Tallahassee Couple Files Federal Lawsuit Against Police

By: Andy Alcock Email
By: Andy Alcock Email

The headlines include "Bad Cops", "Exposing Corruption" and "TPD's Jack Booted Thugs in Recent Stories".

It's all part of the Tallahassee O website Rob Brayshaw operates.

"I do think I'm targeted specifically because of my complaints against police," he said.

Brayshaw says it all started in 2008 when he published the address of a Tallahassee Police officer on another website and was arrested for it.

In 2010, a federal court tossed out the Florida law used to arrest Brayshaw.

A short time later, Brayshaw claims police started investigating him and his wife.

In his lawsuit, Brayshaw claims investigators with the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office and Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office illegally searched their driver's license records without cause.

His wife used to live in Okaloosa County.

The complaint says through that search of what's called the DAVID system, police can access the Brayshaws' home address, color photographs, social security numbers and other highly restricted personal information.

In the suit, Brayshaw shows the DAVID searches he verified through open records requests took place between 2010 and 2012 even though he says he and his wife were facing no criminal investigation or even a traffic ticket.

"There's really no reason to be investigating my wife and I," he said.

Spokespeople for TPD, LCSO and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office tell us they haven't been served with the suit yet so they're unable to comment.

This lawsuit is the fourth one Brayshaw has filed against law enforcement in the last 5 years.

They include his win in the address publishing case and a case he settled with a Tallahassse Police officer for removing his Wikipedia entry on TPD explaining about the address posting case.

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