Internal Affairs Report
Venice, Florida, USA
Subject of Investigation:
August 28, 2012
Client:Venice Police Department
Incident Date:July 31, 2012
Investigator:Thomas A. Mattmuller
Investigator Employer:Venice Police Department
On July 31, 2012 Officer Whittaker and Officer Palmieri were investigating a disturbance at Motel 6. A person involved in the disturbance was confirmed to have an active warrant. As the person was placed under arrest, he actively resisted. Officer Palmieri made the radio transmission for 10-94 in an obvious tone of urgency. Officer Barlow, Officer Woodworth, and Officer Scurek responded. Officer Guinart and Lieutenant Hill were unable to respond, as they were detaining a sexual battery suspect. Officer Levesque remained at Perkins Restaurant, continuing with his dinner break... Lieutenant Hill was notified by Officers and the Dispatcher on duty that Officer Levesque remained at Perkins, failing to respond to an Officer's call for help. Lieutenant Hill reviewed the incident and also determined that his radio call for an Officer to backup Officer Guinart was also ignored by Officer Levesque. i responded to the station after receiving notification that Officer Palmieri was injured. I received an incident briefing by Officers and the Dispatcher also to include Officer Levesque's failure to respond.
These actions constitute the following offenses:
You have engaged in activity detrimental to the best interests of the City of Venice, its citizens, supervisors or co-workers.
SOP 101 Command Protocol 111.G.2 Requirements to Obey Lawful Orders
SOP 114 Rules of Conduct IV.17 Insubordination
SOP 114 Rules of Conduct IV.58 Cowardice