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Internal Affairs investigating arrest of Fox 13 anchor (Tampa,FL)
Tampabay.com ^ | 01/20/2009 | Erin Sullivan and Drew Harwell

Posted on 01/20/2009 6:53:12 PM PST by devane617

TAMPA -- The arrest of Fox 13 news anchor Russell Rhodes, who has a black eye and bloodied face in his mugshot, is under review by Internal Affairs, officials from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said today.

"Any time there's a high-profile incident or any incident that the sheriff wishes to have reviewed," an internal review is initiated, said J.D. Callaway, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "We'll look at all the available evidence and make sure the deputies acted properly."

Rhodes, a morning news anchor for Fox 13's Good Day Tampa Bay, was arrested Friday night, allegedly after resisting arrest.

Around 10:15 p.m., an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security at Channelside spotted a 2006 BMW 325i weaving erratically in the public parking garage, Callaway said.

The deputy stopped the BMW and the driver, Rhodes, got out, reportedly with his belt undone and his pants unbuttoned, though they were still up. Rhodes appeared to be intoxicated, Callaway said.

According to the deputy, Rhodes tried to walk away from him twice after being ordered to stay put and surrender his car keys. Rhodes didn't identify himself or try to use his name to get out of the situation, Callaway said. When Rhodes tried to run out of the garage, the deputy grabbed him, Callaway said.

He had his car key in his right hand, and when deputies tried to take it, he began waving his hands to keep them from taking it, an arrest affidavit states.

"He began to flail his arms," Callaway said. That's when he was "taken to the ground." Callaway said injuries to Rhodes' face happened when he hit the ground.

He then said he was sorry and that he had panicked because he works for Fox 13, the report states.

Rhodes was taken to Tampa General Hospital for cuts and bruises to his face and then was booked into the Orient Road Jail, Callaway said. He was charged with obstructing an officer without violence and was released Saturday morning on $500 bail.

Blood samples were taken to see if he was intoxicated. The results should be back next week, Callaway said. Depending on the outcome, he could face an additional charge of driving under the influence.

Rhodes is from Paris, Texas, and has been with Tampa Bay's Fox station since 1994, according to his biography on the Fox Web site. He originally wanted to be an actor or singer, but went into broadcast journalism.

He went to the University of Oklahoma and worked at stations in Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota and then Tampa Bay.

"I used to say I had the best job in the news business," he said on the Web site, referring to his promotion from Good Day feature reporter to co-anchor. "This new one may be better."

Fox 13 offered a brief comment when contacted about the arrest.

"He will not be on the air Monday," said Jessica Moss, spokeswoman for Fox 13. For all other questions, she referred to a story on the station's Web site that briefly recounts the incident and says "FOX 13 management is aware of the matter and is reviewing it."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: fl; florida; foxnews; leo; opps; tampa
Morning new in Tampa is getting interesting.
1 posted on 01/20/2009 6:53:15 PM PST by devane617
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To: devane617
He then said he was sorry and that he had panicked because he works worked for Fox 13, the report states.
2 posted on 01/20/2009 6:57:27 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: devane617
Callaway said injuries to Rhodes' face happened when he hit the ground.

Right. Looks like he was punched quite a few times.
3 posted on 01/20/2009 6:59:00 PM PST by microgood
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To: Travis McGee

looks like he was tackled and the left side of his face (upper cheek and upper lip) met up with the concrete.

sorry, I don’t see any abuse here (this time) folks.


4 posted on 01/20/2009 7:00:27 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: devane617

Guess the cops can’t subdue a drunk any more without playing dirty Harry. Still, he’s lucky he didn’t get shot and left with a drop gun.


5 posted on 01/20/2009 7:01:36 PM PST by Seruzawa (Obamalama lied, the republic died.)
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To: devane617

Won’t nothing come out of it. They wil only find that he hit the deputy’s knuckles with his eye and mouth. Probably more than once.


6 posted on 01/20/2009 7:02:12 PM PST by sport
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To: devane617
Callaway said injuries to Rhodes' face happened when he hit the ground.

After his face was repeatedly smashed into the ground, most likely.

7 posted on 01/20/2009 7:02:34 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: devane617

What? A tazer wouldn’t have worked instead of a clubbing?


8 posted on 01/20/2009 7:04:37 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: devane617

Makes me glad i never acted like a moron when I got popped for drunk driving.


