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Tampa police officer fired over 2012 crash
BayNews9 ^ | Friday, January 10, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 01/10/2014 10:54:19 AM PST by rarestia


A Tampa police officer has lost his job over an incident from December 2012.

Then-officer Gregory Pryor was off-duty when he was involved in a traffic crash.

According to partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, investigators at the scene said they believe Pryor was lying about what happened in the crash. Officials said Pryor maintained he was not driving though he was the only one with his crashed truck at the scene.

He was charged with giving false information to law enforcement. He was never booked into jail and the charges were later dismissed after he completed a misdemeanor intervention program.

Later, during an internal investigation, officials said Pryor changed his story. He was fired on Thursday over what police officials called lying about the crash.

Also, during his time as an officer, Pryor was involved in two deadly shootings, including the July 2012 fatal shooting of 16-year-old Javon Neal.

The teen was shot and killed by officers at the Central Court apartment complex near downtown after they said he pulled a gun on them.

In 2011, Pryor shot and killed Carlos Laboy, 26.

Officials said Pryor believed Laboy was reaching for a gun while officers were trying to arrest him. Laboy was later found to be unarmed.

Pryor was cleared of any wrongdoing in both shootings.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: badcop; corruption; donutwatch
So the cop gets into an accident, lies about what happened. They later believe he's lying, so they fire him.

Meanwhile, we now know that the SAME COP killed 2 people in the past and was cleared of wrongdoing. How do we know he wasn't lying about the shootings? Dead men tell no tales.

The Javon Neal was HIGHLY publicized in this area. The Tampa area doesn't need any more distrust of law enforcement. Tampa's already on edge with the fuzz.

1 posted on 01/10/2014 10:54:19 AM PST by rarestia
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To: rarestia

The reason he was fired because a documented case of lying will be used in any future case the officer is involved with. That means he can’t do his job. It’s called Giglio information from the court case which set that precedence.

2 posted on 01/10/2014 11:08:11 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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I’m more concerned about the fact that the cop was fired and was responsible for the deaths of 2 people. Can those families sue the ex-cop ex post facto for the deaths of their loved ones, or is the PD’s assessment the final verdict?

I’m thinking this cop is in for a tsunami of anger from the community.

3 posted on 01/10/2014 11:11:44 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

It does make you wonder.

4 posted on 01/10/2014 11:17:34 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: rarestia

“Pryor was cleared of any wrongdoing in both shootings.”

And a cop would never lie about it. /sarc

5 posted on 01/10/2014 11:47:56 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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““Pryor was cleared of any wrongdoing in both shootings.””

Isn’t that always the case? I can’t remember the last time that I read where an officer killed someone and didn’t get away with it. Just look at the killing up in Santa Rosa, CA by a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy who put 7 rounds into a 13 year old Hispanic boy who was carrying a toy gun. I will bet that he gets off with an “it was a justified shooting!”

6 posted on 01/10/2014 2:11:58 PM PST by vette6387
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