PoliticsNation | February 27, 2012
>>> activists and actor tyler perry is calling for justice for two florida men who mysteriously vanished under similar circumstances. 27-year-old terrance williams disappeared eight years ago. according to police and news reports, he was last seen in the back seat of a patrol car driven by local sheriff deputy steven calkins under questioning from investigators, the deputy said he left terrance at a convenience store . but as terrance's family asks more questions, the officer's story started to unravel. terrance's mother learned also disturbing facts about the officer's past. three months earlier, police reports say another man, felipe santos had also disappeared after being driven away in officer calcon's patrol car . the officer told investigators he left santos at a nearby convenience store as well. after an internal investigation, the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing in the santos disappearance. the case was recently featured on " investigation discovery 's disappeared."
>> three months after terrance went missing, police issued the deputy another polygraph.
>> he was found to be totally deceptive.
>> the polygraph results begged the question, did steve calkins see him again after dropping him off at the circle k . why isn't he coming clean ? he insists his interaction with terrance and felipe ended at the circle k and that he had nothing to do with either man going missing .
>> joining me now is actor, entertainer and activist tyler perry . tyler , thanks so much for being here.
>> listen. i wish it was under different circumstances, but i had to be here.
>> how did you hear about this story and what made you get involved?
>> i was just watching. i never watch television. i was watching this story on investigation discovery , and i was blown away because this -- the last person to see him alive is this deputy steve calkin. as i'm watching the show. as the story goes on there was another man who disappeared, felipe santos who disappeared a few months before terrance did. last person to see him alive is this same sheriff. a lot of conflicting stories. i'm just trying to help this mother find some justice.
>> now this same officer had been involved in two missing cases.
>> let me bring in terrance's mother. marcia williams joins us from florida . thank you for your time tonight.
>> thank you.
>> when did you realize your son was missing?
>> his friend, his roommate was trying to find him, and he couldn't. and once i didn't hear from him, i knew that something was not right. it was just wrong.
>> when they played the tape between the policeman and the dispatcher, let me play for our listeners around the country, our viewers to listen and see what's being said here.
>> now this officer said he didn't know what they were talking about at first. but the dispatcher and he discussed this cadillac and also clearly there was some engagement.
>> yeah, he told his mother because she was relentless in calling trying to find out where her child was because she thought he was arrested. there were people at the funeral home who told her he was arrested. she kept calling the police. they finally called him at home and said do you remember this, the cadillac? there's audiotape of him saying, i don't know what you're talking about. then they find this audiotape of him talking to the dispatcher.
>> now ms. williams , felipe santos disappeared three months before terrance. same officer involved. you had no way of knowing that when you started pursuing what happened to terrance. i mean, why has there not been outrage about this? why have we not seen since 2004 people in florida and others rallying?
>> i can't understand it. i just can't. i'm looking for answers. i just can't understand it.
>> you are looking for answers. did you ever talk to the officer? did you ever speak with calkins?
>> i left -- i had a detective in the beginning. he said that he would put terrance's picture in deputy calkins' mailbox. i said please have him to contact me because i want to know what happened. never. never contacted at all.
>> how did you feel when tyler perry , the biggest star in hollywood now, according to all records, contacted you out of nowhere and decided he wanted to help bring this case to the national spotlight?
>> i just looked at it and accepted it as an angel that god had sent my way. and i cannot thank him enough.
>> tyler , you've already gone on national radio . you are doing this show. and you have encouraged all of us saying, look, this is not what i do, but it touched my heart that this would happen and this lady deserves some justice. why is it so personal?
>> we all should be outraged. this is the kind of stuff that would happen in the '60s and earlier where black people would just disappear and be disregarded. there's somebody who knows something. and the problem with it, and i've spoken to people about it in trying to help her get national attention and what i'm being told by a lot of mainstream media is he's not sympathetic because of his history of he has children with different women or he spent some time in prison so he's not sympathetic. but i believe that that is what is, in my opinion, that this deputy was thinking. that nobody would care. but this is -- he has children that miss him. this is his mother. she misses and loves him. felipe santos had family. he's from mexico and an immigrant. i think it's just unfair. i just want to see justice be done and be served here. we've got to do something to help her.
>> now when do people have to qualify to have justice? it doesn't matter what his background is. you don't have the right --
>> in america.
>> and i think mrs. williams , i told tyler perry when he called us on it that we're coming down there. we're going to help tyler perry put a spotlight on this because your son represents a lot of people that have been marginalized. people assume nobody cares about. and we can't have a country that people are only matter base on their pedigree or their criminal record or their family lifestyle. human beings matter.
>> not in this america. you're right.
>> tyler is not going to stand by himself. it's embarrassing. he has to wake the ministers up to do our job. we're coming to naples with tyler perry in march and we're going to try to put a lot of spotlight on this.
>> thank you. thank you.
>> tyler , marcia, we're going to rally and we're going to keep this out there on the show. thank you for your time tonight to both of you. thank you, tyler .
>> god bless .
>> thank you. god bless you.
>> the collier county sheriff's office fired deputy calkins in october 2004 citing untruthful statements and conduct unbecoming an officer in the terrance williams case. today, we spoke with the detective kevin o'neil who told us calkins remains a person of interest . he also said he continues to track down any new tips in the missing person cases of terrance williams