The Orlando Sentinel January 31 headline said, “Orange sheriff’s captain named police chief in Ponce Inlet,” milquetoast enough to make it unlikely that even Ponce Inlet residents would read further.
Then the first sentence said, “A controversial Orange County sheriff’s captain has been selected as the new police chief in Ponce Inlet.”
Frank Fabrizio isn’t controversial. He’s corrupt. The rest of the article touches on that corruption, after stating that Fabrizio’s appointment hinges on a “successful background investigation.”
From what I understand, “successful background investigation” is code for running a background check through the Florida Highway Patrol, the agency least likely to have any incriminating information at hand. There was a credible (but anonymous) comment online about using the FHP to check Guy Tunnel’s background, so that he could qualify to lead the Florida Department of Corrections as a Jeb Bush appointment without his career “controversies” surfacing. Tunnell’s no longer running corrections, due to more “controversies” that I haven’t the stomach to retell just now. Last I heard, Tunnell was still working in Florida law enforcement, likely piling up more “controversies.”
66-year-old Albert Flowers brutal Brevard County beat-down wasn’t officer Derek Middendorf’s first. But of course I didn’t read that in Florida Today.
I did read in Florida Today that Middendorf wasn’t fired for Flowers’ beatdown, only reprimanded for turning off his in-car video equipment … the act that announced that the beat-down was premeditated.
So Florida corruption – “like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow-covered hill” – is growing.