UPD officer put on leave after Gator player's citation not filed


Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.

A University of Florida police officer who works with the football team has been put on leave after a police report wasn't initially filed on a citation issued to a football player.

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Jessamen Dunker

The report involved redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker, 19, using expletives last week in arguing with police about being cited for failing to wear a seat belt.

Lt. William Gainey, who coordinates security at football games and supervises the officer who issued the citation, has been put on leave pending an investigation.

UF Police Chief Linda Stump declined comment on the investigation but said the department investigates any allegations of wrongdoing.

"Even the appearance or perception that we have done something inappropriate, we're going to investigate it," she said.

The investigation involves the failure to file a report on Dunker's citation, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. Gainey met with UF athletic association officials following the incident involving Dunker, the source said.

UF athletic association spokesman Steve McClain said the association asked for no special treatment from police.

"That's not how we do business," he said.

The report ended up being filed the day after the citation was issued and said Gainey told the officer to report the incident, so it's unclear what happened with the report initially.

Dunker was stopped on campus Nov. 14 when officers saw that he was driving without a seat belt, according to the report. An officer reported that he tapped on Dunker's window, leading Dunker to use an expletive in telling him to stop.

After Dunker rolled down the window, he again used an expletive in refusing to give his identification and his name, police reported.

The officer told Dunker he would be arrested to get his name and that the case would be forwarded to the student conduct office and his coaches notified, according to the report.

"I don't give a (expletive) about all that, it's over a (expletive) seatbelt ticket," Dunker responded, according to police.

Dunker again used an expletive after receiving the citation, the report said. McClain declined comment on whether Dunker was disciplined.

Dunker is a Boynton Beach native who enrolled at UF in January, according to the university athletic association. He was ranked the No. 4 offensive guard in the country by ESPN and named a Parade and Under Armour high school All-American.

Contact staff reporter Nathan Crabbe at 338-3176 or nathan.crabbe@gvillesun.com. Visit www.thecampussun.com for more stories on the University of Florida.

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