Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Waldon Case Woes Not over; Internal Probe, Lawsuits on Tap

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Waldon Case Woes Not over; Internal Probe, Lawsuits on Tap

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Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer

The woes for Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover and city officials promise to linger well after Wednesday's guilty verdicts for ex-cop Karl Waldon as Glover turns internally to investigate what went wrong and the city fights off civil lawsuits.

Glover said he wants to know whether warning signs had been missed that could have stopped Waldon, convicted in the Sami Safar slaying and other attacks, and three other officers who pleaded guilty to crimes.

A string of problems on Glover's watch were uncovered in the case, but the sheriff bowed to prosecutors' wishes to delay an investigation until Waldon's trial ends. Jurors will meet Tuesday to determine whether Waldon gets the death penalty.

Glover has suggested that a lack of supervision has been one trouble spot. During the trial, convicted ex-cops talked about how, unsupervised, they robbed dozens of drug dealers while working as narcotics officers. Prosecutor Jim Klindt also suggested Waldon and the others worked in elite units that took advantage of great autonomy to abuse their power.

"We do have some work to do internally," Glover said after the verdict. "We'll look back to see if more efficient supervision would have prevented this and we'll answer all of the unanswered questions."

Other problems that have arisen as part of the Waldon case include:

-- A jail inmate gave information to a homicide detective linking ex-cop Aric Sinclair to a robbery, but a polygraph of the inmate was presumed stolen and the investigation didn't develop. It wasn't until 11 months later that Sinclair was relieved of his duties. Investigators suspect an inside job to protect Sinclair, who has admitted to robbing people and giving Waldon information that helped him in the Safar attack.

-- A homicide detective said he was ordered to back off investigating Safar's slaying, though his enraged peers and superiors deny any part. …

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