BSO Deputy David Wimberley Lies on Arrest Reports, Must Now Bravely Endure 30-Day Sentence

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When Broward Sheriff's Deputy David Wimberley arrested 44-year-old Troy Baldeo in a Tamarac 7-Eleven in 2010, he filed reports that said Baldeo was yelling with clenched fists and should be charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, and assault on an officer.

Once prosecutors saw the convenience store video, however, different charges were filed -- against Wimberley. They dropped the charges against Baldeo, who is shown in the recording silently taking a sip of coffee, and filed charges of falsifying records against Wimberley and Dep. Brian Swadkins.

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video, this video, is worth a million," the prosecutor said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "Protecting and serving the people of Broward County? News flash: Troy Baldeo is one of the people of Broward County."

He faced up to two years in prison. At his sentencing on Friday, however, he got a much better deal:

"I like you, Mr. Wimberley," said Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes. "But I do have a job. There has to be a punishment for a violation of the public trust."

He got 30 days.

Swadkins' next court date is scheduled for July 11, though it looks like making things up about suspects isn't really considered that grave of an offense around here. How about BSO Dep. Christian Benenati, allegedly caught in a prostitution sting last week by an undercover cop from his own department? Or BSO Det. Brent Woodall, who was allowed to remain out on house arrest despite accusations he left the scene of an accident and sent menacing text messages to a witness in his grand theft case? He was eventually brought in after he was allegedly busted removing his ankle bracelet and going to a strip club, but who knows how long he'll end up in prison for.

How about the deputy charged with DUI last week when he hit a car before police allegedly discovered a bottle of Wild Turkey on the floor of his?

How about the six officers connected with the Fort Lauderdale police kidnapping case, charged with everything from false imprisonment to witness tampering to performing a car chase that violated pretty much every department policy on the subject? Or the 800 officers found in a Sun-Sentinel investigation to be driving between 90 and 130 mph? That one's already been settled -- they get special treatment:
A police badge in Florida is a license to speed.

A Sun Sentinel investigation revealed troubling practices: Police officers are not cited for speeding like ordinary motorists; off-duty speeding routinely goes unchallenged unless someone complains; and punishment can be as slight as a verbal or written reminder to obey the speed limit...

The reason? A culture among cops who seem to regard driving fast as an entitlement, and an atmosphere of tolerance by their supervisors.
There are piles of examples, the most famous being Miami officer Fausto Lopez, who was pulled over after weaving through traffic at 120 mph on his way to a moonlighting job. He could have gotten 90 days in jail; he got community service, but only because he was even cited in the first place and got national headlines in the process.

David Wemberley, like his fellow law-breaking colleagues, was supposed to hold (actual) criminals accountable. But when it came for his turn, even when faced with obvious video evidence that he just plain old lied on a police report, he got a little slap on the wrist. Just like his fellow law-breaking colleagues.

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Truth_For_You
Truth_For_You

Actually, the only scumbags are those so unfairly biased and foolish to realize that a crappy, poorly-written, obviously-biased, half-baked article in the Sun-Sentinel did NOT report the truth. I know this wonderful man, stellar law enforcement officer, perfect husband and impeccable father! The only "scumbag" is TROY BALDEO, the lifelong CAREER FELON who LIED to set up David Wimberley (not Wemberley, moron Rich--duh, get the spelling right, "writer") and Brian Swadkins. The P.O.S. Baldeo had the audacity and stupidity to scream "Yeah, I set up cops" to the 7-11 owner,meaning Baldeo is a gutless worm who ruined a stellar policeman's career so he can continue his life of CRIME against others. Perhaps one of you will be Baldeo's next victim. Indeed, I wonder--will the Criminal who wrongs YOU be so appealing then? ...Unfortunately, the insidious nonsense of racism prevented Deputy Wimberley from receiving a fair trial since the judge was black, the jury was partially black, and Career Criminal Baldeo was black. Didn't know those crucial facts, did you, commenters? I was in the courtroom during the trial and witnessed the blatant injustice doled out to Mr. Wimberley as his supportive wife sobbed and his large supportive family prayed for  justice to be done. Racism against Hispanic & Caucasian Mr. Wimberley prevailed, but Mr. Wimberley and his family survived this indisputably hellatious TRAGEDY and thrive successfully and happily far away from the cesspool of corruption  and injustice that is South Florida. The only "repulsive headcase oinkers" are those who are pitifully uninformed, woefully prejudiced against all LEOs, and apparently: Heartless fools.    #END#


