Lakeland, Florida -- Following an internal investigation launched on July 18, the Lakeland Police Department announced Officer David Edds resigned Wednesday, Oct. 16 after learning he was about to be fired.
Chief Womack launched the investigation into Edds' conduct after State Attorney Jerry Hill sent her a letter regarding testimony Officer Edds and Sergeant Ray Lloyd gave at trial in a DUI case in which they said Internal Affairs Lieutenant Hans Lehman was interfering with the case.
The investigation, which wrapped on Oct. 16, found Lieutenant Lehman did not discuss the case that was under investigation by the State Attorney's Office, or interfere in any way, and he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Edds was found guilty of the following charges:
- Job Knowledge, Competency, and Performance
- Neglect of Duty
- Unlawful Conduct
- Improper Conduct
- Conduct Unbecoming
The investigation into Sergeant Ray Lloyd is still under review.
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