Posted: 6:38 PM May 30, 2012 Reporter: Matt Galka Email Address: email@example.com
Tallahassee, FL — May 30, 21012 –
Joey Floyd was a cop with the Havana Police Department from 2002 until 2006. From there he went to Crestview, FL, hired by his former chief in Havana, Brian Mitchell. Floyd was arrested for racketeering in March but a grand jury indictment from the state of Florida alleges much more.
The document has a list of accusations against the former Major. Included are allegations of excessive force such as ordering a female officer to “tase a suspect without cause, even though Floyd knew, at the time, that she was not certified to use a taser.”
The indictment also alleges that while on a drug surveillance operation, Floyd purposely rammed his cruiser into the side of the truck leaving the scene. The truck flipped over, causing the pregnant passenger who was “not involved with the operation,” to lose her baby.
There are also allegations of exchanging promotions for sexual favors in the office and sexually harassing coworkers.
Both Floyd and Brian Mitchell worked at Havana PD before heading to Crestiview, where they both were fired from their jobs. Floyd’s trial is set for June 25th.
Embattled Crestview policeman fired
The firing, actually effective March 21, was announced in a news release sent out Monday.
Read previous stories on the issue:
- Objection delays release of Crestview grand jury document »
- Crestview officer’s indictment raises questions »
- Crestview Maj. Joseph Floyd arrested »
- Crestview police chief, major suspended »
- Read Floyd’s indictment »
Mayor David Cadle had told reporters last week he was waiting to get confirmation that his letter of termination had been received before going on the record about Floyd’s dismissal.
“The termination was recently issued as a result of a grand jury indictment and the subsequent arrest of Joseph Floyd,” the news release states.
The news release, which said little and directed all further inquiries to the First Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office, made no mention of the fate of city Police Chief Brian Mitchell.
Mitchell was placed on paid administrative leave on the same day Floyd was suspended. A recently released city public record indicates Mitchell’s gross income to be $7,241 a month.
Cadle said at the time he suspended both men he was taking action based on “allegations of official misconduct” that had arisen through an independent investigation he conducted.
Cadle said he obtained some information for his own investigation from the state attorney’s office.
The Crestview Police Department had been the subject of a state investigation for months before Floyd was indicted by a grand jury.
More than 40 witnesses were called upon in February and early March to testify before the grand jury that eventually indicted Floyd.
They returned the racketeering indictment against Floyd and called for his firing.
“While it’s not our decision, the fact is our officers presented evidence to the grand jury which resulted in a racketeering indictment,” State Attorney Bill Eddins said. “I can certainly understand why this action was taken.”
A second presentment published by the grand jury after hearing the state’s case against the Crestview Police Department has not been made public. Eddins said for that reason he could not comment further on the facts of the case against Floyd.
Assistant State Attorney Russ Edgar, who brought the evidence against Floyd to the grand jury, said his investigators have not completed looking at Floyd’s activities.
“We’re still investigating other matters related to his duties as a police officer with the city of Crestview,” Edgar said.
The indictment filed against Floyd alleges he participated in a criminal enterprise — the corner-stone of a racketeering charge — by violating the law in several ways.
It states he made a false statement about his educational background or employment history.
It claims he falsified or ordered someone else to falsify records, documents or police reports.
It states he physically or mentally battered both fellow police officers and citizens and used his status as a police officer to solicit sexual acts.
The indictment not only recommended that Floyd be fired, but also that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the possibility of pulling his police officer certification.
The racketeering indictment also said Crestview officials should have properly investigated Floyd’s background before they hired him.
He had been arrested several times before he became a police officer. The offenses included battery and resisting arrest, the grand jury report states.
He had also been investigated by several other police agencies and left three of four he worked for under less than ideal circumstances.
Without input from then-Mayor George Whitehurst or others, officials said, Mitchell hired Floyd in January 2007, three months after he became police chief.
The two had worked together with the Havana Police Department for four years.
When Crestview hired Floyd, his then employer, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, was investigating him for violations of moral character standards.
Mitchell’s actions as police chief could well be the focus of the as-yet unopened presentment filed alongside Floyd’s indictment by the same grand jury.
The presentment’s being made public was delayed last week by a last-minute objection filed by the person the document was “directed to.”
A court hearing must now be held at which a judge will decide whether the presentment can be made public. The date of that hearing must remain secret, Eddins said.
If the judge does decide to make the document public it will still be held by the court for 30 days to allow for an appeal of the judge’s decision, Eddins said.
Cadle said last week that his investigation of the police department has not ended either.
The mayor said he has been interviewing representatives of different agencies and had ordered an inventory of the city’s weapons.
He said he’s been questioning people and looking over city police department policies and procedures.
Cadle said he has decided there are police department policies that need to be more clearly specified.