Tallahassee Officer Back at Work After Arrest & Acquittal

By: Shonda Knight; LCSO Release; Mike Springer Email
By: Shonda Knight; LCSO Release; Mike Springer Email

Tallahassee, FL - A TPD officer acquiited of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house has just gotten his job back.

The city attorney confirms paperwork was signed yesterday that will allow Lyle Otley to return to work at TPD.

Lew Shelley says Otley filed a grievance after he was fired.. The city manager and police chief reviewed documents and testimony from his trial and Otley was reinstated.


Tallahassee, FL - Trial is now underway for a Tallahassee Police Officer charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

Leon County Deputies arrested 32-year-old Lyle Ottley was arrested at his home back in May.

Ottley is accused of forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend's home and threatening her current boyfriend who was sleeping at the time. The trial is expected to be just one day.

Stay tuned to WCTV for updates on the outcome.


Tallahassee Police Department Release

Tallahassee, FL - On May 25th, 2012 Officer Lyle Ottley was arrested for one count of Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and one count of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Ottley was acquitted at trail.

After TPD conducted an Internal Affairs Investigation, Mr. Ottley was terminated by Chief Jones for sustained violations of department policy to include unbecoming conduct, violation of rules and laws, use of force (improper handling of service weapon) and vehicle assignment and operation/unauthorized use.

“If an officer violates the rules of our department, there must be accountability. It is my expectation that every employee demonstrate the highest ethical and moral character while representing the police department in order not to violate public trust” said Chief Dennis Jones.

Please see the attached report for additional details.


Tallahassee, FL-A Tallahassee Police Officer, acquitted of an assault charge just a week ago has been fired.

Lyle Ottley was found not guilty of aggravated assault on October 19. Ottley was accused of forcing his way inside his ex girlfriend Erica Brooks' home in May of 2012. Once inside, Ottley was accused of threatening Brooks and her new boyfriend who was sleeping there at the time.

Ottley was hired by TPD in 2006. He severed as a patrol officer for three years before he joined the bike squad. He later became a field training officer.

"Based on the jury's verdict of finding Mr. Ottley not guilty and the glaring contradictions of Mr. Samuel's testimony, we think that the Tallahassee Police Department's decision to fire Officer Ottley is extremely unwarranted and totally unexpected," says Ian Nesbeth, Ottley's attorney.

Nesbeth expects his client to appeal his termination.

TPD says it fired Ottley for conduct unbecoming of an officer, violation of department rules and using a department vehicle without authorized use.


Tallahassee, FL - A Tallahassee police officer facing aggravated assault with a firearm charges was found not guilty.

The incident happened in May 2012 and involved the officers ex girlfriend.

Lyle Ottley was found not guilty of aggravated assault.

Ottley was accused of forcing inside his ex girlfriend Erica Brooks' home in may of 2012. Once inside, Ottley allegedly threatened Brooks and her new boyfriend who was sleeping there at the time.

The verdict came down around 4 pm. the trial featured testimony from Ottley, Brooks, and Herman Samuel, Brooks boyfriend.

Samuel testified that Ottley burst into the bedroom in May screaming at him to "get the expletive out" multiple times.

He also said Ottley reached for and touched his firearm on his hip. Ottley testified that he did yell that at Samuel, but did not touch his firearm.

In the end, the jury sided with the defense.

The state did offer a deal to Ottley before the verdict came down which he declined.


Tallahassee, FL - Lyle Ottley found not guilty.


Tallahassee, FL - Trial is now underway for a Tallahassee Police Officer charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

Leon County Deputies arrested 32-year-old Lyle Ottley was arrested at his home back in May.

Ottley is accused of forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend's home and threatening her current boyfriend who was sleeping at the time.
The trial is expected to be just one day. Stay tuned to WCTV for updates on the outcome.


Tallahassee, FL - May 29, 2012 - A Tallahassee Police officer arrested for a confrontation at the home of his ex-girlfriend has been the subject of four internal affairs investigations in the last six years.

