Florida Police Officer Under Investigation for Warning Someone About a Bad Area

Silly me I kind of thought it was a part of cops jobs to tell people where the bad areas are. In Florida a squeaky clean cop named That Cristo – who just lost a partner – is under investigation for telling the father of a robbery victim that a high crime area wasn’t the place to let his teen daughter hang out.

Just awful:

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – A veteran officer with a clean record is being investigated by the St. Petersburg Police Department (SPPD) after he warned the father of a robbery victim about a dangerous part of town.

Officer Thad “Stu” Crisco, who was recently in headlines for honoring his fallen partner David Crawford, allegedly warned St. Petersburg father Bob Esposito about letting his 16-year-old daughter hang around the Northshore Pool at night. Esposito’s daughter was one of five teens robbed by a group of armed men there about 10:30 p.m. on a recent weeknight.

“I wouldn’t come down here at night,” Esposito said of the Northshore Pool area and Downtown, where he admits he used to loiter as a teen.”And I was told by one of the police officers not to come down here either.”

That comment, made by Crisco the night of the robbery, was inadvertently relayed to his superior when Esposito was following up with SPPD. The department then launched an investigation into “disparaging comments against the city.”

“I’m shocked,” Esposito said. “His job is to serve and protect, and as far as I’m concerned, he gave me information. I think he did his job. I think he did it very well.”

Esposito said Crisco cited the city’s violent crime stats – the worst in the state. He faces a possible suspension, even if his comments were true, although his exemplary record with SPPD could help him avoid serious discipline.

Mayor Bill Foster acknowledged the incident and said he holds SPPD to the highest standard.

“I always want to know my officers are representing this city in a very positive light,” Foster said.

If I were Mayor I’d want my cops to clean up the bad areas and help citizens not get mugged, raped and murdered. I guess I’d have different priorities than Bill Foster.

So this cop is going to be disciplined for telling the truth to a concerned citizen and trying to prevent crime. Makes sense.



3 Responses to “Florida Police Officer Under Investigation for Warning Someone About a Bad Area”

  1. DodiaFae on July 2nd, 2011 12:26 am

    Disgraceful. Nothing like having a mayor who thinks that keeping up appearances is far more important than the personal safety of a teenage girl (and others). Idiot. That officer should be receiving accolades, not reprimands. And I hope that the voters remember that when he comes up for re-election.

  2. Trish Deneen on July 2nd, 2011 8:25 am

    This is political correctness to the extreme and a sad comment on the topsy turvy world we live in when a cop can’t give a friendly warning to a citizen.

  3. Loup Garou on July 5th, 2011 2:01 pm

    There is NO big shark in the water…. Please, please, everyone back on the beach…. false alarm…. hehehe Rob, can we put this in the “Life imitates Art” file?

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