“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.”
Mark Bailey pulled a baggie of marijuana from a suspect’s pocket. Bailey later said the man handed it to him.
A witness wasn’t sure if she could identify a suspect. Bailey urged her to identify him anyway.
Falsifying police reports to support his arrests.
These alleged actions and others are why Bailey, a former Mooresville police officer, is now facing eight felony perjury charges.
Bailey, who was with the Mooresville Police Department for nearly six years, was arrested and charged last week after being accused of submitting false police reports and lying about his interactions with suspects.
Court records reveal efforts to cover up what happened inside a hospital room that included turning off their body cameras.
Now, a Fort Pierce city leader is calling for stricter rules.
On Feb. 20, surveillance video inside the hospital recorded the moments officer Albert Eckrode slapped and punched a patient, who investigators say was intoxicated and using racial slurs toward a black female officer Monica Frederic.
Court records reveal every officer in the room turned off their body cameras.
“So, had it not been for the recording in Lawnwood, we wouldn’t know to this day what happened,” said Fort Pierce Commissioner Reggie Sessions.
Investigators said officer Eckrode was provoking the patient to keep using the n-word. And before throwing punches, records show Eckrode checked that each officer had their camera off.”
Frederic told investigators she “should have known something was going to happen when Officer Eckrode asked if their cameras were activated.”
Frederic is charged for lying in her report about what happened and also showing her summary of events to Officer Eckrode before submitting it.
Investigators said she lied that Eckrode was spit on and kicked by the patient, provoking the beating. They also said that she tried to get another officer to tell the same story.
She also is accused of making a second report, saying that didn’t actually happen.
Eckrode is also accused of telling the same lie in his report.
“When you have those type of officers who just saying, ‘to hell with the rules and the regulations, I’m going to cover it up,’ like what happened here, that needs to be handled,” said Sessions.
Sessions worries too often body cameras aren’t catching criminal activity.”
Just a short while ago the cops who killed George Floyd would have skated. A concerted lie ” All I did was hold him down while he resisted” would have done it. Now, they are caught on video at every turn and there is nothing they can do about it.
“Minneapolis police initially told the public that George Floyd died after a “medical incident during a police interaction.” The Buffalo, New York, department said a protester “tripped and fell.” Philadelphia police alleged that a college student who suffered a serious head wound had assaulted an officer.
All three claims were quickly disproved by videos seen widely on the internet and television, fueling mistrust and embarrassing agencies that made misleading or incomplete statements that painted their actions in a far more favorable light.
Police departments deny lying but acknowledge sometimes making mistakes when releasing information in fast-moving, complicated situations. The videos, they say, do not always capture officers’ perspectives.
Defense lawyers say the inaccurate statements are encouraged by a culture of silence in which officers protect misbehaving colleagues, a court system that rarely holds officers accountable and a public that has given police the benefit of the doubt.”