Chief Lee received a letter from Paige M. Fitzgerald, of the Criminal Section of the United States Department of Justice, regarding its investigation of KWPD’s role in the Thanksgiving 2013 in-custody death of Key West visitor Charles Eimers.
The following is the text of that letter:
Dear Chief Lee:
The Criminal Section of the Civil Right Division enforces the federal criminal civil rights laws, such as the willful abuse of authority by public officials that deprives individuals of liberties and rights defined in the United States Constitution or federal law. We evaluate allegations of civil rights violations to determine whether the evidence and circumstances of the case warrant a federal criminal prosecution.
We received a complaint that officials of your agency may have been involved in violating the civil rights of Mr. Charles John Eimers. We recently completed our review of the results of the investigation of that complaint to determine whether a federal criminal prosecution was warranted. After careful consideration, we concluded that the evidence does not establish a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes. Accordingly, we have closed our investigation. Please be advised that our conclusion in this matter does not preclude other components of the U.S. Department of Justice from taking action, where appropriate, under their separate enforcement authority.
This Division is dedicated to the enforcement of federal criminal civil rights statutes. We appreciate your cooperation in our shared responsibility to ensure the impartial and effective enforcement of our laws.
Paige M. Fitzgerald
Acting Section Chief
Here is a copy of the signed letter.
For all Blue Paper coverage of the Charles Eimers story click here.
NOTE: KWPD spokesperson Alyson Crean informed The Blue Paper that the City did not receive a copy of the Justice Department’s investigative report.