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FDLE official confrontational and abusive, inquiry finds

TAMPA — The former second-in-command of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tampa Bay was confrontational and abusive in his dealings with Pinellas County prosecutors and sheriff's deputies, an internal investigation found.

Moses Jordan stepped down in January as the FDLE investigated the allegations.

Several witnesses said Jordan angrily confronted Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe at a crime scene along St. Petersburg's Tyrone Boulevard in 2004, yelling and pointing his finger in McCabe's face, according to an FDLE report released Tuesday.

In a separate incident, Pinellas deputies said Jordan cursed at them and was disrespectful at the scene of a traffic stop involving Jordan's daughter.

Jordan, 47, was assistant special agent in charge of the FDLE's Tampa region, which includes Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. After coming under investigation, he notified FDLE in January that he was retiring. He used his annual leave and officially stepped down in March, when he had 25 years with the agency. He is receiving a full pension.

Jordan couldn't be reached Tuesday, and his attorney didn't return phone calls.

"The investigation is over. I think the report pretty much explains everything," said agency spokeswoman Kristen Perezluha. "He requested to submit his resignation, and the (FDLE) commissioner chose to accept it."

The confrontation between Jordan and McCabe took place in December 2004 at a shopping plaza at Tyrone Boulevard and Park Street.

An off-duty state alcohol and tobacco agent had shot a disturbed man who was wildly waving his gun and banging on passing cars. According to witnesses, Jordan got in McCabe's face, saying FDLE was in charge of the investigation.

McCabe said Tuesday he spoke with Jordan's supervisor about the incident but didn't ask for the investigation that led to Jordan's departure.

Mike Brassfield can be reached at brassfield@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3435.

FDLE official confrontational and abusive, inquiry finds 04/08/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2008 5:18pm]
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