Police Officer Ned Golden II fired from the Sanford Police Department in Florida for trumping up attempted murder charges against a driver, Teco Livingston.
SHAME: Sanford Police Department fired police officer Ned Golden II, a second-generation Florida cop, for lying when he accused a driver, Teco Livingston, of attempted murder, claiming he tried to run him over. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement recommended that Golden be charged with three crimes: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, official misconduct and filing a false police report. Prosecutors opted not to file any charges because they felt the case would have been hard to prove.
The incident happened at a gas station Dec. 28. A store video shows him walking up to a car, his weapon drawn, then grabbing the driver’s door handle. The driver pulls away with Golden’s hand still on the handle, Golden running alongside for a short distance. He told dispatchers that he was dragged and suffered a skinned knee, but FDLE said it found no evidence of that.
Golden’s police report about the incident accused the driver, Teco Livingston, of trying to murder him. The car got away that night, and Livingston was not arrested. In his complaint Livingston wrote that Golden had his “gun pointed at me and the other people in the car for no reason at all. I was afraid for my life!” Source
How many more Teco Livingstons are out there who have been falsely accused by an unscrupulous police officer? I am Ned Golden II got what he deserved. Too bad he wasn’t arrested and tried on criminal charges.