Father and Law

A retired Hollywood cop would do almost anything to help his son — maybe a little too much

Blackmore says she went to Hollywood Police headquarters that afternoon. She was ushered into a conference room and was shocked to see Bryan Hoisington sitting at the table. "What is he doing here?" she remembers asking.

An officer told Blackmore that Bryan Hoisington wished to apologize for the incident, she says. But Blackmore wanted to do the talking. "I let him have it," she says. "I told him he ruined my life."

Then Larry Hoisington entered the room. Blackmore says she told the elder Hoisington what his son had said — "I'm going to kill you" — and he broke into tears. She says she embraced him, and Larry Hoisington asked her to please drop her case. "He said, 'If you want me to, I'll quit my job today,' " Blackmore recalls.

Blackmore doesn't remember cutting off Bryan Hoisington, but she can't forget what happened next.
Blackmore doesn't remember cutting off Bryan Hoisington, but she can't forget what happened next.

She says she didn't want that, but she wasn't ready to drop her case either. As Ferguson walked Blackmore out of the conference room, she remembers him asking her, "How about we go upstairs and sign a waiver to stop the investigation?" Blackmore told him she wasn't ready. She says Ferguson asked her, "When will you be ready?"

The Hoisingtons' version is that in her meeting with Ferguson, Blackmore admitted to running Bryan off the road. Further, they say she knew that both father and son would be present at their meeting at headquarters.

Ferguson himself might be able to shed light on this subject, but department policy is that interview requests flow through the public affairs unit, headed by Capt. Tony Rode, who did not return numerous calls.

After the meeting at headquarters, Blackmore says she didn't hear from Ferguson or any other investigators. She had no clue what had happened to the case against the Hoisingtons until she received a call from New Times last month.

It was news to Blackmore that Ferguson dropped his case in March 2005. His report says that "Ms. Blackmore expressed to this detective that she wishes to settle the matter with the other listed person, Hoisington, and does not wish the police department to intervene."

"No," Blackmore says, "that's not true."

In his report, Ferguson claims to have made "several attempts to contact Ms. Blackmore by responding to her residence and leaving voice messages."

"That is totally false," Blackmore charges. She remembers no messages from Ferguson. Indeed, she says that she was the one leaving messages on Ferguson's voice-mail that he never returned.

Ferguson concluded: "This case is inactive, due to Ms. Blackmore refusing to cooperate."

To which Blackmore scoffs, "Ha!"

In the mid-1990s, Hollywood Chief Richard Witt blew the whistle on his own department's practice of hiring officers with checkered backgrounds, the ones no other department would hire. The Hollywood City Commission responded — by firing Witt in 1996.

After the city went through three chiefs in three years, James Scarberry's 1999 appointment brought continuity to the office; but under his watch, the scandals have only grown bigger. This past year, four Hollywood officers — including Jeff Courtney, an investigator in the Hoisington road-rage case — entered guilty pleas after an FBI investigation in which undercover agents posed as criminals seeking police protection for illegal gambling and heroin shipments. Three more Hollywood cops have been suspended after being accused of playing a role in a leak that forced the FBI investigation to end prematurely.

Those cases were just coming to light in January as Bryan Hoisington was applying for a job as a Hollywood cop.

"They knew all about this incident with [Blackmore]," Larry Hoisington says of his former colleagues in the Hollywood P.D. "They investigated it, and they saw no problem. They hired him as a cadet."

But it wasn't the only incident of police contact involving Bryan Hoisington. Within this past year, Bryan Hoisington had been followed by a group of undercover cops who were patrolling Hollywood Boulevard for street crimes, Larry says. When their unmarked Dodge Durango pulled up alongside Bryan, he allegedly gave them the middle finger. Or at least, that's what they later told Larry Hoisington, who says that he's never known his son to curse and that he believes Bryan's denial.

Bryan initially refused to pull over, and when he finally did, he refused to get out of his car, Larry says. "Long story short: They yanked him out of the car, found out he was my son, and let him go. I talked to all six people involved. It was no big deal."

And again, Bryan Hoisington was not arrested and no incident report was written. This may be the reason, Larry Hoisington says, that Hollywood P.D. leaders didn't know of the incident — until after Bryan had been in the police academy a few weeks and someone called the chief's office.

"The timing was terrible," Larry Hoisington says. The FBI sting was exploding on front pages across South Florida. Larry remembers a conversation with Hollywood Police Assistant Chief Lou Gran­teed. " 'Because of what's happening now, we're afraid the press is going to make a big deal of something,' " Hoisington recalls Granteed saying. Granteed did not respond to a request for comment.

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