ABC NEWS 7: PI Bil Warner says Michal Barfield should just butt out. “I don’t like him. I think he’s doing a terrible thing here, taking away a very important took to help fight crime.” SEE http://www.mysuncoast.com/
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The ACLU is suing the City of Sarasota, seeking information on the city's police department and the controversial Stingray surveillance system. The Stingray surveillance program gives authorities a tool to defend. In this case, it's against bad guys. Developed just a few years ago, the Stingray mimics a cell phone tower, allowing law enforcement to locate wanted criminals as long as they have a cell phone. Even if they aren’t on the phone, the Stingray can locate it.
“The Stingray program, I think, is an excellent program. If used properly, it can find violent felons on the run, locate them, and arrest them,” says private investigator Bill Warner.
He knows a little bit about surveillance. “I'm aware of how difficult it is to find somebody. And when they are using a throw away cell phone, that's all you got.”
Michael Barfield with the ACLU feels the Stingray should be thrown out, citing Constitutional issues, even going as far as filing a lawsuit against the City of Sarasota. He says the Sarasota Police Department is using it. Michael Barfield is a long time cop hater with an agenda here, Michael Barfield is a convicted felon who spent time in State and Federal prison, no love lost here for law enforcement.
If they are, Bill Warner says Barfield should just butt out. “I don’t like him. I think he’s doing a terrible thing here, taking away a very important took to help fight crime.” The Sarasota Police Department denies owning the Stingray, however that doesn’t mean they haven’t used it, says Barfield. He alleges the SPD borrowed it from the U.S. Marshals.
UPDATED: Felons Helping Felons ACLU Mouthpiece Michael A. Barfield Has Troubling Criminal History see http://
The conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury convictions stem from Barfield’s role in concocting a false accusation in 1997 against then-United States District Judge Lee P. Gagliardi, now deceased, and Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen A. Haley, in an attempt to disqualify the judge from presiding over a pending criminal case. In late 1998 and early 1999, while working for a Florida attorney, Michael A. Barfield falsely represented to two convicted criminal defendants that he could secure leniency for them in exchange for substantial monetary payments. After obtaining approximately $50,000 from the defendants’ families, Michael A. Barfield made preparations to flee the country. He was arrested by the FBI in January 1999 and was incarcerated. Michael Barfield appears to not like cops.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com