The investigation discovered no proof of any wrongdoing by the Jacksonville official parked exterior the Ex-Con retailer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. An internal affairs investigation by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office found no evidence of wrongdoing by an officer who was in his car prior to opening a phone shop last year with a mug shot of the shop owner on his computer screen.
The incident occurred on October 24, before the opening of the telephone depot on Jacksonville’s Westside.
“See, the thing is, a lot of JSO’s are not going to let go of my past,” said Jervonnti Lazenberry, the owner of the store, at the time. “We just had a JSO officer out there with a picture of me, my prison picture.”
Lazenberry said he was listed as a gang member and spent three years in jail for carrying a hidden gun but turned his life around and opened the store.
When News4Jax covered the story in October, we reached out to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office to find out why the officer was there.
The next day after we saw our story, a complaint was made by someone who said he believed the officer needed awareness training.
JSO then initiated an internal investigation.
The internal affairs report shows that an internal JSO email was sent two days prior to the event from a deputy chief of the JSO saying, “Just one more event you should know about this weekend. I don’t think this requires special attention unless Intel or VCIT / Gang advise otherwise. “
A lieutenant asked a sergeant and his officers to check the location of the opening.
That email contained a public Facebook post of a collage showing Lazenberry’s previous allegations, other pictures, and his mug shot. This Lazenberry mug shot was seen on the officer’s computer.
The report describes how the officer spoke to Lazenberry’s brother about the collage, but his brother advised that it wasn’t the flyer for the event and that someone else made the collage.
Lazenberry’s brother stated, “If you look at the caption along with the flyer, it just shows where the owner came from and that he no longer lives that lifestyle.”
The officer said he did not get the same impression. The officer wished Lazenberry all the best in his new business.
The internal affairs investigation of JSO found that “there is no evidence of wrongdoing by the officer or anyone else in relation to the allegation”.
The report says the photo was a copy of the Facebook public post, the collage was impacted from a public safety perspective and JSO should monitor any known event that could potentially put attendees at risk.
The body camera footage from the incident was also reviewed.
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