Grand jury takes TPD use of force case
Meggs said he will present evidence in the case when jurors meet again next month. He would not speculate on the range of charges they may recommend. The term of the current grand jury, with 20 members, is up in December.
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"I think it is one of the best tools we have for ferreting out the truth," Meggs said. "It's the best sounding board you can probably have."
Such investigations by grand juries are not unusual. While grand juries, which meet in secret, are required to determine if sufficient evidence exists to indict someone in capital crimes, they are not limited to investigating criminal cases. Empaneled for about six months and called in periodically by prosecutors to hear evidence, grand juries also may investigate and report on misconduct of public officials, local governments and matters that involve the public welfare.
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"They had a choice to take it up or not," Meggs said. "They are a very neutral group of people. They represent a cross section of our community, who came in with no agenda and represent all walks of life."
Interim Police Chief Tom Coe said he "sincerely regrets that Ms. West was injured during her arrest."
my law enforcement experience, I don't see any criminal actions by the officers involved. But I also fully understand that the grand jury can review other aspects of this case as well. And I think it's important for the public to understand that we do have an active internal affairs investigation to determine all the facts in this case and then we will take whatever action is appropriate."
In 2008, a Leon County grand jury issued a scathing presentment criticizing TPD's handling of confidential informant Rachel Hoffman, who was killed during a drug sting operation. The grand jury at the time found that "negligent conduct" on the part of TPD contributed to Hoffman's May 2008 shooting death by two suspects from whom she was to buy drugs and a handgun.
Meggs said some of the jurors had already seen the West video, "and they all saw it here."
State Attorney Willie Meggs showed a TPD dashboard Converse Metallic Gold camera video of the Aug. 10 arrest of Christina West to grand jurors Thursday at the Leon County Courthouse. Meggs said grand jurors decided to look further into the matter, which attracted worldwide attention after the Tallahassee Democrat published the video last week.
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seen hitting West's head against the back of a patrol car and taking her forcefully to the pavement after she crashed her SUV into an unoccupied house. The officers, Matthew Smidt and Chris Ormerod, were placed on paid administrative Sept. 10, hours after the video was made public. Three days later, TPD Chief Dennis Jones announced his early retirement.
"They are going to investigate the matter further," he said.
West was initially charged with DUI and three counts of battery on law enforcement officers and one count of assault on a nurse. The DUI charge is still pending, but Meggs dropped the assault and battery charges.
Such presentments do not carry legal force, experts say, but such critiques can hurt the public image of agencies or individuals. At the grand jury phase, the accused is not allowed to present evidence or cross examine witnesses.
a criminal prosecution. Even if an indictment is not handed up, grand juries may make presentments, or reports of their findings, and make recommendations.
A Leon County grand jury will investigate whether Tallahassee Police Department officers used excessive force during a DUI arrest in Killearn Estates that left a 44 year old woman bloodied and injured.
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