow innocent young Black American Students die on our nations highway for lack of blood due to their race?

According to John Jop, this frightening proposition was a very real and frequent occurrence in Hampton, Virginia. As a qualified Medic and firefighter, Jop claims to have witnessed innumerable incidents of this prejudice and harmful mistreatment during emergency calls in a town where the population's makeup was largely composed of minorities. Recognizing the utter injustice of these actions, Jop chose to fight it, only to find himself personally attacked and maligned because of his unwillingness to obey the "code of silence."

John Jop is an eye witness to incidents of murder, felony theft, and racial intimidation by his local police and fire departments. This nation will answer to our mighty GOD for her ethnic abominations by her officials in high places. I have seen the innocent falsely accused, the guilty set free and promoted and the righteous forsaken but, we know that truth pressed down will forever rise to surface.

Remember, we not only war against those who are chief prosecutors of righteousness but every citizen who sit idly by and watch slavery, human breeding, oppression, racism, sexism, genocide, death and destruction and refuse to get involved because they are not the victims or are afraid of the backlash.

We need to take this issue of ethnic cleansing in the Hampton Fire Department to our great leaders and see what emergency plan of action we can take. These tyrants of homicide must be bought to justice and the aggrieved families notified and this situation made known to all America.

Matthew Fogg Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal

THE FULL STORY......................

John Jop is a former Hampton, Virginia Medic/Firefighter. Jop spent 8 years on the department from Sep 1988, to Jan 1996. When he accepted this job he had no idea how sacred and strong the "code of silence," was. When he heard of the "code of silence," at most he thought he would be covering for honest mistakes that could have damaged or ended a career. Never could he have believed he would be held to lie on official documents to protect co-workers when they let patients die on purpose by withholding and delaying care, and some would even steal money and valuables off of dead bodies.

Presently he is an eywittness to manslaughter and severe violations of the law by both firefighters and uniformed police officers. He was obligted by the "code of silence" to file false documents to protect co-workers that participated in these activities. His refusal to file false reports was his eventual downfall and the loss of his career. He was charged by supervisors and co-workers with filing false reports on their illegal activities, and for four straight years exonerated on these bogus charges. His fall from honor came when fire chief Cade and police chief Minnetti conspired to have him terminated along with his co-workers. The charges were proven to be phony and the termination has been proven to be wrongful.

He is now employed as a medic with the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Jop is one of the many Hampton employees who is screaming unfair treatment from the city of Hampton. According to the firefighter, his problem started in 1992 and has persisted until he was terminated in Jan 1996.

Jop, who is married to a minority, said he reported to his superiors because there were several instances where he believes Blacks in his service area received less than quality care. He stated the number of fire and medical emergency personnel who are sent on calls in the black neighborhood differs from the number of team members sent into a highly concentration area of whites, such as the Fox Hill section.

Jop claims his co-workers began to tease him about his minority wife. He said they told him that before it was over they would have him dating white woman. Prior to this incident, he stated he reported the racist attitudes of his fellow co-workers and the way they talked to black patients.



Jop said the department slang used to identify black patients who called 911 was "SN'" (sick negro syndrome). A term used to warn other incoming firefighters that the call was made by a balck person. Fire Chief Cade admitted that he had heard the term used in the fire station.

Infant Isiah Brown Jr., formerly of Freeman Drive, died January 31, 1992 as the reult of injuries sustained by burns . Former Firefighter Jop was on the scene where baby Brown was burned. "When we arrived on the scene, we observed an infant burnt over 85% of his body." Jop stated. The child had second and third degree burns and needed to be flown to the Norfolk, Virginia burn center immediately. The childs skin was burnt off the body in places exposing bone and organs. Jop radioed for nightingale helicopter which is standard protocol. Supervisor Robert Curtin knowing the neighborhood and not on the scene ordered Jop to transport to Hampton General Hospital. Transporting these types of burns to Hampton General is against policy and protocols. Without a choice, Jop transported to Hampton General, and again requested nightingale helicopter.

The doctor at Hampton General Hospital ordered the child be transported to the burn center in Norfolk, Virginia. Jop requested that the child be stabilized by the doctors at Hampton General and then flown to Norfolk General, the burn center some 40 minutes away. The Doctor ordered Jop to transport the child via the ambulance and stated, "he was not wasting tax payer dollars on a (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))) child," and that our services were free. No treatment was administered and we ordered to transport the child which was aginst policy and protocol. The child died from the negligence and denial of care and Jop was counseled by his supervisors Lt. Fromal and Lt. Curtin about the unwritten policy of not transporting (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))) via nightingale helicopter.

In the recent past, Medic/Firefighter Jop has been ordered by these same superiors to let black patients die deliberately on emergency 911 calls, by delaying or with holding care. To this point, Medic/Firefighter Jop has refused these orders and has been orally counseled on the consequences of not following these orders.

It's now 2 am in the morning on a Saturday and Medic/Firefighter Jop and his partner Joe Stevens receive a call on Rip Rap Road for a seizure patient. When Medic/Firefighter Joe Stevens hears the address he states, " that's a damn (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))) house," " That (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))) is not having a seizure, do you understand me." Medic/Firefighter Stevens is driving the ambulance and displays his anger with the speed and sharp turns the ambulance take. On scene, Medic/Firefighter Stevens is very charming to the patients family members as he talks them out of transporting as the patient is observed supine on a bed actively seizing. As the patient goes into a post dictal state, Medic/Firefighter Jop attempts a primary survey. Medic/Firefighter Stevens can be heard in the back ground giving a number of excuses to family members for not transporting to the hospital to include, the hospital is packed, the patient would be better off at home, and finally all he needs is his medication once he comes around.

