Friday, April 7, 2017

Crystal Eschert v. City of Charlotte In Case You Missed It

From the local paper:

In a matter of weeks, a Charlotte jury will decide whether Crystal Eschert is a wronged whistleblower or a Facebook troll. 

On Thursday, U.S. District Frank Whitney cleared the way for a jury to hear Eschert’s claims that she was unfairly fired from her investigator’s job with the Charlotte Fire Department for two Facebook posts and in retaliation for her whistleblower complaints about the condition of a department building. 

The case, which is scheduled for trial early next month, features a slew of conflicting issues, legal and otherwise:


In rejecting a City of Charlotte argument that Eschert’s lawsuit should be thrown out, Whitney says those and other questions should be answered by a jury. He ruled that Eschert’s complaint, which alleges First Amendment violations, wrongful discharge, sexual discrimination and other claims, can proceed. 

The legal fight dates back to the fire department’s efforts to control employee posts on social media. In 2013, the department adopted a policy that prohibits “simultaneously” identifying oneself as a department employee while displaying materials that could “potentially be perceived as offensive, including ... material that offends or harasses on the basis of race, sex, religion, color.”

In a matter of weeks, a Charlotte jury will decide whether Crystal Eschert is a wronged whistleblower or a Facebook troll. 

On Thursday, U.S. District Frank Whitney cleared the way for a jury to hear Eschert’s claims that she was unfairly fired from her investigator’s job with the Charlotte Fire Department for two Facebook posts and in retaliation for her whistleblower complaints about the condition of a department building. 

The case, which is scheduled for trial early next month, features a slew of conflicting issues, legal and otherwise:

▪ Eschert’s right of free speech vs. the demands a public job places on personal behavior;

▪  Whether Eschert violated a department social-media policy or was singled out for ignoring the chain of command; 

▪ Whether she rightfully lost her job for making racially insensitive comments or was a victim of political correctness. 

In rejecting a City of Charlotte argument that Eschert’s lawsuit should be thrown out, Whitney says those and other questions should be answered by a jury. He ruled that Eschert’s complaint, which alleges First Amendment violations, wrongful discharge, sexual discrimination and other claims, can proceed. 

The legal fight dates back to the fire department’s efforts to control employee posts on social media. In 2013, the department adopted a policy that prohibits “simultaneously” identifying oneself as a department employee while displaying materials that could “potentially be perceived as offensive, including ... material that offends or harasses on the basis of race, sex, religion, color.”

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On Aug. 20, 2014, about 10 days after the shooting of Michael Brown set off riots in Ferguson, Mo., Eschert wrote this post on her Facebook page: 

“White guy shot by police yesterday near Ferguson ... Where is Obama? Where is Holder? Where is Al Sharpton? Where are Trayvon Martin’s parents? Where are all the white guys supporters? So is everyone MAKING it a racial issue? So tired it’s a racial thing. If you are a thug and worthless to society, it’s not race – You’re just a waste no matter what religion, race or sex you are.”

A week later, Eschert shared a post on the same page that blamed President Barack Obama for feeding the “racial tension and cultural divide” that had contributed to the deaths of hundreds of police officers since Obama took office. 

Though both posts were made on Eschert’s non-public Facebook page, they were sent to police and fire officials by a person named Linda Havery, who said the posts were stirring controversy in the community and on the Web.

The Observer has not been able to identify a Linda Havery living in the Charlotte area, and Eschert and her attorney believe the emails were either sent by someone in the fire department or some other part of city government. 

Eschert was fired that fall.

She claims the real reason for her termination was her role as a whistleblower in raising questions about the quality of renovations at a new arson unit center on North Graham Street. Eschert did not notify her bosses of her concerns. Instead, she and her father-in-law, Ray Eschert, a politically connected Ballantyne businessman, contacted City Council member Claire Fallon. 

Fallon toured the building with then City Manager Ron Carlee and fire department official – the same day someone created the Linda Havery profile on Facebook, and Eschert made her first post. 

Attorney Sara Lincoln, who is representing the city, told Whitney that no evidence has been produced that ties Havery to the city or proves that the fire department leaders even knew Eschert had complained about the arson building. 