Records released by TPD today show Lyle Ottley was hired in June 2006. He served as a patrol officer from 2006 until 2009, as part of TPD's bike squad from 2009 - 2011 and has been a field training officer since 2011.

TPD says Ottley was cleared in three of the four internal investigations.

One of them found him justified in shooting a pit bull that was attacking a fellow officer in 2010.

The fourth case which dates back to 2007 found that Ottley abused his position. He was accused of flashing his badge and trying to get a towing company to release his friend's car without paying for it.

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Officer Ottley’s employment history. Please see below:

Officer Lyle Ottley DOB: 12/14/79

Date of Hire: 6/27/06

Work Assignments:

2006-2009 Patrol Officer
2009-2011 COPPS (Bike Squad)
2011- Present Field Training Officer

Mr. Ottley has the below Internal Affairs investigations while employed at TPD:

-2006 Allegation of Improper Procedure/ Crime Scene Investigations Exonerated/Case Purged
-2007 Allegation of Improper Conduct/Abuse of Position Sustained-Case is attached
-2009 Allegation of Improper Procedure/Excessive Force Exonerated/Case Purged
-2010 Special Investigation- Firearm Discharge- Vicious Animal Justified-Case is attached


Tallahassee, FL - May 27, 2012 - A Tallahassee Police Officer charged with burglary and aggravated assault made his first court appearance Sunday morning.

Most days, 32-year-old Lyle Ottley puts on a uniform as part of his job as an officer with the Tallahassee Police Department. But the uniform Ottley put on Sunday 5-27-12 was a drastically different one.

Dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit, Ottley sat before a judge for the first time. Ottley was arrested at his home Friday night 5-25-12. after Leon County Deputies say he forced his way inside the home of an ex-girlfriend, Erica Brooks, who's the mother of his child, and threatened her and her current boyfriend, Herman Samuel. He's charged with burglary and aggravated assault. Charges Ottley's attorney fought.

"From what I see here, your honor, I don't see any probable cause for burglary. I don't see any probably cause for aggravated assault. There may be a trespass here," says Ian Nesbeth, Ottley's attorney.

Nesbeth contends his client was never a threat to either Brooks or Samuel.

"The only time it says anything about the weapon being removed, Ottley removed the weapon and put it on the porch to show that he was non-threatening," says Nesbeth.

The judge ordered Ottley to stay away from both Brooks and Samuel and to not have access to his guns. Ottley is also scheduled to undergo a psych evaluation. He is being held on $40,000 bond.

Ottley is suspended with pay from TPD pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.


Tallahassee, FL -- May 26, 2012

Lyle Ottley will make his first appearance before a judge Sunday 5-27-12 morning. Ottley is being held at the Leon County Jail.


Tallahassee, FL -- May 25, 2012

TPD says Ottley has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. TPD says once LCSO completes its investigation, TPD will conduct its own.


Tallahassee, FL -- May 25, 2012

On May 25, 2012, Herman Samuel reported an aggravated assault and armed burglary. Samuel reported that he lives with his girlfriend, Erica Brooks. Around 2:15 AM Brooks ex-boyfriend, Lyle Ottley, entered the home and threatened him with a firearm. Ottley is a police officer for the City of Tallahassee and was wearing his Law Enforcement uniform, complete with duty belt and duty firearm at the time of this incident.

Ottley indicated that he had just gotten off work, prior to coming to Brooks’ home. This home is located in Leon County, outside the geographical jurisdiction of the City of Tallahassee. Ottley was not on an official call for service and was not there in an official capacity. His supervisors were notified and responded to the scene. Ottley was arrested at 6:30 PM May 25, 2012 with charges of Armed Burglary and Aggravated Assault.


