The State Attorney's Office in Broward County recently released details of its investigation into two high-ranking Hollywood Police officers who deleted internal affairs files and found that the requests came from a wide range of people, including defense attorneys, a reporter, and even a fellow cop.
Major Norris Redding and Assistant Chief Kenneth Haberland deleted 12 electronic IA files over three months beginning in November 2010. These files in question were requested by public defenders, civil attorneys, a Sun Sentinel reporter, a Pembroke Pines officer, and regular civilians, among others. In each case, the files were deleted several months before the request.
The officers said they deleted internal affairs files because the files "met statutory requirements" set forth by an unsigned inter-officer memorandum they drafted themselves, according to a summary of the criminal investigation released by the State Attorney's Office.
In August 2013, Chief Frank Fernandez ordered an audit of the department's IA files, and discrepancies were found between the physical paper files and the electronic files deleted by Redding and Haberland. The two officers admitted to deleting the files according to the memorandum. And even though that memorandum wasn't yet official policy, they didn't comply with its regulations either. According to the state attorney, a "close-out" report of deleted files must be sent to City Hall, but this was never done.
Below you can read a summary of the state attorney's investigation:
Despite committing these crimes, Redding and Haberland did not have to do jail time or even pay any fines. But the Sentinel reports they will split paying the $7,559 that the State Attorney's Office racked up doing the investigation.
Both officers were given several months of paid administrative leave during the investigation. Their salaries are more than $100,000 per year.