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Orange-Osceola state attorney releases list of names of police officers, deputies with possible credibility issues in court

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange-Osceola County State's Attorney Office said more than three dozen current and former law enforcement officers have credibility issues.

State Attorney Aramis Ayala on Tuesday released the names of those added to the so-called Brady List database of those whose credibility may be in question.

Six current Orlando police officers are now on the list, which can come into play during criminal trial testimony.

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“No one ends up on the Brady List without associated facts,” Ayala said. “Some of those facts include their own criminal prosecution. Some of it includes tampering with evidence engaging in language that they have bias, excessive force.”

Most of the officers from eight agencies on the list have been terminated or have retired.

Ayala said this initial list was published so prosecutors know that they may need to disclose their questionable history to defense attorneys.

She said over time, a last resort list could be created, meaning prosecutors should not consider the officer's testimony credible and should gather other evidence.

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“Anyone who engages in conduct that is concerning could land them on the last resort list because everyone is on notice,” Ayala said.

In a statement, Orlando police officials said the officers who remain employed are in good standing, and those officers will be expected to continue performing in keeping with the department's high standards.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said none of the people on the Brady List, with the exception of one still currently under investigation and relieved of duty with no pay, still work for the department. Many of the names on the list were provided to the state attorney’s office by the sheriff’s office, officials said. “We will continue our strong commitment to the tenets of Brady,” officials said in a statement.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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