JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville police officer accused of beating a handcuffed teenager in the back of a patrol car waived his appearance in court Monday, but his attorney did not show up, prompting the judge to briefly issue a warrant for the officer's arrest, which was recalled shortly after.
Officer Tim James' attorney told News4Jax that there was a miscommunication with the judge, which has been corrected, and a new arraignment date has been set for Aug. 28.
James has been removed from his patrol duties with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after being charged with misdemeanor battery on 17-year-old Elias Campos. James said Campos spit on him.
News4Jax obtained James' personnel history and found he received four written reprimands for complaints lodged against him by fellow officers and was suspended twice in those cases. In another case, he was investigated after a fellow officer complained he failed “to conform to work standards.”
He was also found at fault in two traffic crashes in his patrol car and had to take part in remedial training.
Those crashes do not include a May incident in which James hit and killed a pedestrian on University Boulevard West.
The Sheriff's Office said James was responding to a robbery with injuries when he fatally struck 62-year-old Blane Stuart Land, who was trying to cross the street.
Land's family plans to sue, saying JSO knew James was a danger on the road.
The I-TEAM discovered James also received a ticket for running a red light improperly in his patrol car, and court records show the fees he owes on that citation were sent to collections last October.
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