[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL - July 31, 2012 6pm
FAMU student Tyghe J. Cole held a press conference Tuesday to announce he is asking Florida Governor Rick Scott to have the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the FAMU Police Department.
Cole says F.P.D. mishandled a complaint he had against the FAMU Chapter of NAACP. A spokesperson at FAMU says university police did not find anything criminal against FAMU NAACP.
Cole delivered a letter to Governor Scott. Scott's office says they have received the letter and are reviewing it.
The letters explain Cole's situation. Print from the letters to Governor Scott and FAMU's interim president, Dr. Larry Robinson are below:
July 26, 2012
Governor Rick Scott State of Florida
The Capitol 400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
As a student at Florida A&M University, I am writing your office to formally request the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the Florida A&M University Police Department for possible corruption and the improper handling of filed criminal reports.
On July 22, 2011, I filed a police report with FAMU’s police department for theft of my membership funds by the FAMU Chapter of the NAACP, a student organization on campus of Florida A&M.; the organization took my money and failed to forward the funds to the organization’s national body, and instead spent the funds on various purposes. A subsequent request for a refund went unanswered, and the organization could not account for where my money was being kept.
In the weeks leading up to the filing of my police report, my appeals to the University leadership and organizational leaders for assistance were turned down, and I was underhandedly issued threats to keep quiet. I ultimately took the issue through the judicial process, and a judgment in my favor was issued for the return of my funds by a Leon County Court judge. I am still awaiting that payment to date.
In light of the recent events that have plagued Florida A&M and in the wake of the sudden retirement of Florida A&M’s police chief, Calvin Ross, I have reason to believe that the police department is not being forthcoming with investigations its charged to handle.
I felt disrespected when the informed me that the organization would take care of the matter, and terminated my report, yet a Leon County Court judge found enough evidence of wrong doing to order my funds paid by the university. We cannot allow this type of behavior to breed at FAMU, and so I call on your office to look into the matter on my behalf.
Tyghe J. Cole, Student
Florida A&M University
July 30, 2011
Dr. Larry Robinson, Interim President
Florida A&M University
Office of the President
1601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Suite 400
Tallahassee, FL 32307
RE: Tyghe J. Cole, Student v. FAMU Chapter & National Office of the NAACP
First, allow me to thank you for your leadership to Florida A&M University during these hard and tumultuous times. I have confidence that your leadership will restore again the confidence and trust of the public in making FAMU the greatest institution of higher learning in the nation.
This letter comes as a delayed reply from a letter sent to me by your predecessor, Dr. James H. Ammons on the above referenced organization. The lawsuit above, filed in the Leon County Court, stemmed from an incident in which the Florida A&M University Chapter of the NAACP stole my membership funds and denied my membership rights within the organization; subsequently, the National Office refused to hear my complaint against the organization due to the blatant misappropriation of funds by the organization, which prevented me from being recognized as a dully paid member. Complaints to the President’s office were answered by President Ammons, who advised me to utilize the Student Government procedures in place; however I must respectfully decline that offer and resubmit my request to have your office investigate the matter for the following reasons:
As you are aware by the large membership of the NAACP, the student appellate process is controlled by many of the same members who were indirectly and directly subject to the above-referenced suit; this relationship established through those individuals being general body and executive committee members of the organization pose a problem for a fair judicial hearing. I do not believe that a fair outcome can be determined using this system.
Furthermore, I have already taken the matter to court and wish to inform your office that a judgment was recently entered against the organization (both College and National) in my favor, ordering that the funds be promptly refunded to me along with damages. This supports my initial claim to your office that my matter concluded an action of simple theft and misappropriation of funds by the FAMU Chapter of the NAACP. Furthermore, I am disappointed in the lack of response by the FAMU Police Department to investigate the matter. I find it appalling at how they trusted the organization to fix the crime, yet with the same evidence and an attorney, the organization was ruled against in the court of law.
Finally, the court has directed me to attempt to resolve this matter with the university or has left open the option for me to file for an injunction to have the chapter suspended in a higher ruling
court. I do not desire to place the university in furthermore litigation, especially in light of all that is going on, so I humbly ask that your office appoint an independent body to look into the matter to determine appropriate resolutions and possible sanctions from my initial complaint.
Should you require copies of documentation given to your predecessor or would like to meet with me in person, please note that I am humbly available at your disposal. I can be reached directly at or by mail at the address listed below.
In the meantime, I leave with the infamous words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” I humbly look forward to your response.
In Rattler Spirit and Pride,
Tyghe J. Cole
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL - July 30, 2012
Tuesday, Tyghe J. Cole plans to hold a press conference at the Florida State Capitol to address University dilemmas and ask Governor Rick Scott for an investigation through FDLE.
Under Cole's list of University problems is the abrupt resignation of police chief Calvin Ross, FAMU administrations lack of responsibility for misappropriation of funds and sharing the results of a recent lawsuit filed by a student organization.
The press conference is scheduled for Tuesday July 31st at 11am at he Florida state Capitol building.