Saturday, October 15, 2011

A slap on the wrist and one in the face

Daniel Saylor
Ex-Police Chief Daniel Saylor faced the music yesterday. He stood before Judge Jeffrey Arnold in Orange County courtroom 10A, awaiting his sentence for two counts of Official Misconduct, one count of Solicitation to Commit Official Misconduct and one count of Solicitation to Tamper with Physical Evidence.

Unfortunately, the music was too soft and easy.

By all accounts, Saylor presented himself as a man of character who had done many good deeds in his life.

Scott Bush
By all accounts, perhaps, except that of the child victim whom he failed to protect from his buddy Scott Frederick Bush. Bush is currently out on bond, awaiting trial for two counts of Sexual Battery Victim <12 yrs old, and one count of Lewd/Lascivious Molestation Victim <12.

Saylor's cover up of an investigation into his friend's alleged crimes was not only his undoing, but caused a maelstrom that included lawsuits, a scuffle at a Town Council meeting, and governmental shakeups in the formerly quiet town of Windermere (well, as long as you don't talk about Tiger Woods' "incident" it was quiet).

Saylor's attorney, Mark NeJame, argued that his client had suffered great public embarrassment; loss of his job, his law enforcement certification, and numerous friends (though many were in the gallery to support him); and was truly remorseful.

Please pass the Kleenex.

In reviewing numerous press reports about Mr. Saylor's misconduct, it is obvious that his 1-yr jail sentence (with work release approved by the judge), is like slapping someone on the wrist with a feather. At the time of his arrest, there were over 1,000 pages in FDLE's investigation of Winderemere's police chief. In addition to allegations relating to Bush, Saylor allegedly:

  • Accepted a $1000 cash "gift" in 2010 from Raul Carvajal, a subordinate, who sought to have a friend hired by the police department (Carvajal pled no contest to one count of bribery and one count of official misconduct, and was sentenced to 1 day in jail, 3 years probation and 150 hours community service earlier this month - adjudication was withheld);
  • Failed to take action when DNA testing identified a suspect in a 2004 home invasion and attempted kidnapping case three years ago;
  • Returned a diamond tennis bracelet that had been stolen from police evidence. Additionally, over 20 guns, drugs, cash, and other valuables had reportedly disappeared from the less than secure evidence room.
  • Filed false crime statistics.
  • Voided tickets for residents and government employees.
  • Ordered officers to drive intoxicated residents home rather than arrest them for DUI.
  • Used officers to disperse immigrant workers at Bush's home after they had nearly completed work for him then refused to pay them.
  • Sold guns meant for law enforcement to civilians.
Additionally, Saylor
  • Resigned from the Melbourne Police Department in 1996 after being stopped in Orlando with a prostitute; and
  • Was suspended from the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 2009 for "misbehaving" at a conference, unbeknownst to Windermere's government.

With all of that, I find Judge Arnold's comment to Saylor, "You're a talented man and will recover from this blip in the middle of your life" extraordinarily inappropriate. See it here.

This "blip?"

Did he call it a "blip?"

How can one call misconduct and criminal behavior going back 15 years a "blip?"

I call it disgraceful - both Saylor's behavior and the comment made by the judge.

And a one year sentence with the judge's permission to do work release? A slap in the face to Bush's victim, law abiding citizens, and good cops everywhere.


  1. Seriously, "blip" ? This is pathetic. Another slap in the face for victims. No wonder people continue to disregard laws! Thank you Judge a fine example you set! Saylor is still a creep!

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  3. I was thinking the same thing... preferential treatment because he was a police officer? I would think the punishment would be worse since he is supposed to be an upstanding citizen, role model, and leader.. Way to set an example Florida..

  4. I'm not defending anyone here, but i will comment that a judge has to make a decision based on the evidence that's in front of him or her at the time he declares the sentence, not what the press alleges against a person. Frequently (i can't emphasize that word enough), the press gets facts wrong and it's kind of ignoring the elephant in the room for anyone to say otherwise. You can't just ignore parts of the law when it suits you. You have to take the totality of the circumstances. i can't tell you how many times i've seen trials, read entire trial transcripts, and where i read about the exact same trial in the paper, and there are a lot of facts just blatantly wrong and incorrect or, even more frequently, taken completely out of context just to get sensational headlines. i'm not defending anyone, by any stretch of the imagination, but you are ignoring the elephant in the room that is the press getting things wrong and stretching the facts to fit their agenda. i would even say you are doing that very thing, to some extent, which, well, I don't think that type of practice, however legal it is, does anybody any good. It doesn't help victims at all and it doesn't help offenders, either, for that matter. Everybody has rights to the exact same Constitutional rights every time, et cetera, you and everyone else. You can't exclude one person and include another just because you think they don't deserve it.