|Schneider is accused of forging her supervisor's signature on official documents.|
"We have a little dysfunction in the chain of command in Riviera Beach," defense attorney Steve Sessa told a jury in Palm Beach Circuit Court yesterday. "Because of that dysfunction, that's why we're here."
Sessa was arguing that his client, Riviera Beach Vice Agent John Toombs, did not warn a murder suspect that fellow cops were coming to arrest him. By calling the department dysfunctional, he was criticizing Toombs' supervisors for allowing fellow cops to accuse him of a crime, without launching an internal investigation.
A jury acquitted Toombs on both felony charges he faced.
But that doesn't mean the dysfunction in the Riviera police department has disappeared.
Another Riviera detective, Lee Ann Schneider, is still facing charges that she forged her supervisor's signature on scores of official documents, to justify the supervisor's claims for overtime. According to prosecutors, Schneider committed these crimes for two years
before anyone higher up in the chain of command noticed. How is that possible in a functional police department?More »