Meanwhile, a car breaks down inside the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, blocking the entire left lane. The tunnel workers observe this through video cameras and turn on flashing red lights, warning oncoming traffic. A wrecker from the Virginia Department of Transportation is soon on the scene to assist. A white female is the operator and is soon hooking the disabled vehicle to the wrecker. For unknown reasons, and a violation of policy, the wrecker driver does not remove the occupants from the vehicle. All of a sudden a second vehicle strikes the disabled vehicle at a high rate of speed from the rear. Help is just minutes away, as the 911 operator immediately dispatches skilled professional Hampton Medic/Firefighters. The victims are just minutes away via the air from one of this countries top trauma hospitals, Norfolk General. After refusing to treat the seizure patient, Medic/Firefighter Stevens is now ready to head back to station 1.

Previously, Medic/Firefighter Jop had placed his unit back in service, which is protocol. There unit is now dispatched to come help the accident victims. Medic/Firefighter Stevens is extremely upset and orally scolds Jop for placing the unit back in service before he could monitor the air waves to see how busy it was. The operator states the accident has been updated to a possible fatality, which is routine for this time of day. Medic/Firefighter Stevens states, " if it is a (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))), it will be a fatality." "I'm not doing a damn thing," " I have a CPR class to teach in the morning and no (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))) is keeping me up all night." Again, Medic/Firefighter Stevens drives with anger and great rage. Meanwhile, it's only been minutes since the impact, emergency equipment starts arriving quickly. Medic/Firefighter Stevens and Jop arrive. Medic/Firefighter Jop comes over to you to examine you, and screams out that he has vitals and calls for more help. Medic/Firefighter Stevens looks at the patients and uses a special code, "SN," over his portable radio. Instead of calling for more help, the code is canceling much needed equipment and the code means that the patients are black.

Others soon arrive and observe Medic/Firefighter Jop working on the 2 patients by himself. They look right at him and leave just as fast as they arrived. Medic/Fiefighter Jop continues to scream for help and now the voices and equipment have disappeared. Medic/Firefighter Jop continues to do a number of timely tasks by himself without needed assistance. Minutes turn into tens of minutes, and soon an 40 minutes has passed and the 2 critically injured patients still remain on the scene. One of the patients manages to open 1 eye briefly and Medic/Firefighter Jop and him manage to have eye contact briefly, as his EKG machine goes into asystole, (flat line). Medic/Firefighter Jop takes a deep sigh and now concentrates his efforts on the second patient who is still very much alive. Medic/Firefighter Jop goes through the same experience the with second patient as he did with the first one, no other medics will assist him, a total violation of policy and protocol.

After a considerable delay, Medic/Firefighter Stevens comes to assist Jop. Stevens only goes through the motions and in reality actually slows down care that will cause certain death to the patient. The ambulance is now heading to the hospital, a type 3 trauma center. Medic/Firefighter Stevens congratulates Jop on helping him , "kill 2 useless (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE)))." Stevens goes on to describe how he with held care from the 2 patients and did it on purpose.

Medic/Firefighter Jop reports what happened that night to his Fire Chief. What Police Chief Pat Minetti and Fire Chief Gregg Cade did next was almost more upsetting than the actual event itself. Both gave Medic/Firefighter Stevens an accommodation for his actions that night. They also promoted him to the rank of Lieutenant.

When Jop reported to city officials about the mistreatment of black citizens in Hampton, he stated, "nobody seemed to care or believe me." Other firefighters and medics who wittnessed the scene, he said, refused to speak up and confirm what really happened. He stated there were times when he was ordered to rewrite incident reports to reflect what should have happened at the scene versus the truth. Sometime, he claims, he was told to leave out certain information which he had included such as racial slurs and patient neglect and abandonment.

A paper trail dated back to 1990 shows that Jop tried to do what he thought was appropriate, considering his line of work, service to the public. Documents with fire chief Cades shows written warning for some allegations and department memos dictating proper procedure for others.

In letters to firefighters Mitchell and Stevens dated June 1993, Cade reminded them that members should refrain from using racial slurs such as those Jop reported Mitchell and Stevens made at the fire station and to the public on occasion. "You have admitted to engaging in not only making racial slurs and inappropriate ethnic comments," Cade wrote Mitchell and Stevens, but you both have engaged in telling jokes with clear racial implications.

In addition, Stevens was reprimanded by Cade for his actions during an emergency call where a black citizen complained of a broken femur. Stevens ordered the man to walk on the broken femur using racial slurs, (calling the patient raspus, and a sorry niegger),. In the letter cade states that Stevens admitted during the interview that he purposely failed to follow written protocol, and that he allowed the black male to walk to the ambulance where the patient crashed to the ground and went into shock and almost died. Cade threatened further disciplinary action for any more future acts of inappropriate patient care.

After investigating certain allegations and ignoring others Cade wrote Jop a memo stating "you are not to go to any outside agency with your complaints....if you violate this direct order you will be subject to termination." However in the interim, Jop had already contacted Mona Adkins Easley, director of the Federal EEOC. Cade replied denying the threat of termination and refused to turn over documents requested by the agency. In a letter to Jop from the EEOC, Easley states, "the agency does not have the time or manpower to investigate your complaint, hereby we are authorizng you a letter to sue."

In September 1994 Director Roxie Raines Kornegay, on behalf of the Council of Human Rights, rendered a decision based on accusations received aleging the Hampton Fire Department engaged in unlawful discriminatory practices in violation of the Virginia Human rights act. She stated that the complainant alleges the city tolerated a hostile working enviorment based on race; and the department provided service based on race.