Nor can Eschert argue that the Facebook posts were a pretext for her firing and then claim that her First Amendment rights were violated, Lincoln said.

She told Whitney that Eschert’s comments on Facebook undermined her government responsibilities and were posted “when racial tensions in Charlotte and the United States were running extraordinarily high,” and may have jeopardized her co-workers’ safety.

Eschert’s attorney, Meg Maloney, countered that her client, at the time of her Facebook posts, was her department’s youngest employee who didn’t realize that her post – in particular her use of “thug” – may have been offensive to African Americans “because she’s not an African American. But there is nothing in the post that says she’s not open to understanding.”

In court and in earlier filings, Maloney has argued that Eschert was singled out for firing when other fire department employees, including top managers, received lesser punishment for similar Facebook comments. 

In the end, Whitney decided that Eschert’s claims had enough merit to move forward. He foreshadowed his decision earlier in the hour-long hearing when he interrupted Lincoln while she was arguing that the suit should be dismissed. 

“Do I have to take your word for this or should a jury decide?” he asked. “That’s a lot for me to swallow.”


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article143149419.html#storylink=cpy

In rejecting a City of Charlotte argument that Eschert’s lawsuit should be thrown out, Whitney says those and other questions should be answered by a jury. He ruled that Eschert’s complaint, which alleges First Amendment violations, wrongful discharge, sexual discrimination and other claims, can proceed. 

The legal fight dates back to the fire department’s efforts to control employee posts on social media. In 2013, the department adopted a policy that prohibits “simultaneously” identifying oneself as a department employee while displaying materials that could “potentially be perceived as offensive, including ... material that offends or harasses on the basis of race, sex, religion, color.”


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article143149419.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article143149419.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Twitter In A Land Filled With Idiots

Sadly the idiots were once reliable local news stations like WCNC


Blame it on millennial interns? Or just stupidity.

But it's not just TV news operations that have become brain dead on Twitter. Once power house print media is also overcome with the stupids.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Vietnam Veterans Day

Today, as you may already know, is Vietnam Veterans Day. 

It is an honor to salute all those patriots who served during the Vietnam war. Whether you were stationed in country or not, you are a patriot who deserves to be thanked and remembered. All soldiers serving during the war were part of the Vietnam war no matter their station or MOS. We all had a job to do and we proudly did it. 

God Bless America

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

10 Years Have Passed Since Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark Were Murdered

In case you missed it, WBTV's Molly Grantham honors Officers Shelton and Clark with this special to the local paper:

It’s easy to say – and show – how Charlotte stood strong 10 years ago. 

Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers were ambushed by an insane man at Timber Ridge Apartments. Officers Jeff Shelton, 34, and Sean Clark, 35, never had time to get their guns out of their holsters. 

Both officers died quickly. The killer never spoke a word afterward, including to his attorneys. No motive, they surmised. Just death, for death’s sake, leaving behind two shattered families, a broken police department and a city stunned to a stop.

Shelton and Clark were shot late on March 31, 2007. Days later Charlotte started to stir again with the singular mission of honoring them. There were two funerals. Two days. Both ceremonies held at a mega-church in south Charlotte with room for the thousands who wanted to attend; each burial held afterward, miles away.

As the procession of cars left the church for the grave sites – this happened both afternoons – crowds lined the long route as it moved sadly across the county. Flags were waved. Children saluted. Street corners were filled with people from all walks of life, from Charlotte neighborhoods north, east, west and south. People were eager to wrap their arms around two fractured families and a hurting police department to let them know they were not alone.

TV stations broadcast these images live, but the most important eyes watching belonged to those in the procession, looking out the car windows.

“We have a lot of memories,” Bob Clark, Sean’s dad told me this week, “Feeling support from people is still one of the strongest.”

Would Charlotte respond with such unified strength if, God forbid, this happened again now? I want to think it would. But with riots against the police department this past September still fresh in the mind, it’s a question worth asking.