9 posted on 01/20/2009 7:06:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: DCPatriot

Snicker


10 posted on 01/20/2009 7:08:33 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: devane617
He would fit right in as a Philly anchor person.
11 posted on 01/20/2009 7:10:16 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: devane617
Drunk driver...got pretty much what he deserves. Smart off to a cop-get thumped a few times-if you don't know that, you learn pretty quick.

Sorry. I don't find this particularly newsworthy.
12 posted on 01/20/2009 7:11:24 PM PST by Sudetenland (Those diplomats serve best, who serve as cannon fodder to protect our troops!)
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To: microgood; devane617

I am quite suspicious of the injuries as well. To me the police here in Oregon are way too combative. I had one get in my face recently claiming I puffed my chest out at him. Apparently I was “interfering in a police investigation”, even though I was no where near him(at least 10 feet away) nor talking to or about him or his partner. They were just talking to a server about another patron who had left at the bar & grill I was at. I swear these guys are just spoiling for a reason to scratch.


13 posted on 01/20/2009 7:12:01 PM PST by MovementConservative (Oregon Ducks 42, Oklahoma St. Cowboys 31)
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To: Sudetenland

I’ve had more than my fair share of run ins with police and not one has ever so much as maced me despite the fact that I gave them plenty of reasons while drunk.


14 posted on 01/20/2009 7:15:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Sudetenland
Smart off to a cop-get thumped a few times-if you don't know that, you learn pretty quick.

We don't live in a totalitarian society and this isn't the old Soviet Union. The cops are supposed to follow the laws as well as the citizens are. So many people deserve to be "thumped", but somehow most of us choose to follow the law. So should the cops.

15 posted on 01/20/2009 7:15:40 PM PST by MovementConservative (Oregon Ducks 42, Oklahoma St. Cowboys 31)
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To: devane617

The Fox News dude should be lucky the “off-duty sheriff’s deputy” just beat the cr*p out of him and didn’t do a Taser Execution.


16 posted on 01/20/2009 7:17:21 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: MovementConservative

oh please....looks loke someone ‘splained the rules to the guy....NEVER become a wise ass to someone packing heat. Actually, I looked like that a year or so ago when one of the inmates at the juvenile corrections facility where I work took offense at something I had said......kids is kids


17 posted on 01/20/2009 7:23:04 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but interested and informed)
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To: devane617

A well known Gay party boy in Tampa and very pleasant.
My relatives lived next door to the guy in South Tampa.


18 posted on 01/20/2009 7:23:43 PM PST by ncalburt (Read all about)
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To: MovementConservative

It’s obvious this guy didn’t “follow the law.” He endangered lives by driving while under the influence of alcohol. I have absolutely no sympathy for him. Drunk driving should be considered the same as assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm. It’s not like anyone doing so isn’t aware that they are endangering innocent people. It is a premeditated act.


19 posted on 01/20/2009 7:24:28 PM PST by Sudetenland (Those diplomats serve best, who serve as cannon fodder to protect our troops!)
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To: cripplecreek

DWI? Might as well pick up a loaded gun and point it at some innocent by-stander.


20 posted on 01/20/2009 7:26:48 PM PST by Sudetenland (Those diplomats serve best, who serve as cannon fodder to protect our troops!)
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To: MovementConservative

Tampa cops are often out-of-control. Remember the woman they stopped and manhandled when she was was on her way to the hospital to see her father who had been taken there for an emergency. Tampa is a zero leftwing dim city and has been for years. The cops were complicit in giving away a Glock pistol of mine to a lowlife across the street who already had warrants out on him. They believed his story and anyone’s crazy to take it up with a judge since they work together and will buy the cops story. I have a carry permit for my credibility.


21 posted on 01/20/2009 7:27:31 PM PST by yorkie01
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To: Sudetenland

Yep and that’s why I don’t drink anymore. Still I managed to get arrested without getting my butt kicked.

Once my cousin did get his butt kicked while I was sitting in the cruiser. He got aggresive and I didn’t. He got his butt kicked and I didn’t.


22 posted on 01/20/2009 7:29:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: devane617

Don’t buy the injuries were from hitting the ground.

It appears there are multiple contact points.


23 posted on 01/20/2009 7:30:41 PM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: Sudetenland

I agree - drunk driving is pathetic. As an aside, the article said this party boy had his keys in his hand. Women are taught in self defense classes to use their keys as a weapon if they have nothing else - maybe he was jabbing like a girl at the cops.... either way, a drunk with his pants undone resisting arrest, I side with the cops.


