WHILE RIDING THE WITHLACOOCHEE STATE TRAIL ON JUNE 26, 2017
ATTACK DESCRIPTION: On June 26, 2017, I was harassed, chased, beaten and my prized aerodynamic bicycle vandalized after passing Paul Latshaw and Kenneth Bailey while bicycle riding on the Withlacoochee State Trail in Citrus Springs, Florida. Immediately after I safely passed Latshaw and Bailey, as proven by GoPro video, these bicycle riders harassed me at speeds ranging from 24 mph to 28 mph. I tried to avoid a confrontation first by speeding up and then by stopping at Country Club Blvd to allow these violent riders to ride away and waited peacefully on the opposite side of the intersection. Garmin GPS velocity data superimposed on a Google map of the area prove my speed never went below 23 mph until I stopped at Country Club Blvd when I tried to avoid a confrontation with Bailey and Latshaw. At this moment in time, Kenneth Bailey was slightly ahead riding down the Trail without Paul Latshaw and Paul Latshaw was hundreds of feet behind both of us. However, instead of riding away, Paul Latshaw dismounted his bike, walked his bike on the grass and leaned his bike on the signpost yelling “You piece of American shit”. The unknown attacker (Paul Latshaw) appeared he wanted to ambush me if I rode past on my bicycle. While on the opposite side of the street I laid my bicycle on the grass and walked across Country Club Blvd to identify the unknown attacker (Paul Latshaw), determine the cause of his anger, determine his intentions and if talking would resolve the issue. Instead of talking Latshaw said "You pussy" then yells, "We got a gun, man", "I see you out here all the time" and said he was going to shoot me by yelling "I'm going to put a bullet in your ass" and confirmed his intention to shoot me by saying, "You heard me". After escaping that life-threatening situation, Latshaw and Bailey cornered me at the corner of the Trail and West Citrus Springs Blvd and worked as a team to attack me from behind when trying to escape. After attempting to escape this attack, Latshaw and Bailey pulled my bicycle away from me knocking me to the ground and kicked me in the head denting my helmet using their cleated shoes as weapons and vandalized my bicycle. Latshaw and Bailey kicked me in the head, neck, buttocks, kidneys, knees, ankles, and strangled me with their cleated shoes leaving several painful scars while I was helpless on the ground screaming in pain without my prescription eyeglasses to defend myself. During the biased CCSO investigation critical GoPro video and physical evidence was totally ignored causing all Battery and Malicious Mischief (Vandalism) charges against Bailey and Latshaw to be dismissed. The biased report stood until challenged and defeated in court several months later where it was conclusively proved Kenneth Bailey vandalized my property, Kenneth Bailey lied under oath, Paul Latshaw participated in the attack and Paul Latshaw was issued a Final Judgment of Injunction For Protection Against Repeat Violence to protect John Cipolla and his wife from repeat violence and stalking.
Please see GoPro video photographs of the Bailey-Latshaw attack that were totally ignored by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). This web page displays twenty-seven sequential GoPro images with detailed descriptions derived from four separate GoPro videos having a total duration of 9 minutes and 31 seconds and total file size of 2.15 GB. Each GoPro video was taken only when I was in danger separated by several miles and several minutes between videos. These facts are proved by time-stamp authentication.
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LATSHAW LIED ABOUT THE ATTACK
CCSO Detective James West refused to accept relevant information about the attack against John Cipolla and told the victim to, "Shut up, I've made my decision" after John Cipolla requested to be heard early in the investigation. Several months later, the Florida State Attorney said the information refused by Detective James West was "perfect and answered many questions". In addition, despite Detective James West having a printed color picture of Kenneth Bailey and Paul Latshaw that was provided two days after the attack the CCSO investigator switched the names of the attackers in his report. This action by the CCSO detective greatly extended the length and cost of the investigation. Also, despite clear GoPro video showing Paul Latshaw attacking John Cipolla and taking his bicycle at West Citrus Springs Blvd Detective James West stated directly to the victim, "I did not see Paul Latshaw off his bike". GoPro images of the attack, see below, proves Detective James West's statement was totally false.
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) ignored conclusive GoPro video evidence of vandalism and on multiple occasions the CCSO refused to correct the following false statement before releasing their report; "The Defendant (Kenneth Bailey) picks up his own bike and throws it onto the ground". By ignoring critical evidence the CCSO caused all charges against Bailey and Latshaw to be dropped. When I disputed the biased report and informed the CCSO that I had substantial additional evidence to support the charges against Bailey-Latshaw, Lt. Bobby Lambert said, "It's over" and attempted to intimidate me by saying, "You really are off the wall". The biased report stood until challenged and defeated in Court several months later where it was proved with additional evidence that Kenneth Bailey vandalized my property, Kenneth Bailey lied under oath and Paul Latshaw participated in the attack with Kenneth Bailey.
Despite the CCSO investigator having been provided GoPro video evidence showing that Kenneth Bailey vandalized John Cipolla's bicycle and that Kenneth Bailey lied about the circumstances of the attack, Kenneth Bailey told the judge in a Citrus County courtroom and witnesses in attendance that a CCSO Detective assured Kenneth Bailey that his vandalism charge would be "dismissed". The following statement by Kenneth Bailey preceded his guilty plea for vandalism of an expensive bicycle and helmet.
"I was surprised when I receive
this (the vandalism charge) and thought it was fixed.
Then, Kenneth Bailey told the judge in the same courtroom the following bold-faced lie that proved Kenneth Bailey and Paul Latshaw lied about attacking John Cipolla and vandalizing his property. Kenneth Bailey lied when he stated to the judge while under oath.
