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More Voices Call For Release Of Edwards Video.

“The moment I release it, I give up all of the security features that are in my jail.” – Sheriff Wayne Ivey

More voices are calling for the release of the video of an incident at the Brevard County Jail where Gregory Lloyd Edwards, a 38-year-old army medic, died while in custody of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Brevard public defender, defense lawyers call on sheriff to release jail video involving Gregory Edwards and corrections deputies

Members of a criminal defense attorney organization, along with the Brevard County Public Defender are calling for Sheriff Wayne Ivey to release a jail video showing a violent confrontation between Gregory Edwards and corrections deputies.

Edwards died the next day.

Margaret Wagner, a criminal defense attorney and representative of the Brevard chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said that lawyers and prosecutors are frequently provided videos of jail interactions and fights as part of public trials and court cases. The group has over 50 members in Brevard.

“We receive video from the county jail all the time, whether it is involving a battery or a detainee fighting with a law enforcement agent. There’s really nothing stopping the sheriff from releasing the video,” Wagner told FLORIDA TODAY. The sheriff has claimed, based on the agency’s reading of state law, that the five-minute video is exempted from public records release because it involves showing the jail’s security systems.

“They send us video in the regular course of discovery. We get it from all over the jail, the medical area, booking. We find the sheriff’s explanation slightly strange and potentially disingenuous. It just seems that the only reason (the sheriff) is objecting to its release is that it is Gregory Edwards,” Wagner said.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey has so far refused to release the video saying as policy, the BCSO does not release surveillance video.

If Margaret Wagner and defense lawyers routinely receive video from the jail, Ivey is lying.

Yet we don’t have to take the word of a bunch of lawyers to prove Ivey is being dishonest. His own actions do that.

During a news conference, the sheriff said, “The moment I release it, I give up all of the security features that are in my jail.”

We don’t mean to be too pedantic here, but the Brevard County Jail does not belong to Wayne Ivey. (If it does, we wonder what the tax bill is.)

The jail belongs to the people of Brevard County who paid for the land, the building, the doors, the glass, the phone systems, the HVAC systems, and anything else in that building. Ivey must think that the accused, the lawyers, and police can’t put together a “picture” of what the inside of the jail looks like?

Luckily, we don’t have to go to that length.

In 2017, Ivey and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office’s official Facebook page had a video entitled “ITS TIME TO GO “BEHIND THE BARS”WITH CORPORAL KIMBERLY HALL OF THE BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE JAIL COMPLEX.”

(screenshot of video)

Ivey approved a video of the inside of the jail.

Here’s what Ivey had to say about the video that was viewed 30,000 times:

ITS TIME TO GO “BEHIND THE BARS”WITH CORPORAL KIMBERLY HALL OF THE BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE JAIL COMPLEX

I hope you enjoy this interesting insight into the profession of Corrections and that you will share it with your family and friends!!

Great Job Corporal Hall!!

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

A quick image and video searche for the jail shows Ivey and has released and or approved images and videos of the inside of the jail.

Ivey’s claim of “giving up all of the security features” of the jail rings hollow. That is especially true when Ivey himself released and approved the release of the images and the videos.

Even head of the Public Defender’s Office Blaise Trettis believes the Ivey should release the video:

Public Defender Blaise Trettis, whose taxpayer-funded office also handles such videos through the discovery process, also weighed in on the growing controversy.

“It should be released. Faces could be blurred out if that is a concern,” Trettis said to FLORIDA TODAY.

“Personally, I would like a more thorough explanation of the exception. Disclosure is a lot more beneficial…there should be disclosure,” Trettis said.

We said this the other day, but it bears repeating. Gregory Edwards served honorably as a medic in the US Army in tours of Afghanistan and Kosovo. He didn’t carry a weapon, but he did carry the desire to make a difference in helping others. For that service, Edwards returned to the United States, struggling mentally and emotionally with what he had gone through.

Ivey has paid lip service to vets who have served and those who suffer from PTSD.

(We say “lip service” because his actions surrounding the death of Gregory Edwards has been anything but supportive of vets and anything but honorable.)

If Edwards had died while serving, his wife Kathleen would have her husband’s friends tell her of the facts surrounding his death.

Yet when Edwards died in custody of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, back home, in his native country and state, Kathleen Edwards can’t find out what happened.

That’s morally and ethically reprehensible.

Release the daggone video and let Edward’s family have peace.

What is Ivey hiding?



One Response to “More Voices Call For Release Of Edwards Video.”

  1. Carla says:

    I wish Ivey would come clean and release the video.

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