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  • by Be a mon on Jun 4, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    Any man that does not care about your son's well being does not need to be with you. That man is going to be the cause of your son growing up with out his dad. That boy friend actions towards your son's father is going to hurt your son's future opportunities and he knows it. He does not care about your son or his future. Your boyfriend is thinking only of himself. Wake up. The father had some call to be concerned about his son being barricade in for the night with this man because obviously the man does not care that your son is going to grow up with the label of a felon's son and the reason why he does not care is he is not planning to stick around for the long haul. That is the truth. You do not judge men well. I do. women to women, get rid of the boyfriend. raise your son.
  • by Please stop this on Jun 1, 2012 at 12:11 AM
    Your son growing up being labeled the son of a felon is all in the hands of your boyfriend. What is most important to your boyfriend will choose your son's faith in life. Image matters, don't let this happen to your son because you are angry at his dad. You will hate yourself. Please think. Your son did not do anything and he is the one that will suffer the most. Please do not let him grow up being labeled the son of felon. That label will hurt him in life. Please stop this while you still can. Your son needs to grow up being thought of as the son of a uniform police officer not the son of a felon.
  • by Bobby Location: Leon County on May 31, 2012 at 04:42 AM
    If he had worked for the Leon Count Sheriff Department, then this never would have even made the news. It is a know fact that under the current administration the focus is cover-ups and not the truth!
  • by Carla Location: Tallahassee on May 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    This needs to be investigated more. I would be curious to know if there was any involvement from the Sheriff's Office...?
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      by We are broke on May 31, 2012 at 04:59 AM in reply to Carla
      Enough payroll hours and other tax payer resources have already been spent on this. If you want to pay to extend the investigation by all means go ahead. The rest of the tax payers are tired of paying hire taxes so all of "your needs" can be satisfied. If "you" need this to be investigated more, than you pay for it.
  • by Come on people on May 30, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    This is a great guy, and he take great care of his children.
  • by Image Matter on May 30, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    a doctor's child is treated better than a janitor's child. A policeman child is treated better than a convicted felon's child. I am not saying it is fair. I am saying that is how it is. Image matters. I would get the boyfriend to drop the charges. Otherwise you are going to have a rough time of it when people don't treat your children as well because their father is a convicted felon and the mother shacking boyfriend was part of the drama. Listen I get how unfair that is. But it how the world works. You are your own worse enemy. Think.
  • by Lori on May 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    And this guy still has a job because??????
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      by Dee on May 30, 2012 at 01:36 PM in reply to Lori
      He's innocent until proven guilty, not because some lowlife tells a story about you. This is America, remember?
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        by You are correct on May 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM in reply to Dee
        Don't judge him. He is innocent until proven guilty and not guilty until proven innocent. There are good cops out there.
      • reply
        by yes on May 30, 2012 at 04:27 PM in reply to Dee
        you are right
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        by yes on May 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM in reply to Dee
        you are right
  • by Image Matters on May 30, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    What you are allowing your boyfriend to do your kids father and financial supporter, benefits your boyfriend and hurts you. You need to start thinking about you. Does your boyfriend has connections to get your kids jobs? because their father does. You are allowing your boyfriend to destroy those potential connection for your children. When your kids don't gets jobs and the white kids do, it has nothing to do with skin pigmentation. It has a lot to do with who their parents are. The image matters. I get it is not right. But it's how it is. You got to play the game better. Your boyfriend benefits at your loss. Read these comments you better start looking out for you and yours because their a lot of people that are trying to destroy you all for their own personal gain. You need to get your bf to drop the charges.
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      by You are a genius on May 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM in reply to Image Matters
      You are speaking the truth, and she needs a wake up call. Image does matters. She has her boyfriend in her ears, and he doesn't give a rap about her nor her family.
  • by I love instant Karma! on May 30, 2012 at 07:44 AM