Another question as we look where we are 10 years later, is posed on behalf of 28-year-old Stephen McMickens, who still lives at Timber Ridge. Ten years ago, he was a teenager staying with his mom in this high-crime area that, generally speaking, didn’t like police. He was the only person who ran toward the white officers to try and help. 

Stephen and I also spoke this week. He is the one who brought up race.

“I never saw their color,” he said. “My thing is, we all know what it’s like to lose somebody. No matter if the person has on a badge or not, when they take it off they’re still a human being.”

Stephen says he only saw two men in need and was – his words – “drawn to them.” 

Would that happen in our current environment? And if Stephen ran to save police today, would you hear the story as a black 18-year-old running to help white men? Or would you hear it as a more simple, life-lesson headline as reported then, about a kid running to help wounded officers? 

“Those officers made a difference,” Stephen said. “They helped a lot of people. I feel like we shouldn’t let their memories go out like that. Officers Clark and Shelton need to be celebrated.”

Stephen’s right. This week, 10 long years later, we should celebrate and remember Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton. But we should also honor them – by living the way we showed we could in the newness of their loss.

Grantham is a news anchor for WBTV News. WBTV will air a a 30-minute program on officers Shelton and Clark on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article141105918.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Driver's Ed Teacher Fired For Bullying Student Into Standing For The Pledge Of Allegiance

If you ever wondered why the Chicago is a hot mess sandwich here's a in your face story that the Chicago Tribune posted and tagged as a story about "Bulling".

But this news account is far more telling. It gives a very personal look at how stupidity has come to rule public schools. 

A year from now when this student is shot by officers responding to a to a call for service we can look back a point out that he didn't have a grain of respect for authority. Perhaps at the grave side service his mother will here that words "Thanks  Mom". 

A second teacher has been disciplined at Eisenhower High School over a student's refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vince Ziebarth, who has worked in District 218 since 2009, and was a full-time driver's education teacher at the Blue Island school since January 2014, said he was terminated March 16 after being told he made "inappropriate comments" to sophomore Shemar Cooper.

At the beginning of the school year, Cooper and his mother, Kelley Porter Turner said the first teacher tried to coerce him to stand by grabbing him by his arm.

Porter Turner now says that two weeks ago, Ziebarth told her son, "If you want to drive with me, you have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance."

"I brushed it off and let it go," she said, until Cooper came home from school and said the teacher "wouldn't let it go."

Ziebarth said, "I told him he can make a choice to sit, but as long as you choose to sit, you will not sit in my (drivers ed) vehicle. I did not tell him what to do."

Cooper's other friends drive with the teacher. When a group went out for behind-the-wheel training, Cooper asked if he also could go, his mother said.

The teacher reportedly told her son, "'You know what you have to do if you want to come with me,'" Porter Turner said.

"If my son didn't say anything to me, (the teacher) would have continued — and that's bullying," she said.

"He violated my son's First Amendment rights," she said.

She said she emailed an Eisenhower administrator and asked her to "take care of it."

"She called me two days later and said he was going to be terminated," said Porter Turner, who then contacted the news media.

School officials did "not set an example the first time," she said, saying the first teacher got suspended for trying to force her son out of his chair to stand for the Pledge.

"That first teacher should have been fired. That would send a message that you can't get away with bullying my son," Porter Turner said.

Cooper is a "good kid" who gets "good grades," she said.

"I tell him to stand up for what he believes in," said Porter Turner.

School officials have declined to comment on personnel issues.

Ziebarth told a different story.

He said he had one behind-the-wheel lesson with Cooper in February.

"I didn't want to say anything to him then, with other students in the car," he said.

But when Cooper later asked when they were going out driving again, that is when Ziebarth said he had a private conversation with Cooper about what it means to stand for the Pledge and told the student how he felt.

"I told him I stand to honor the sacrifice and bravery of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It doesn't mean America is perfect, or that we agree with everything going on," said Ziebarth, whose grandfather was a Marine in World War II, and whose uncle served in Vietnam.

"We had an understanding. He was making a choice, and I was making a choice. His name never appeared on my sign-up sheet again, so I thought it was over," Ziebarth said.

"I thought it was best for everyone. I didn't want my feelings to seep into my instruction unintentionally," he said.

