TRINITY, Fla (WFLA) – “It’s a bunch of crap that’s what it is,” former Clearwater Police Officer Brian Jerard said Wednesday night when News Channel 8 knocked at his door. News Channel 8 asked Jerard about an internal affairs report and videos released by Clearwater Police.
“It’s amazing how people can twist things around when they don’t want to do the right thing. That’s all I have to say,” Jerard said before slamming the door. He is accused of fraud. Clearwater Police claim he wasn’t truthful about the extent of an on-the-job injury. The department had Jerard followed by a investigator who was able to get videos of him limping into doctors’ offices but then walking fine while loading groceries, household supplies and pacing around outside stores to smoke.
Clearwater Police declined to comment about the case Wednesday. In a internal affairs report, Jerard resigned January 9 instead of facing criminal charges. The report also revealed Jerard “relinquished his law enforcement certification.” The report claims Jerard was injured while on duty in September of 2013. But the City of Clearwater soon hired an investigator. The investigator tracked the then-officer form December of 2013 through April 2014.
That is when they captured video and worked with doctors who said the videos indicated Jerard “was not being truthful regarding what he was reporting.” The city paid out $59,507 for Jerard’s injury claim, $29,376 of which was paid directly to Jerard for disability compensation.