Citizens of Sanford, Read me, Demand accountability and be heard.
Story as Reported by WFTV:
Sanford's Police Chief Brian Tooley told WFTV Friday he was blindsided by a video of an officer's son knocking out a homeless man. An e-mail was sent to Tooley by thesheriff's office and included a link to video of the fight.Tooley then forwarded the e-mail to a top assistant, four days after the fight, but hislieutenant's son, Justin Collison, was still never arrested.There's a warrant for Collision's arrest, but he's still not in jail. Collison's lawyer toldWFTV that it's not for lack of trying. Both his lawyer and another source confirmed thatCollison tried to turn himself into the jail Thursday.However, since
hadn't put his warrant in the system, the jail turned himaway. That was more than 12 hours after the judge signed it, officials said.
Cindy Collison closed her garage door Friday without answering the question so manywant to know about her son: When is he going to turn himself in?Collison is seen in amateur video sucker-punching a homeless man.Thursday, Chief Tooley said he never saw the troubling video until WFTV aired it."We did see that on Channel 9. I wish I had seen that tape three weeks earlier. Wewould've avoided a lot of this angst and anxiety obviously in our community," Tooleysaid.
However, WFTV learned on Friday that Chief Tooley could have seen the videoweeks ago when the e-mail was sent specifically to him, just three days after thefight.
The subject line read, "Justin Collison Crimeline Tip Info" and it included a YouTubelink to the video plus Sanford Police Department's case number.Tooley forwarded the e-mail to a top deputy writing,
"Pls have an investigator reviewthis video...handle appropriately."
the follow-up he requested never happened
, until WFTV got involved.
The Attack happened on December 4
, as of Today, January 2nd the attacker walks free.
You may find a copy of the video on www.Youtube.com, under the key search term:Cops Son Caught On Camera Punching Homeless Man