- [FL] Officer Jones arrested on felony dv with strangulation & battery - ...Jones is charged with felony battery or domestic violence with strangulation and battery and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail...
- [FL] Officer Jones faces firing - accused of punching, kicking, & choking his wife - Chief wants him out - ...The two got in an argument then [Boynton Police Officer Thomas "Tommy"] Jones punched, kicked and choked her... Jones told investigators that he didn't remember how much he had to drink... He was charged with domestic strangulation and battery but was found not guilty... In 2001, he was involved in a car crash with a fellow office... Jones smelled of alcohol at the scene... no field sobriety tests were conducted... Prosecutors say they did not file charges against Jones because there wasn't sufficient evidence...
A Boynton Beach police officer acquitted of punching his wife and nearly strangling her after a night of drinking at a strip club last year was fired Wednesday. Officer Thomas Jones was acquitted of strangulation and domestic battery charges stemming from the Jan. 31, 2009, incident in April. In Jones' termination letter , City Manager Kurt Bressner said that although Jones was acquitted of the charges, "the legal standard of proof for a criminal case is different from the standard of proof for a disciplinary action as in this matter." According to an internal affairs report , Jones became annoyed with his wife's continued questioning about where he had been, who brought him home and where the vehicle or the keys were, so he punched her in the face, knocked her to the floor and repeatedly kicked her. The report said Jones then called her names, cursed at her and told her how much he hated her before placing her in a chokehold as she tried to get up from the floor. Bressner wrote in his termination letter that he was concerned about Jones' insistence that his wife had been unfaithful. Bressner wrote that Jones stated he found out about the infidelity from his mother after being released from jail. http://wap.wpbf.com/detail.jsp?key=692585&rc=ln_ne
BOYNTON BEACH COP FIRED OVER WIFE BEATING INCIDENT
Palm Beach Post
By Eliot Kleinberg
Posted: 3:01 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010
Updated: 10:16 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2010
...While a judge acquitted Jones April 29 on misdemeanor domestic battery charges, "the legal standard of proof for a criminal case is different from the standard of proof for a disciplinary action as in this matter," City Manager Kurt Bressner wrote Thursday, adding, "upon review (of) all the information before me, the action by the court was not the most compelling." According to an internal investigation, Jones' 26-year-old wife, a Boynton Beach officer since October 2005, told police that, about 2 a.m., she heard Jones yelling and cursing outside. She said Jones was incoherent and wouldn't say where he had been, who'd brought him home, or where their car and keys were. The wife persisted until Jones "became outraged and began to repeatedly punch her in the face," the report said. At one point, she said, he knocked her down and began kicking her. When she tried to get up, she said, Jones began to choke her. Fearing for her life, she bit his arm and tried to break free, but he pulled her hair... The woman called an off-duty Boynton Beach police officer, who came over to help, but did not call police because she did not want to risk her husband's career. A sergeant then came to the home and Jones was arrested. Yet another police officer later testified Jones warned arresting officers not to remove his handcuffs or he would "f— you up." An officer said Jones later calmed down and apologized. The wife also later said Jones had hurt her in the past but she never had revealed that to police... The wife was herself the subject of an internal affairs investigation after she gave conflicting details of the Jan. 31, 2009, incident. But that case was closed without any negative finding, police said. In October 2001, Jones was suspended for three weeks after an incident in which he injured a fellow law enforcement officer in a car crash. Police did not arrest Jones, but an internal investigation said that the police officers did not ask enough questions and should have done so. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/boynton-beach-cop-fired-over-wife-beating-incident-167732.html
BOYNTON BEACH OFFICER FIRED DESPITE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACQUITTAL
City manager said department has lower standard of proof than court
By Brian Haas,
January 7, 2010
..."I'm kind of surprised that he got fired," said Jones' attorney in the criminal case, Gordon Richstone, in an interview Thursday. "I'm disappointed that he got fired since he was acquitted in the criminal case"...http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/boynton-beach/boynton-officer-fired-20100107,0,5279641.story
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