On this I don't see where the cop did anything wrong!
for speaking his
mind on St. Pete
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
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
"I always want to know my officers are
representing this city in a very positive
light," Foster said.
While St. Petersburg's violent crime stats
are high (more than 1% of residents will be
a victim in any given year), the numbers
have dropped every year since 2007.
"(SPPD) is performing at a very high level,"
Foster said. "Do I tout statistics when I'm
out in the public? No, because we have too
Through the first five months of 2011, the
city has seen a drop in every single crime
stat except murder. Earlier this month,
following a secret summit on crime, Chief
Chuck Harmon admitted his biggest
concern was youths with guns.
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Dude, I love you & I appreciate all the articles you post, but you have GOT to fix all the formatting issues! It makes it really tough to read something that's got random advertisements & extraneous gobbledy-gook in the middle of it.
Here ya go, Ben
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