According ton the document Council sought supporting information from the complainant and a position from the city. An on-site investigation was conducted and several phone calls transpired between the Council and the city. Council attempted to conciliate the complaint, however, mutually agreeable terms could not be reached, stated the director. Council recommended diversity training and that the work enviorment be monitored for one year.

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JJop159083: great !!!!

SavenU2: you keep putting up web pages, and I keep taking them down????!!!!!

JJop159083: so, what

SavenU2: answer me 1 question, will ya??????

SavenU2: why do you love (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))) so much?

JJop159083: great people

SavenU2: not 1 (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))) has come to help you, should tell you something.

JJop159083: whats your point

SavenU2: they are a useless waste, and I will testify that you use that term to. We are white, no one here to offend, did you ever hear of "freedom of speech." JJop159083: whatever

SavenU2: we haven't stopped (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE))) up, but your gone fool, ha ha.

JJop159083: so what

SavenU2: you are such a fool !!! fool, you are dirt.

JJop159083: one day you will pay

SavenU2: not likely in our life time !!!!! go (((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE)))your "(((REDACTED FOUL LANGUAGE)))."

.......REBUTTAL 9-5-00

As a resident of Hampton VA, and a former member of the volunteer rescur squad I am completely shocked by the allegations proposed on this site!

I rode with respectable people who treated without regard to race, color, creed or sex.

I will definitely research the referenced site further. I am aware of the assualt on the unconcious female, and would like to say one bad apple does NOT represent an organization as a whole. I would also like to chat privately with the person who made this posting...

from: ladyemt911_99@yahoo.com


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#1 Consumer Comment

Hampton City Council is once again being thrust into the spotlight as racists

AUTHOR: Frank - (U.S.A.)

Hampton City Council is once again being thrust into the spotlight as racists, this time by a few of the student body at one of our finest colleges, Hampton University. Having been born and raised in Hampton for 43 years, some of my closest friends are black, and I would help them out at the drop of a pin. Our current City Manager of whom is black, is crying out racism now due to a majority of the city council and the Mayor himself, wanting to have a finance committee check into the finances of the City Manager's office. The newly elected Mayor and former Hampton Councilman for years, have always shown the black community the utmost respect and consideration throughout his public office participation. The Hampton City Manager is now following the footsteps of our former Mayor, a black woman, of whom had also played the race card stating that she couldn't get some things done while in office due to being a black woman. She is now a Virginia Senator...go figure. Why would we want someone who thinks like she does, representing us as a state Senator? It is a real shame when people have to rear the ugly head of racism once again to get what they want, support from their fellow race. The Hampton City Manager has made major mistakes, costing Hampton taxpayers millions of dollars already. But none of these things are being brought up by the Hampton University students in our council meetings. They only see a person of which is black like them. This in itself is racist, and we need to learn that if we expect racism to go away, we need to stop using it in a negative way. Hampton has about a 50% black population, and this type of behavior is very unprofessional coming from our key business manager. Just a few years back, we had our Hampton Treasurer investigated by a special committee for misusing taxpayer money to pay for sex calls and other personal items. He was white, and he didn't cry out racism. He was investigated because he was an officer of this city, and because he was misusing our money. Should our Mayor and City Council just sit there and do nothing? If there are injustices being committed, they have the obligated duty to Hampton's taxpayers to stop this abuse. Mr. City Manager, if you are a true professional sir and gentleman, and you do not have anything to hide, why would you mind this committee to look you over sir? You are portraying yourself as being desperate about keeping people out of your business, but you need to realize that you are our servant, and you are required to answer to this city's Mayor and City Council for your actions. It is not because you are black, it is because you are not showing good judgement with taxpayer money. Let's all grow up.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

This is about money first and racism second!

AUTHOR: Paul - (U.S.A.)

Make no mistake. Hampton may be a very racist area to live in. But, try this one simple experiment.

Have a poor white family living among the black folks. One day, let them call for emergency treatment. You will see that the color of their skin won't matter one bit. The ambulance crew will figure they're too poor to pay, and let them die as quickly as they would a black person.

On the other hand, let a rich black couple walk into one of the finest establishments in Hampton. Not only will he be served, but white people will go out of their way to help them. That's because there is money to be made.

If there was a rich black neighborhood and a poor black one, the rich one would get all the medical and fire assistance. While the poor one would burn to the ground while injured people lay dying.

Make no mistake. It's money that makes the difference. Black, white, African, or European. The only color that really matter is green!
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#3 Consumer Comment

lived in hampton roads for 10 years, I guess being gay means you don't deserve to be helped.

AUTHOR: John - (U.S.A.)

I lived in Norfolk for 10 years, I hate that place. I'm white, and gay; and the people there are not very nice, heck, it's the home of Pat Robertson!

The Norfolk Police treated me bad when I needed help. I was never arrested or anything either, I'm a law abiding citizen

I needed help, I guess being gay means you don't deserve to be helped.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Racisim is Racisim, no matter What color the skin.

AUTHOR: Cheryl - (U.S.A.)

I am a white female who has been in the Hampton Roads area all of my life. I can't tell you how many times my husband or myself have been passed up for promotion or overtime because a "minority" was picked. The companies said if they didn't pick a minority they could be called "racist". (that in itself is racist since people weren't picked because of experience and seniority, but by the color of their skin.)

I know many Police Officers and Firefighters who are honest. I hate to think that something so blatent would go on this close to home. I am not kidding myself to think that it doesn't happen, I just hate to think its so close to my home.

If these things truly happened than we need to do something about it. Have you tried going to Channel "10 on your side" with this? They do marvelous things with their in-depth reports.

Bring it to light. This is bad enough, but when you include innocent children in the mix thats lower than low.

I might not be able to spell so great or speak eloquently about this, but I know whats wrong and it doesn't get any worse than this.

