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2 Bradenton Police officers investigated for breaking into city hall

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Two Bradenton police officers are in big trouble after they were caught on camera breaking into a locked hallway in city hall. Two Bradenton police officers are in big trouble after they were caught on camera breaking into a locked hallway in city hall.
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Two Bradenton police officers are in big trouble after they were caught on camera breaking into a locked hallway in city hall.

One was fired and another will soon have a disciplinary hearing.

According to a 20-page internal affairs report, surveillance cameras at city hall captured some suspicious video.

On Friday February 7th, a hallway in city hall was closed and the lights were off.

City hall is connected to the police department.

But the video revealed Detective Ross Johnson and another unidentified officer had manipulated the locks to keep the door open.

They even used flashlights to maneuver down the dark hallway.

The other officer was not identified because he is currently on medical leave.

The officers told investigators the reason why they manipulated the locks was so that they could access the bathrooms on the city hall side of the building because the bathroom on the police department side was 'nasty.'

These actions were discovered on Monday morning when a city official thought it was suspicious that the door latch had been tampered.

The officers said they did not want to risk being seen by any arrestees on the police department side of the building.

Investigators say the door was left unlocked all weekend, and that could have been a security risk.

The officers said they forgot to repair the latch but they acknowledged they were not authorized to be in there.

The unidentified officer said, “With flashlights I can understand looking at it from the outside in, that it looks like, it appears, to be, like, a burglary or something. Where somebody’s not supposed to have access….I just, you know want to go on record saying that wasn’t my intent.”

Detective Johnson said, “Now that I see the severity of it…I understand what I did was wrong. I just want to apologize. I didn’t mean to cause any embarrassment to the Chief or anything like that.”

They were apologetic but the investigation revealed questions about their honesty. So Detective Johnson was fired and the other officer will have a pre- disciplinary hearing in June.

Johnson has filed a grievance. A police department spokesman says after the hearing, the other officer could still keep his job.

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