24 posted on 01/20/2009 7:33:28 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Computer says No..... Carole Beer)
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To: devane617
Around 10:15 p.m., an off-duty sheriff's deputy working security at Channelside spotted a 2006 BMW 325i weaving erratically in the public parking garage, Callaway said. The deputy stopped the BMW and the driver, Rhodes, got out, reportedly with his belt undone and his pants unbuttoned, though they were still up. Rhodes appeared to be intoxicated, Callaway said.

Excuse me but where does an off-duty police officer working as a parking lot guard get the authority to detain ANYONE, let alone punch him in the face?

25 posted on 01/20/2009 7:34:59 PM PST by JrsyJack (Oh dem golden slippers!!)
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To: Sudetenland
It’s obvious this guy didn’t “follow the law.” He endangered lives by driving while under the influence of alcohol. I have absolutely no sympathy for him. Drunk driving should be considered the same as assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm. It’s not like anyone doing so isn’t aware that they are endangering innocent people. It is a premeditated act

If it can be shown the cop beat him down he should be arrested. It is the same as battery. It is a premeditated act.

26 posted on 01/20/2009 7:36:57 PM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: MovementConservative

Like many folks you confuse the police with arbiters of Justice. The police are empowered decide if your behavior merits an introduction to the Criminal Justice System (Citation or Arrest). Unless, of course, a court has drafted a Warrant for your arrest, then you are really screwed. Your job is to accept either the arrest or citation and to then dispute that decision in court. Your failure to do your job, steps up their authority to take “force necessary to effect the arrest” you just necessitated by your failure to play nice. So an ass kicking may well be in line as long as it insures your appearance in court.


27 posted on 01/20/2009 7:37:15 PM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: ncalburt
A well known Gay party boy in Tampa and very pleasant.

Possible gay-bashing?

28 posted on 01/20/2009 7:38:14 PM PST by School of Rational Thought (CPA, MBA needs a job - referrals welcome)
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To: School of Rational Thought
Thankfully I'm boring and have had no experience with being arrested, however, I am a huge fan of the show "Cops" and have watched the police try to take down some pretty fiesty folks on that show. It is usually folks high on something who are the strongest, but occasionally a drunk can fight pretty hard.

I wonder be curious to hear the follow up from this perp though.... (see I'm all up on the lingo and everything!)

29 posted on 01/20/2009 7:38:31 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Computer says No..... Carole Beer)
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To: microgood

Hillsboro County, and Tampa police have a very bad rep for this type stuff.


30 posted on 01/20/2009 7:40:03 PM PST by devane617 (...And to the Republic For Which It Stood...)
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To: Steamburg

Note to police officers:

Tasers don’t leave bruises. LOL


31 posted on 01/20/2009 7:46:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: devane617
That's when he was "taken to the ground." Callaway said injuries to Rhodes' face happened when he hit the ground.

Not defending the reporter but cops seem to use this excuse more and more lately.

32 posted on 01/20/2009 7:59:49 PM PST by packrat35 (To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women...)
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To: cripplecreek

Driving when drinking is being a first class moron.


33 posted on 01/20/2009 8:03:05 PM PST by lolhelp
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To: devane617
Based on the picture I would not have the slightest problem believing the cops story. That yellow bruise (I've had a million of them) is blunt trauma and it's huge (there ain't nothing blunter than the ground). The other stuff can have been caused by simple hydraulics. I'd buy it unless a Doc said otherwise.
34 posted on 01/20/2009 8:10:52 PM PST by TalBlack
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To: devane617

Wasn’t it a Tampa or Hillsborough jail where they dumped the guy out of the wheelchair, onto the floor, because they didn’t believe him when he said he was a paralyzed?


35 posted on 01/20/2009 8:15:41 PM PST by Dawn531
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To: School of Rational Thought
Don’t buy the injuries were from hitting the ground. It appears there are multiple contact points.

I'll buy it. I looked exactly like that when I went over the handlebars of my bike when I was ten. Right down to the yellow stuff (betadine). The school nurse wasn't amused at all.

