If Phillip Alderman looks like a kid to you, it’s because he is a kid – he’ll turn 19 next month. He was apparently gassed, dragged and thrown by corrections officer Adrian Hill without provocation, for which Hill was terminated by the Florida Department of Corrections.
In the Press Release below, FDoC Secretary Julie Jones said that the department has a zero-tolerance for personnel that abuse their authority. Her zero-tolerance assertion was then echoed by Florida Department of Management Services Secretary Chad Poppell … for no apparent reason.
Too bad the statement isn’t true, no matter who says it is. The FDoC’s at times sky-high tolerance for staff that abuses authority has let select corrections officers get away with murdering inmates. So far.
I do believe the truth will out, if lowly bloggers will attempt to verify details.
For instance: the pdf described in the press release as an Arrest Affidavit appears to instead be an Application for a Warrant, as indicated by the box checked in the upper left hand corner and the “N/A” appearing in the boxes for Date/Time of Arrest and Arresting Officer. As the press release is titled “Correctional Officer Arrested During Investigation,” it’s rather puzzling. Perhaps they simply attached the wrong pdf, but there’s the possibility that there’s been no arrest.
The Charge Type is also puzzling; the video and witness-verified, unprovoked violence that Hill inflicted upon Alderman and then lied about, as described in the opened pdf, doesn’t seem to fit the word “misdemeanor.”
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July 28, 2015
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Correctional Officer Arrested During Investigation
LAKE CITY, Fla. – Correctional Officer Adrian Hill surrendered to authorities at the Colombia County Sheriff’s Office today following a criminal investigation by the Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General. He has been charged with Falsifying Official Records and Battery on an Inmate. The charges stem from an incident which occurred on July 23, 2015 at Lake City Correctional Facility (LCCF), where he was formerly employed.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “The Department of Corrections has zero-tolerance for those who misuse the responsibility inherent to their positions as stewards of our state’s inmates. I have full confidence in the Office of Inspector General’s capabilities and their commitment to ensuring that those who jeopardize the safety of our inmates are brought to justice.”
Department of Management Services Secretary Chad Poppell said, “Our agency thanks the DOC Inspector General’s office for coordinating with local law enforcement on this important matter. Our agency shares DOC’s commitment to ensuring Florida’s correctional facilities maintain a zero-tolerance policy for employees who abuse their positions and betray Florida’s trust. We value our strong partnership with Secretary Jones and her agency.”
Following the review of a reported use of force, the administration at LCCF notified the Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General of a possible excessive use of force by Correctional Officer Hill. After conducting a preliminary review of the incident, the Office of Inspector General initiated a criminal investigation. Through the investigation, the Office of Inspector General determined that the use of force was excessive. The investigation revealed that the officer committed a battery on an inmate and subsequently falsified official records in an attempt to justify his actions.
Although an arrest has been made, an open and active criminal investigation into this incident remains. This is all of the information available at this time.
Please see attached affidavit.