Titusville Police Department loses a great Officer Today…after nearly 30 years (two months shy of 30 years), Officer Brian Roy #732 pushes his car for the last time today. Officer Roy was the Officer that always had a smile on his face, and addressed people like people should be addressed: respectful, and valid.
Many people will never know the many things Officer Roy has done for the city, and the community, but I know that he will be sorely missed. Congratulations on your Retirement Officer Roy, and the best of good fortune and blessings to him and his wife Christine Roy, as they begin the new chapter of their lives.Share on Facebook
Assistant State Attorney Michael Hunt Named Florida’s Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Assistant State Attorney Michael Hunt, a 37-year advocate for crime victims, has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award by the statewide prosecutors association, State Attorney Phil Archer announced today (Tuesday, Aug. 23).Pictured l to r: State Attorney Archer and Assistant State Attorney Hunt.
Hunt prosecuted both felony and misdemeanor cases before his selection as Felony Intake Division Chief 28 years ago. In that slot, he has lead a team of attorneys who make critical decisions on whether sufficient cause exists for a criminal charge in what has been more than 7,000 cases per year in Brevard County. He has also conducted more than 325 Grand Jury proceedings during which defendants face murder or other extremely serious charges.
But, as State Attorney Archer said, it is not the weightiness of his work that pushed Hunt past other veteran prosecutors; it is the willingness to give to the community. Hunt has served as a valued and trusted resource for law enforcement seeking arrest or search warrants no matter the time of day or night for the extent of his career and his decisions have been unerringly accurate and on target, Archer wrote in his nomination.
“Mr. Hunt is often the first person officers and deputies reach out to in the event of a homicide or other major crime,” Archer wrote.
In addition to his phenomenal recall of chapter, verse, and citation of legal rulings, Hunt lives a precept that is the bedrock of his success: he treats all–cops, victims, defendants–with respect. Over the years, he has remained in contact with many of the crime victims he has served; he has had defendants confess to him; and, he is warmly regarded by criminal justice professions from the support staff to the judge’s bench.
Archer also wrote “these burdens are carried [by Hunt] with grace, with optimism, and with the greatest sense of professionalism and commitment I have ever witnessed.” Archer’s sentiments are echoed in the 33 signatures from judges and criminal justice professionals who seconded the nomination.
The award will be formally presented at the association’s fall meeting in Panama City in November.
The Gene C. Berry Award naming the Outstanding Prosecutor is given annually in memory of the prosecutor from Florida’s west coast who was gunned down in the doorway of his home in 1982 by the wife of a man he sent to prison on drug charges. A plaque bearing the names of the yearly recipients hangs in the governor’s office. Two prosecutors from the Eighteenth Circuit have been previous recipients of the award: Assistant State Attorney Tom Hastings in 2003 and Assistant State Attorney Chris White in 2011.
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The public’s encouragement and desire for Law Enforcement wearing “body cameras” has been a good thing for Law Enforcement. The truth is coming out that a majority of Law Enforcement Officers do nothing wrong and most complaints are unfounded. Part of the problem that we see is the media driven desire to “sell stories, sensationalism and advertising”. One incident is repeatedly shown by every media outlet and is shown numerous times. This leaves the public the illusion that there are multiple incidents occurring as you witness the story numerous times. Are there corrupt (all inclusive for “bad” cop) Law Enforcement officers? Of course there are, more so in the administrations. The administrations contain more corruption than you could ever imagine. The Chiefs and Sheriffs routinely subscribe to the mantra of “take care of the city (county)” at all costs. This is what is taught in management schools, so they do not really care about the citizens/ residents. They take care of the organization, which is in direct contrast to “community policing”. Officers and Deputies are expendable to the organization. As long as the Chief (Sheriff) and the city (county) official are protected and insulated it does not matter who is “disposed of”. How does this tie into “body cameras” you may ask. Why are Law Enforcement Officers opposed to cameras? Citizens have the misconception that cops do not want cameras because the cops are “hiding” their “wrong doings”, when in fact the truth is that they know that agencies will utilize the camera recordings to seek out policy violations to allow the agency to say, “ see, we are staying on top of our officers”. Officers get written up because a third party that is reviewing the video begins looking for every violation of policy. Look, every time you drive you break a law. It is virtually impossible to follow every traffic law that is in writing. EVERY driver plays the odds when driving, whether you fail to use a turn signal, drive one mile an hour over the speed limit, cross the white line when coming to a stop and numerous more. If an officer witnesses a violation, they decide whether or not to act on the violation and if Law Enforcement enforced every violation you would never get a “cop” when you called. Cops know that modern administrations subscribe to the mentality that they MUST be oppressive and enforce every policy they can to maintain discipline. The belief of keeping the cops under the thumb and well disciplined just shows the public that “they” are in control. I had a good friend pull up to a burglary in progress, took off his seatbelt as he was braking the car to get out and confront TWO subjects that were burglarizing a business. He apprehended both of them, by himself. The Agency Administration WROTE HIM UP with DISCIPLINE because as he was shifting to park, he took his seatbelt off BEFORE coming to a complete stop. A third party reviewer watched the video and noted the policy violation that the car was in motion and the officer had his seatbelt off.
