ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Things not do as a member of law enforcement:
- Arrest someone with an extensive criminal history, then take off their handcuffs while awaiting the prisoner transport van.
- Have a flirtatious conversation with them, including talking about your finances and where you live.
- Continue the flirtatious conversation through text after the arrested person is released from jail.
- Pay for that person and her friend to drive to your home for "conversations."
Brian Britt, 45, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy for 17 years, was fired Monday for the above sequence of events, which happened between Dec. 31, 2016 and Jan. 10, 2017.
"In conclusion, he stated 'I'm an idiot,'" Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. "I agree. He is an idiot."
'Can't make this stuff up'
Below is an internal memo notifying Britt of his termination:
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