Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Press Release Regarding Mr. Ronald Davenport
We recently received a press release regarding Mr. Ronald Davenport as it relates to an incident that occurred on May 12, 2020.
In the interest of transparency and an accurate review of the case, we are releasing the PCA, incident report, Uniform Traffic Citation, and photos of Mr. Davenport related to this incident. There are significant differences in the press release provided to the media and the information documented in the reports and provided to the courts reference the criminal charges that are pending.
SPD first learned of the incident on June 6, 2020, via a third party social media platform. Chief DiPino immediately advised Internal Affairs to initiate an investigation even though no formal complaint was made. On June 6, 2020 Internal Affairs called Mr. Davenport to gather further details regarding the incident but had to leave a message asking Mr. Davenport to return their call. Internal Affairs never received a return phone call from Mr. Davenport. On June 12, 2020 upon learning that Internal Affairs did not hear back from Mr. Davenport, Chief DiPino directed Internal Affairs to continue efforts to contact him for a period of thirty days. On June 16, 2020 Internal Affairs went to the residence of Mr. Davenport in an effort to make contact. Investigators were unable to make contact with Mr. Davenport and left a card requesting a call back.
We want all interested parties to have full and accurate information about the facts of this case, therefore we felt it was important to release the official documents associated with the case so the community could have an opportunity to review them.
We are asking for the community’s help by providing information, witnesses, and video related to the incident. Please call Internal Affairs with any of the aforementioned, or any other information about this incident, at 941-263-6029.