BRADENTON, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Two Bradenton police detectives are accused of breaking into City Hall to use the bathroom because the facilities at their station are too “nasty.”
The Bradenton Herald reports that Ross Johnson and another detective broke into the Bradenton City Hall on Feb. 7 after it was closed to use the bathroom and left the building unlocked for the entire weekend.
“The footage, per (City Clerk and Treasurer) Mr. (Carl) Callahan and upon review by the Chief, showed [redacted name] and Johnson accessing a closed hallway of City Hall,” an internal affair report obtained by the Herald details. The report states that the door lock “was allegedly manipulated and defeated at the hands” of Johnson and the unnamed detective.
According to the Herald, Johnson said in the internal affairs report he broke the door lock so he and the other detective could use the City Hall bathroom.
“Just so we wouldn’t get locked out so we could use the bathroom or use it as a cut through,” Johnson reportedly told investigators.
Johnson also said in the report that the bathroom in the detective area at the Bradenton Police Department is “nasty” and that arrestees linger in the hallways and offices.
Johnson is no longer employed by the police department, while the unnamed detective still remains employed.