Tech Company White Supremacist Past

In this March 9, 2020, photo, Damien Patton, Banjo founder and CEO, poses for a portrait at the company's office in South Jordan, Utah. Utah's attorney general has suspended a $20.7 million contract with a technology company using government surveillance data to develop a crime-detection program amid reports its founder, Patton, once belonged to a white supremacist group and was involved in a drive-by shooting. Attorney General Sean Reyes said Tuesday, April 28, that no one in his office was aware of Banjo founder Patton's past when it signed the contract. 

GOSHEN — Goshen officials have scrapped plans to pilot an incident-monitoring service, and Elkhart County officials were reevaluating the program, after learning that the tech company founder was involved with the Ku Klux Klan as a teenager.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman announced Tuesday night that the city would immediately terminate its contract with Utah-based Banjo Inc. after seeing the “shocking” report earlier in the day about CEO Damien Patton’s personal history.

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fire111

U R a wonder joe! I wondered how long it would take you to pick up that fact. U R far from quick on the pickup.

Now your words! The Patton adolescent just NEVER shot anything according to police reports and news reports he was the DRIVER. You MADE UP THE fact he was the shooter. So don't worry joe, I'm OK with your false statements. So I'm wondering Joe! Staying out late and drinking alcohol and you never drove. How did you get back and forth from the parties? Or were the guy that rode in the middle seat! lol!

Joe King

So he says...but he was in the car..he knew what they were doing, going to do, and did...Fire...please stop embarrassing yourself...shooting at Jews and synagogues are bad...no matter how you try to justify it or spin it...Wow...you really just don't understand it do you...shooting at Jews and Synagogues is bad...don't do it...

fire111

I think you might be able to joe! But you just can't perceive content. The young man was found guilty of a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is in some states the same as an infraction. Or sentenced as one. As we found out from the Elkhart 4 adolescents are treated very differently. The 4 teens sentenced to many decades because they burglarized a home and the home owner shot one other teen dead, just being there did not equate to a felony, death while committing a felony. The state Supreme court said NO NO. And 3 of the teens walked! Once again joe he was sentenced on a misdemeanor. No jail time. Probation and he was even taken into the Navy. Later! Felons just don't end up in the Navy!

Joe King

Fire, I love how your stance on misdemeanor has changed...fyi....The illegal entry of non-nationals into the United States is a misdemeanor according to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965...but I digress. And once again Fire, since you cannot bring yourself to say it...shooting jews and synagogues are bad, hanging around with people that do.... still bad....

fire111

So joe while you were hangin out drunk late at night, certainly you were driving. Also operating under the influence and you were I'll bet older than this fella mister Patton. He was 15! How old were you! No I don't believe ADOLESCENTS should be shooting guns at buildings nor practicing ANY racial acts. By the way joe. I know how you get mixed up and tend to add to stories or reports. First of all Jews aren't a race so the crime was not racial. In the stories I was able to read no Jews were targeted. But their buildings of worship were! And just to add to my explanation...Patton was an adolescent. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and adolescent is a child 10 years of age to 19 years of age. Or maybe older for some. The AACAP states adolescents are less likely to think before they act, pause to consider the consequences of their actions, change the dangerous or inappropriate behavior. If you don't believe this behavior is common. Maybe you should read the newspaper. It happens all the time. It's now called drive-by shootings. Or consider this joe! Way back when! When I was a kid. In my neighborhood. 3 teenagers that I knew... took and old jalopy, rode around at night, shooting out windows of houses and cars. Cost the parents a virtual small fortune in the late 50s ! And top this all off...science says the frontal cortex of the brain where reason happens (maybe), is not fully formed until maybe 25! Just recently one of my boys and I had a discussion about stupid things kids do. I always told my boys never believe you are getting one over on the old man. Cause I have done all the stupid stuff myself. An incident came up where I was driving down Blazer Blvd. There in the parking lot doing donuts was one of the boys in his Berretta GT. He saw me coming. Stopped the car. I pulled up beside him. asked him how things were going. Answer was. Probably NOT GOOD! I told him to go home and put his keys on my dresser. He would be busing to school for awhile. His response about the incident years later was not the punishment possibility. But how he had let me down. I said. Of course I was mad. But he let himself down also! So ya see. Kids do stupid stuff. That's why they are NOT ADULTS!

