Police officer still being paid during investigation
On June 13th, Punta Gorda police officer Harvey Ayers was told to sit home while being investigated for what we now know are 5 separate internal affairs cases that are not being made public. So far, we discovered you have paid him $5,060.50 while th Video by fox4now.comvideo
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – On June 13th, Punta Gorda police officer Harvey Ayers was told to sit home while being investigated for what we now know are 5 separate internal affairs cases that are not being made public. So far, we discovered you have paid him $5,060.50 while the department conducts its investigation.
Punta Gorda residents are saying it's not fair that they are paying the officer to stay at home while the investigation drags on.
Our investigation into Ayers found multiple completed internal affairs investigations since he joined the force in 2003.
FOX 4 found documents that show the punta gorda police department issued ayers six written reprimands and one verbal reprimand.
In 2004, he was cited for mishandling seized narcotics.
In 2007, he was written up for failing to show up for subpeoned court appearance. That same year, another reprimand for not reporting a female officer who showed him a pornographic video of herself.
In 2008, he was cited for not watching a prisoner who later escaped.
There were two other written reprimands, one in 2011 and another earlier this year. One resident says this record is unacceptable.
“They should be good, there shouldn't be discrepancies if you're a police officer or abuse your position. I mean, I have family that are police officers and they don’t do that.” Mark Trudeau said.
FOX 4 tried to reach out to Ayers for his side of the story. We heard activity inside and dogs barking, but no one came to the door.