“BROOKSVILLE — Tom Lemons, who spends most days blogging about other people arrested by sheriff’s deputies, was arrested and booked into the Hernando County Detention Center after a disturbance Friday night at a local bar.
Floyd Thomas Lemons, 49, was charged with two counts of battery and one violation of the state’s concealed weapons statute regarding where a weapon can be carried.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Lemons approached two women at Karma Spirits and Café at 10511 Spring Hill Drive late Friday night. Lemons reportedly tried to “hit on them” according to Jodie Griggs, one of the women.
“Jodie advised that the defendant did not like that they were not interested in him,” she told deputies. Then he grabbed her arm and tried to pull.
Lemons fell on the floor, and the second woman, Allison Russo, said Lemons got up and punched her in the neck, according to the report. The deputy who reviewed surveillance video confirmed the report, saying that Lemons appeared to have fallen when Griggs pushed him off her.
Lemons told deputies he had a concealed weapon, the report said, adding that he knew he wasn’t supposed to bring the gun into the bar, but that the owner gave him permission to have it there. Deputy W. Harsanyi removed the black Glock 27 from Lemons’ waistband, the report said.”
It should be real simple to accomplish police reform; Turn off your body cam and get a free ride to jail in your own squad car. Every cop in the country should be required to wear one and to turn it off should be a felony. The body cam footage should be public record and immediately available for review without edit. It is about time that our out of control “Public servants” be brought back into control by those who supply their paychecks.
“A Queens cop is facing a misconduct charge after a shady gun arrest during a car stop, according to cops and police sources.
Police Officer Kevin Martin, 43, was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Thursday and cut free with a desk appearance ticket for official misconduct and tampering with evidence, according to police and prosecutors.
Police sources say the charges stem from a car stop where the cop claimed to have found an illegal firearm — but when he pulled the vehicle over his body-worn camera wasn’t rolling.
Martin later turned the camera on, showing him pull the gun from the car, but the time didn’t match up to the stop, according to the sources.
“We commend the Internal Affairs Bureau, in partnership with the Queens District Attorney’s Office, for a thorough investigation,” the NYPD said in a statement. “The internal investigation is ongoing and the officer’s current duty status is suspended without pay. We have no further comment.”