3 men file complaints against LCSO, FMPD over ‘illegal’ searches

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City of Fort Myers Police Department

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Three Lee County men are planning to sue the city, sheriff’s office and police department over claims that officers on the two agencies’ joint task force violated civil rights by performing illegal searches.

The most recent of the complaints was filed Monday, while two were filed on Nov. 4.

Michael McDonald claims that Fort Myers police officer Sean Havvener conducted an illegal strip search, that included a cavity search of his anus during a traffic stop on Dec. 16, 2015. The complaint contends that McDonald had the right to a private search “on premises where the search cannot be observed by persons not conducting or observing the search,” according to state laws. McDonald’s claim was filed on Nov. 4.

In the second complaint over illegal strip searches, Terrance Lamar Scurry blames Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and former Fort Myers Interim Police Chief Dennis Eads for misconduct on behalf of their officers. Deputy Russell Park pulled Scurry over for not wearing his seatbelt on Oct. 14, 2015. During the traffic stop, officers inspected Scurry’s crotch and buttocks then conducted a cavity search of his anus, finding nothing. Park described Scurry as “upset and agitated… behavior consistent with how criminals interact with law enforcement,” the complaint says.

The third complaint was filed on Nov. 7 by Scurry’s passenger, William James Stevenson. He claims Park also illegally searched him for drugs and weapons.

The two traffic stops occurred within months of each other and less than a mile apart in distance just south of the Fort Myers Stars Complex. Three officers are listed in all three complaints:

  • FMPD Officer William Schulte
  • LCSO Deputy Gabriel Rose
  • LCSO Deputy Russell Park

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