[UPDATE] Former TPD Officer Sentenced

By: TPD Press Release
By: TPD Press Release

UPDATE 8-15-2011

FORMER TPD OFFICER SENTENCED

Tallahassee, FL - Former TPD officer Brian Hart was sentenced in Leon County Court this afternoon for the charge of misdemeanor battery. He was sentenced to 15 days in the Leon County jail or 30
days in the jail work camp followed by one year of probation and periodic alcohol checks. In addition, Mr. Hart is not allowed contact with the victim, must attend anger management classes, and is responsible for court costs.

The criminal allegation against Mr. Hart was received by TPD January 24th, 2011. An internal investigation ended with Mr. Hart being arrested and charged with battery. On May 10th, 2011 Mr. Hart was terminated by Chief Jones for sustained violations of department policy to include unbecoming conduct, violation of rules and
laws, and alcohol abuse.

“If an officer violates the trust of our citizens there must be accountability. I will not tolerate any violation of our public trust” said Chief Dennis Jones.

Sentenced: Brian Hart white male 11/11/80

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UPDATE 5-6-2011

ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE LEAD TO OFFICER ARRESTED AND TERMINATED

Tallahassee, FL - On January 24, 2011, the Tallahassee Police Department initiated an investigation due to allegations of abuse by an officer. When the facts of the investigation were confirmed Officer Brian Hart was immediately placed on administrative leave.

The investigation sustained violations of unbecoming conduct, alcohol abuse and violations of rules and laws. Hart was notified early this morning that his employment with the Tallahassee Police Department has been terminated. Hart had been an employee of
the Tallahassee Police Department since July 2008.

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Tallahassee, FL - On Friday, February 4, two criminal warrants were issued for the arrest of Tallahassee Police Officer Brian Hart. In a complaint filed with investigators, Hart's former girlfriend (victim) claimed that on several different occasions Hart was verbally and physically abusive. According to the victim, she and Hart had lived together at Hart's apartment from June 2010 until January 2011.

Prior to the allegations of domestic violence, the Tallahassee Police Department received a complaint during the early morning hours of Monday, January 24, 2011. A female complainant explained to officers that she had been at 1800 West Tennessee Street (AJ's Bar). The female told officers that a male, later identified as Brian Hart, was pulling her hair and making rude gestures. Investigators conducted a photo lineup and Hart was identified by the female victim.

When the facts of the investigation were confirmed, Chief Dennis Jones immediately placed Brian Hart on administrative leave. As the case continued, probable cause for the arrest of Hart was obtained. Hart has been an employee of the Tallahassee Police Department since July, 2008.

"The trust of our community is paramount to our success in fighting crime and keeping our citizens safe. We will not allow anyone, including a member of this department to violate our public trust," said Deputy Chief Cheryl Stewart.

ARRESTED:

Brian Hart, White male, 30, Charges: Battery, and Domestic Battery

***NOTE: Probable Cause Attached


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  • by Agreed on Aug 18, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    To "Truth" : I couldn't have said it better myself. He has always been a stand up man and everyone who has ever known him would say the same. It's an absolute shame, just awful, that those punks got away with fabricated lies. Why wouldn't they pick on a cop? But unfortunately sometimes the innocent are wrongly accused and the guilty run free but we believe he will prevail. He knows he is a good man and he has a world of support and thats all he needs. I believe in Karma. These people below dont even know the facts (at all). All I am seeing below is misconstrued gossip. Those that DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING about this situation should look into doing something more meaningful within their own lives. Give it a rest. We wish him nothing but peace, strength and love.
  • by Truth on Aug 17, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    He is innocent. He is actually a quite honorable man in many ways; so one can only imagine the devastation in this situation. Those of you who think otherwise CLEARLY have no idea who he is - am I wrong? I just don't see why people feel the need to comment on something they know NOTHING about; especially when things are taken out of context.
  • by Tallahassee Finest on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    Do ya think of Drew Peterson?
  • by friendofpoorgirl Location: tallahassee on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    NONEYA: 1) she is NOT poor 2) he is NOT abusive towards her 3) so get over yourself, get over this case. he was convicted so he will do his time and move on. sadly some people are not as lucky i.e. YOU! you will probably be here 10 years from not minding your own business and living your own life but living through the misfortunes of others. whoever you are, you need to look in the mirror and concentrate on your own faults instead of being so quick to judge.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    I hope other women will not date him because he is abusive. The sad thing is alot of them are attracted to this type.
  • by Noneya on Aug 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    The poor girl that is dating him now doesn't believe the charges and thinks the girl was a liar. I wonder how long before it happens again...
  • by meh on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    cops should be punished twice as much as normal people because they feel as if they're above the law in these instances
  • by Life Location: World on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    I am so glad he got stopped for what he did. The bald headed scum wrote me a ticket claiming that I ran a stop sign. All alone he lied, when treating people wrong it will come back to you. It might not be today but one day trust and believe.
  • by Janny Location: Tallahassee on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    Another over paid, over priviledged jerk off the street and off the force. This one won't be able to jack up the charges on anyone else. Good luck dirt bag.
  • by burt Location: leon on Aug 15, 2011 at 11:45 PM
    O.J. must be proud.
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