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Former St. Pete Beach Police Officer Sues Police Chief

Todd R. Brien is suing the former St. Pete Beach Police Chief David Romine and the St. Pete Beach City Manager after he was fired.

Todd R. Brien is filing a lawsuit against the former St. Pete Beach Police Chief David Romine and the St. Pete Beach City Manager after he was fired, according to Tampabay.com.

Brien said he was fired after he was spoke out against the move to the Sheriff's Department in St. Pete Beach.

Brien was terminated nine days after he wrote an e-mail to Mayor Steve McFarlin about a July 4th traffic accident  on the Corey Avenue Bridge that he responded to and was told it was Sheriff's problem due to it's location. 

Brien told the McFarlin that the people involved in the accident waited on hold for ten minutes before getting a response from the Sheriff's Department.

McFarlin proceeded to forward the email to a St. Pete Beach Police seargent stating that the publicity, in either opinion, was unacceptable.

Brien was fired on July 19th for failing to satifactorily pass his probationary period.

Four former St. Pete Beach seargents have written letters defending Brien.

CJ January 14, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I apologize for throwing in my opions on this same subject in normal..non-police works places. It really did not fit in well here. I tend to try and squeeze in too much...like you do sometimes also..lol.
CJ January 14, 2013 at 08:12 PM
so , you think it would be agood way to end up like Eddie Murphy or liike some of the other funny cop movies about cops who stirred up trouble...lol
Michael Calero January 14, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Common sense without it one doesn't make a good cop with all the situations one faces on a daily bases. We had Patrol Guilds, Detective Guilds but that is what they were guilds, end result go by the penal law and criminal procedure laws . With that we would have to make a good decision or else, just the way it is part of the job. This Rookie Officer just did it the wrong way, he shouldn't been fired, If I was his supervisor, I would of punished him like making him do a park-walk-and talk with the community more walking than driving for a few weeks just to let him know there is a chain of command.This incident was minor in respects to major situations. So don't make waves or it might come back and bite you.. It did in his case but that was just too much of a punishment , I call it COLD in the behavior of the Chief who once was a rookie himself and should known it takes time to be a veteran Police Officer and rookie at times make mistakes hopefully minor. One doesn't hurt a rookie over something like this, the rookie went through a lot to get to be a Police Officer .I believe the computer age of today, doesn't allow P.O's to use common sense,everything is by the book, we are dealing with humans so one has to understand, if a minor infraction is committed one doesn't always have to hurt the person,a warning can be given. Hard to continue to explain one has to be faced with a situation but, shaving the head to look mean isn't the answer and that is what I am seeing today,
Jim Bean January 17, 2013 at 03:58 AM
ARE YOU ALL SERIOUS ABOUT THIS GUY? Have you checked his background? He retired from the Woonsocket, RI PD in 2006. Didn't get a job until 3 years later in 2009 at a local casino. Ran for Mayor of his town 3x and lost, ran for State Rep. 3x and lost. Only got in as a RI State Rep. because no one else ran against him. Left his beautiful wife and daughter behind in Rhode Island to "make a better life for his family", got fired, got a girlfriend in St. Pete Beach now has a restraining order against him from his wife back in RI. HE IS THE LAUGHING STOCK OF WOONSOCKET, RI. Shame on you Mr. Brien. Florida..YOU CAN HAVE HIM! Signed a disappointed, former constituent.
Steve May 25, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Well it appears that the city, Bonfield and Romine will all be paying for the violation of Mr. Brien's first amendment right to free speech. The federal court judge ruled that Bonfield and Romine would not be dismissed from the suit based on their claim of qualified immunity. It is going to cost them plenty.

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