Now, we move onto YOUR own desire to allow Law Enforcement to violate your rights and the laws. It is almost humorous that a majority of complaints that are reviewed on video are found to have NO merit or the complainant was actually in the wrong, while officers did nothing illegal or wrong towards the complainant. Yet, people are demanding officers are provided video cameras to protect “the public”. The masses accusing officers of excessive force and “killing without cause”, claiming officers are akin to the “Brown Shirts” of the Third Reich. Then the facts are shown in video and those officers now have video evidence that they acted properly, while activists burn down cities. OK, so where is all of this heading? In Florida, you do realize that you cannot be recorded in your own home or area where you have an expectation of privacy without your consent? So this means that Law Enforcement Officers need to seek your consent BEFORE recording you or you can tell them to turn off the recording device. If you are in a public setting, anyone can record anything without permission. Under the Fourth Amendment you have a right to protect yourself against unreasonable search and seizure. A recording of your statements and or actions is a “seizure”. Most people do not care about being recorded in their homes by the “police” and they just do not understand the value of protecting your rights. Once you give up a “right” it is very difficult to “reclaim” it. That innocent video of you, in your home, talking to an officer, that is interviewing you about a crime you were a witness too, could lead to your statements being twisted or even used against you. Go back and re-read the example of how easy it is to use a “video” against someone in an administrative manner and think about the ramifications of this. Now, this is not meant to be legal advice as I do not give legal advice. This is for your own thought process and consideration when “allowing” or “just ignoring” a violation of your rights that we all scream that we have and are entitled to.
Some of the other incidents that people and agencies are not taking into consideration is the medical side. Officers responding to a car crash and their cameras capture all of the gore and horror, as well as the glib comments made by the responders to help maintain their sanity are now recorded. A recording by a public official now becomes public property (public record). So a public records request made could potentially release this material into the public. The video of anyone injured at a fight call or a drunk or even a suicide attempt. These can fall under the HIPPA (Health Privacy act, in short) if information regarding the injury, medical condition or some other factors are present. Again, a public records request can be made and private information is now available, how about the person providing their personal information for an officer’s report? Of course, there are arguments to be made by agencies to not release information by “their policy”, words used to scare citizens into going away. You also need to understand that “policies” never trump your legal rights. Polices are “guidelines” implemented in an agency to govern their behavior. They are meant to be an “operating manual” of sorts, never meant to be a concrete “you will always….”. Of course administrators love to enforce these policies as stone, the new “management” mentality (never confuse management with leadership…..).
Back to our camera discussion……In short an officer can record you in your own home or private area if you grant them permission. If they come to your home or an area that you “have exclusive authority/control” over, you can tell them to turn it off. That will “piss most cops off” honestly and YOU must decide if you want to exert your rights or allow them to record you in your private area. Just realize that once you do, it is difficult to argue later that you did not want it to occur. This also leads to officers/ investigators recording you without your knowledge. As with Ms. Loyd and her court issues, she was recorded, secretly by an investigator of the Brevard County Sheriff’s office. You have an investigator that activates his recorder in his car, announces the location and who he is talking to, exits his car and goes up to Ms. Loyd’s home. Speaks to her, NEVER advises her that he is recording her with the voice recorder hidden in his pocket, goes inside her residence and sits down. He never advises her of her rights, that she is a subject of an investigation, does not have a WARRANT to “capture her audio statements” secretly and NEVER asks permission to record her in the PRIVACY of her own home. Going over everything ……this is a FELONY crime committed by a Law Enforcement officer. In addition is also a Federal Crime under 18 USC 2510, which basically states what we have talked about.
