City Commission Meeting
Jacobsen & Mark Bunker
July 14, 2001
responds to an article in the St.
Petersburg Times in which it was stated
that Clearwater Police Chief Sid Klein thought
it was time to remove the police from their
off duty Scientology assignments.
of Jeff's Remarks:
am responding to the St. Petersburg Times article
of July 4 indicating that Chief Klein and Manager
Horne are considering halting off-duty police work
on Watterson Street. The Clearwater police hired
by Scientology have taken off-duty assignment on
Watterson Street, near Cleveland and Ft. Harrison,
for about a year and a half now. Two uniformed police,
often with their police car parked nearby, sit in
lawn chairs with a Scientology security guard or
in their police cruiser or private vehicle, 8 hours
a day, 7 days a week. They do absolutely nothing
for their $21 per hour. They eat Scientology food,
talk on their cell phones, fill in crossword puzzles,
chat with their Scientology security guard buddy
(who at times sits in the police car with them),
and otherwise watch the world go by. On rare occasions
they may get up to direct the stray car that might
come onto Watterson while the Scientology buses
are loading or unloading. There is no reason for
these police to be there.
have the rare privilege of working at a business
that has an entrance on Watterson, so I have sat
on our steps many days watching the goings on on
this road. I have never seen any activity requiring
a policeman's presence on this street, nor have
I heard of any. The main thing that happens is the
Scientology staff is bused in for breakfast, lunch,
and supper to the cafeteria there. The buses load
and unload. That's the excitement of the day.
Scientologist who enters and exits those buses sees
the 2 armed uniformed policemen sitting with the
Scientology security guard. A message is sent by
these officers' presence. Scientology is under threat,
Scientology is being protected by the City, and
Scientology and the City are working hand in hand.
I'm not sure that this is the message that the City
wants to convey, however.
have personally heard some of these police officers
making derogatory remarks toward some staffers of
the Lisa McPherson Trust. There is no reason for
the police to be showing bias to anyone or any group,
and this is not only highly unprofessional but just
another indication of the city's bias.
of Mark's Full Remarks:
ran over the allotted three minutes for his
comments. Here is the text for the planned comments
765 Bruce Avenue.
brought for each of you, two cds containing
some of the videos Ive produced for the Lisa
McPherson Trust. These cds contain interviews with
people who have been abused or defrauded by Scientology
right here in Clearwater.
isnt abuse from 20 or 30 years ago. These
stories are from people who were in Scientology
as recently as one or two years ago.
meet the Woodcraft family. Lawrence, the father,
was a successful architect in London. He was lured
to Clearwater with promises of being the official
architect for Scientology. He was told he and his
family would be provided with a place to live. Once
here, he discovered that the whole family would
be crammed into one small cockroach infested hotel
and the job he was promised didnt exist.
daughter Astra, joined Scientologys Sea Org.
It was not what she was led to believe and eventually
she wanted out. But it isnt easy to leave
Scientology. In fact, Astras job as a 15 year
old was to watch over people who wanted to leave
without permission. She was to make sure they didnt.
She once put a mattress outside the bedroom door
of one couple who desperately wanted to leave. Astra
tied a rope around her wrist and around the doorknob
and slept with her arm dangling from that rope so
she would wake up if they tried to flee in the night.
All the time she was inwardly thinking, Take
me with you.
younger daughter Zoe, was 14 when she was put in
charge of a team of people who were re-carpeting
the second floor of the Bank Building on Cleveland
Street at 4 in the morning. One of the men sliced
his hand so severely that he had to go to Morton
Plant for stitches. The man only spoke Russian and
the only Russian words Zoe knew were work
doctors and nurses were confused as to why this
child, covered in blood, was with this man at 4
in the morning. Once she admitted she was a Scientologist,
they understood everything.
Pia Gardini is an Italian woman. Scientology defrauded
her of two million dollars right here in Clearwater.
They told her she would be financing the training
of Italian auditor. A year later she came back here
and discovered not a single Italian being trained
the woman who convinced her to make that donation
was driving a brand new sports car with the commission
she earned on Marias religious donation.
are many more interviews and many more stories.
St. Pete Times was right when they said Scientology
is not like any church they know. That remark came
after Scientologys Private Investigators were
forced to testify a few weeks back in the trial
of Jesse Prince.
are the survellience logs those PIs turned
over to Scientology. Daily reports on the whereabouts
and activities of Jesse Prince. Their lead investigator,
Brian Raftery, stated under oath that he alone is
paid $187,000 a year for following and reporting
on the members of the LMT.
work isnt done. Yesterday, Raftery was staked
out at Checkers down the block from us. Jeff pulled
up behind Raftereys car, then Raftery came
charging at Jeff shouting obscenities and threatening
him, breaking Scientologys injunction.
the way, the Clearwater police report directly to
Scientologys Office of Special Affairs. So
does Brian Raftery.
officers are not working an occasional shift. Theyre
on an extended Tour of Duty.
I received a tape of a broadcast from Spains
Telemundo network. In that program which aired a
few weeks ago, one of the Clearwater officers tells
their cameraman that its illegal to videotape
a police officer while hes performing his
duties. He tells him that twice. There is no such
law, and that officer was not on duty. Our attorney
will send you a copy of that videotape next week.
it time to remove the Clearwater Police from Scientologys
do you have a planned date for doing so?