"The bike got between us during the fight."
Kenneth Bailey had no comeback when the Florida State Attorney countered Kenneth Bailey's bold-faced lie when the Florida State attorney told the judge the following fact proved by GoPro video previously dismissed by the CCSO investigator. Caught telling a bold-faced lie, Kenneth Bailey pled guilty to CRIMINAL MISCHIEF.
"Your honor, the GoPro caught Bailey throwing the bike."
The following statement from the initial criminal report is a bold-faced lie because John Cipolla was trying to escape the Bailey-Latshaw attack, not fighting. GoPro video evidence and physical evidence in the form of John Cipolla's dented helmet prove that while trying to escape, John Cipolla was ambushed from behind by Bailey and Latshaw who kicked John Cipolla in the head and body while helpless on the ground. The initial criminal report minimized the attack by not mentioning that John Cipolla was ambushed from behind while attempting to escape and that John Cipolla's helmet was dented from kicks to his head.
"The Victim (John Cipolla) and Defendant (Ken Bailey) got into a physical altercation."
THE ATTACK ON JOHN CIPOLLA WAS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED: After being chased and harassed for almost 5 minutes at speeds over 28 mph, John Cipolla stopped at Country Club Blvd to allow the attackers to ride away and waited peacefully with both feet on the ground. Meanwhile, Kenneth Bailey rode down the Trail and was not involved in the attack until Bailey and Latshaw attacked John Cipolla at West Citrus Springs Blvd. However, instead of riding away Paul Latshaw yelled the following politically charged President Trump comment, which prompted John Cipolla to activate his GoPro camera. Seconds later Paul Latshaw yells, “You piece of American shit”, "You pussy", "We got a gun, man", "I see you out here all the time", "I'm going to put a bullet in your ass" and then, "You heard me" all recorded on GoPro Video.
"I hear you are a Trump supporter, you asshole"
JOHN CIPOLLA WAS ATTACKED WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE: This disturbing video of Kenneth (Ken) Bailey using senseless and vulgar language to terrorize John Cipolla is only a small fraction of the hateful language used by the attackers. Cries of pain caused by repeated kicks to John Cipolla's head, back and stomach while lying helpless on the ground are heard after John Cipolla was attacked from behind at the corner of the Trail and West Citrus Springs Blvd in Citrus County. Warning, this video is disturbing.
GoPro Video of John Cipolla Tortured By Kenneth Bailey and Paul Latshaw
In an article about CCSO corruption an investigative journalist stated the following.
officers working for the Citrus County Sheriff Office (CCSO) are
worse than the criminals they arrest. The criminals at least for
the most part have to answer to the law (unless they are
criminal informants). The CCSO behave as if they are a law unto
GoPro video proves that after being chased and harassed for almost 5 minutes I waited peacefully, with both feet on the ground on the opposite side of Country Club Blvd, for both attackers to ride away. However, instead of riding away with Kenneth Bailey, Paul Latshaw dismounted his bicycle, walked his bike on the grass, leaned his bike on the signpost and yelled, "I hear you are a Trump supporter, you asshole", "You piece of American shit", "You pussy", "We got a gun, man", "I see you out here all the time", "I'm going to put a bullet in your ass", "You heard me".
GoPro Video of Paul Latshaw's Gun Threats Ignored by the CCSO
ATTACKED AT WEST CITRUS SPRINGS
GoPro Video of Kenneth Bailey Vandalizing John Cipolla's Bicycle
(Kenneth Bailey) picks up his
own bike and throws it onto the
KENNETH BAILEY wearing the Green Brick City Bicycles kit paid the following penalty for damaging my bicycle while I was riding on the Withlacoochee State Trail on June 26, 2017. Because of overwhelming GoPro video evidence, on December 7, 2017 Kenneth Bailey pled guilty to CRIMINAL MISCHIEF and as a result Mr. Bailey has a criminal record for vandalizing my bicycle and helmet. Kenneth Bailey was ordered by the State of Florida to pay $1,008 for damaging my prized bicycle originally costing $5,350 when Kenneth Bailey forcefully threw my bicycle to the pavement cracking the frame and an additional $240 for denting my helmet. My helmet was dented from repeated kicks to my head when Kenneth Bailey used his cleated shoe as a weapon when I was helpless on the ground. These facts are in the official public record at the Citrus County Courthouse and are proven by GoPro video.
PAUL LATSHAW wearing the red shirt paid the following "minor penalty" for attacking me (John Cipolla) while I was bicycle riding on the Withlacoochee State Trail on June 26, 2017 and then threatening my wife and stalking both of us. Paul Latshaw was issued a Final Judgment of Injunction For Protection Against Repeat Violence to protect me and my wife from violence and stalking by the Circuit Court in Citrus County, Florida on February 22, 2018. Paul Latshaw was so emboldened by the CCSO's dismissal of GoPro video and physical evidence that a permanent injunction against Paul Latshaw was required to protect John Cipolla and his wife from repeated threats of violence and stalking. The Circuit Court judge stated he made the injunction permanent because he was “concerned for Mr. Cipolla’s safety”. During the injunction Paul Latshaw was not allowed to come within 100 feet of John Cipolla's cars/bicycles and not within 500 feet of John Cipolla's residence. In addition, Paul Latshaw could not use or possess a firearm or ammunition and should have surrendered any firearms to the Citrus County Sheriff's Department. These facts are in the official public record at the Citrus County Courthouse and are proven by GoPro video evidence.