WHILE RIDING THE WITHLACOOCHEE STATE TRAIL ON JUNE 26, 2017
The attack began shortly after I safely passed two unknown bicyclists (Ken Bailey and Paul Latshaw) on the Withlacoochee State Trail. These two individuals acted as a pursuit-team at speeds ranging from 24 mph to 28 mph in an isolated part of the Trail. I tried to avoid a confrontation first by speeding up and then by stopping at Country Club Blvd to allow these unknown bikers to ride away and waited peacefully on the opposite side of the intersection with both feet on the ground. Then, instead of riding away with Ken Bailey, Paul Latshaw dismounted his bicycle, walked his bike on the grass, leaned his bike on the signpost and yelled, "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"...
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". I quickly discovered that Paul Latshaw's admitted and confirmed intention as proven by GoPro video was to shoot me with the gun he said he possessed. 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 as proven by GoPro video and kicked me in the head denting my helmet using their cleated shoes as weapons and vandalized my bicycle as proven by GoPro video. 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 Sequential GoPro Images of the attack and conclusive GoPro Video and description of Ken Bailey's vandalism that were totally ignored by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) investigator. The sequential images of the Bailey-Latshaw attack displays twenty-nine 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 investigator, Detective James "Jimmy" 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 a bold-faced lie.
The CCSO investigator in his report stated John Cipolla never said "on your left" when passing the attackers and attributed the following false comment to John Cipolla. However, John Cipolla reported in writing and has GoPro video proof made available to the CCSO that John Cipolla said "on your left" when passing the attackers. After reviewing the GoPro videos the Florida State Attorney acknowledged the following statement in the biased CCSO criminal report were totally false.
The victim states
that this altercation occurred
The investigator's report never mentions that Kenneth Bailey forcefully threw John Cipolla's bicycle to the pavement making the bicycle "unsafe to ride". In addition, the CCSO investigator(s) ignored conclusive GoPro video evidence of vandalism and on multiple occasions refused to correct the following false statement in the biased criminal report.
(Kenneth Bailey) picks up his own bike and throws
it onto the ground"
By ignoring critical evidence the CCSO investigator caused all charges against Bailey and Latshaw to be dropped. When John Cipolla disputed the biased report and informed the CCSO that he had substantial additional evidence to support the charges against Bailey-Latshaw, Lt. Bobby Lambert said, "It's over", attempted to intimidate John Cipolla then showed his extreme bias and contempt 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 video evidence that Kenneth Bailey vandalized John Cipolla's 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 received
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 and totally ignored by the CCSO investigator, Detective James West.
"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 "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
The statement repeated below from the CCSO report is a fabrication and a bold-faced lie because on June 26, 2017 GoPro video proved it was John Cipolla who passed Bailey and Latshaw. In addition, Garmin speed data posted on Stravaby Ken Bailey Sr. proved John Cipolla was traveling faster than Kenneth Bailey and Paul Latshaw when trying to escape to safety. Data posted publicly on Strava proved that after passing Bailey and Latshaw, John Cipolla's average speed to North Citrus Springs Blvd was 21.7 mph compared to Ken Bailey's average speed of only 19.9 mph. Then, Garmin speed data posted on Strava proved John Cipolla maintained an average speed of 23.7 mph to Country Club Blvd compared to Ken Bailey's average speed of only 22.6 mph. Finally, to avoid a confrontation, John Cipolla came to a complete stop at Country Club Blvd where Ken Bailey continued riding but Paul Latshaw stopped on the opposite side of the intersection and yelled, "We got a gun, man" and "I'm going to put a bullet in your ass". Contrary to the following statement from the biased CCSO report it was actually Bailey and Latshaw who were angry about being passed by John Cipolla while bicycle riding the Withlacoochee State Trail.
"The Defendants state
the altercation occurred due to the fact
CCSO ATTACK COVER-UP: In our opinion the CCSO acted to cover-up the attack on John Cipolla when the following occurred. 1) The CCSO criminal report lied by saying Kenneth Bailey "picks up his own bike and throws it onto the ground" despite having clear GoPro video evidence showing Kenneth Bailey forcefully throwing John Cipolla's bicycle to the pavement. 2) Detective James West refused to hear testimony that would clarify GoPro video and physical evidence. 3) The CCSO refused to identify the attackers for months after the attack despite GoPro video evidence of serious threats made against John Cipolla. 4) The CCSO ignored "repeated threats of violence and stalking" that shockingly occurred up to six months after the attack at the Citrus County Courthouse in front of witnesses. 5) Every detail in the CCSO criminal report appeared to be written by the attackers without regard to GoPro video evidence, physical evidence and John Cipolla's testimony as "victim" of the attack. After reviewing all the evidence the Florida State Attorney acknowledged the CCSO criminal report contained mostly falsehoods and instructed Detective James "Jimmy" West to amend his criminal report.
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
BREAKING NEWS: Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast, 62 hits/kills pedestrian while driving on Highway 19. Within hours of the accident it was determined no charges would be filed. See video.
As I approached to safely pass Kenneth Bailey and Paul Latshaw 0.60 mile north of North Citrus Springs Blvd, I was traveling about 21 mph while the attackers speed was approximately 18.5 mph. I politely said "On your left" but needed to increase my speed to over 28 mph to pass/escape when Latshaw and Bailey worked as a race-team only inches from my rear wheel. Speeds verified by Garmin data posted on Strava.
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". Please see GoPro video of Paul Latshaw's gun threats ignored by the CCSO and not mentioned in their biased criminal report.
Kenneth Bailey and Paul Latshaw
ambushed me from behind at West Citrus Springs Blvd,
grabbed my bicycle and tossed it to the pavement then kicked me with
their cleated shoes. A few seconds
later, Kenneth Bailey forcefully
threw my bicycle to the pavement making it "unsafe to ride". This violent attack by Bailey and Latshaw pushed me into
the middle of West Citrus Springs Blvd where passing
motorists refused to call the police even after seeing me kicked in the head while helpless on the ground by
two violent individuals. One motorist, a resident of Citrus County Florida yelled to me, "Go
ahead and get out of
the road" even after seeing me beaten to the
point of unconsciousness and rode away refusing to call the police.
"The Defendant (Ken Bailey) picks up his own bike and throws it onto the ground"