36 posted on 01/20/2009 8:26:50 PM PST by Seven plus One
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To: terycarl

terycarl, I am a conservative so by nature I am going to be suspicious of anyone in power because they could take away my liberties and freedoms. The government should have very limited power in how it can control the actions of their citizens. If a city wants to enact laws that say it’s legal for police to enact a beat-down whenever they feel like, I’m ok with that as long as I know that ahead of time. Most of us don’t want police (or any government agent) making those kinds of decisions. We want the law legally enforced and to be left the hell alone.


37 posted on 01/20/2009 8:42:57 PM PST by MovementConservative (Oregon Ducks 42, Oklahoma St. Cowboys 31)
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To: JrsyJack
Excuse me but where does an off-duty police officer working as a parking lot guard get the authority to detain ANYONE

Off duty police who are hired for security have the same authority as when they are on their scheduled tour.

That is one of the main reasons they are hired instead of some $8.00 an hour Rent-A-Cop.

38 posted on 01/20/2009 9:01:42 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
This “cop” was working security in a parking lot. If he appeared like any other parking lot attendent, it would be an explanation as to why the anchor resisted or held his keys as described in the report.
39 posted on 01/20/2009 9:02:47 PM PST by School of Rational Thought (CPA, MBA needs a job - referrals welcome)
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To: devane617

I’m withholding judgment. That sure doesn’t look like just hitting the ground. For one thing, it’s on both sides of his face. He was hit more than once.

Also, it’s dumb to talk back to a cop. But if the cop was off duty, how did he know that he was a cop? Probably some blame for both of them.


40 posted on 01/20/2009 9:06:58 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: devane617

Is he related to Randi Rhodes? I think I see some family resemblence in that picture on the left.


41 posted on 01/20/2009 9:41:29 PM PST by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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To: devane617

Attention dumb bastards: Resisting arrest and running away will get your behind kicked every, single, time.


42 posted on 01/20/2009 10:37:06 PM PST by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: MovementConservative

Lots of Freepers think anytime one is disrepectful to officers of the State they should be beaten to the ground and have their face kicked in.

I assume it’ll be just a matter of time ‘til they, in turn, are smashed to the ground and have their faces kicked in.

Of course, THEN it will be the infringement of their rights, just like this is, but it will be happening to them, not an officer of the State.

Ed


43 posted on 01/21/2009 12:29:42 AM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: Dawn531

The guy in the wheelchair that was dumped was in Tampa/Hillsboro County. They have a very bad rep down there. I lived there for a while, and you see stories like this all the time.


44 posted on 01/21/2009 4:23:29 AM PST by devane617 (...And to the Republic For Which It Stood...)
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To: Iron Munro
Off duty police who are hired for security have the same authority as when they are on their scheduled tour.

That seems to be a rather tenuous line between public good and abuse of power. While I agree that a police officer should be able to enforce the law while off-duty, I do not agree that private sector entities should be the beneficiary.

Not to belabor the point but we the people lend certain of our rights to government. One of those is the right not be be imprisoned. By allowing government to hold this right we have a better society. That being said, Walmart, Sears, etc are NOT government and as far as I can tell have never been granted a damn thing by the citizens of this country. So why then should their employees have police power, regardless of what that employee does for a living.

45 posted on 01/21/2009 9:58:11 AM PST by JrsyJack (Oh dem golden slippers!!)
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To: JrsyJack
If a neighborhood has a problem with speeders or house break ins and the neighbors ask their law enforcement agency to assign an officer to patrol the neighborhood they will be told the agency is doing its best but cannot assign an officer to every neighborhood, shopping mall or other location with a problem.

They will also let you know that the same officers patrolling your area while on duty are available to provide additional coverage after hours if you are willing to pay for the service.

It is a way of providing police coverage without adding personnel or increasing the budget. If you want more than the standard coverage you have to pay for it.

I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I'm just saying that's the way the system works. So people who pay the extra for real police protection or security expect the officer to have the authority to actually enforce the law.

I know a Sheriff’s Dept. deputy who makes more on his after hours work than he does on his scheduled tours.

46 posted on 01/21/2009 5:08:55 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself)
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To: devane617

Hillsborough County
fixed it for you
as a Tampa native, I think you are wrong about the cops


47 posted on 01/21/2009 6:30:16 PM PST by representativerepublic (...loose lips, sink ships)
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To: devane617

Brought his face to a pavement fight.

Ouch!


48 posted on 01/21/2009 6:33:36 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: School of Rational Thought

Possible , sounds like he was coming back from nite on the town!


49 posted on 01/25/2009 10:31:27 AM PST by ncalburt (Read all about)
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