Two police detectives in Southwest Florida have been accused of breaking into City Hall.
Their excuse: The toilet in their station house is “nasty” and people under arrest are hanging around in the hallway.
The detectives with the Bradenton Police Department are under investigation after breaking into City Hall after hours on Feb. 7, leaving the building unlocked for the weekend, according to an internal affairs report.
One of the detectives, Ross Johnson, is no longer with the department. The other detective was not named.
The investigation started after City Clerk and Treasurer Carl Callahan complained to Police Chief Michael Radzilowski, according to the report. Callahan reportedly provided a USB storage device containing City Hall surveillance footage.
Both Johnson and the other detective worked in the department's narcotics unit.
According to the report, the detective said they reversed the latch on the door "just so we wouldn't get locked out so we could use the bathroom or use it as a cut through."
Johnson added that the action was not authorized, the report states.
Johnson was asked why he didn't use the restroom at the Bradenton Police Department station.
According to the report, Johnson responded that the restroom in the detective area is "nasty."
Johnson described the restroom in City Hall as "out of sight, out of mind."