State Attorney Declares That "Brady Cops" Are Attached To The Murder Prosecution Of Brevard Sheriff Deputy Yousef Hafza.

State Attorney Does NOT Compile / Maintain A Brady List Of Problematic Cops.
December 5, 2017
"It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive." - Earl Warren
On Father's Day - June 19, 2016 - off duty Brevard County Sheriff Deputy Yousef Hafza was involved in an apparent "road rage" incident with Clarence Mahogany Howard and Jose Montanez.

According to a local media account together with our own June 23, 2016 article - and finally the FDLE charging affidavit against Deputy Hafza - the road rage incident escalated to the point whereas Officer Hafza shot and killed the apparent unarmed Howard - and then quickly fled the shooting scene.

Officer Hafza was eventually arrested and charged with murder. Hafza bonded out of jail - and according to court records his trial will begin in early 2018.

What is NOW significant - is that recently (November 2017) the State Attorney's office filed a supplemental discovery notice with the Court suggesting that two Palm Bay police officers that are attached to Hafza's prosecution qualify to be labeled as "Brady Cops". (see copy of the notice filed with the court --->)

Who Are Brady Cops?

Brady cops are connected to the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision - Brady v Maryland 373 U.S. 83 (1963). The Brady decision mandates that the prosecution must turn over to the defense all exculpatory evidence that may exonerate the defendant.

Many times - the arresting police officer's past or present disciplinary histories are in and of themselves exculpatory evidence to the defense / defendant. These police officers are commonly known as "Brady Cops". The term "Giglio Cops" is also used - connected to a 1972 update to the Brady decision - regarding U.S. Supreme Court decision Giglio v United States 405 U.S. 150 (1972).
One would imagine that if a police officer had a significant disciplinary history - that he or she would no longer be a police officer. Sadly - in many circumstances the offending officer maintains his / her employment.

We invite you to review our "Brady Cop" lists for Volusia & Brevard Counties. -->
VolusiaExposed.Com maintains our own list of Brady Cops due to the fact that neither office of the State Attorney (Volusia OR Brevard) maintains such a list. Which begs the question - absent maintaining a Brady list - how does the State Attorney honestly comply with the Brady decision mandates? This is discussed further within our Brady Cops' web pages.

VolusiaExposed.Com has also been compiling a national data base of "Brady Cops" within our sister website of BradyCops.org. We have developed databases for the following states: Florida, Washington, Oregon, Vermont and Nevada, with more coming online in the future.

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Volusia County's Brady Cop List

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Brevard County's Brady Cop List

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. ~ Oscar Wilde
Unfortuately - in 2015 - we had to put this project on hold while we assisted BrevardsBestNews.Com (BBN) in their coverage of Brevard County, Florida. In August 2015 - the Brevard County Sheriff's Office arrested the chief editor of BBN - Dana Loyd - in what we have concluded to be a politically motivated action / arrest in order to silence a media critic. Loyd is known for her criticism of Brevard County law enforcement officials.

While some Brady Cops are terminated - many of them are eventually hired by other law enforcement agencies. Many police officers are heavily politically connected to the community in which they serve. In short - they have familia or financial connections to the local power brokers. These police officers' acts of misconduct are rarely addressed - and when they are - such actions rarely results in any meaningful disciplinary action or criminal charges.

In 2012 a Volusia County deputy was found to have abandoned his patrol zone in excess of fifty (50) times - so that he could allegedly engage in on-duty sexual encounters with a young woman many years his junior. The deputy received only a thirty (30) day suspension and was recently (2017) promoted to the rank of sergeant - while surviving similar allegations of inappropriate behavior - as detailed in VCSO IA report 2017-008 (allegations ruled to be "unfounded").

Now Back To The Palm Bay Matter

According to the above filed disclosure with the court - Palm Bay Police Officer Antoinette Schrum was inconsistent regarding information she provided in an SAI (state attorney investigation) versus that which she provided during a deposition concerning her bias toward the defendant. Further - the State Attorney disclosure records show that Officer George Von Edwins did not disclose during an SAI that he had located marijuana on the person of Jose Montanez, Jr..

Rutt Roh Scooby Doo - Brevard County just declared two more Brady Cops within their ranks! If you know of any others - shoot us an email and tell us.

Stand by to stand by - there is surely more to come of this..........

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