Two Crestview police officers fired in Floyd trial aftermath

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 16:00 PM.

Two Crestview police officers have been fired following Police Chief Tony Taylor’s review of sworn testimony in former Maj. Joseph Floyd’s trial and subsequent investigations, Taylor said.

Sgt. Matthew Purvines and Officer Zachary Faircloth were terminated following internal investigations that Taylor began Sept. 4, the Crestview Police Department announced on Thursday.

The men were placed on administrative leave with pay during the investigation, according to a CPD news release, which said that Taylor determined “... both officers disclosed personal and critical breaches of ethics and moral character ... (such as) falsification of police reports.”

Investigations concluded Tuesday and found the following violations of CPD, Crestview and Florida policies and statutes, according to Taylor:

Withholding information from a superior officer and not being truthful at all times

Knowingly using false information in a police report

Being disorderly, whether on or off duty

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