Wednesday, February 16, 2011
[FL] Officer Kilpatrick gets paid for not working after domestic and dui history
...[Davie Police Officer Kevin] Kilpatrick, 41, has been investigated on accusations involving a domestic abuse call cover-up, as well as a DUI charge. The department fired him twice, and twice he won his job back... He collected $80,275 annually until he was again fired in January 2008, when a psychologist ruled him "permanently unfit for duty." Kilpatrick sued and the city reinstated him in August 2009. Kilpatrick said psychologists have since ruled him fit for duty, but the department has kept him on paid leave... He has made more than $550,000 for not working...
Check out the old 2003 and 2004 news excerpts in the "Comments" section below. I already had a file folder on this guy.
OFFICER ON PAID LEAVE FOR SEVEN YEARS
Published: Feb. 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM
[Excerpts] A police officer in Florida has collected more than $550,000 while on paid leave for seven years, says his attorney who contends his client was "railroaded." Officer Kevin Kilpatrick, 41, of the Davie Police Department was originally placed on leave in October 2003 while being investigated on allegations he violated orders by refusing to stay away from members of the department's Special Investigation Unit... [Full article here]
DAVIE PAYING OFFICER TO NOT WORK — FOR 7 YEARS
Palm Beach Post
Feb. 16, 2011
[Excerpts] The Davie Police Department hasn't let Officer Kevin Kilpatrick report to duty for seven years — but still pays him $80,275 annually. He has made more than $550,000 for not working. Kilpatrick, 41, has been investigated on accusations involving a domestic abuse call cover-up, as well as a DUI charge. The department fired him twice, and twice he won his job back... Town officials have argued that Kilpatrick is "permanently unfit for duty," based on the opinion of one psychologist given in December 2007. The officials say they worry the "unfit for duty" finding could make the town liable in court if Kilpatrick got involved in a shooting... According to court records, [Police Chief John] George placed Kilpatrick on paid leave in October 2003 over complaints about "actions you have taken toward your fellow officers" and launched an internal investigation into whether he violated a direct order to stay away from members of the department's Special Investigation Unit... Kilpatrick had already been found fit for duty in two separate psychological exams, but officials insisted he had to pass another one, given by an expert picked by the city... This time, the psychologist found Kilpatrick "permanently unfit for duty." Based on that, the department fired him again in January 2008. Kilpatrick filed a federal lawsuit in May 2008, arguing that Davie had violated his federal rights. The town settled in August 2009, agreeing to reinstate him and pay him $300,000 in back pay and attorneys' fees. But to this day, he remains on paid leave... In the meantime, Kilpatrick has continued to collect yearly raises and benefits negotiated by the police union over the past seven years. Kilpatrick has agreed to retire in February 2014, when he is eligible to receive his full pension. "He's more than happy to go back to work or take the retirement," his attorney said. "He doesn't care." [Full article here]
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NOTES FROM A PREVIOUS POST:
Following Officer-Involved DV in Florida - ...(2.) 2 COPS DONT REPORT DETECTIVE KILPATRICKS DV_2003 - DAVIE POLICE OFFICIALS WANTED TO KNOW WHY TWO OFFICERS - PATRICK DONNELLY AND LANCE SELTZER - WHO RESPONDED TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL AT A THIRD OFFICER'S HOME DIDN'T REPORT THE INCIDENTS. DONNELLY AND SELTZER TOLD INVESTIGATORS THEY WERE RELUCTANT TO FILE REPORTS BECAUSE KILPATRICK WAS A COLLEAGUE. THE STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOUND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE OFFICERS COMMITTED A CRIME AND INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO CHARGE THEM WITH FILING FALSE POLICE REPORTS...
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