The people in Hampton Roads need to speak up very loudly. What can we do to help?
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#5 Consumer Comment

Hampton native

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

To all who read this,

I lived in Hampton from 1964-2000. I know that racism abounds. I also know that this racism goes both ways. From 1983-2000 I felt like a minority. I am white. I am not racist. One of my best friends was Kenny Wallace. Did you know him Jon? He gave his life as a Hampton City Police Officer. He was one of the most upstanding people I knew. He was black, and he was killed by a black drug dealer.

In your responses to Patrick O'Keefe, you state that his station responded to about four calls a week. I find this hard to believe. You reference beach goers with too much sun, this leads me to believe he must have worked in Buckroe. I lived in Buckroe. You and I both know that Buckroe has a very high crime rate. Your responses to Mr. O'Keefe detract from the integrity of your story.

I had three other friends on the Hampton Police Force, and none of them had a racist bone in their body. They were all white.

My wife is also a Hampton native. She lived in Hampton from 1967-1999. She also taught elementary school from 1991-1999 in Hampton. Her school consisted of a 99% black student body. She was not and is not racist. However, during her career in Hampton she dealt with racism on a regular basis. Her students often told her that they had been told that the white man is the devil, and asked her, "Is she the devil?" So again, the racism in Hampton goes both ways.

If your account of the tunnel accident is accurate, wouldn't it have been evident on VDOT's cameras? If so, it would have been all over the local news. I could be wrong, but I would assume that those cameras are connected to some type of recording device. Did you try to obtain those recordings?
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#6 Consumer Comment

Hampton native

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

To all who read this,

I lived in Hampton from 1964-2000. I know that racism abounds. I also know that this racism goes both ways. From 1983-2000 I felt like a minority. I am white. I am not racist. One of my best friends was Kenny Wallace. Did you know him Jon? He gave his life as a Hampton City Police Officer. He was one of the most upstanding people I knew. He was black, and he was killed by a black drug dealer.

In your responses to Patrick O'Keefe, you state that his station responded to about four calls a week. I find this hard to believe. You reference beach goers with too much sun, this leads me to believe he must have worked in Buckroe. I lived in Buckroe. You and I both know that Buckroe has a very high crime rate. Your responses to Mr. O'Keefe detract from the integrity of your story.

I had three other friends on the Hampton Police Force, and none of them had a racist bone in their body. They were all white.

My wife is also a Hampton native. She lived in Hampton from 1967-1999. She also taught elementary school from 1991-1999 in Hampton. Her school consisted of a 99% black student body. She was not and is not racist. However, during her career in Hampton she dealt with racism on a regular basis. Her students often told her that they had been told that the white man is the devil, and asked her, "Is she the devil?" So again, the racism in Hampton goes both ways.

If your account of the tunnel accident is accurate, wouldn't it have been evident on VDOT's cameras? If so, it would have been all over the local news. I could be wrong, but I would assume that those cameras are connected to some type of recording device. Did you try to obtain those recordings?
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#7 Consumer Comment

Hampton native

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

To all who read this,

I lived in Hampton from 1964-2000. I know that racism abounds. I also know that this racism goes both ways. From 1983-2000 I felt like a minority. I am white. I am not racist. One of my best friends was Kenny Wallace. Did you know him Jon? He gave his life as a Hampton City Police Officer. He was one of the most upstanding people I knew. He was black, and he was killed by a black drug dealer.

In your responses to Patrick O'Keefe, you state that his station responded to about four calls a week. I find this hard to believe. You reference beach goers with too much sun, this leads me to believe he must have worked in Buckroe. I lived in Buckroe. You and I both know that Buckroe has a very high crime rate. Your responses to Mr. O'Keefe detract from the integrity of your story.

I had three other friends on the Hampton Police Force, and none of them had a racist bone in their body. They were all white.

My wife is also a Hampton native. She lived in Hampton from 1967-1999. She also taught elementary school from 1991-1999 in Hampton. Her school consisted of a 99% black student body. She was not and is not racist. However, during her career in Hampton she dealt with racism on a regular basis. Her students often told her that they had been told that the white man is the devil, and asked her, "Is she the devil?" So again, the racism in Hampton goes both ways.

If your account of the tunnel accident is accurate, wouldn't it have been evident on VDOT's cameras? If so, it would have been all over the local news. I could be wrong, but I would assume that those cameras are connected to some type of recording device. Did you try to obtain those recordings?
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#8 Consumer Comment

Hampton native

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

To all who read this,

I lived in Hampton from 1964-2000. I know that racism abounds. I also know that this racism goes both ways. From 1983-2000 I felt like a minority. I am white. I am not racist. One of my best friends was Kenny Wallace. Did you know him Jon? He gave his life as a Hampton City Police Officer. He was one of the most upstanding people I knew. He was black, and he was killed by a black drug dealer.

In your responses to Patrick O'Keefe, you state that his station responded to about four calls a week. I find this hard to believe. You reference beach goers with too much sun, this leads me to believe he must have worked in Buckroe. I lived in Buckroe. You and I both know that Buckroe has a very high crime rate. Your responses to Mr. O'Keefe detract from the integrity of your story.

I had three other friends on the Hampton Police Force, and none of them had a racist bone in their body. They were all white.

My wife is also a Hampton native. She lived in Hampton from 1967-1999. She also taught elementary school from 1991-1999 in Hampton. Her school consisted of a 99% black student body. She was not and is not racist. However, during her career in Hampton she dealt with racism on a regular basis. Her students often told her that they had been told that the white man is the devil, and asked her, "Is she the devil?" So again, the racism in Hampton goes both ways.