Joe King

No Fire....just NO...shooting at Jews and Synagogues bad...Bad Fire...Bad....To even justify this is disgusting...You trying to justify this because he was young...nope...not buying it...at 17 you learn values and morals by them....He reveals a lot about yourself trying to justify this....even you trying to compare drunk driving to shooting at jews and synagogues is below you...I thought...Bad Fire...Bad...not sure what other racial crimes you think is just fun and games...or is ok for "teenagers" to do or what you even did....What religious group did you target? And by the way, your savior and idiot in charge Trump, officially made it happen...or did you forget? I love it...How do you upset a Trump supporter? Quote him what the President said.... https://www.axios.com/trump-jewish-executive-order-kushner-anti-semitism-c97f5927-786f-4f4a-b10f-36816f5df20a.html

fire111

joe u r a lost cause. So while you were driving around drunk , risking innocent peoples lives, that was OK? That reveals all that I should know about YOUR morals. But you don't see past that nose on your face. Aren't you the same guy that tried to take the high road about the Beardsley Av deaths. Condemning the perps for drunken driving. Yep! That was you! A drunk condemning other drunks! I got it now joe. Once again at 15 years old this kid made a bad decision. He was punished on a misdemeanor. Don't accuse me joe of racial or religious persecution . That can get awfully sticky. And instead of your funny code you so intently like to do. Come right out and explain that last code remark. I suspect it has something to do with Trumps son-in-law. You know he is Jewish! Right joe? And Trumps daughter converted! Right joe? And Trumps grandchildren in that marriage are being raised Jewish! Are you aware of anything outside your narrow scope of understanding/

Joe King

Ha fire great story...but no where did I ever say I was driving..not once...not ever..your made up words in your made up world...your loosing it...sad to see it in such a public way....Maybe it’s time your keys and keyboard should be taken away..

fire111

So what I see here are a few conundrums. One has to do with a teenage kid that made bad decisions when he was not an adult. By his own admission he says he was wrong and has spent years if not decades trying to attune! But we have a local Mayor that touts his towns diversity! Nah! Not so much there Mr Mayor. Your town was, up until a couple of decades ago known as "The Sundown Town"! I thought the Christian way was to forgive! The Stutsman explanation is that Goshen is an inclusive and accepting community and we do not support any hate groups. Once again things change. Correct Mr Mayor? No "Sundown town"! Maybe this man changed also. But it's OK to be Bobby Byrd and a KKK big wig. And have Hillary swearing he was her mentor. And maybe it's OK to be Ralph (Black face) Northam Virginia Governor. But not a teenager that's not considered an adult, that drove a car and shots were fired. Actually! I believe in Indiana that mess up would have been expunged when the guy turned 21!

Joe King

Thank you fire for show the world how you really think. Of course you bring Hilary into this...deny, deceive, deceit...standard op playbook... At 17, I was out drinking and staying out late....I wasn’t shooting guns at Jews and synagogues....I am not ok with this person having access to personal data and info and sharing what he finds for the police. Cities and states across America are dropping this person and company for good measure. Actions have consequences. The mayor of goshen and other cities are doing the right thing by dropping this man and his company.

fire111

Let's see now! Joe @ 17 by his admission was drinking illegally and staying out late. Hmmm...was Joe operating a vehicle. Betcha he was!! And maybe Joe might want to visit the 4/28/20 story in the New York Post about Mr Patton. The story states he was the driver while a passenger shot the building. Probably while staying out late! And if joe would have done just a wee bit of research into what Mr Patton and Banjo provides as a service, he would find out the service has NOTHING to do with personal data. The contract would give Banjo access to state traffic and safety cameras. In turn Banjo would provide law enforcement with alerts and also info on social media posts as they pour in from events like crime scenes, fires, or other public incidents of interest to police! Also in the time when the left wishes to release 100s of 1000s of prisoners from incarceration, a misdemeanor arrest of a juvenile over 3 decades ago, continues to punish this adult naval veteran!

Joe King

Let’s see...fire thinks it’s ok to shoot at Jews and synagogues ...kids will be kids.....no fire, that’s not normal kids stuff, I don’t know your view points, but if you think it’s just kids being kids...you are sick and apart of the problem... this man with his racist, bigoted view is danger and should not have any access to data or info.....the city and law enforcement should have done a better job at back ground checks.

Joe King

There have been many reports about racist hate groups trying to "blend" in and join the mainstream (Military and Law Enforcement and government) for years. Does anyone know what info was collected by him in this area? I am concerned someone with his troubled past can possess info and data. It's also troubling that there was no through back ground check by Elkhart County.....This is very troubling....This was a great catch by the press.....This is why the press is needed if you have any doubt!

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