• 9 Investigates firing of OPD officer


    ORLANDO, Fla. -
    9 Investigates new documents that are helping explain why Orlando police just recently fired a troubled police officer.

    WFTV was there last month when some of the criminal charges against Danny Sidders failed to stick, but Channel 9's Christopher Heath learned why it finally cost Sidders his job.

    Orlando Police Internal Affairs drafted two reports in the case, one into the domestic violence accusations and the other into the charge of tampering with evidence, and it was the totality of the two reports that ultimately cost Officer Sidders his job.

    According to the Internal Affairs report, Sidders sent another officer to remove a handgun from his home following Sidders' November arrest on domestic battery charges in Apopka.

    According to the report, Sidders admitted to a heated argument and to leaving the residence, drinking vodka and then returning.

    When officers arrived at the home, they found Mountain Dew and vodka in Sidders' SUV.

    Citing "numerous domestic incidents," coupled with Sidders' jailhouse phone call to a fellow officer to remove a handgun from his apartment to avoid detection by investigators, the Orlando Police Department determined in its report that Sidders' actions adversely affected discipline, order and the reputation of Orlando police, and therefore, ordered his termination.

    Of the three possible violations investigated by IA, the only charge that was not sustained was the one of domestic battery.

    In the report, investigators cited a total lack of cooperation by the Sidders' girlfriend and her friend.

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