Florida Sergeant in Hot Water for Tweet Calling Black People One of ‘America’s Biggest Problems’
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Jacksonville Sheriff's OfficeA Florida sheriff’s office has launched an internal investigation into one of its own officers who’s been accused of sharing racist tweets online, including one post that insisted Black people were among “America’s biggest problems.”On Tuesday, Jacksonville Sheriff Pat Ivey told local news outlet First Coast News that the department was looking into social media posts linked to Sgt. Douglas Howell, a member of thenews.yahoo.com
Jacksonville City Council approves a special election for sheriff on Aug. 23
As expected, every city council member voted yes to approve the special election, but council members also had questions for General Counsel Jason Teal. Some wondering why the city’s top lawyer is saying the sheriff did not vacate the office until four days ago, June 2, when it was clear he moved out of Jacksonville a year ago.
Mayor Curry on Sheriff Williams: ‘People can debate the residency thing. Don’t start saying the guy has been absent’
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams was originally scheduled to be at a news conference Wednesday that spotlighted ways to be safe during a hurricane, but instead, JSO’s undersheriff attended the meeting alongside the mayor.
Officer charged with misconduct for not showing up for apartment security jobs, JSO says
A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office patrol officer has been charged with official misconduct, a third-degree felony, after investigators discovered he wasn't showing up for secondary jobs he'd signed up for, Undersheriff Pat Ivey announced Wednesday.
Jacksonville officer accused of using database to discuss active investigations with inmate
A 7.5 year veteran with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was arrested Wednesday, accused of accessing JSO criminal justice databases to discuss active investigations with an inmate, according to Undersheriff Pat Ivey.
Jacksonville police officer arrested, accused of striking suspect with Taser
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A police officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has resigned after five years with the department. He’s accused of striking a suspect with a Taser during an arrest that followed a pursuit. He said body camera footage appears to show Alimurung tried to spit on the suspect. Ivey said the body camera footage will be entered into evidence at some point, but it’s unknown when it might be released. According to investigators, six JSO officers opened fire on Antonio Valentine, 32, a sexual battery suspect.
Rookie Jacksonville officer fired after domestic battery charge
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An officer who’d been with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office less than a year is no longer on the force after he was charged with domestic battery, Undersheriff Pat Ivey announced Thursday. Hunt is charged with second-degree misdemeanor domestic violence battery. Ivey did not provide any information on the victim’s age, gender or relationship to Hunt, citing Marsy’s Law. Hunt is the ninth JSO employee arrested in 2020 -- along with three other officers, three corrections officers and two civilian employees. If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of domestic violence or abuse, there are resources available:
Off-duty Jacksonville corrections officer accused of leaving scene of crash
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A five-year veteran with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has resigned from her position following a traffic crash that occurred mid-August, an agency spokesperson said Wednesday. According to Undersheriff Pat Ivey, Jatoia Howard, who was a corrections officer, was involved in a traffic crash where she left the scene and later made false statements about who was driving the vehicle. Ivey said Howard was off-duty at the time of the crash, and he did not believe any injuries were reported. “We would move to fire this person had they not resigned,” Ivey said. Howard is the third corrections officer arrested.
JSO officer who asked theft victim for explicit photos accused of bribery
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is accused of bribery after he attempted to get the victim of a theft to send him explicit photos in exchange for the stolen goods. Pace was arrested Sunday night after he asked to meet the woman claiming he was going to give her back the stolen property. Ivey said Pace spent time as a bailiff, then a corrections officer, before becoming a police officer in 2017. According to JSO, Pace had been investigated six times since 2009. Three times JSO found that Pace “failed to conform to work standards," once in 2010 and twice in 2012.
Former Jacksonville officer accused of criminal sexual conduct with child appears in court
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A former officer with the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office who has been accused of criminal sexual conduct with a child appeared in court Wednesday morning. David Gedert, 31, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a child under age 13 on a warrant out of Kalamazoo County stemming from an incident that allegedly happened six years ago. According to Undersheriff Pat Ivey, Officer David Gedert has been fired from the Sheriffs Office. News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson, who used to be an officer at JSO, said officers are required to complete extensive background checks. Gedert is the fifth member of the Sheriffs Office to be arrested in 2020.
Curry: No talks about need for federal backup for RNC
We have had no conversations about the need for that type of a presence in our city, said Curry, who noted that Jacksonvilles police quelled violence and vandalism that unfolded briefly during last months unrest. The questions come as Oregon officials have spoken out against the presence and actions of federal agents in Portland. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum alleged that federal agents arrested people off the street without probable cause. Mayor Ted Wheeler accused federal agents of escalating tensions in Portland, saying he wants them gone. More federal law enforcement, that I can tell you, the president said while taking questions in the Oval Office Monday.
Mayor agrees Jacksonville is not ready to provide security for RNC
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday he was not surprised that Sheriff Mike Williams warned Monday that the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office is not prepared to provide adequate security for the Republican National Convention. Williams was absent from Tuesdays news conference, and the question was posed to Undersheriff Pat Ivey: How many personnel will be needed to provide adequate security? Im pretty sure they can handle security at an event like the RNC in their city, Trump Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said on CNN. But your security plan is set. For the security plan to be solid, you allot for those changes.
Undersheriff: Security at Jaguars game vs RNC is apples & oranges'
Murtaugh said Jacksonville has a lot of experience with providing security for large-scale events. On Sundays in the fall with the Jacksonville Jaguars, they pack 70,000 people into a football stadium, he said. But your security plan is set. For the security plan to be solid, you allot for those changes. An NFL football game crowd is a lot larger than whats going to be packed into the RNC convention arenas.
Retired Jacksonville detective, ex-wife arrested in 1999 cold case murder
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After an investigation spanning more than two decades, Jacksonville police have announced the arrest of a retired Jacksonville detective and his then-wife in the murder of a business owner. Based on those profiles, Ivey said, William Robert Baer Jr., 64, who is a retired JSO officer, was arrested in Jacksonville on Wednesday. Ivey said Melissa Schafer, 50, who was Baer’s then-wife, was arrested in Jefferson City, Missouri. RELATED: What we know about retired Jacksonville officer arrested in cold case murderIn May 1999, Kawaf was getting ready to leave his home in the gated community of Deerwood on the city’s Southside. At the time of the murder, Baer was actively investigating Kawaf for an unspecified crime, according to police.
Duval County jail will now test all new inmates for COVID-19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health will begin testing about 2,700 Jacksonville inmates after some employees and inmates of the Duval County jail were exposed to a medical professional who tested positive for COVID-19. We have had now 20 inmates that we have tested that have tested positive, said Undersheriff Pat Ivey with the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. The Duval County jail said it will now test every new person coming into the detention facility for the virus. RELATED: 20 inmates at Duval County jail test positive for COVID-19This marks the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that any positive cases have been reported at the Duval County jail. The JSO said by Sunday, 18 more inmates tested positive for the novel coronavirus.