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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
UPI
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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3 comments:

  1. DAVIE POLICE INVESTIGATING 911 INCIDENT OFFICERS DIDN'T REPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL.
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    Vicky Agnew
    Oct 29, 2003
    [Excerpts] Davie police said Tuesday they are investigating an incident in which two officers failed to report a domestic violence call at a third officer's home, during which the officer's wife, a Broward Sheriff's dispatcher, said she'd been physically abused. Also in question is the handling of the matter by a second Sheriff's Office dispatcher who quietly sent Davie patrol officers to the home without logging the call, a violation of department policy... On Jan. 25, dispatcher Cynthia Rivera received a 911 hang-up call coming from a phone number she recognized as belonging to her friend, Lisa Kilpatrick, who is a Sheriff's Office dispatch supervisor. Kilpatrick is married to Davie Police Detective Kevin Kilpatrick. Instead of returning the hang-up call or immediately dispatching officers over the radio, Rivera used an unrecorded phone line to call Davie Police Officers Patrick Donnelly and Lantz Seltzer, who were on duty and eating breakfast, and asked them to go to the Kilpatricks' Davie home. Donnelly and Seltzer knew only that they were responding to a 911 hang-up call, the reports said. When the officers arrived, they found Kevin Kilpatrick getting ready to leave and his wife "very upset." Lisa Kilpatrick told both officers that she and her husband had been fighting, and that he ripped the phone from her hand when she tried to call 911. She also told them that her husband had "grabbed her around the shoulders and head during the fight and then pushed her away," the state attorney's report said. Lisa Kilpatrick, who has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1989, on Tuesday denied the incident occurred, saying "the allegations are absolutely not true" and "clearly a lie." She added that the 911 call was accidental... On Feb. 14, Davie Police Detective Gary Silvestri, of the internal affairs unit, learned of the matter, investigated and found that Donnelly and Seltzer reported neither Rivera's dispatch call nor their visit to the Kilpatricks' home in their daily duty logs ... both officers admitted keeping the matter quiet. In his report, Donnelly said he didn't "document any of this because Kevin Kilpatrick was a fellow officer." And Seltzer said in his report that "in [my] opinion nothing had happened" and that he did not want to write a report about Detective Kilpatrick... A separate investigation closed recently by the State Attorney's Office cleared Seltzer and Donnelly of criminal wrongdoing, but found that dispatcher Rivera violated department policy. The memo did not address any allegations against Kevin Kilpatrick... Also at issue are whether Seltzer and Donnelly violated policies regarding domestic violence calls and daily activity logs. In cases of domestic violence calls, officers are required to intervene if they see signs of violence and make an arrest...

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  2. 2 COPS PROBED FOR NOT FILING REPORTS: Davie police officials want to know why two officers who responded to a domestic violence call at a third officer's home didn't report the incident.
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    By Samuel P. Nitze
    Thu, Oct. 30, 2003
    [Excerpts] The Davie Police Department is investigating two officers who responded to a domestic violence call involving a fellow officer but failed to file reports on the incident. Officers Patrick Donnelly and Lance Seltzer were sent to the home of officer Kevin Kilpatrick and his wife, Lisa, after a Broward Sheriff's Office dispatcher received a 911 hang-up call from their address... "These guys went to this officer's home, never put it on their daily activity log, and never checked out on the radio," said Davie Lt. Bill Bamford... Failure to report such incidents is not uncommon, said Renae Griggs, a former Davie police officer who is now executive director of the National Police Family Violence Prevention Project... 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, though they apparently gave conflicting accounts of the incident to investigators. Donnelly said Lisa Kilpatrick told him and Seltzer that her husband "grabbed her around the shoulders and head during the fight and then pushed her away," the state report said. Seltzer told investigators that nothing happened at Kilpatrick's house, the report said...

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  3. FLORIDA OFFICER CHARGED WITH DUI, FLEEING
    The Sun Sentinel
    Vicky Agnew
    April 8th, 2004
    [Excerpts] A Davie police detective under internal investigation for covering up a domestic violence call at his home is being prosecuted by the state on separate charges that he drove drunk and fled from the officer who pulled him over. Detective Kevin Kilpatrick, a 10-year-veteran of the department, was suspended last week for six days for disobeying orders not to discuss the internal affairs investigation into the February 2003 domestic violence call and for openly criticizing another officer who assisted investigators, records show. Kilpatrick, 34, who earns $58,652 annually, has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 30 while the department investigated the domestic violence incident. Two weeks after being placed on leave, the investigation expanded after a Davie police lieutenant reported he pulled Kilpatrick over for drunken driving and Kilpatrick fled. Broward Assistant State Attorney John Hanlon recently filed charges in the DUI case... Kilpatrick first came under scrutiny in March 2003 after Davie internal affairs investigators learned he and two other Davie officers, Patrick Donnelly and Lance Seltzer, failed to report a domestic violence call at Kilpatrick's home a month earlier. That night, Kilpatrick's wife, Lisa Kilpatrick, told officers her husband grabbed her around the neck when she tried to call 911 and ripped the phone out of the wall. Donnelly and Seltzer later said they did not report the incident because they wanted to protect Kilpatrick, records show. In interviews the following month with internal affairs investigators, Lisa Kilpatrick denied her husband assaulted her and said she broke the phone herself during an argument. The case was forwarded to the State Attorney's Office, which cleared all three officers. However, the internal police investigation closed two weeks ago found that Donnelly and Seltzer violated policy. Discipline against them is pending. The investigation took a turn in November after Davie police Lt. Craig Richards reported Kilpatrick fled when stopped for swerving and apparently driving under the influence... Richards followed them and said he saw the pickup swerve at least six times. He turned on his blue light and pulled both vehicles over near Florida's Turnpike. As he was preparing to get out, the truck sped away. Richards followed with lights and siren but could not catch the truck. About 20 minutes later, he saw the pickup in Kilpatrick's driveway...

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