Updated:ORANGE CITY, Fla. —
Two former officers with the Orange City Police Department said they plan to sue the city.
Former Chief Jeff Baskoff and former Lieutenant Gregory Melvin claim several officers illegally performed unauthorized background checks on them using the driver and vehicle information database.
“I think it was a violation of my civil rights,” Baskoff said. “I have a right to privacy and they’re invading it.”
Baskoff, who was chief for 11 of his 27 years with the department, retired in 2010.
He said he soon discovered the officers he once led were accessing his private driver’s license information using DAVID, or the Driver and Vehicle Information Database.
9 Investigates has recently reported on rampant DAVID abuse by police all over the state of Florida.
Some officers even had their police certification revoked because of it, yet in most cases nothing was done, and Baskoff said the same is true for the officers who searched his name.
Records from Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show at least five searches of Baskoff’s name.
If a judge rules in his favor, it could cost the city at minimum $200,000, not counting punitive damages.
“I just wanted the city to acknowledge it was done and it is inappropriate,” Baskoff said.