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Update: Officer of the Year Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

Update: Officer of the Year Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

As discussed in a previous blog post on July 8th, Boynton Beach Police Department’s ‘Officer of the Year’ for 2010, 28-year-old David Britto, was indicted earlier this month on charges of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that Britto has been drug dealing from June 2009 until March 4, 2011 when he was caught in a DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation. If convicted, Britto is facing life in prison. On Monday, Britto pleaded not guilty before a U.S. Magistrate judge. He remains on paid administrative leave. According to WPTV News, Britto has faced a total of seven internal affairs investigations since he was hired in 2006, three of those allegations against him sustained. In 2008, he was suspended for cursing at… […]

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How an Officer of the Year Could Spend his Life in Prison

How an Officer of the Year Could Spend his Life in Prison

Sometimes even law enforcement officers get caught up in crime. When an officer is accused of committing a crime, it ends up in the news followed by community outrage. Officers are supposed to represent societal integrity and moral fiber. Seeing someone supposedly committed to the law indicted for drug trafficking can be hard on the community. Officer of the Year Caught Dealing Drugs According to an article in WPTV News, the Boynton Beach Police department’s ‘Officer of the Year’ for 2010 was indicted Tuesday. David Britto, 28, is accused of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that Britto has been drug dealing from June 2009 until March 4, 2011 when he was caught in a DEA led Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.… […]

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How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

Even police officers need criminal defense lawyers once in a while. When a police officer is arrested and is faced with criminal charges, it can easily be seen in news headlines. Law enforcement officers are supposed to be a symbol of protection and justice for the people. When a law enforcement officer abuses his or her power and it results in a criminal charge, the irony of the situation makes people pay close attention. How Even Officers need Criminal Defense Lawyers A Lantana police officer has been arrested and accused of stealing money from people he pulls over for routine traffic stops. The issue is growing complicated because Lantana police officer Mark Ott has a tendency to pull over Hispanic males, searching them, and stealing money right from their wallets.… […]

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How to Avoid Conviction of Improper Use of Firearms

It is always interesting to see how cases turn out when the defendant is a police officer. These cases are especially interesting when the incident involves a police officer improperly enforcing their power. In the case of a Boynton Beach Police officer, he has been arrested for improperly using a Taser. Again. The case According to an article in WPTV News, 30-year-old David L. Coffey has a history of using a Taser as his weapon of choice. He has been arrested for using a Taser improperly – yet again – this time near a fellow officer. He has been charged with improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm andculpable negligence. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation,… […]

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How Your Arrest Could be Thrown Out in Palm Beach County

How Your Arrest Could be Thrown Out in Palm Beach County

If you have been arrested anytime between now and 2008 by a law enforcement officer representing the Ocean Ridge Police Department or the Riviera Beach department, your arrestrecord, citation, or ticket could be thrown out. This new development was sparked when a news investigator learned that a new law passed in 2008 was overlooked by both police departments. The law Palm Beach Post reporter Cynthia Roldan discovered that in 2008 a new law was passed requiring firearms instructors to be certified by the state. However, the Ocean Ridge Police Department and the Riviera Beach Police Department never got the memo – and never got certified. The compounded effect means that police officers who have been issuing citations and conducting arrests for the last few years were uncertified, rendering all arrests… […]

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How Man Died After Being Tased for Resisting Arrest

How Man Died After Being Tased for Resisting Arrest

An article in WPTV News calls into question the use of police force. A man died after being tased by police officers at Universal CityWalk in Orlando early this morning. Because the incident is so recent and is pending investigation, there has not been much talk about the potential use of police brutality. The article below is from WPTV News: Authorities say a man died after a scuffle with police officers outside a movie theater at Universal CityWalk in Orlando. Universal Studios security called Orlando police early Friday when the man started acting irrationally. Police say the man, whom wesh.com identified as 33-year-old Adam Spencer Johnson, resisted violently. An officer used a Taser on the man and he was handcuffed, according to wesh.com. “The behavior was irrational. The person needed… […]

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How Law Enforcement Officers are Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

How Law Enforcement Officers are Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

It’s always amazing to see law enforcement officers caught committing crimes. Usually the crimes they commit involve police brutality or abuse of power. This week, a Broward Sheriff’s sergeant has been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail for a different reason. Sgt. John Goodbread and his wife are accused of Oxycodone trafficking and prescription fraud. Sgt. Goodbread, 42, has been with the Broward Sheriff’s Office for a little over two decades. He has actually been suspended with pay as the investigation continues, says sheriff’s spokeswoman Dani Moschella, according to WPTV News. Doctor Shopping The Broward Sheriff’s Office alerted Palm Beach County Sheriff’s detectives of a distinct possibility Sgt. Goodbread and his wife had been “doctor shopping.” Doctor shopping is the practice of acquiring prescription drugs from several different doctors.… […]

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How Police Abuse of Power is a Growing Problem

How Police Abuse of Power is a Growing Problem

Police brutality and abuse of power is a problem that has been around since the beginning of hierarchical society. However, the fact that it continues today is problematic because it makes people wonder whom they can trust. When law enforcement officers start breaking the law, who’s there to keep them in check? False Imprisonment in Boynton Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a woman in Boynton Beach, Fla. posted an internet ad offering her services as an escort. She called herself “Stephanie,” and was found bleeding in her Boynton Beach apartment, unconscious but alive, only hours after posting the ad. She had been shot twice. The man being held responsible for the crime is Jimmy Ho, a police officer at Florida Atlantic University. The incident was clearly a… […]

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