Mexico Beach Police Department Under Investigation

By: Mark Vaughn Email
By: Mark Vaughn Email

MEXICO BEACH, FL- Bay County Sheriff's officials and FDLE agents are investigating possible misconduct allegations within the Mexico Beach Police Department. A Mexico Beach volunteer firefighter claims he's one of the people who filed the complaint.

Daniel Christopher says he reported Mexico Beach police officer Jesse Burkett for verbal and physical abuse.

Christopher said, "I've never had a problem with this officer up until last year. I've never seen him like this."

As a volunteer firefighter for Mexico Beach, Daniel Christopher knows a lot of police officers. The fire station and police department are housed in the same building. And there's where the problems allegedly started. Christopher claims officer Burkett got physical with Christopher's 15 year old son.

"Chief told him to go sit in the office and watch t.v. When my son done what the chief told him to do officer Jesse Burkett grab my son and forcefully pushed him out the door. Stating he didn't give an "F" who told him to be in there," Christopher said.

Christopher claims Burkett has also been verbally abusive to him and others. "I can't give names but there are multiple people within this department that has issues with this officer."

Mayor Al Cathey called for an internal investigation during Tuesday's council meeting. He would not give details about the allegations but did say he wants to get to the bottom of things.

Cathey said, "We're concerned for the integrity of our city, the services we offer, and the people that get a paycheck from the city of Mexico Beach. So obviously when you have these types of investigations going on we felt like it was just imperative that we do an internal investigation to get all the facts, and if we have to deal with certain things then we'll deal with them."

Bay County Sheriff's officials would not comment on the on going investigation. Mexico Beach Police chief Brad Hall is on medical leave and was not available to comment. Cathey says he thinks the investigation could possibly take two weeks.

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  • by Steven Location: Mexico Beach on May 11, 2012 at 07:05 AM
    Remember everyone this is only ONE side of the story. Lets not turn this into a Martin Lee Anderson, Casey Anthony, or Trayvon Martin case and convict the officer before all the facts are out. Wait until the investigation unfolds
  • by Jeannie Location: Mexico Beach on May 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    You are absolutely right John, a police officer is trained to handle stress. Never should he use force that is not required, and from reading this report he was totally out of line. Maybe and investigation into how the operations of the Mexico Beach Police Department is warranted.
  • by john Location: mexico beach on May 10, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    Kay you are wrong...The officers job is to deal with stress everyday and his job is to serve and protect all,and when his judgement is wrong with a child it is time for him to go find another job he can handle.
  • by Kay Location: mexicobeach on May 10, 2012 at 05:11 AM
    No one should put their hands on anyones child but the child should not be in the work place of such a stressful place. Both in my eyes are wrong one for bring the kid and the other for touching the child.
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      by Erin on May 10, 2012 at 07:48 AM in reply to Kay
      Mexico Beach is a quiet town for the most part. I don't see anything wrong with the kid being in the police department, especially if Chief told him to go in there. The officer is in the wrong and needs to be disciplined.
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