TPD Responds to the State Attorney’s Decision

TPD Responds to the State Attorney’s Decision

Tallahassee

December 05, 2013

In response to the State Attorney’s decision,  interim Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe provided the following statement. Below  the statement is a link to TPD’s records from this case.

“I’d like to thank the State Attorney’s  Office and specifically Willie Meggs for taking on this case and working with  the Tallahassee Police Department and its investigators to bring this case to a  close.

“The police reports that we can now release,  because the case is closed, contain details of our investigation and facts of  the case. Those reports document that our department took the case seriously,  processed evidence and conducted an investigation based on information  available at that time. The reports also show that, while the victim was  unwilling to move forward with charges at that time, all evidence was preserved  in the event she was willing to move forward at a later date.

“We take seriously the obligation to respond  to any individual who wants to report a crime, regardless of who they are  accusing. We also have an obligation to the accused to investigate to see if a  crime actually occurred. That is our job. Likewise, we respect the authority of  the State Attorney’s Office to not only look at the evidence, but also conduct  its own investigations, and support the decision the State Attorney has made in  this case.

“We have hired a new chief that will lead  this department starting next month and will continue to address ways to  enhance police services in our community. At the same time, I strongly believe  that the overall trust in our department from the Tallahassee community is  high. We are committed to making any changes necessary to maintain that trust.”

Documents related to TPD’s Investigation

Contact Information

David Northway, TPD Public Information Office, (850) 891-4255

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