Troubled Former BSO Deputy Running For FL State House

"I'm Still Standing" By Raymond Hicks
“I’m Still Standing” By Raymond Hicks

Democrat Raymond L. Hicks wants to represent the citizens of District 92 in the Florida House. Hicks filed for the crowded race on Monday. Hicks, a former BSO deputy, may have a hard time explaining his troubled past to voters.

Hicks gained notoriety in May 2013 after posting videos on YouTube. According to published reports, Hicks made cryptic remarks about mass shootings. Hicks was taken into custody via the Baker Act after stating he did not want to be the “next Christopher Dorner,” a former Los Angeles cop who went on a killing spree in 2013.

“I’m asking you as a viewer who is watching this video to please, please, please help me,” Hicks said. “I went and bought an AK with 180 rounds and I told my mom, you might as well get in a black dress because I can’t take this anymore,” he said. “… I don’t know how much more I can take. I don’t want to be the next Christopher Dorner.

Reports claimed Hicks was upset Broward Sheriff Scott Israel did not rehire him. Hicks lost his job in 2000 after being arrested on Federal charges of operating an interstate cocaine trafficking ring. Hicks was acquitted in 2001.

Since then, Hicks has filed numerous lawsuits against BSO including one to get his gun and ammunition, which were seized during the Baker Act incident, returned to him.

For those interested in Hicks’ story, you may want to read his autobiography, “I’m Still Standing” available at Amazon.com. Calling himself a “modern-day Serpico,” Hicks writes, “I’M STILL STANDING is the story of a man whose idea of duty put him in conflict with the powers that be, and how he endured the injustice of false charges and wrongful incarceration, turning bad providence into spiritual growth.” Sixteen reviews give Hicks’ book 5-stars.

Broward Democrat Leader Breaks Bread With Controversial Islamic Professor

Ken Evans in top middle next to Dave Aronberg
Ken Evans in top middle next to Dave Aronberg

Last week, Broward Democrat State Committeeman Ken Evans attended a Ramadan celebration honoring a controversial Islamic professor in Palm Beach. Evans attended an EMERGE USA dinner honoring the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) founder Bassem Al-Halabi for “his leadership and contributions to the community.” According to published reports, Al-Halabi has ties to Sami Al-Arian, a radical Islamic professor at the University of South Florida (USF).

In 2006, Sami Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to providing support to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). In February 2015, Al-Arian was deported to Turkey. Published reports state Bassem Al-Ahalabi worked with Al-Arian and used him as a reference. “Upon applying for his position as FAU associate professor, [Bassem Al-halabi] used Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian as a reference,” Kaufman told those gathered. “Al-halabi wrote a number of publications with al-Arian. These publications were showcased in Damascus, Syria, where Al-halabi is from and where the headquarters of Islamic Jihad is located.”

In an interview with Palm Beach television station WPTV, Al-Halabi claimed his association with Al-Arian was no big deal. “[Al-Halabi] says Al-Arian was his advisor when he was a university student and they worked together on technical journals 20 years ago, nothing more.”

Al-Halabi’s ICBR has been controversial as well.

In 2007, Palm Beach physician and ICBR member Dr. Rafiq Sabir, was convicted  participating in a conspiracy to provide aid to al-Qaeda. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“Sabir and a martial arts instructor, Tarik Shah were filmed by an undercover FBI agent in 2005 swearing allegiance, the bayyat to al-Qaeda and ‘Sheikh Osama,’ was indicated that it was their intent to deliver medical aid and martial arts training to the world’s most infamous terrorist group.”

So why was Ken Evans honoring this guy?

As REDBROWARD previously reported, EMERGE USA and the Florida Democratic Party have forged an allegiance to boost turnout of Muslim voters.

In 2014, EMERGE USA worked closely with Charlie Crist’s failed gubernatorial campaign. REDBROWARD published EMERGE USA emails showing how it pressured Crist into making a hasty Ramadan greeting on social media.

REDBROWARD exposed how Broward candidates hid their EMERGE USA endorsements from their traditional base of Jewish Democratic voters in 2014.

Last month, REDBROWARD published photographs of female Broward judicial candidates covering their heads at a Ramadan event in Sunrise.

Did Evans use this dinner as a “teaching moment” to lecture about the mistreatment of Muslim women? Did Evans ask Professor Al-Halabi what he’s doing to stop the radicalization of young Muslim-American students?evansemerge211350655_10153368332219588_5060582399742957628_n

 

Broward Democrat Operative, State Rep. Aide Join State House Races

Sajan Kurian, right, at last week's fundraiser for Congressman Alcee Hastings
Sajan Kurian, right, at last week’s fundraiser for Congressman Alcee Hastings

Two Broward State House races just got a bit more crowded. Robert Lee Lynch is seeking the Democrat nomination for the District 95 seat currently occupied by Rep. Hazelle Rogers. Lynch will face off against Roxanne Valies and Patrick Jabouin.

Lynch and his wife Ruth Roman Lynch are local Democrat consultants. In 2011, BrowardBeat.com exposed how Lynch and his wife, “Asked a judicial candidate last year for $1,000  to escort him through churches, give him ‘access’ to the black community and send out an e-mail blast to 2,500 voters.” At the time, Ruth Roman Lynch was the first vice chair of the Broward Democratic Party.

Sajan Kurian of Pompano Beach is seeking the Democrat nomination for the House 92 seat held by the term-limited Rep. Gwyn Clarke-Reed. Kurian is no stranger to Florida House politics. He serves as the district secretary for Rep. Shevrin Jones. His only opponent is Whitney Rawls of Pompano Beach.

Chief Judge Peter Weinstein and State House 92 candidate Sajan Kurian
Chief Judge Peter Weinstein and State House 92 candidate Sajan Kurian