Jun 262015
Nicholas Galbo testifying at deposition in Eimers case.

Nicholas Galbo testifying at deposition in Eimers case.

Key West Police Officer Nicholas Galbo, one of the officers involved in the in-custody death of Charles Eimers, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault. Officer Nicholas Galbo, 32, was charged with battery after his live-in girlfriend, Ashlynn Jones, 18, called the police.

Police responded to the call at 10:40 p.m. when Jones called and complained that Galbo had thrown her over his shoulder to the ground and held her pinned during an argument. According to the victim, an argument escalated to the point where she threatened to leave and Galbo tried to stop her. She said she was able to escape the hold he had on her and ran out of the apartment. Jones stated she hid behind some bushes while she watched Galbo circling the area with his vehicle. She contacted a friend who came to pick her up and she called the police from her friend’s house. After taking her report, officers asked Galbo to come to the police department where he gave his statement and was arrested.

Galbo has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the resolution of the criminal case and an internal affairs investigation.  Chief Donie Lee told Bill Becker on US 1 radio that if Galbo is convicted of domestic battery he will likely no longer be eligible for employment as a police officer.

Click to read the full police incident report written by Officer Thomas Stutz.

Galbo is the Key West police officer who testified that he had not seen any sand or blood on Charles Eimers’ face even though he’d been standing within inches of Charles Eimers when officers turned him over on Thanksgiving morning 2013.   Eimers had died in-custody after an altercation with police on South Beach at the foot of Duval. Galbo was one of over a dozen officers involved in the incident.  Galbo’s testimony was contradicted when a bystander video [below] surfaced. The FDLE, State Attorney, and KWPD internal affairs cleared all officers from accusations of criminal wrongdoing despite the fact that one officer had admitted to killing the man while unintentionally recording himself talking about the incident. [“Well, we killed him.”, “Me, I dropped like a f***king bomb on his head.”, It was an “in-custody murder”]

The family of Charles Eimers settled their civil lawsuit for $900,000.

Here is video taken while Key West attorney David Paul Horan deposed Officer Galbo:

Here is the bystander video that attorneys for the Eimers family obtained after Galbo’s deposition:

For all Blue Paper coverage of the in-custody death of Charles Eimers click here.


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 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am * Featured Story *  Add comments

  26 Responses to “Cop Involved in In-Custody Death of Charles Eimers Arrested For Assault”

  1. What we might be seeing in the very near future is Key West being forced to close down and ran by Monroe county. Hopefully this will not need to happen and can be prevented. It would destroy what Key West is all about.

    See what happened in Waldo FL http://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-town-infamous-for-speed-traps-disbanding-police-force/

    The people of this country do not need to put up with such conduct.

    Anyone that has ever visited KW and walked Duval street must ask how some of what they see goes uncorrected. A whore house that operates and openly advertises services offered. A gay bar that has male strippers dancing in undies on the bar and getting money only 10 feet from the view of anyone walking past it. That includes young kids. I am very open minded and tolerant but that even pushes by limits. For Fantasy Fest I can deal with it as people are warned but this goes on every day of the week.
    Very clear that some type of buddy system has been worked out. 18 year old strippers living with cops old enough to be the father surely should violate code of ethics. What else was going on in that apartment ? Underage drinking ? I am not stupid as to what dancers are into. Most are into drugs ,alcohol and prostitution and here we have one living with a cop. WOW what a setup they have in KW.

    Will one cop tell on another ? Not in KW. Will a dancer testify on a cop ? Bet she has already been advised of what to do by the bar she works at if she wants to keep her job. Will the case ever get to court ? HELL NO

    • Sounds to me like you might be a lot happier living in a tamer place than Key West, or even the Florida Keys, the seedy reputations of which go back a very long ways; only some of the tinsel and ornaments have changed over the years.

      You are dreaming, if you think Monroe County will take over running Key West, which is a nation unto itself. I have, however, suggested to Key West that it fire its entire police force and invite the Sheriff to provide law enforcement in Key West, just as the Sheriff provides law enforcement in the other municipalities in the Keys, and in the unincorporated areas.

      If you want to try to get something hot started in Key West, launch your own campaign for the mayor and city commissioners to resign. In that way, you will learn how many people agree with you – maybe 5 :-), counting me. Do not expect the people who love and voted for the mayor and the city commissioners to join your cause.

      Which brings me back to where I started. Key West is notorious, for a very long time, for being a den of iniquity. That’s part of its charm. If that really bothers you, or anyone who lives here, why are you, and they, living here?