If your account of the tunnel accident is accurate, wouldn't it have been evident on VDOT's cameras? If so, it would have been all over the local news. I could be wrong, but I would assume that those cameras are connected to some type of recording device. Did you try to obtain those recordings?
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#9 Consumer Comment

Old Hampton Roads Resident

AUTHOR: David - (U.S.A.)

I lived in NN for 18 yrs and I know there is a lot of racsim there. I was in Va. Beach for summer after I graduated High School and was very partially blocking a driveway. When I saw the Va. Baech Officer I went down there to move my van. He blocked my van so I could not move it until the wrecker he called came. He gave me a ticket and threatened to arrest me if I tried to move my van. He said policy was I had to pay the tow truck even if he didn't tow my vehicle. Being a Deputy Sheriff now I know that as I did then to be Bu*&s#$t. Tell me this isn't a kick back. Having had people I knew to be NN cops they were very open about their dislike for certain races of persons. I was even threatened by one of Va. finest a State Trooper when he road past my bus stop and thought I gave him the finger. I'm not dumb I really waved because it was my goal to be a Va. State Trooper. He came back and threatened to kick my ass and called me everything but a human. That area is ate up. Not all the cops or fire fighters are bad, its the few idiots they hire that are anal that make them all look bad.
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#10 Consumer Comment

THE ENTIRE AREA IS RACIST

AUTHOR: Steven - (U.S.A.)

Its not just Hampton, its the entire HAMPTON ROADS AREA, if you drive down route 64, you notice, black cops have white people pulled over and white cops have black people pulled over.

One night, I dropped my roommate off at a club, ( I DO NOT DRINK) and went back at 2am to pick him up. on the way home my truck ran out of gas ( the gas meter didnt work at the time) 1/2 block from a gas station on 1st Colonial Road, I was immediately approached by an officer, while we were trying to get the truck to the gas station, his exact words were, ( MOVE YOUR F***ING TRUCK),he never asked if anything was wrong. so instead of him giving us 30 seconds to get the truck to the gas station, he made me push the truck up a hill into a parking lot, while my roommate was pushing from behind, apparently the police officer smelled the liquor on my roommate, and arrested him for walking intoxication and my roomate never said 1 word.
We are in suit of filing a law suit against the Va Beach Police, for harrassment.
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Patrick A. OKeefe ..your only goal is to satisfy your own self serving ego by spreading exaggerated lies and half truths."

AUTHOR: John - (U.S.A.)

Let me respond to this pack of lies and exaggerations from a man that I never worked with. He worked at a station that maybe at best got 4 calls a week. The types of calls he responded to were getting spotty from the tree or a beach goer that had to much sun. Lets set the record straight, this idiot was married to Karen O'Keeffe. Patrick why don't you tell us about her problems? Like I thought you are a coward also and you can't tell the truth.

"John Jop for all his claims of truth and knowledge was fired from his position as an employee of the Hampton Division of Fire & Rescue. Not because he was holier than thou, but because he tended to exaggerate the facts as he believed they really were."

Patrick A. OKeefe, answer me one question. How many of the calls in question did you respond to with us? Just like I thought ZERO, just like your IQ.

"If anyone can believe all the half truth's that this man is portraying with his deceitfulness, I feel totally sorry for the readers and believers of his deceptions. Lets face the facts this is a man who was fired because he wanted to bribe a councilman into believing his stories."

Patrick A. OKeefe, Please tell us who the councilman was that I bribed, again you are batting a ZERO.

"Yes, I assume John Jop felt that he had been done wrong and that he was the angel out to save the world. But, John Jop through all has exaggerated claims, fails to point out that he only wants to seek revenge on his ex-employer and the City of Hampton for not handling his discontent to soothe his alter ego. Jop was found to be a revengeful and spiteful person towards others only to make himself look and feel good for his own hurt feelings."

Patrick A. OKeefe, again answer me how many of these calls you respond to with us? Again ZERO. Why hasn't Joe Stevens ever responded? In fact your name in no where on the site.

"Unfortunately, Jop fails to point out that the claims and situations that Jop so plainly expounds as first hand knowledge, was systematically looked into and addressed by the department. Yes, as in any profession there are ego's and yes some are out right fools who do put both feet in their mouths from time to time. But, the expressed bigotry and the outright refusal to treat any person or people based solely on race is totally fictitious."

Patrick A. OKeefe, Again I ask you how many calls you responded on with us and the answer is ZERO. I am an eye witness to Joe Stevens delaying and withholding care to minorities that has caused deaths and serious injuries. And you say the city did a professional job of investigating these claims. How do you base that statement? Because I know the city made a mockery out of my claims. How do I know I was there and saw first hand?

Patrick A. OKeefe were you at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel accident? Again the answer is no. You are supposed to be a professional and if you are answer the following question because your corrupted investigators refuse to answer them. 1. Why were 2 priority one patients left on scene for a documented 40 minutes?

2. Why was medic 9 canceled on this call?

3. Why was the helicopter canceled on this call?

4. What was one man still alive begging for his life left trapped in a vehicle for 25 minutes, while the rescue truck was staged on the South Island for a documented 25 minutes?

5. Why did Joe Stevens refuse to help me on this call and why did the city cover this fact up?

6. Who canceled all the equipment and help I radioed for, do you know? I know, it was Joe Stevens.

7. Why was he not held liable and accountable and made to answer these questions? There are other questions that need to be answered that are too numerous, can you answer them? How do you think the families of these 2 boys feel? Would you like it if it were your kids? They died for on reason and one reason only, they were both black. How do I know this, because Joe Stevens told me so. The words came directly from his mouth as he laughed about it all the way back to station 1. Were you there, again, NO!

