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Breaking News! | Larry Pelham Vs. City Of Tallahassee: TPD Officer James Martinez Has History Of Illegal Hoax Searches‏

We just found out (from our sources) that TPD Officer James Martinez, one of the officers being sued for invading Larry Pelham’s home in 2011, had a history of searching homes illegally using the hoax that there had been a “911 hang-up call” from the address. Martinez used the hoax in order to force his way in to search homes without probable cause. TPD follow-up investigations showed that there had been no 911 calls from those addresses and that Officer Martinez’ claims to the citizens were complete fabrications. He was not disciplined for any of the hoaxes. Attached are two of the complaints on hoax searches. One of the IA reports said Martinez was counseled not to use the hoax anymore and told it was “strictly forbidden” but the cases were closed “no violation.”


2009 0829 Martinez Hoax Search IA Report

2009 0908 Martinez Hoax Search IA Report

 

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