Florence Detective Who Was Fired/Rehired Facing Retaliation, According to Memos

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From Tatlock:

November 1: "Officer Hunter was advised ... not to be disrespectful to myself or other supervisors ... He was in my office and while I was trying to give him directions on the code enforcement program he spoke over me in a loud voice. I asked him to go into the officer room until further notice. (Time out for cops?) I advised him, at that time, he is not to be disrespectful to myself or any supervisor. I had given him written information that clarified his duties and assignment. Upon reading the memo there was no need for his abusive tone or questioning."

[In Tatlock's log, there is no mention of an "abusive tone" in his November 1 entry. He simply noted that Hunter was "talking over" him.]

November 6: "I was meeting with our new employee, Officer Horn, at the entrance of the police lobby. I also had an employee from DOC that was delivering a chair for dispatch at the same time and was speaking to me about the delivery. The conversation I was having was interrupted by Officer Hunter who while walking in my direction started saying, "Do you have anything for me. ... Officer Hunter did not address me as Sergeant, Serg, Bill or any other acceptable greeting. His statement was disrespectful of my position as a supervisor for the police department."

Tatlock also was offended that Hunter made small talk with him while signing his application.

"I did not respond and let him proceed to sign the document," Tatlock wrote. "This is the second occurrence that Officer Hunter has acted in a manner unbecoming of an officer and disrespectful of my supervisory position."

Hunter responded to his write-up, essentially noting that Tatlock was "clearly retaliating and misusing his authority against" him.

An excerpt from Hunter's response memo:

HunterResponseToTatlock.jpg

Both Hunter and Varnrobinson are pursuing legal action against the town.

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17 comments
nealscrazycasa1
nealscrazycasa1

Florence PD is like a bad dream all over again.  Will it ever stop??   Its a bad recurring dream that just won't stop.

dadadadiox
dadadadiox

Tatlock's reports remind me of a 3rd grader complaining, "He won't stop looking at me?" That guy needs a timeout.

Heartwing
Heartwing

Wow, this behavior from Florence supervisors is really ridiculous! My question is, where is the union in all of this? Don't officers pay union dues to have protection from this kind of abuse? This is the kind of behavior that you see on tv and think that it's fictional...but I guess it's not. I hope Hunter and his partner nail these guys to the wall!

robertmcdonald
robertmcdonald

No surprise, Hell I was fired by Florence Unified School District because I was a Democrat and refused to listen to right wing bs and because I was suing CCA, Florence's 2nd largest employer for wrongful termination. This doesn't surprise me one bit.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Looks like Florence PD needs a good dose of Draino!

Pamela
Pamela

Ditto for US Marshal David Gonzales.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

It looks like Florence PD is in line for a "monitor."

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Fire every cop in Arizona and start all over again. Are there ANY ethical law enforcement agencies in this state.


But then, when you have an Atty Gen like Tom Horne, I guess expecting ethics from the rest of law enforcement is futile.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

And you need a large bullet in your skull.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Actually they don't. Have you heard my recordings on (602) 777-6632 and (602) 926-2873 yet?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

You mean fire every cop in Arizona who doesn't pander to your wishes, right?

car_del99
car_del99

@robert_graham You are very stupid...You threatened him with a bullet to his head ?.

Are you trying to be in jail.. because someone is there that you need to be with ?

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@robert_graham


I guess your not the brightest person in the world what you just posted comes real close if not right at the "communicating a threat crime"!:-) Maybe a few years in a Arpaio tent city in pink undies would help you!:-)

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@robert_graham


Have you sought some serious mental health treatment, do you really truly think anyone cares to hear your insane ramblings!

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