"Every person who has dealt with emergency cases and situations knows that to relieve the stress of uncertainty form time to time has made statements that are certainly off color. These statements are not made as statements of fact but, are only statements of exacerbation to relieve the tension of the moment. These statements are surely not geared toward anyone or any individual as Jop exclaims. Only the person who wishes to make another look and sound bad takes any statements out of context and spins a tall tail of condemnation of doom and gloom. Jop it seems has gone beyond reality and spins tall tails of bigotry and hatred that I know are certainly not openly tolerated. By the way, when and if bigotry is expressed, the situation does get addressed."

Patrick A. OKeefe, I don't know you but you seem to be as big a disgrace to our profession as Joe Stevens is. To make these statements that's its all write to insult minorities to blow of stress is a total disgrace to my profession and should never be tolerated. Its very sad that the rest of your disgraceful department feels the same way you do. Its a sickness and I hope you get help for it. I was very disgusted with your sick departments attitude and hatefulness for the minorities that you serve.

"If the readers really believes that an emergency responder and then an emergency room physician would be so bigoted as to deliberately kill a child based solely on his race needs to look deep down inside and question what is real and what is not in this story."

Patrick A. OKeefe, again were you on the call in question and do you have first hand knowledge of the same, again the answer is a big fat NO. I was there and I know what Lt. Bobby Curtin told me. He refused to come on calls in our district and refused my request to respond on this call. Bobby once told me, "what are you crazy your district is full of NIGGERS and I will not help them. Who cares if they die."

When I saw the injuries this child had I got on the radio and called for the helicopter. Bobby got on the radio and told me to take the child to Hampton General hospital. Anyone could have seen these life threatening injuries and known this child needed to go to Norfolk burn center. I also requested that engine one meet us and that was refused to, why? When we got to the hospital the doctor stated that this child needs to go to Norfolk burn center. I asked if he could get IV's started and stabilize him and he said, "NO." I asked for him to call the helicopter and he stated, "We do not transport NIGGERS via the helicopter, it costs to much. You guys are free you drive him." Well, the rest is history he died. Did you know that Hampton General fired the doctor? Did you also know that nothing happened to Bobby Curtin, Why?

Patrick A. OKeefe, tell America what happened to Bobby Curtin? This is a very sick man and he was allowed to retire with only 15 years on the department, Why? Why was he not prosecuted for stealing when he got caught red handed in Norfolk, Why?

"Because the department wouldn't bow down and be run according to John Jop's laws and wishes. John Jop wants to openly humiliate the department and the City of Hampton to make John Jop look and feel good."

Patrick A. OKeefe, Your City is a disgrace and I will not stop till all America knows what dangers lurk there. It makes me happy when people write me and change their vacation plans and you lose the money. It also makes me happy when a student sees my site and goes to a different college and stays away from your bigoted sick city.

"Jop if you realize it or not, you down grade my home town, then you humiliate those that have given their lives for the sake of saving others. Now, your only goal is to satisfy your own self serving ego by spreading exaggerated lies and half truths."

Patrick A. OKeefe, I will continue to warn people about your sick city. Its my duty that I swore to the citizens that I served honorably. My duty is to the public not your sick twisted department. The truth will come out and I will bring it out.

"By the way, I have two children who are half white and half Korean, I also have a grandson who is one third white, one third korean and one third black. Now call me a bigot. Get over yourself Jop."


Patrick A. OKeefe, What does this prove? Who really cares about your family. What about the numerous families that your sick twisted department has destroyed forever. Those are the people my allegiance is with, not you. What about Joe Stevens? This is the sickest and most twisted human being I have ever met. I feel sad for people like you that stick up for sick people like him. As long as his name is associated with your department, it will be the most bigoted department on this planet.

Patrick A. OKeefe, Why don't you get with Joe Stevens and ask him to answer my questions as I have numerous. Your sick officials covered the facts over because they are very well aware that they are ultimately responsible for his actions. Joe has a lot of power and its sad for the families and friends of those he killed. Joe has so much knowledge of wrong doing by almost every public official in Hampton.

Patrick A. OKeefe, Can you please tell us about the time that Joe Stevens and Eddie Sullivan got caught red handed by Chief Gregg Cade forging training documents and were both fired. What happened? How come the termination's didn't hold up?

Patrick A. OKeefe, Can you please tell us about Captain Steve Hensley? That's right your wife was involved in his problems. What happened to Steve? He was fired to, but that was over turned to. He got caught stealing money from the fire department budget with Kristi Patrick, he also assaulted Kristi and a police officer and was also drunk when he got in a wreck in a city vehicle.

Patrick A. OKeefe, tell us Battalion Chief John Lawson and his drunkenness at the EEOC conference and his sexual escapades with Mrs. Johnson? Thats right your department is very honorable because all this stuff is glossed over by your corrupted officials. Until you can tell the truth, I would keep my mouth shut!!!!!!

Professional Paramedic,
John Jop.........USA
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Exaggerated half truth's and lies

AUTHOR: Patrick A. O - (U.S.A.)

John Jop for all his claims of truth and knowledge was fired from his position as an employee of the Hampton Division of Fire & Rescue. Not because he was holier than thou, but because he tended to exaggerate the facts as he believed they really were.

If anyone can believe all the half truth's that this man is portraying with his deceitfulness, I feel totally sorry for the readers and believers of his deceptions. Lets face the facts this is a man who was fired because he wanted to bribe a councilman into believing his stories.

Yes, I assume John Jop felt that he had been done wrong and that he was the angel out to save the world. But, John Jop through all has exaggerated claims, fails to point out that he only wants to seek revenge on his ex-employer and the City of Hampton for not handling his discontent to soothe his alter ego. Jop was found to be a revengeful and spiteful person towards others only to make himself look and feel good for his own hurt feelings.

