Florida cop’s suicide opens department investigation

Simon Benarroch

Elijah Rodgers, the Lauderhill, Florida police officer accused of official misconduct who committed suicide in February of last year, had sent an email to various city officials accusing some of his "jealous" co-workers of weaving "a web of lies to discredit and try to ruin [his] career," the Broward Bulldog reported.

In his email, he named no one but his partner Thomas Yopps, who he accused of lying that Rodgers had falsified a police report.

Yopps responded by saying he respected Rodgers as a person, but that his mention in the suicide note made him “pissed off.”

An investigation opened regarding accusations that Rodgers made false arrests and plant evidence, which has since resulted in the firing or reprimanding of several of his fellow officers. Yopps was counted among them for failing to immediately act honestly on Rodgers’ actions.