    Been waiting for it, didn't know how or when it would come, but it did. I'll add another piece of sad history to this officers background: racist. Yes folks, my personal experience with him found him lacking in the fairness department. Black guy vs white girl, didn't even bother to get my side of the story, just took his and ticketed me. The other guy was at fault, he was on a crotch-rocket and ran in to me, had VERY minor injuries, sued my insurance company and won because it was cheaper to pay him than fight. Had this officer done his job, and actually been a cop and not a racist pig, justice would have been served. Did I mention the guy was a convicted felon, on probation for a home invasion, driving without a motorcycle endorsement? Oh, and that he wasn't ticketed for that either? I'm just waiting for his Karma to come around. It will eventually. I'm hoping it's a doozy.....
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      by Image Matter on May 30, 2012 at 03:58 PM in reply to I love instant Karma!
      The guy might have been a racist but he was right to protect his kids. I do not want this story to deter future fathers from doing the same. There are a lot of creepy men out there and you run the risk of having your child molested if you feel in your gut something wrong and you do not act. That child being molested would have been horrible and as much as you dislike the dad, you do not wish that on a kid. Ok. not trying to fight just trying to give you a different perspective to look at.
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        by I love instant Karma! on May 31, 2012 at 04:51 AM in reply to Image Matter
        I understand your point as well. And I appreciate your message. Children should never suffer for the sins of their parents, whatever they may be. In fact, believe it or not, I'm inclined to believe this incident was blown way out of proportion. Still, personally, I don't care much for the guy.
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      by AD on May 30, 2012 at 11:08 PM in reply to I love instant Karma!
      Careful now... you'll stir up all the people on here who actually believe racism only goes one way- White against Black :/
  • by Image Matters on May 30, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    You hurt his Image, you hurt his children opportunities. You help his Image you help his children's opportunities. Image matters. It shouldn't but it dose. Your children will get opportunities in life, especially in Tallahassee, base on who you and he are in the community. That is not right, but its how it is. Your boy friend is not going to pay for you kids to go to college. Their dad will providing you do not destroy his financial ability to do so. You are sacrificing alot for the boyfriend and I promise you he is not going to be their for your kids financially like their dad will be. I get you are upset with the father. Don't hurt your kids and yourself by destroying your and his reputation in this community. A uniform law officer as a father demands respect more than a inmate as a father. People will be more respectful to you and your children and you and their dad are someone respectful in the community.
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      by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM in reply to Image Matters
      I cannot believe you're trying to get her to drop the charges. If he did break the law, he needs to pay for it.
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        by Image Matters on May 30, 2012 at 03:47 PM in reply to Anonymous
        Who will pay for it will be her and her kids. If she allows the boyfriend to destroy the children's dad's ability to make money she hurt herself and the kids financially. Pressing charges only benefits her boyfriend. It hurt her. Image matters. Not just for you but for your children. It should not, but it does. Her kids will get job opportunities base on who their parents are in the community. I am not saying that is right, I am saying that is how it is. The only thing this case does for her is destroy her reputation in the community as a parent as well as the dads reputation. That will be un beneficial to her kids when they are trying to network for a job. Their father being a uniform law officer demands her children be treated more respectably in the community then their father being a know felon. I am not saying that is fair, but it is how is. A lot of people do not understand that and they get mad when their children lose out on opportunists that go to other kids. They think it racial, it not. It image. I am not saying it is fair I saying it how it is. If you want your children to succeed, you have to play the image game.
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      by Finally someone get's it on May 30, 2012 at 04:07 PM in reply to Image Matters
      You are absolutely right! Finally someone gets it. The father has supported you and the kids, so why would you jeopardize his freedom, future and lively hood for a so-called boyfriend. The boyfriend is not going to step up and do the things the father do. The boyfriend could not have felt threatened because Officer Ottley placed his gun on the porch unless he's afraid of the officer. Your boyfriend doesn't care about the officer's nor your well-being. Put your thinking cap on, and be a mother first. Why destroy your son's father, because of a fly by night boyfriend? I see if he had you at gun point, and I guarantee the boyfriend made matters worse.
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