Mike Rebate
Mike Rebate

This incident reminds of an event in 1996  when I questioned a lying Florida pig at a convenience store. This pig had his arm in a soft cast and I realized he was the pig recently mentioned in a news article.  This lying pig was supposedly injured during a scuffle with a 14 year old, who I knew weighed about 90 lbs soaking wet.  My first comment to the pig was,  " I read about you a few days ago".  The pig responded,  "don't believe everything you read in the papers".  WOW !!   I then asked him how a teenager managed to injure his thumb, which the lying pig reported as the kid resisting arrest. The lying pig explained he actually injured his thumb while separating two kids involved in a scuffle, when he grabbed one of the kids under the armpit.  IN OTHER WORDS this lying pig obviouisly lied on the police report when he asserted the teen was resisting arrest.  This LYING PIG simply injured himself during the normal course of performing his job.  Imagine his surprise (and angst) when I contacted the public defender and offered to make an appearance in court on behalf on the teen. This LYING PIG never assumed he was being set up when I engaged him at the conveneince store, where he was taking a report involving another matter along with another scumbag pig.

Mike Rebate
Mike Rebate

The real question is WHY someone TOO stupid to realize every conveneince store has security cameras was given a badge, firearm and squad car. This repulsive, headcase oinker should be serving a mandatory 5 or 10 year sentence. 

Mike Rebate
Mike Rebate

Those who require  objective enlightment regarding the dishonorable profession of law enforcement should google;  POLICE CODE OF SILENCE FACTS REVEALED. The stench eminating from the law enforcement  pig pen  is overwhelming. 

Mike Rebate
Mike Rebate

Professional integrity polls reveal less than 60 percent of the populace rank cops high or very high in honesty and integrity.  Unfortunately, that abysmal ranking has not motivated members of this dishonorable profession to make an effort to clean-up their pig pens. I have devoted an inordinate amount of time researching this corrupted profession subsequent to a bogus fire lane ticket (pig did not show up in court) and a bogus car frisk (pig falsified facts to justify his illegal car frisk.  There can be no doubt LE has worked hard to earn their stigma.

Mike Rebate
Mike Rebate

This lawless "public servant"  is the poster cop confirming why members of LE are held in contempt by a large percentage of the public. Given a choice I would NOT want a cop for a neighbor.    Is there another profession than shuns applicant with above average IQ.................. A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

Allenfbennett
Allenfbennett

And cops wonder why no one likes or respects them.

Tom Stedham
Tom Stedham

Two questions: Is this a FELONY conviction"Was he suspended or fired??? Oh, never mind. I read the Sentinel article.. MISDEMEANORS. Wow. So this scumbag can keep his job???

Mike Rebate
Mike Rebate

You make a valid point.  Cops are fond of labeling this type of headline making pig a "bad apple" when they are exposed, but the fact remains they do very little to expose and eradicate the scum from their ranks, which is an indictement of every member of the dishonorable profession of law enforcement.   Cops have proven incapable of policing their own ranks.  Nothing has really changed since the Serpico scandal. The sad reality is the barrel has been  rotting for decades with no meaninful reform.

Mike Rebate
Mike Rebate

Many departments now overlook arrests and misdemanor convictions on an applicants record.  In other words;  ignorant, lowlife scumbags are welcome.

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