Fort Myers Police Department completed their internal investigation into the improper arrest of NFL player Nate Allen, and two officers have been suspended.
Just before 5 p.m. on February 16, 2015, Fort Myers police received a call that a man masturbated in his truck and exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl. Fort Myers police responded to the call and within minutes located a man who matched the general description given by victim and he was driving a truck that closely matched that described by the victim – the driver of the truck was Nate Allen.
According to WPTV the two officers were suspended for their errors, even though Nate Allen is still suing the Police Department.
The officers on the scene and their Sergeant incorrectly applied the statute which says if the victim is under 16 years of age the crime is a felony. In this case the victim was 16-years-old which makes the crime a misdemeanor. This means that even if Allen had committed the crime he should not have been arrested. It was not until a few hours later, around 8:30 p.m. that the police realized their error, however, Allen was not released for another hour.
After a lengthy process that took months internal investigators with FMPD reviewed all available information and were able to determine that the Sergeant in charge that evening, Sergeant Jacqueline Garret, was ultimately at fault for not applying the statute correctly.
Garrett was placed on a 40-hour suspension. It was also determined that Detective Audenia Nicole Thomas, who was contacted by Garrett to assist in the arrest of Allen, was placed on a 24 hour suspension, for not realizing the error and failing to properly investigate the crime.
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