There are seven other drivers ed teachers, and students sign up and choose the teacher they want to ride with because they want students to be comfortable behind the wheel, he said.

After that conversation, Ziebarth said Cooper often "joked" about it with him, smiling and saying, 'Hey, Mr. Z am I going to ride with you today?'

"I would say, 'you know the answer,'" the teacher said. "Shemar was absolutely pushing the issue."

Ziebarth said he had not spoken to Cooper for the past two weeks and added he was surprised to be called to the principal's office March 15.

The next day he said he was told his services were no longer required in the district, without being given a specific reason.

Ziebarth was not under contract and was not a tenured teacher.

"I was given no options. Had the principal told me I had to allow Shemar in my car, I would have," he said.

"The punishment does not fit the crime," he said, noting that the first teacher got a one-day suspension.

An online petition drive to "Get Mr. Z back at Ike" was started by students at change.org, and had over 600 signatures, as of Wednesday morning.

Similar to what occurred after the first incident, Porter Turner's son is being harassed by classmates, who blame him for getting a favorite teacher terminated, she said.

Last September, Porter Turner said she was going to take her son out of Eisenhower because he was being harassed by fellow students and enroll him in an online charter school.

That option did not pan out because the student had to be a Chicago resident or pay tuition, she said. Cooper lives in Merrionette Park.

"I hope my son can get through the next two years and not get harassed," his mother said.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

CIAA Madness Shots Fired Officers Injured

This is a work in progress and is unedited (Cedar has a real job)
Apparently there is a wide ranging quid pro quo with regards to the CIAA
Beyond free tickets for elected officials, look the other way directives from certain CMPD brass and free permits for venue operators. There's a reason the CIAA is the only collegiate tournament still standing post HB2.
Say what you like about the CIAA but it brings in millions of dollars to Charlotte's economy never mind that every year drugs, and gun violence come along for the entire week in support of basketball and honoring thug life. 

Almost comical the local media call it "gun play"
From the local paper:
The city’s role as host of the CIAA tournament took a bruising this weekend, when two violent incidents occurred within six hours and just a couple blocks apart from each other.
In the first, as many as 100 shots were reportedly fired early Saturday evening in uptown along the 600 block of North Caldwell Street.
It happened about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Caldwell Street and 8th Street, which is a part of town filled with residential buildings, including the First Ward Apartments. The timing was just a half hour before the men’s championship game of the CIAA was to start at the nearby Spectrum Center.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article135077249.html#storylink=cpy
Multiple apartment units and vehicles were struck by bullets, officials said in a statement released Sunday morning, but there have been no reports of injuries.
Investigators were canvassing the area Sunday for witnesses. “Several dozen” shell casings have been found at the scene, police said. 
It’s believed the shooting took place in the roadway and did not occur in a nearby apartment complex or any tented events. Some social media posts were saying a “street party” was going on in the area at the time.


The Oasis Tent nearby has been the scene of past stabbings, nearby shootings and dozens of violent altercations. Yet CMPD Officers are apparently under orders to "look the other way" when it comes to patrons of the Oasis Tent. Seems the venue has a connection to CMPD that the main stream media doesn't want to go to the trouble to connect the dots. 

