FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A Florida police department has disciplined an officer for allowing two shoplifting suspects he was transporting to jail to cuddle, kiss and perform sex acts on each other, according to a report.
The Fort Pierce Police Department suspended Officer Doug McNeal for 20 days after reviewing bodycam footage of the back-seat hanky-panky.
“The department completed a thorough review of this incident and the findings of the investigation sustained allegations against Officer McNeal and identified deficiencies in the performance of his duties,” Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney said, WPTV reported Friday.
The station aired some of the video footage showing the suspects—a man and a woman—appearing to make out in the back seat of McNeal’s patrol car to the sound of Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love.”
McNeal was sitting in the front seat writing a report, the station reported.
During the Internal Affairs interview, the five-year veteran denied observing any sexual activity, reported Fox News.
If this is true, what does it say about his powers of observation?
The report indicates the man, Zachery Maeollendick, was not handcuffed. The woman, Christa Leigh, was handcuffed in front. It is unknown why the man was uncuffed.
In addition to allowing the public display of affection, the male was allowed to smoke a cigarette inside the patrol unit, reported WPTV.
According to the Internal Affairs report, the officer violated policies related to body worn cameras, authorized restraint, detainee transport operations, special transport situations, and use of tobacco products.
“Officer McNeal has accepted full responsibility for his actions and understands the seriousness of the policy violations,” said Chief Hobley-Burney. “The conduct of this officer does not represent the values of this Department or the dedicated men and women who serve our community with honor every day.”