      • Your reading too much into this. I do not by any means object to stripper bars and visit them in when in KW. We enjoy the lifestyle of KW or would not attend. Yes do think children walking with parents past the gay bar and able to view clearly a male in tighty whities is a bit too crude for even Key West. For me and my wife seeing it means nothing as we are nudist. Just don’t think it is something small kids should be seeing in any town. But yes all part of the charm of KW and actually is not illegal by FL law. They are not exposed. Actually we are supporters of creating a legal nude beach in KW. Being nothing stops women from being topless on KW beach or men or women to wear thongs you are so close to being a nude beach that it dam near is one. Carefully read FL law.
        800.03 Exposure of sexual organs.—It is unlawful to expose or exhibit one’s sexual organs in public or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner, or to be naked in public except in any place provided or set apart for that purpose. Violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. A mother’s breastfeeding of her baby does not under any circumstance violate this section.

        Do pay attention to sexual organ part and neither breast or ass is a sexual ORGAN.

        Also not ” in a vulgar or indecent manner” Just being nude alone does not violate the law. Not suggesting any walk nude down Duval but as long as not exposing sexual organs if arrested a good lawyer could beat the charge.

        Will Monroe county take over KW , hopefully never as it would destroy the charm. But it could happen.

        As to the KWPD even that is better to have ran on city level than ran by a county but the only cure is to fire most if not all off its officers. They all have been trained wrong and they have no skill to calm a situation without violence when it can be done.
        Eimers clearly surrendered on vidio. No force of any kind was needed. One cop could have easily handcuffed him and took him off to jail. Yes he deserved to be arrested but no need for 13 cops and tasers or death.. The Murphy case never needed the force used. A simple yell of KEY WEST POLICE would have been more than enough. The cops are simply trained to use force first.
        Why Lee is still in office I don’t understand. That the mayor has supporters is not hard to understand. Business people need him on their side.

        For us we will not be investing any money in KW until we see a major clean up and that could take years,

        We very much enjoy Fantasy Fest and join in the fun. We do caution friends not to take kids to it.

        I know of no other town that would allow what happens at FF and I do give the KWPD credit in how they handle it. And we enjoy every minute of it. Most of the officers have a nice polite attitude for this event.

        My main concern is the recent misuse of the badge and police brutality. We have many friends that are cops and they all tell us they are held to higher standards. Child molesters or cops living with dancers would never be tolerated.
        As far as this dancer I just want to see her and slip her a few dollars and have a look at what Galbo will never get again LOL.

    • For your information that young stripper your talking about is my younger sister.. and i can assure you she doesnt do drugs or prostitution.

  2. So all of you seem to have a lot of stuff to say so i can shed some light. That young girl is my beautiful baby sister. I know exactly what happened and i know my sister. She dropped the charges, but i believe the state is still going to go forward with it. She did not drop the charges bc they harassed her, she decided that she blew the whole thing up bigger than it was and she was not innocent in the ordeal and was physical with him (which she did not tell police) which lead him to restrain her, the way he did i do not agree with, but not something worth sending someone to prison for the rest of his life. And for the judgmental assholes calling her a whore and too young for him.. grow up. They are a beautiful couple and have so much fun together judge all you want. I do not agree with her choice of work but i can assure you shes not into drugs and fucking for money so you can just stfu about all that. I have been fucked over by KWPD myself so im not being blind to the issues in the law enforcement down here but please stop blowing everything out of proportion without knowing facts. Period. Not here to argue with your opinions they are yours to have, but i thought i would let you know some more of the details that so many papers seem to leave out or do not have access to.
    Sincerely, Key West Citizen 🙂

  3. sammiejamma, I really don’t care if you think your sister and Galbo are a beautiful couple or not. He is a known liar and it’s totally inappropriate for a 32 year old cop to be dating and living with an 18 year old stripper. Does it matter they she refused to press charges against him? For me, absolutely not because I’m certain that pressure was put on her to do so. I would not put anything beyond the realm of possibilities for Donie Lee and KWPD to do. They have exhibited themselves to not have anything they do or say to be believed.

  4. The fact is 90% of female strippers do use drugs and are prostitutes and also bi. And I am not knocking her if she is bi. And am fine with strippers. This is a business I happen to know a lot about. If she is not part of that 90 % then great and please get your sister out of that place. He is 32 and she can do far better than have him as a BF. He was giving her a place to live likely free and that is an exchange of value for sex. The people are watching this case and the state had best go ahead and bust him. All I want is to see him convicted as a felon and he deserves that. And as a felon guess where he can not work. It does not matter if she refuses to press charges as the state can and should go after him. He tried to stop her from leaving and that is a felony. An 18 year old that looks hot enough to strip does not need a man old enough to be her father. Does KWPD have any code of conduct rules ?

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