Harvey Ayers has been abusing citizens his entire career. It has to stop!

In light of the many complaints regarding the behavior and abuses of Harvey Ayers, an investigation ensued which has shockingly uncovered Harvey Ayer’s sordid history:

  • FDLE - Florida Department of Law Enforcement Global Profile Report states about Harvey Ayers: “NO MORAL CHARACTER.”

  • City of Punta Gorda Police Department records show Professional standards Investigation of Harvey Ayers for Sexual Relations while on Duty and allegations of false and wrongful arrest, endangerment, defamation of character, lying on arrest reports, physical harm and disrespect.

  • In 2/8/96 Harvey Ayers Pleaded Guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with damage.

  • Harvey Ayers was investigated for Sexual Assault (aka / Rape) and lewd behavior with a female student attending a domestic violence class where Harvey Ayers was the instructor; accused Ayers of forcing himself on her and masturbating and then ejaculating in his hand. “Reported to Sheriff… she was sexually battered by Deputy Ayers”

  • Harvey Ayers was reprimanded and ultimately suspended for losing his police issued .45-caliber firearm; while Ayers was on duty, that likely made it into a criminals hands.

  • Harvey Ayers was investigated for the shooting death of a citizen and was later sued for wrongful death.

  • Harvey Ayers was reprimanded for permitting a County employee to drive home while intoxicated.

  • Harvey Ayers was accused of police brutality.

  • Harvey Ayers was disciplined for causing boldly harm to a citizen due to his negligence and carelessness.

Public records obtained from the Punta Gorda PD. nearly 40 Internal Affairs Investigations:

  • Harvey Ayers was found to be untruthful in at least three sustained violations for attempting to cover up his misconduct and allowing a civilian observer ride along to yield a firearm while participating in the search of a school and a vehicle, placing citizens, other officers and the observer in life threatening danger.

  • Harvey Ayers was reprimanded for conduct unbecoming of a Punta Gorda Police Officer for engaging in a Sexual Activity while on duty.

  • Harvey Ayers while on duty, allowed prisoner to escape due to his negligence, placing the community in danger.

  • Harvey Ayers; while laughing in the presence of witnesses, referred to a young mentally challenged boy as a “RETARD”, then attempted to defend and diminish his behavior.

  • Harvey Ayers abused his authority by intimidating and coercing a citizen into destroying property that was not illegal.

  • Harvey Ayers intimidated a disabled veteran into allowing Ayers to perform an illegal search where no evidence that a crime had ever been committed.

  • Harvey Ayers was reprimanded for watching pornographic videos with a female co-worker, while on duty in a police cruiser.

  • Harvey Ayers conducted an illegal search and seizure resulting in the State Attorney’s Office dropping drug charges on a suspect.

  • Harvey Ayers illegally frisked a female civilian driver without her consent.

  • Harvey Ayers mishandled seized narcotics.

  • Harvey Ayers was investigated for illegal search and seizure and harassment of an African American female.

  • Harvey Ayers was required to attend a mandatory course in Bias and Base Profiling.

Harvey Ayers was sued on at least 5 occasions in Federal and State Courts for violations of citizen’s civil rights:

  • Charles Lee Thomas v. Punta Gorda, Harvey Ayers (False Arrest without probable cause).

  • Anton Rashad Blandin vs. Charlotte County, Harvey Ayers (Police Brutality).

  • Scott Weinerth vs. Harvey Ayers, City of Punta Gorda (False Arrest).

  • Vierginia Artubel vs. Colonial Bank Group (Unlawful search and seizure, perjury, malicious prosecution).

  • Joshual L. Neal vs. Punta Gorda Police Department/Harvey Ayers, (Indifference to Police Brutality).

Unbelievably, Harvey Ayers then brought his abusive, reckless, untruthful, harassing, bullying and intimidating tactics to Sarasota County, where he was hired as a code enforcement officer. Public records obtained from Sarasota County employment record also reveal the following:

  • Harvey Ayers purposefully mislead relevant information pertinent to his termination from the City of Punta Gorda Police Department on his Sarasota County application for employment. Contained in this packet and also his employment file.

  • Harvey Ayers lied on his job application as to whether he had a traffic ticket in the past 5 years.

  • Sarasota County employment records indicate that officials obtained records from the Punta Gorda Police Department, thus, were aware of his sordid and dishonest history from public records they obtained, yet still hired Harvey Ayers from a pool of 8 candidates, even after they were fully aware of his lying and poor character.

  • Harvey Ayers upon being hired by Sarasota County, was required to sign the Ethics/Oath stating he would be truthful in his capacity with Sarasota County.

  • Harvey Ayers violated his ethical agreement as a Sarasota County employee: On December 15, 2017 at an Administrative Hearing in front of a Special Magistrate, Harvey Ayers lied while under oath:

Sarasota County’s Oath is based on the Florida Statute 90.605 “Do you swear or affirm
under penalty of perjury that the evidence and testimony you are about to present is truthful?”

“Q: Does your position with Sarasota County Enforcement require honesty and integrity?

“A: (Harvey Ayers) “Yes”.

“Q: In your years of public service; you are in a public service position right now am I correct?
Have you ever been found to be dishonest?

“A: (Harvey Ayers) Long Pause…, “NO Sir!”.

: “Special Magistrate Meg Wittmer, I have substantial evidence that Mr. Harvey Ayers
has told another untruthfulness or a lie whatever you want to call it.

“A: (Harvey Ayers) I have no problem answering any questions Your Honor, I can maybe clear this up”. “A: (Harvey Ayers) Yes, Your Honor, I have not been dishonest, I have not ever been accused of or found to be perjured or false statements in my entire career in law enforcement or in code enforcement, I was ultimately terminated from the Punta Gorda Police Department yes, I did, but not for lying or for perjury or for false statements…they were policy violations… I have never been untruthful, I have no reason to lie and I am not going to lie today and I am going to be completely upfront and honest”.