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FMPD Sued for Arresting and Tasing a Man for No Legal Reason

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Jones, about to be tased from behind

Two FMPD officers had no legal reason to arrest Holley Jones in April, 2018, but when he tried to walk away, they tasered him. The officers indicate they responded to a third-party complaint about a disorderly person, which apparently did not identify Jones. The whole incident is on body cam, and Mr. Jones is not causing a disturbance when officers come in and tell him they want to talk to him. When he declines to come outside, he tries to shake the officer’s hand, and the officer gets angry, and starts yelling at him not to touch him, pulls out his taser, and orders him outside. Jones says he did nothing wrong, and the officer says you’re real close to doing something wrong.

An officer is not allowed to detain someone, or order them around, unless he has evidence that they’ve done something wrong. Jones’ refusal to come outside isn’t improper because the officer doesn’t have evidence of a crime to have the authority to order him outside. People like to say you don’t have to consent to officers if you’ve done nothing wrong, but it results in poor Mr. Jones getting tased when he eventually runs away from the officers.

Something that’s nearly as bad as the unnecessary violence is that the officers mislead in their report to try to justify their actions. They indicate in their report that Jones did not seem to understand what they wanted him to do. The video is clear that he understood, but did not consent to following them outside or being searched. Then the officers say that when he ran back inside, he turned around in a “defensive posture with his arms raised,” and “a closed fist as if he was going to strike” the officer. The video clearly shows the officer is lying, as Jones is simply trying to evade the illegal arrest. The irony is that experienced criminal attorneys will recognize the “defensive posture” language as a phrasing that cops frequently use to justify use of force. In this case, thanks to the body-worn cameras, the truth is exposed. NBC-2 uploaded the video here, and it is somewhat graphic.

The case went to court, and on a motion to suppress, the state could not show a lawful detention, and the evidence was suppressed, leading to the case being dropped. Officers are allowed to talk to people in a consensual encounter, but they can’t just order people around who aren’t breaking the law. This should be a teaching tool, and body cams will help improve police and citizen interactions. In the meantime, this poor police work will probably lead to Mr. Jones getting paid. Not only that, they found substantial amounts of drugs on him, but he cannot be prosecuted due to the poor police work.

Friday Fun- Robber Attempts to Stick-Up 7-11 Convenience Store with only his Finger

7-Eleven attempted robbery 3It’s like something out of a movie. A Cohen Brothers movie!

A few days ago, a young man walked into a Bonita Springs 7-11 with a shirt wrapped around his face. He wanted to hold the place up, but didn’t have a weapon, and tried to use his finger to scare the clerks. Maybe he meant to put it in his pocket, but whatever the case, he 7-Eleven attempted robbery 1wasn’t too scary because they could see that all he had was a finger that he was waving around! He didn’t get any money, but trying to rob a store is still a crime and deputies are still on the lookout for the attempted robber!

7-Eleven attempted robbery 2

Worst Convenience Store to Work for Hit by Robber Again

The convenience store on Beau Dr. in North Fort Myers got hit twice in less than a week last spring. This week it got hit again. It was a 7-11, but changed recently to a Mobil on the Run.. but the change apparently didn’t ward off the bad juju of the location.

Surveillance of Beau Robberies

Surveillance of Beau Robberies

It appears they’ve changed camera locations, and for some reason, the image is reversed in media reports… so I flipped it for comparison. I would not want to work in this shop. The clerk’s records indicate that one robber, Kyle Orr pled guilty to two robberies and was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

2 Robbers Hit the Same 7-11 Last Week

I wouldn’t want to work at the 7-11 on Beau Drive in North Fort Myers. They were hit by an armed robber at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Then another armed robber struck on Friday night┬áin the same 7-11. Both were armed with guns and made off with undisclosed amounts of cash.

Surveillance Footage from Both 7-11 Robberies Last Week

Surveillance Footage from Both 7-11 Robberies Last Week

Second Tuesday Robbery Footage

Second Tuesday Robbery Footage

If it weren’t apparent from the pictures, it wasn’t the same guy. In fact, law enforcement arrested a suspect from the first robbery on Friday, before the second time the store was hit. Kyle Orr has been charged in that robbery, and another one that occurred later in the morning on Tuesday. In the second robbery, on the other side of town, deputies allege that he pulled the second robbery without wearing a mask. Orr has also

Kyle Orr Mug Shot

Kyle Orr Mug Shot

been arrested on additional theft charges, and a possible warrant out of Georgia. Judge for yourself if he looks like the guy in the surveillance. The clothing from the two robberies certainly seems to match. There is a Crimestoppers reward out for information on the second robber.