Under the federal Wiretap Act, it is illegal for any person to secretly record an oral, telephonic, or electronic communication that other parties to the communication reasonably expect to be private. (18 U.S.C. § 2511.) In twelve states, no person may record a private communication without the consent of every party to that communication. Thus, no surreptitious recording is allowed (with exceptions for law enforcement officials who have obtained warrants to make such recordings). The states with these laws are California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
Under Florida statute 943, Law Enforcement is allowed to record certain things without notifying the “subject” they are being recorded. This statute was put into place to allow recording of “undercover” operations to obtain evidence of a criminal activity. Narcotics Investigations, “buy busts”, Prostitution Stings, and other operations like that. These type operations are supposed to be well defined and the scope is specific in nature. There is a written and clearly defined objective, which ensures that the statute us not “abused” as commonly occurs with “permissive” authority. These incidents are the exceptions and should not be the rule. Investigations and Law Enforcement 101 always dictate that “you” should obtain a warrant when you have time, this ensures that doubt cannot be cast upon your actions.
My entire point in all of this is that WE need to be cautious in what we want from our Law Enforcement because we may just get it. Allowing video and audio recording as a blanket expectation can cause some serious issues to come to light, especially when public records requests are made for the video. All of the equipment and recordings are owned by the tax payers and if it is not an open investigation or involving children (or VERY FEW exceptions) they are subject to PUBLIC RECORDS release. Just think about that for a moment, what is sitting on your car seat that would be captured on video and released to the public records request? Sure, the ability to record actions is a good thing in most cases, but technology can also intrude on us and strip our basic rights away. What are you willing to give up for a problem that is minimal, but blown up by the media?Share on Facebook No tags for this post.
Thank you to Volusia Exposed for continuing to cover Brevard County, here are July’s BCSO IA’s….
Agent Yousef Hafza – Murder:
Sgt. Jason Diogo – Threats Towards A Civilian:
Both have been added to Brevard’s Brady Copy List
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Earlier this year (2016) VolusiaExposed.Com decided to develop a new section within our website devoted to the coverage of Brevard County.
We felt an obligation to assist BrevardsBestNews.Com’s Chief Editor – Dana Delaney Loyd in her excellent coverage of Brevard – due to her August 2015 arrest by the Brevard County Sheriff Department over her coverage, and her call to the Florida Child Abuse Hotline regarding concerns she developed of whether a father was sexually engaging his pre-teen daughter.
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I posted some information on Facebook on 7/27/16, and I am sharing it here now. Thank you for all of the kind words that have been received.
An elected prosecutor of Brevard county gave an infamous quote that states in part: “… the importance of truthfulness in every detail”. I want to follow that statement. Therefore, I am sharing with you that Brevardsbestnews.com is in negotiations to transfer ownership of website. The three possibilities are:
Larry Lawton, the owner of The Reality Check Program, author, TV show host.
Larry Carter: Retired Law Enforcement Officer with decades of Law Enforcement rolls, with both Melbourne Police Department, and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Law Enforcement trainer and currently the owner of the L Carter group.
The third potential interested owner has stated that they wish to remain anonymous, but I can tell you that they have a well established media outlet.
In speaking with all three potential new owners they all plan on keeping with the motto that Brevard’s Best News has focused on, and that is
“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” Mahatma Gandhi.
Brevard’s Best News has a wide variety of readers, to share some stats from the month of July 2016:
Most visiting countries
United States 431390
European Union 41552
As decisions are made, and contracts decided upon, I will keep you abreast. In the meantime, thank you Volusiaexposed.com for carrying on my dream, covering two counties has to be exhausting, but your dedication has been amazing, and we sill continue to share their posts.
Another potential interested new owner has reached out today. My husband is on vacation next week, and we will weigh all options, and keep you informed. If anyone has any ideas or is interested in taking over ownership, please email me at Danadelaney14@gmail.com
Again, thanks for all of the comments…We LOVE our readers, and will strive that whatever decision is made, YOU the READERS will have a VOICE!!!
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BCSO Agent Matthew Preston – DV Allegations
Numerous BCSO Staff – Near Jail Escape