Cedar's Take: Its the over look the small stuff police policy that leads to more serious crimes. When its ok to smoke weed and openly sell drugs in small quantities, being drunk and disorderly, public urination all over looked.
Regarding Saturday evening’s shootout, several national lifestyle websites – including The SourceXXLComplex and BET – reported that one of the targets was a rapper who goes by the stage name Young Dolph. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police declined to say whether he was in fact involved.
Dolph reportedly performed at an unofficial CIAA-related party at Cameo Charlotte nightclub later that night. Attempts to reach his booking agent were unsuccessful.
In a separate incident, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer and an N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement officer were hospitalized with minor injuries just after midnight Sunday morning, after being struck by a suspect fleeing the scene of an investigation on North Caldwell and Sixth streets in uptown, CMPD officials said.
Det. Matt Lewis, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer and Shelby resident, was hit by a car during an investigation on Sunday in an uptown Charlotte parking lot.
Charlottte-Mecklenburg police are investigating the incident in which Lewis and and an Alcohol Law Enforcement officer were hit. Both officers were taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with minor injuries. No one else was hurt during the incident.
As of Sunday, Lewis was back home in Shelby, recovering and resting, said his wife, Sally Hamrick Lewis. 
"He called me from the back of the medic truck because he thought it would be better if it was him instead of someone else (to call me)," she said. "His partner and some others kept me updated while my dad drove me up to the hospital. I was just thankful to be able to bring him home." 
Detectives arrested Jerel Manvil Rhoades in the case. He's charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer causing serious injury, two counts of felony hit-and-run, carrying a concealed weapon, DWI, reckless driving and hit-and-run.
The officers were conducting an investigation around 12:07 a.m. at Caldwell and Sixth streets related to contraband found inside a vehicle in the parking lot, according to authorities.
Investigators said Rhoades entered a vehicle and drove away during the investigation, hitting Lewis and an ALE officer in the process. At least one ALE officer fired a shot and Rhoades fled the scene, police said. No shots were fired by CMPD officers.
Officers set up a perimeter and took Rhoades into custody a short distance away at Brevard and Seventh streets.

Jerel Manvil Rhoades

Police have charged Jerel Manvil Rhoades, 37, with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer causing serious injury, two counts of felony hit and run, carrying a concealed weapon, driving while impaired, reckless driving and hit and run.
Neither incident was related to any official CIAA-sanctioned event going on in uptown Charlotte, police said.
It's that final statement that is just stupid. 
Here's a hint that



Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article135077249.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How Not To Build Your Business

The age of technology has brought a flood of marketing tools, email, twitter, social media, spam and the obnoxious email blast marketing.

CP's in box is overloaded with junk everyday.

But look at the effort Garage Door Doctor in Charlotte went to put this email piece together.


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So with that much effort I felt inclined to reply as follows:

Thanks for the email and the offer, but a year ago one of your guys came out to fix one of our three garage doors.

I was out of town for a few days and as luck would have it, the garage door with my wife's car behind it rolled up just fine but when she tried to close it, the door went down about half way then made a loud bang and crashed to the floor.

So my wife called your company.

When your guy came to the house, my wife showed him the door, and explained how it was making a funny sound and how it crashed to the floor.

Your guy looked at it sprayed some WD-40 ran the door up and down a couple of times, declared the problem fixed and handed her a bill for $150 give or take.

I realize there are "drop costs" and your time isn't free but just think how loyal of a customer we would have been had your guy said "no charge" for his 2.5 minutes of labor. 

We have lived in our home for 20 years, the garage doors are original and I expect some time in the next 2-3 years we will need to replace them.

Odds that we will call you when we replace them are about 1 in 10, not bad but not what I'd call a loyal customer.

Just saying....

You see the trouble with most businesses is they are so focused on marketing to the next customer that they forget how to treat the ones they already have.

Friday, February 17, 2017

How North Carolina's Justice System Failed Walter "Wes" Scott

KThe system failed Walter "Wes" Scott  and in doing so failed all of us.


Walter "Wes" Scott"
You should read Mark Washburn's commentary on Wes Scott which is here.

This memory of "The Paper Man" is well worth a read as well.

Roger Best was a violent habitual felon who should never had been on the streets of Charlotte. Here's why.




From the local paper 

The suspect is charged with murder, attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon. Police said he was shot during the encounter with Scott and is being treated for gunshot wounds at Carolinas Medical Center. 
Once released, officials said Best will be transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department.
The scenario of how shots were exchanged between the two men has not been released by police. Investigators say Best was wounded in the exchange and was seeking help that morning when he flagged down officers on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near South Tryon Street.
Scott was a South Carolina State Constable who carried a gun as he delivered newspapers to hotels, shops and stores in the uptown area. He had delivered newspapers in the city for more than 30 years and worked as a contractor for a company that delivered The Charlotte Observer.
Mecklenburg County Jail records show Best has been jailed five previous times in the city for crimes including possession of a stolen vehicle, felony larceny, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking into a motor vehicle, and removing an electronic monitoring device. His most recent arrest was Jan. 30 for misdemeanor larceny.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article133055179.html#storylink=cpy

The local paper fails go into much detail when it comes to how Roger Best came to the point in his life where he decided to try armed robbery of a newspaper carrier in the dark early morning hours in Uptown Charlotte.

