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    Major Paul Richard IA IA # 2019-019

    Major Paul Richard receives 48 hours off no pay for conduct unbecoming. In his statement the Major admits telling people, "down in front" but belives he was doing so in accordance with sports watching standards. WTF!! Did we not attend this in-service class???? SPORTS WATCHING STANDARDS, really? Is that a class at USF in his masters program? That dude has lost his mind. Couldn't just say, yea a screwed up and take you punishment. Had to deflect and try to put it on others. Bottom line Paul, you were drunk and out of control, again. This time people saw it and you are now accountable for your actions. We'd say take it like a man, but you can't do that.

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    Alcohol makes people do things that they ordinarily would NOT do. It changes behavior, generally for the worse. It makes people less accountable for their actions. If you want to keep drinking, then that's your business. But if you want to stop drinking, then it's our business.

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    Question

    Are Mr. Tom Knight and Mr. Kurt Hoffman going to allow any media outlets to print an article about this -- or did they say "no" to the media?

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    Paul Richard

    Tomorrow’s HT. Time will tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Major Paul Richard receives 48 hours off no pay for conduct unbecoming. In his statement the Major admits telling people, "down in front" but belives he was doing so in accordance with sports watching standards. WTF!! Did we not attend this in-service class???? SPORTS WATCHING STANDARDS, really? Is that a class at USF in his masters program? That dude has lost his mind. Couldn't just say, yea a screwed up and take you punishment. Had to deflect and try to put it on others. Bottom line Paul, you were drunk and out of control, again. This time people saw it and you are now accountable for your actions. We'd say take it like a man, but you can't do that.

    Down in front???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Paul Richard IA # 2019-019 View Post
    Major Paul Richard receives 48 hours off no pay for conduct unbecoming. In his statement the Major admits telling people, "down in front" but belives he was doing so in accordance with sports watching standards. WTF!! Did we not attend this in-service class???? SPORTS WATCHING STANDARDS, really? Is that a class at USF in his masters program? That dude has lost his mind. Couldn't just say, yea a screwed up and take you punishment. Had to deflect and try to put it on others. Bottom line Paul, you were drunk and out of control, again. This time people saw it and you are now accountable for your actions. We'd say take it like a man, but you can't do that.

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    Down in front???
    If all Paul did was yell "down in front" to the people that were standing up (blocking his view), then it sounds legit. However, what are the extenuating circumstances that caused Mr. Knight and Mr. Hoffman to suspend Paul for two unpaid days? Taking his badge and gun away for two days sends a big message to the voting public. However, the full IA report needs to be posted for a full contextual appreciation and analysis. Conversely, Paul is getting a first-hand taste of how internal and external politics can mess with his personal and professional life. Sometimes politics is given more credence than contextual facts.

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    HT hits Gold on Major Richard’s IA


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    Lightbulb Sheriff Tom Knight suspends Major Paul Richard for "conduct unbecoming"



    Sarasota Sheriff's Major Paul Richard


    Quote Originally Posted by “Carlos R. Munoz”
    While off-duty, Sarasota Sheriff’s major Paul Richard was accused of drunkenly yelling at a uniformed North Port police officer and others during an Atlanta Braves game.

    Two complainants were attending the game with their two boys, who play Little League Baseball, and they saw “a gentleman who was obviously drunk yelling at several people.” He announced he was a major at the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office. The children asked “why is a policeman drunk and yelling at others?” The incident was confirmed by 11 witnesses.

    Major Paul Richard was suspended without pay for a week and a day (48 hours) for "conduct unbecoming."

    The Herald-Tribune sought comment from Sheriff Tom Knight but “The sheriff has no comment beyond his...”
    SSO IA report:
    https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...-Sheriffs.html

    Full story:
    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...-game-incident
    Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheriff Thomas M. Knight View Post
    The only definitive evidence of alcohol consumption is Major Richard’s admission to consuming four beers during the game.

    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...-game-incident
    It's extremely disheartening and disturbing that with 2 victims and 1 on-duty NPPD sergeant and 11 witnesses -- all stating that Paul Richard was grossly intoxicated in public -- Knight still says that there is no evidence that Paul Richard was drunk.

    Wasn't Knight also arrested by VPD for disorderly conduct at a bar after drinking too much alcohol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos R. Munoz View Post
    Major Paul Richard was accused of drunkenly yelling at a uniformed North Port police officer and others during an Atlanta Braves game. Two complainants were attending the game with their two boys, who play Little League Baseball, and they saw “a gentleman who was obviously drunk yelling at several people.” When he announced he was a major at the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, the children asked “why is a policeman drunk and yelling at others?” The incident was confirmed by 11 witnesses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheriff Thomas M. Knight View Post
    The only definitive evidence of alcohol consumption is Major Richard’s admission to consuming four beers during the game.

    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...-game-incident
    Someone needs to teach Knight that witness testimony is considered to be corroborating proof, both in administrative law, as well as in criminal law. Or better yet, Knight needs to be removed from the office of sheriff. Even the little children at the baseball game recognized that Paul was drunk and disorderly. Out of the mouth of babes...

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