A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with 4 counts of creating false official statements.
At problem are 4 arrests former Deputy David Ur made and his account of what occurred and when. In response to the state, physique digital camera footage didn’t all the time match Ur’s written accounts. For instance, in at the least one case the footage confirmed that Ur learn a suspect his Miranda warning later within the investigative course of than indicated in his written report.
If convicted of the misdemeanor offenses, Ur could possibly be sentenced as much as a 12 months within the Marion County Jail.
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David Ur resigned on Monday and was arrested on Thursday
Ur surrendered Thursday on the jail, the place his bail was set at $4,000. His lawyer is Jimmie Sparrow of Ocala. Sparrow mentioned his consumer already posted bond and was launched from the lockup. The lawyer is ready on extra particulars earlier than making a remark.
Ur resigned from the Sheriff’s Workplace on Monday. Prosecutors drafted Ur’s prices the following day. A decide signed the warrant for Ur’s arrest on Thursday.
Sheriff Billy Woods mentioned: “We have now set excessive requirements for ourselves within the Workplace of the Sheriff. I inform all my deputies that the one particular person that may take away their integrity is themselves. As public servants, integrity, honesty and belief are paramount to our character and to the efficiency of our duties. Every considered one of my supervisors work exhausting every single day ensuring my deputies adhere to what’s anticipated of them.
“The poor actions of this one particular person definitely don’t precisely mirror the good job that the remainder of these deputies do, day in and day trip.”
Job efficiency issues for Ur
MCSO officers mentioned in December, supervisors seen Ur’s studies have been written poorly and his physique digital camera was not recording when he had contact with the general public.
He was despatched to remedial coaching for writing studies and suspended for 16 hours.
The company noticed enchancment. However in March, supervisors seen Ur’s studies didn’t all the time match what was proven on his physique digital camera movies. They reported their issues to the State Legal professional’s Workplace.
A abstract of the circumstances in query
The questionable arrests concerned Sara Brooke Ridgeway, Constance Alaina Mote, Robert Lee Hicks and Stephanie Anne Amigliore.
Ridgeway was arrested on March 1. The 41-year-old Trenton lady was charged with possession/introduction of contraband into county detention facility, two counts of possession of a managed substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mote, 30, of Summerfield, was taken into custody by Ur on March 20 on prices together with possession of hashish lower than 20 grams and carrying a hid firearm.
Hicks, 35, of Ocala, was arrested by Ur on March 29 on prices of possession of hashish and no legitimate driver’s license.
Amigliore confronted two counts of possession of a managed substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The 30-year-old Ocala lady was taken into custody by Ur on March 30.
Three of the 4 defendants – Ridgeway, Mote and Amigliore – have been represented by the Public Defender’s Workplace. Hicks retained Ocala lawyer James Tarquin.
Prosecutors declined to carry prices in any of these circumstances.. Of the 4, solely Amigliore stays on the Marion County Jail, the place she awaits sentencing for a violation of probation/possession of methamphetamine case.
“We felt it (the discrepancies in Ur’s studies) was a difficulty for us and handled it appropriately. We’re not going to tolerate a legislation enforcement official mendacity on his report. We’ve zero tolerance for that type of habits,” mentioned State Attorney Bill Gladson.
Gladson mentioned the Sheriff’s Workplace was clear, and praised it for doing a great job.
Tarquin mentioned the deputy’s actions are scary.
“It’s troubling that the officer would go to this size to get an arrest,” he mentioned.
The Hicks case
Assistant State Legal professional Eric Drew Brandies, in a court docket submitting asserting the state’s choice to not cost Hicks, wrote: “Deputy Ur said in his report that the defendant made all statements post-Miranda. Deputy Ur’s physique digital camera exhibits that Miranda warnings weren’t learn to Mr. Hicks till a lot later within the investigation.”
Brandies mentioned within the doc that Ur “requested to look in Mr. Hicks automobile ‘for weapons.’”
The prosecutor mentioned Ur noticed marijuana and took Hicks into custody. Ur learn Hicks his Miranda warning and “the defendant agreed that the marijuana within the automobile was his.”
The assistant state lawyer famous within the report that “primarily based upon the misrepresentations within the police report as to Miranda, though the distinction wouldn’t make the statements inadmissible, and the improper search of the automobile, the State doesn’t want to prosecute presently.”
In Hicks’ arrest report, Ur mentioned Hicks ran the cease signal at Northwest Gainesville Highway and West County Highway 329.
Ur adopted the automobile to a comfort retailer, the place Hicks parked and entered the enterprise. The deputy mentioned he adopted the person into the shop and spoke to him.
Ur mentioned Hicks advised him he had a DUI summons from the Sheriff’s Workplace on March 28.
The deputy regarded on the quotation and noticed Hicks’ driver’s license was suspended indefinitely on Jan. 11.
