South Daytona PD Terminates Investigator John Z. Pickett

Internal Affairs Investigation Sustains Excessive Use Of Force &
False Statement Allegations Against Ofc. Pickett

June 1, 2015
"Police throughout the United States have been caught fabricating, planting, and manipulating evidence to obtain convictions where cases would otherwise be very weak. Some authorities regard police perjury as so rampant that it can be considered a "subcultural norm rather than an individual aberration" of police officers."
Dale Carpenter - Flagrant Conduct: The Story Of Lawrence v. Texas

Termination Letter Sustains
Moral Character Violation(s)
Against Ofc. Pickett

Late last month (May 2015), South Daytona Police Chief Ron Wright submitted a letter of termination to Investigator John Z. Pickett. (see scroll box - right of page)

Chief Wright's decision was based on the internal affairs investigative findings regarding an alleged January 23, 2015 excessive use of force incident by Ofc. Pickett.

We invite our readers to review the attached IA investigation for the particular details regarding the incident between Ofc. Pickett and the criminal suspect.

While Pickett has the right to appeal his termination, he must also prepare to defend his Florida law enforcement certification should the Florida Department of Law Enforcement opt to take action against his certification.

Excessive use of force is a Florida law enforcement officer moral character violation, as defined within Florida Administrative Code 11B-27.0011.

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May 26, 2015
SDPD Memorandum
Letter Of Termination

Information / Rumors
That Must Be Vetted

Was Pickett Solely Terminated For His Sustained Misconduct?

VolusiaExposed has received information (allegations) that Ofc. Pickett's termination was heavily influenced due to a disagreement between Pickett and his SDPD supervisors regarding the handling of a particular murder investigation. We have also received reports of alleged special treatment of certain criminal suspects having connections to senior SDPD staff members.

Stand by to stand by - we will let you know what, if anything, we discover regarding these allegations.

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IA Investigation 15-01-JZP
Ofc. John Z. Pickett


If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

We look forward to your comments on this situation.
Drop us a line to let us know what you think.


Sex Crimes
VCSO Press Releases

The VCSO issued a press release on the Stewart-Marchman molestation incident - but did not issue a press release of a jail rape - why not?

VolusiaExposed.Com article
No VCSO Press Release on Jail Rape?

VolusiaExposed.Com article
Rape at the Volusia Jail



Assistant County Attorney, Nancye Jones handles many of the litigations coming out of the Volusia County jail.

Nancye Jones' husband, VCSO Major Robert Jones, supervises the deputies that investigate possible criminal violations within the county jail.

We have concerns that several criminal investigations have been possibly manipulated, in order to reduce the County of Volusia's civil liability.

Our concern includes this particular in-custody sexual battery investigation, and the below listed situations.

We invite you to review our concerns.

The Mary Knudsen Incident

The in-custody death of Inmate Tracy Veira
Falsification of Documents by County Officials


The Failure of the FMJS Jail Inspection Process, Florida needs to return to the independent FAC 33-8 Inspection Process.

Florida Jail Oversight in Retrograde

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