Unfortunately, Jop fails to point out that the claims and situations that Jop so plainly expounds as first hand knowledge, was systematically looked into and addressed by the department. Yes, as in any profession there are ego's and yes some are out right fools who do put both feet in their mouths from time to time. But, the expressed bigotry and the outright refusal to treat any person or people based solely on race is totally fictitious.

Every person who has dealt with emergency cases and situations knows that to relieve the stress of uncertainty form time to time has made statements that are certainly off color. These statements are not made as statements of fact but, are only statements of exacerbation to relieve the tension of the moment. These statements are surely not geared toward anyone or any individual as Jop exclaims. Only the person who wishes to make another look and sound bad takes any statements out of context and spins a tall tail of condemnation of doom and gloom. Jop it seems has gone beyond reality and spins tall tails of bigotry and hatred that I know are certainly not openly tolerated. By the way, when and if bigotry is expressed, the situation does get addressed.

If the readers really believes that an emergency responder and then an emergency room physician would be so bigoted as to deliberately kill a child based solely on his race needs to look deep down inside and question what is real and what is not in this story.

The fact is this, John Jop is a man who has had his sensitivity and feelings stepped on. Jop has failed to realize that a supervisor is not going to have any employee grovel at Jop's feet and be publicly humiliated so Jop's ego can be satisfied.

Because the department wouldn't bow down and be run according to John Jop's laws and wishes. John Jop wants to openly humiliate the department and the City of Hampton to make John Jop look and feel good.

John Jop has turned into the true disgrace and the true bigot described within the tall tails described in his stories by failing to get over his own hurt feelings

Jop if you realize it or not, you down grade my home town, then you humiliate those that have given their lives for the sake of saving others. Now, your only goal is to satisfy your own self serving ego by spreading exaggerated lies and half truths.

Jop, Grow Up and get on with your life, your bitterness isn't appreciated.

By the way, I have two children who are half white and half Korean, I also have a grandson who is one third white, one third korean and one third black. Now call me a bigot. Get over yourself Jop.

Fire Lieutenant, Retired
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AUTHOR: Howard - (U.S.A.)

Just want to clarify one point here. If anyone has 85% of their body with second and third degree burns no matter what color, that person has less than 1% chance of survival. When there is that much damage the likelyhood that the whole respiratory system has been also damaged is very high. Add this to any preexisting condition such as Asthma, Heart Problems etc. The chance of survival goes to zero. If the person had 85% first degree burns that is another topic all together. If the child lived more than 3 days that was lucky. Yes, a helicopter was warrentied and should have been used. Yes, the child should have been stablized, and treated properly regardless of color. I am not justifing what the Doctors did or did not do: the sad fact is the boy would have died even with the best of care. I hope the proper authorities do find out the true story and that corrective action is taken.
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#14 Consumer Comment

Hampton Police do not care

AUTHOR: Michael - (U.S.A.)

I had numerous problems with a neighbor, and when I would call the Hampton Police Department, I got nothing but grief. I have filed my own "ripoff" report detailing just one incident, which happened before we were attacked by our neighbors. Even then, the police would not press charges or arrest them, made my wife and I file the charges.

When we tried, the magistrate tried to talk us out of filing the charges, probably because we were interrupting his basketball game on TV. We filed the charges, but it took some doing, as the magistrate was grudgingly helpfull. It was apparent he was not happy at being disturbed.

We moved from Hampton, and I recommend all citizens leave that worthless city.
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#15 Consumer Comment

Hampton Police do not care

AUTHOR: Michael - (U.S.A.)

I had numerous problems with a neighbor, and when I would call the Hampton Police Department, I got nothing but grief. I have filed my own "ripoff" report detailing just one incident, which happened before we were attacked by our neighbors. Even then, the police would not press charges or arrest them, made my wife and I file the charges.

When we tried, the magistrate tried to talk us out of filing the charges, probably because we were interrupting his basketball game on TV. We filed the charges, but it took some doing, as the magistrate was grudgingly helpfull. It was apparent he was not happy at being disturbed.

We moved from Hampton, and I recommend all citizens leave that worthless city.
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#16 Consumer Comment

Hampton Police do not care

AUTHOR: Michael - (U.S.A.)

I had numerous problems with a neighbor, and when I would call the Hampton Police Department, I got nothing but grief. I have filed my own "ripoff" report detailing just one incident, which happened before we were attacked by our neighbors. Even then, the police would not press charges or arrest them, made my wife and I file the charges.

When we tried, the magistrate tried to talk us out of filing the charges, probably because we were interrupting his basketball game on TV. We filed the charges, but it took some doing, as the magistrate was grudgingly helpfull. It was apparent he was not happy at being disturbed.

We moved from Hampton, and I recommend all citizens leave that worthless city.
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#17 Consumer Comment

Hampton Police do not care

AUTHOR: Michael - (U.S.A.)

I had numerous problems with a neighbor, and when I would call the Hampton Police Department, I got nothing but grief. I have filed my own "ripoff" report detailing just one incident, which happened before we were attacked by our neighbors. Even then, the police would not press charges or arrest them, made my wife and I file the charges.

When we tried, the magistrate tried to talk us out of filing the charges, probably because we were interrupting his basketball game on TV. We filed the charges, but it took some doing, as the magistrate was grudgingly helpfull. It was apparent he was not happy at being disturbed.

We moved from Hampton, and I recommend all citizens leave that worthless city.
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#18 Consumer Comment

Hampton is very Racist

AUTHOR: Rebecca - (U.S.A.)

