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LPD Announces Results of Administrative Investigations

On June 18, 2013, Lakeland Police Department received information that Officer David Edds allegedly provided testimony at trial in a DUI case that was untruthful. Chief Lisa Womack immediately opened an internal Administrative Investigation into this matter.

The Administrative Investigation was completed on October 16, 2013 with a recommended action of termination. Officer Edds resigned in lieu of termination.

Sustained charges on Officer David Edds (OPS #13-018):

• Job Knowledge, Competency, and Performance
• Neglect of Duty
• Untruthfulness
• Unlawful Conduct
• Improper Conduct
• Conduct Unbecoming

The Administrative Investigation of Sergeant Ray Lloyd is still under review.

On July 16, 2013, State Attorney Jerry Hill sent a letter to Chief Lisa Womack in reference to testimony by Officer David Edds and Sergeant Ray Lloyd in which he referenced Lieutenant Hans Lehman interfering in an investigation his office was conducting. Chief Lisa Womack initiated an internal Administrative Investigation into Lieutenant Hans Lehman and the allegations.

The Administrative Investigation has been completed and Lieutenant Hans Lehman has been cleared. The investigation found that Lieutenant Lehman did not discuss the case under criminal investigation (defendant named Barber) by the State Attorney’s office. Instead he discussed another case (defendant named Talman, this case was closed on October 30, 2012) and subsequently notified the State Attorney’s Office of the second case. The investigation included review of the State Attorney’s Office investigative report, follow up information obtained from SAO Investigator, interviews with LPD personnel and computer forensics.

Findings (OPS #13-023):

Count 1 - Interference in Investigations – Unfounded
Count 2 - Interference in Investigations - Exonerated
Count 3 – Interference in Investigations – Not Sustained

On October 16, 2013, Victim Advocate Jackie Suggs resigned after being notified of recommendation for termination.

Sustained findings (OPS #13-029):
• Neglect of Duty
• Member’s Duty to Report Misconduct

Other Updates:

The Administrative Investigation in the case of former Officer Julio Pagan has been closed. The Administrative Investigation into the actions of Communications Center personnel is complete pending the receipt of documentation from the State Attorney’s Office. It is anticipated that this file will be forwarded to the supervisory chain of command Monday for disciplinary action.

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