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