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Officers Fired for Damaging Home While Pursuing Suspect

Officers Fired for Damaging Home While Pursuing Suspect

Associated Press

December 22, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two police officers lost their jobs after an internal investigation found they violated department rules by damaging a home while looking for a suspect.

A judge acquitted officers Donald Aldridge and Justin Ranum on charges of criminal mischief last week. But the Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood fired them Friday, saying they behaved unprofessionally.

Neighbors told investigators they saw Aldridge and Ranum “beating holes” in the front of a woman’s home before kicking in a storm door on Aug. 9. The officers were at the home looking for the woman’s boyfriend.

Officials say Aldridge has been with the department since 2004. Ranum joined the agency in 2007.

  • My_kids_027_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Theres just not enough here to comment on.

  • Picture_38_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I agree with all the below statements...just not enough info here to really make an informed decision!

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Something just doesn't click.....

  • 1984_v_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Not enough info to make an informed opinion on the outcome........

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Maybe this was a harsh punishment for these officers, but the police chief was probably wanting to make a strong point that unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated among any officers in his department. Maybe he did stand up in front of the judge to defend them because of their years of service with the department. That is why they were acquitted, but on the condition that they no longer work with the police force again, allowing them to find other work. I wrote a couple of statements to this article all of which I deleted because I wasn't sure whether I was making the right statement or taking anyone's side on the matter without all the facts being there. After carefully reading the article a number of times and applying some of my own experiences with many of my own bosses. I find this one to make sense, more so than others.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    The Dayton Beach News Journal published this in article about this case: Two weeks before the officers went to trial, Chitwood (the Chief of Police) said on a radio show that he usually fires anyone who is "arrested and charged." ....So, I want to know from Chief Chitwood what he believes about being "innocent until proven guilty"? He should take a lesson from the case wtih Officer Brian Dorian of the Lynwood, IL Police Department, who had been wrongfully charged with murder. The Lynwood Police Department stood up for their officer and did not fire him, even with him being in jail for 5-days in Will County with a murder charge against him. I think Cheif Chitwood should leave Florida and go to work with the Will County, Illinois Sheriff because it sounds like they are two of a kind.

  • Ralphie_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Am sure they left a lot more out

  • 05_police_20badge_20-_2072dpi_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I just cant see any officer beating a hole in anyones wall to gain entry.. Come on there is more to this. To me it sounds it sounds like a Chief is trying to take some heat off instead of standing up for his people. I may be off base. I would like to hear the all the facts.

  • Thinker_max50


    over 3 years ago


    There must be more to the story...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Would the chief fire the SWAT team if they had to do a breach?

  • Sheetiron2008_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thanks to Allen705 for the link

    The series of articles from the Daytona paper make a strong case for reinstatement. I hope the union stands firm. After some of the things that Chief Chitwood and State Attorney Larizza have said, Daytona should expect a rash of frivolous complaints. On a radio program, Chitwood said, referring to the case: "If you're arrested and you're charged, I'm firing you." Why was he commenting on this on a radio show?!

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump all previous comments...

  • Hawaii_pics_164_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Not much to go on.

  • Scan0006_max50


    over 3 years ago


    There isn't enough information in this article to jusifty termination. Suspension? Sure. There has to be more to this...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Not enough info WTH - There has got to more here then is being said - either there was a heck of a lot of damage which I can;t believe because the judge threw the case out - so the next question it why is the chief firing them - he needs "good points" from the citizen that don't know or care what happen as long as an officer is getting fired. Come on even if they damaged a flimsy trailer door by knocking on it - unless they have an IA jacket 12 inches thick - no ne deserves to get fired over it

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