Worst arrest ever. Police officer fired for this unlawful arrest
among other things. wow what a bitch! this is what gives police a bad freakin name!
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Police Chief Al Hogle fired Longboat Key police officer Jessica Anderson
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 48 days after she was placed on unpaid leave while
the department investigated an arrest that did not meet professional
Hogle’s announcement comes six days after his termination of former
police officer Patti Beardsley, who waved her department-issued handgun
at a motorist Sept. 16 in front of her Sarasota home.
Anderson’s termination went into effect Sept. 4.
In a disciplinary action memo sent to Anderson dated Oct. 21, Hogle said
Anderson awakened a Key resident June 14 and told him to move his
vehicle from the grass median beside his home, even though the vehicle
was not creating a traffic hazard.
A video of the incident taped from Anderson’s squad car reveals Anderson
did not give the man an opportunity to produce his driver’s license or
move the vehicle before arresting him for “resisting, obstructing and
failure to obey a lawful command.”
The memo also states Anderson yelled “extremely inappropriate language in front of children who were present.”
On June 26, the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office issued a
“decline to file” on Anderson’s arrest of the Key resident.
In a pre-disciplinary hearing conducted in August, Anderson admitted to “inappropriate actions.”
Anderson, however, who was hired in March 2008, has filed an appeal that Town Manager Bruce St. Denis will review.
Southwest Police Benevolent Association attorney Michael Krohn said he
believes Anderson was treated differently than other officers in the
Krohn said other officers have several incidents in their files and are still employed by the town.
“She made a mistake, but we believe the termination was excessive and
disparate in treatment,” Krohn said. “We hope the town manager will be
fair and neutral (during the appeal hearing).”
Hogle said the loss of the police officers has not been a problem,
because they have been on leave for weeks, but he said the positions
will be filled as soon as possible.
“The bottom line is all shifts are being met,” said Hogle, who said
captains are working longer hours, and a few overtime opportunities are
available each week to make sure the department does not fall below
minimum manning requirements.
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