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Fired Former St. Pete Chief Skipped Officer Funerals, Attended Cop Killer's

March 05, 2011  | 

Goliath Davis, a former St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police chief, said he was dismissed from his position as city administrator because he skipped three memorial services for slain officers and attended the funeral of cop killer Hydra Lacy, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Davis held a news conference following his firing to defend his decision to attend the funeral for the man who fatally shot Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, saying he didn't want to "disavow the Lacy family."

Davis, who also skipped the funeral for Officer David Crawford, said he didn't attend the police funerals because it would be too painful for him.

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Comments (8)

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Michael @ 3/6/2011 3:34 AM

I don't care what the excuse the Chief uses, or how painful it is. As the #1 cop in the city he should have done it for his officers, and to go to the cop killers funeral is just unforgiveable.......I am glad he was fired. We don't need this type of thinking running a dept. Good job to the Mayor, now you need to find a Chief who can run the dept. and give the support to the troops.

Just the Facts @ 3/6/2011 11:10 AM

Learn to read! Davis was a city administrator and a FORMER Police Chief. He was not fired from his position as a Police Chief. he was fired from his position as a city administrator. If i am not mistaken, the current chief did attend the funerals as he should. please learn to read and thrash somebody until you know the whole story.

! @ 3/6/2011 7:01 PM

Just the facts,

Please forgive Michael for not speaking to your liking Oh Great One.

Whether the man was a current chief or former chief, the idea that a former police officer, chief or patrol officer alike, would go to the funeral of a cop killer for their families support; and would fail to attend the funerals of police officers to support the true victims families is pathetic and completely unjustifiable.

Clearly you are no police officer and are under the allusion that you are aware of "the whole story"

Since you clearly have none, visit with a police officer and perhaps he can enlighten you with some common sense.

Mike A. @ 3/7/2011 5:07 PM

Where was this guy's priorities? I can "somewhat" understand not attending the officers funerals though I do believe he should have. But attending the funeral of someone that just killed two of the city's finest and bravest is unconscionable. As the former Chief, and as a former law enforcement officer he just should have remembered where he came from. He got what he deserved. That's the only story that needs to be told.

George @ 3/7/2011 7:40 PM

Just when you think you have heard the most stupid moronic thing in your life, you see something like this. This is beyond belief that this guy (I refuse to use the word Chief) goes to a cop killers funeral and skips his own officers funerals. You can't call him a low grade moron because that would be denigrating to real morons.

Joey B. @ 3/7/2011 9:49 PM

Sounds like a typical chief, or former chief, to me............... Cowardly, Disconnected, Ignorant.

RowdyReptile @ 3/8/2011 4:24 AM

...any question in THIS EXAMPLE of the differance between a "Leader & a politician?"

scpdblue @ 3/8/2011 1:11 PM

You can see from the youtube video why Davis attended the funeral of the scumbag who killed our brothers and by the story about the scumbag Hydra Lacy Jr. . definitely a political/racial move.

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