I grew up in Hampton. It is the most racist city in America. The Fire and Police Departments are nothing but wild gangs of good ole boys. They very rarely hire outside family. Hampton will never change until and outsider comes in and investigates. I wish you well and I support your efforts. One who was born there.
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#19 Consumer Comment

Lived in Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown- Va.

AUTHOR: Gilbert - ()

I used to live in the Hampton Roads Area,If you
don't think racism doesnt thrive in that area, Then you are sadly mistaken. A few years ago I was stopped by the Hampton Police, Of course I wasnt in the right, had expired inspection sticker.

But that is not the complaint. The complaint is that the officer felt it was her duty to label myself as a drug dealer; maybe it was the old car I was driving or maybe the uncashed 800.00 payroll check; or may be it was the silk shirt and tie that I had on for my second job. Anyway, she called her goon squad and they threw me into a squad car with no seat belt on, just by chance it was raining, and this officer came up with grand idea to speed up and then stop so I can hit me head on the plastic partition at least 6-7 times.

But what gets me is that I fought for this country for 10 yrs and my father did 20 yrs. Is this what is meant by my country loves me? Yeah Right, you won't catch me raising my right hand again...
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#20 Consumer Comment

Why waste time?

AUTHOR: Michael - ()

If Jop were making up these allegations why would he waste time and resources to file complaints and lawsuits? It is human nature to persue higher authorities for justice when you have been
scammed.

Jop is, and always will be a HERO for what he has done. I truly respect Jop for having the fortitude and courage to seek justice(if there is such a word) in his situation.

For those who remain in positions of power and continue to allow minorities to suffer injustices and disparities, the day will come when you will experience those same injustices as you meet the devil that you worship and serve through your hate.
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#21 Consumer Comment

Do the job you were hired to do.

AUTHOR: Sadie - ()

I am a white girl who lives in California with friends of all races. Incidences such as these happen here too; Police, government, businesses, etc. It happens everywhere. Why should we believe it doesn't happen in Virginia?

I researched my family tree and found that my ancestors had a plantation and slaves in Virgina. When the slaves were freed most families stayed where they were, so of course there is a large population of African Americans back east.

I agree that just because a city employee happens to be the same race as the victims in these stories, doesn't mean that racism isn't currently existent. Haven't you heard of Affirmative Action? Making companies hire applicants who were under qualified to meet a race quota? I am sure that law looks good for someone somewhere in bureaucracy. (Thankfully the law was overturned this year.) Personally I think the person who is most qualified for the job should be hired.

Based on the information above "Stevens" was not a qualified EMT. The requirement is to provide care to the hurt. Not provide care ONLY IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT. I have a friend who is an EMT in LA County. If he didn't meet the requirements of his job description, he would be FIRED. Jop was doing his job, I applaud that. We all bleed the same color blood. If it were you or yours in need, wouldn't you want someone to help you?

As far as I know most people think of EMT's and Firefighters as "neutral". Doesn't matter what or where, they are to help not judge. I am grateful they exist.

Let's turn this around for a minute shall we? What if you lost a limb and were bleeding to death and the EMT whispered into his/her radio and said, "It's a Caucasian and left you there to die? It can work both ways.
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#22 Consumer Suggestion

Please, things are always what they seem

AUTHOR: April - ()

Unbelievable. Someone actually wants us to believe that because there are African Americans in office that this does not happen. They lived there since 1991, I might add. My family has lived there for generations, so YES this has always happened and will always happen, having an African American in office here and there doesn't stop rascism and discrimination upon them.

They are there for show, plain and simple. The government allows minorities to set on seats in office so that they don't upset the minorities. It's a sad fact, but very true. These people discrminate against ANY and ALL minorities, the hispanic, the African Americans, the American Indians, Gays, Lesbians, basically anyone who is NOT White.

I could tell you stories that I know of personally that would make your head spin, I have even seen pictures of these things taking place. It's like when I was in school (a few years ago), we had an African American principle, and 2 African American Vice principles, but that doesn't stop segradation. It in some way will always continue, exspecially in parts of the US that has always been the most prone to these kind of attacks.

My point is, just stop and look at the BIG picture, things are always what they seem.
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Hampton, Virginia Citizen

AUTHOR: James - ()

I have been a citizen of Hampton, VA. since 1991. I would like to put into context the outrageous claims that have been made against the City of Hampton officials. I think it would also be beneficial to give you the demographic make up of Hampton City Officials.

The Mayor of Hampton is a black female who previously was a City Councilwoman. There is one other white female who also sits on City Council. There are also 2 black gentlemen who have sat on City council for a number of years. Only 3 of the 7 city council members are white males. The City manager is a black male. The Sheriff of Hampton, ever since I have been here, is also a black male. Over 50% of the Deputy Sheriff's in Hampton are black.

Half of the members of the Hampton City school Board are black males. The Superintendant of Schools in Hampton is a black male. According to the last census over 50% of the population in Hampton are black citizens. Many of the city employees that I have come in contact with are black people. This includes Police officers and firefighters. I have seen no evidence of what this guy is claiming. I think he is just a disgruntled employee. Why else do you think no other empolyees have come forward. His story sounds a little fishy to me.
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Hampton's always been rascist!

AUTHOR: April - ()

I have alot of family from Hampton, VA and in Hampton, VA. I can honestly say, I know these alligations to be true. The Hampton police, fire, and rescue have been and unfortunately probally will always be rascist red-necks. They speak very publicly about their so called beliefs. It insulting that their are still so many that haven't woke-up and realized the world is growing up and they should too.

Eevn with all that you've done, you may still need to go high-up in the US Government. Hampton officals will probally never help. I am so very sorry that your family was put through their rascist aggressions. Maybe they'll fall on their heads and come back to the 21st century and not the 20th.

Good Luck!!
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