Officer reassigned over shopping cart pull
Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 11:07 p.m.
BRADENTON — A police officer has been reassigned to front-desk duty after drawing cheers and jeers for saving a homeless woman's shopping cart full of belongings.
Patrol Officer Nicholas Evans, 26, was celebrated by homeless advocates after he pulled a packed shopping cart alongside his police cruiser for 12 miles to the jail after arresting its homeless owner on an outstanding warrant last week.
But the three-year veteran was widely ridiculed by peers and criticized by Chief Michael Radzilowski for failing to use common sense and not figuring out another way to save the woman's belongings.
He was reassigned to front-desk duty Tuesday while the incident is investigated further. Evans is not likely to be fired, the chief said.
"He believes what he did was right at the time," the officer's wife, Liz Evans, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Authorities have learned that Evans also dragged another shopping cart while driving after returning to duty later that night — violating a supervisor's order. The second incident involved an empty CVS pharmacy cart that he returned to the store.
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