By all accounts Best was a thug since the day he was born.

His first arrest as on adult came on April 3, 2011, at age 17. The charge Felony Breaking and Entering.

On August 18, 2011 the judge bought into the idea that Best is a good boy and just needs a second chance. His sentence of 5 years is suspended in lieu of probation.

But by February 29, 2012 his probation is revoked and he is ordered to serve 10 months in prison.

Best is released from prison after only serving only 5 months of the 8 to 10 month sentence on July 26, 2012.

A month later on August 31, 2012 Best is arrested again, and there's little surprise the charge is again breaking and entering.

While awaiting trial and out of pre trail release he was arrested again on September 12, 2012.

At this point Best is denied bail and is remanded to custody until his March 7, 2013 court hearing. Best later enters a guilty plea and is convicted on both charges though consolidation for sentencing, along with the additional charge of HABITUAL BREAKING AND ENTERING. Best is given a sentence of one to four years. He begins serving his sentence on March 9, 2013.

Roger Best remained in prison from March 2013 until January 22, 2015 when he is released from prison. As a condition of parole among obtaining a job, remaining drug free and reporting to his Parole Officer as requests he must wear an ankle monitor. He had served only 23 months of a possible 60 month sentence.

On January 24, 2015, Best hits the streets only to resume his crime spree until he is arrested on March 2, 2015.


Roger T. Best March 2, 2015

The charge, Parole Violation, he spends the next week in jail and is released on March 9, 2015.

              

Upon release Best again cuts off his ankle monitor and continues his life of crime. After four months violating the conditions of his parole he is picked up and charged with removing his ankle bracelet on July 16, 2015.


Roger T. Best July 16, 2015
Its not hard to imagine that without the monitoring device Best spends his freedom robbing people and breaking into homes and automobiles at random.

He spends 72 hours in jail and is again released to resume his wave of violence.

On July 24, 2015 Best is picked up again.



Roger T. Best July 24, 2015
Again the charge is violation of his terms of parole. But it was just a formality, so back out the doors he goes. Back on parole

On December 3, 2015 he's arrested while driving a stolen car.


Roger T. Best December 3, 2015
He remains in jail for a week and on On December 11, 2015 new charges are added. This time there's another effort to make the charges stick.

Roger T. Best December 11, 2015
Best is charged with; felony larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

The charges are eventually dropped but he is returned to prison to serve out the remainder of his March 7, 2013 sentence.

Roger Best is again paroled from state prison on December 2, 2016. 




                    


On December 2, 2016 within hours of his release, Best is arrested, again charged with removing his monitoring device.


Roger T. Best December 2, 2016

Best is released once again on December 5, 2016.

On January 12, 2017 Roger Best is arrested again

Roger T. Best January 12, 2017
The charge is misdemeanor larceny. He remains behind bars until January 30, 2017.

Best is out awaiting a March 3, 2017 court date on the January 12, 2017 misdemeanor larceny charge. When he shoots and kills Walter "Wes" Scott. 

                   

Cedar's Take:

As taxpayers we pay vast amounts of money so that we, our children, our parents, our friends, employees, neighbors, and family members are protected from thugs like Roger Best.

It is absurd that career thugs like Roger Best are given repeated free passes when it is so crystal clear there is no chance of reform. 

In Mr. Best's case it was obvious that he had no intent to conform to society's norm or obey the law. His path through life for whatever reason was a continuing escalation of crime and violence.

We have a criminal justice system that is said to be broken according to former president of the United States because it unfairly treats African Americans. I say it is broken because it allows pond scum like Roger Best to live outside the walls of confinement despite his refusal to conform to basic human standards, that it is indeed broken, but not in its mistreatment of African Americans but in its refusal to accept that some criminals are beyond redemption.

That sadly the only answer for those like Roger Best is lethal injection.