A scathing 72-page report released in February outlines a toxic culture within the Fort Myers Police Department.
Ricardo Rolon / news-press.com
Members of the Fort Myers Police Department are under criminal investigation following corruption allegations.
Documents released to The News-Press late Thursday confirmed that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District, along with federal law enforcement agencies, are trying to get to the bottom of allegations coming out of the Freeh Report, a scathing 72-page report released in February.
And those documents, known as “Appendix A” and “Appendix B”, also implicate at least one deputy from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office with alleged corruption.
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The Freeh Report confirmed heavy-handed policing in the city’s minority communities, and revealed allegations of officers tipping off drug dealers to impending search warrants. It was based on anonymous interviews between Fort Myers police officers and members of Freeh Group International Solutions, a Delaware-based consulting firm. The city hired the Freeh Group after a News-Press investigation revealed a toxic culture within the department.
As part of that report, the Freeh Group created appendices A and B and never released them to the public. Appendix A outlines the corruption and botched internal affairs investigations, while Appendix B deals with a drug trafficking ring that was operating with near impunity, even killing witnesses.
The News-Press fought nearly eight months for their release, initially going through the Freeh Group and later involving a lawyer to compel the city to release them.
Though heavily censored, they shed more light on the allegations of police corruption and a drug ring with free reign.
There are four references to drug trafficking, two references to officers leaking information and six references to murder, including potential witnesses and arranged hits.
And an FMPD supervisor allegedly offered protection to an unknown person.
Fort Myers police Chief Derrick Diggs declined to comment.
“A potential witness … was murdered,” Appendix A says. In between blacked-out text on Appendix B, it says, “… arranged for … murder …”
“During this period of time, … directed … to murder … was subsequently murdered,” Appendix…