Ur mentioned he requested Hicks if he may search his automobile and Hicks mentioned “sure,” the arrest report states. Ur arrested Hicks when he discovered a transparent bag that contained a inexperienced leafy like substance on the entrance seat beneath a pair of denims.
Ur mentioned he examined the substance and it was constructive for THC.
The Constance case
Ur wrote in his report that he went to the 18500 block of Northwest forty fifth Avenue Highway due to a suspicious automobile.
Ur requested the girl to step out of the automobile, which she did. He requested her if she had any weapons, and Constance advised the deputy she has a handgun however no hid firearms license.
The deputy mentioned he discovered the gun, which was in a handbag, and it was loaded. The gun, a Kimber Micro 9, had been reported stolen to the Ocala Police Division, Ur wrote in his report.
Constance reportedly advised the deputy she didn’t know the weapon was stolen. Ur mentioned he discovered medicine within the lady’s purse, and needles and drug paraphernalia within the automobile.
She advised Ur she has “a drug habit downside.” She was arrested.
Once more, on this case, there was a discrepancy between when Ur mentioned he suggested the suspect of her rights and the sequence proven on the physique digital camera video.
“Based mostly upon the details and circumstances of the case, the search and questioning of the defendant could be topic to litigation. Moreover, primarily based upon the circumstances of the situation of the firearm, there’s not a considerable probability of conviction of carrying a hid firearm at jury path,” prosecutor Janine A. Nixon wrote in a court docket submitting. The state declined to press prices.
The Amigliore and Ridgeway circumstances
Assistant State Legal professional Victoria Cortez wrote the court docket filings asserting that her workplace would carry prices in opposition to Ridgeway and Amigliore. The prosecutor mentioned the “probability of conviction at trial is slight” for each situations.
Ur went to the 4000 block of Northeast seventeenth Avenue when somebody reported a suspicious particular person. When he arrived on the location, he noticed Amigliore strolling by way of the neighborhood shortly earlier than 4 a.m.
She advised Ur she did not stay within the neighborhood and mentioned she was “searching for stuff that folks have been throwing out,” based on her arrest report.
She mentioned she had a medical marijuana card and “oil in my vap pen,” Ur wrote in his report.
The girl’s marijuana card was legitimate, however she was arrested after the deputy decided “she had not bought any of the prescriptions that have been assigned to her,” the report states.
Looking a bag in her possession, the deputy discovered a needle that had a transparent liquid. The oil was examined and it was constructive for THC, and the clear liquid was meth, Ur wrote.
Within the report, Ur famous that Amigliore was on probation on the time for meth possession.
Ridgeway was arrested when Ur was known as a couple of suspicious automobile within the 13600 block of North U.S. 27.
A automobile was parked within the driveway and Ridgeway was sitting inside, based on Ur’s report.
Ur thought the girl was beneath the affect of medicine resulting from her demeanor, based on his report.
Whereas speaking along with her, Ur mentioned he noticed a syringe by the again tire. He requested her to step out of the automobile. Looking her, he discovered one other syringe. One syringe was examined and it got here again constructive for meth, the report states.
As soon as they have been at the county jail, Ur mentioned, a jail official discovered three syringes, a pipe and medicines within the lady’s clothes.
Additional checking uncovers inconsistencies
In Amigliore’s case, prosecutors mentioned, the issue was the discrepancy between when Ur mentioned he suggested her of her rights and when the digital camera really confirmed him doing so.
In Ridgeway’s case, prosecutors mentioned, Ur was not truthful in regards to the occasions that led to the girl’s arrest.
For instance, prosecutors mentioned one other legislation enforcement official, not Ur, really found the syringe that was on the bottom.
Additionally, Ur wrote about testing a pipe discovered within the backseat of his squad automobile, however his physique digital camera doesn’t present him doing a take a look at.
Prosecutors additionally word that different legislation enforcement officers have been on the location, however they weren’t talked about in Ur’s report.
The fallout from these circumstances might be widespread
“The physique digital camera protects the accused and the officer,” protection lawyer Tarquin mentioned. He mentioned prosecutors needs to be counseled for a job effectively performed.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Walter Forgie mentioned the numerous issue for prosecutors was the a number of situations they have been discrepancies within the report when Ur learn Miranda to the defendants.
Mike Graves, head of the Public Defender’s Office, mentioned the deputy’s arrest will not be a consultant of the huge quantity of the women and men who put on the uniform on a regular basis. Graves added that that the arrest “is a black eye to the felony justice system.”
Although he praised each the MCSO and the SAO for dealing with the state of affairs, Graves mentioned the previous deputy’s method to the job exhibits how harmful it’s on the market, and for some, “the ends justifies the means.”
Graves mentioned his workplace plans on reviewing any case – previous or current – that entails Ur.
Prosecutors mentioned they plan to evaluation any case the place Ur was a witness to see if there are any issues.
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