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. I can already predict the outcome of the internal affairs investigation. To begin with I’d be willing to bet that this lying piece of shit is being paid while on administrative leave so he gets a paid vacation out of all of this. Based on past investigations it will be determined that Galbo did nothing wrong because that’s the way things are done here in Bubbaville.

  2. I have no confidence in the judicial system in Key West so I bet Key West Police Officer Nicholas Galbo will not be prosecuted. He was part of the murder and cover-up of Charles Elmers so why wouldn’t these charges be dropped?. No one has the balls to go against the Key West Police Department no matter what they do. Even the state or Feds don’t care what illegal activities they do.

  3. And previously the Calvert case that resulted in his gun being taken away #domestic threats against first wife. #abusive power @ work & domestically mdkhuggins

  4. well well well looks like the fine outstanding perjurer has gone from gang killing to beating up women! gads and he also carries a badge and of all things a gun too!!!! will wonders never cease? naja is that paid or non-paid leave? inquiring minds and all that…bet its paid! but not to worry he will get a job in the code dept or the housing dept or the xyz dept and wear a uniform and have a badge and maybe just maybe a gun too. [all sarc]

    seriously though I’ve got to agree with sloan…yes karma has a way of biting the deserving in the patoot.

  5. If Galbo did not admit to touching her and if there were no injuries and no witnesses,Galbo will probably get away with it . If he is tried and convicted ,he will not be able to be a cop ( thank god !) with a DV conviction.He will not be able to carry a gun if he is convicted of DV.

    The other interesting piece is that the prosecutors receive VAWA

  6. The cop, Gary Lee Lovette, whose taser recorder caught him admitting they killed Eimers, I don’t recall Lovette said “murdered”, but that’s what it was, was put on 5 days administrative leave for lying about saying their killed Eimers – yes? Then, Lovette was back on the job, as if nothing had happened, yes? And the mayor and city commissioners didn’t even squawk a peep, did they? Meaning, they really like Gary Lee Lovette on their police force, yes?

    It remains quite a ways to be seen how the Galbo case will go in the Key West pretend criminal justice system, but, as wankajm reminds, karma is not restricted by an IA investigation, or a State Attorney doing nothing – in fact, karma takes no prisoners, and maybe there will end up being lots of criminal defendants in this case, if the wife’s story is true, who never remotely dreamed there is another court room in which they have no protection.

  7. Do hope he writes plenty of notes for himself as we know he has difficulty in remembering details that matter, but dam good at details such as route he took to Eimers case. LOL he sure was set up and fell for that trap.

    Seems they left out a couple of charges. Last time I checked it was illegal to detain someone. Believe it is called kidnapping. Next comes a charge for chasing after her. Will presume with the use of his patrol car while off duty and CARRYING a fire arm most likely. But we all know he will deny having a gun as that changes it to felony.

    Now let’s take a look at how KWPD handled this. They go to the victim and take statement. So far perfect. But if this had been anyone other than a fellow cop they would have gone and handcuffed , searched him and gave him a free ride to the station. Also assume released with no bail or bond.

    After Jones is threatened with retaliation she will drop charges. Am sure if she presses the charge and testifies that she best leave the island as they will harass her. He will enjoy his paid vacation and all charges dropped.

    This did brighten my day to see one of KWPD fine cops being arrested. Sorry to say not the THUG I hoped for.

    Takes a paper with guts to print this story.
    Please keep us all updated.

    • jim I see it clear too. yep you got it. she will not press.
      talk of a paper..i wonder if the citizen will report this in their daily crime section? 😉

    • Galbo was handcuffed and transported to the jail. [It’s at the end of the attached report.]

      • Yes read all of it. Point here is had it been anyone else it would not be call him and ask him to go to the station. It would been a cop banging on the his door and taken in.

        How nice to see he likes them real young. Won’t say nothing negative about what she does for a living but surely she can find a better man than him.

        Now let me ask something. Can he still be prosecuted without her pressing charges ? He admitted to the assault charges and tried to stop her from leaving. and that is illegal.

        He just demonstrated that he is violent and such a person is a danger to the community. He needs charged with felony and fired not resign from KWPD

        Another cop that likes them young too. Must be the water.

  8. just read the citizen mullet wrapper version and not a hint of eimers killing and how this pos perjured himself plain and simple.
    also it seems he has had earlier ‘experiance’ with domestic thugery with a different 22 year old girl.
    what a guy…..a prince of key west…..perhaps a statue at Mallory square will be offered him!

  9. We don’t even bother reading the citizen. It has never even been cost effective as toilet paper. Problem in KW is the voters are scared or just don’t care. This poor girl needed help and thought she found a nice guy to help. She found a piece of shit lying cop that used her for sex. Likely not good at that either. What will it take before he get’s fired ? A death ? Did I misread the report on no weapons ? So was she reaching for a knife or gun or not ? I notice the lack of comment from our fine chief but then what could he say about the type of people he has.

    Does KWPD have any honest decent cops ? Are they all this corrupt ?

    Let’s get the video of report and get it on U TUBE.

  10. Wow, what’s going on down there? I’m a cop from out of state, and in my job credibility is everything. If I or anyone else on my team, who are trained observers, had perjured themselves during sworn testimony at a deposition we would be done right then and right there. What good is a policeman who will lie under oath? Nothing he said can ever be trusted again.
    And did I read right that this man is accused of the battery and unlawful restraint of a domestic partner who is 14 years his junior and still in her teens? I would expect to be put under SERIOUS scrutiny to even be in a relationship like that; where the dynamics are so different. Police officers are held to a higher standard because of the trust bestowed upon us by you, those we are sworn to protect and defend. I’m sickened in my heart when I read such things.

  11. I also notice that according to the police report, the female victim is an 18 year old girl who works in a strip club. This is definitely not a relationship that would be endorsed by most police departments… I’m strictly aghast.
    I was thinking of Key West P.D. as a retirement job too. No way I would last long in such an environment.

  12. Smith , it is refreshing to hear that we still have some cops that deserve respect.

    This is one of the mild cases of recent illegal activity of the KWPD.

    They conducted cavity searches on public streets in view of everyone.

    Tased a black man on a bicycle for running a stop sign.

    A few years back one of them tased and nearly killed a man named Murphy

    Assume you read the dozens of posts on the Eimers murder

    Another case was aiming a gun on a young black girl of about 10 or 11

    They had a high school cop molest his 10 year old step daughter.

    The FBI is investigating the Eimers murder.

    Seems the code of ethics of cops in Key West is a bit on the low side.

    And while your at it read about the cop using excessive force on a mentally ill person on the 18 mile stretch of US 1.

    Also read the one on the DOG LADY where a female cop doing security side work at a pier bar arrested a lady for trespassing on PUBLIC PROPERTY.

    Might get rich and publish a book on the KWPD corruption.

    The list keeps growing.

  13. TWO Glocks and an AR-15. A knife. And he carries them while on patrol!

    Can we presume that he was looking for her in his cruiser? Are there any recorded communications to other officers while he was searching for her?

    Galbo must go.

  14. I will assume he used his cruiser
    and very likely violated policy if he did not radio dispatch. Can anyone imagine the outcome had he caught her ?

    As to him having the weapons I see no issue for any cop not to be properly armed. The problem is we now see that this violent man is a danger to the very same people he is to protect. He has some mental issues that need dealt with fast. The people need to be blasting Chief Lee to fire this man before he kills someone. Sorry to say it but this man needs to find another line of work as he is not fit to be a cop. Tourist need alerted that the danger is the cops.

  15. Naja & Arnaud,

    Excellent coverage and brilliantly constructed, per usual.

    On a silver platter, Galbo has given the necessary information to place a noose around the necks of ‘all those’ who have allegedly engaged in criminal misconduct; surrounding a plethora of incidents.

    A young 18 year old girl, allegedly assaulted by a cop… Mention of a strip club and stripper friends, in need of some favors and desirous of settling some old scores. Drugs, alcohol, illicit sex, prostitution and adultery, along with a bevy of illegal operations that are sometimes coalesced within these types of operations; and what do we have; a toxic brew begging to be doled out to any fool who has upset the apple cart.

    All candidates ripe for a criminal investigation. All capable of turning, rolling, telling on; or betraying an accomplice or acquaintance; for any reason whatsoever.

    As has been my experience, law-enforcement officers who are criminally cocksure, violent and deluded with the notion that they have a right to harm another; they invariably make mistakes, exceed their capabilities and leave a wake of evidence.

    Perhaps a team will be put together, causing this weak and shabbily built house of cards to tumble.

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