Fort Myers Police Chief D. Baker was fired for wrongfully detaining Nate
Allen, who plays for the Oakland Raiders and formerly played for the University
of South Florida.
On Aug. 15, the Fort Myers city manager sent a letter to the mayor notifying
him of Baker’s termination after the NFL player’s controversial
arrest in February.
Allen attended Cape Coral High and calls the Fort Myers area his home during
the offseason. Earlier this year, he spent several hours in a holding
cell after a teenage girl said that he performed lewd acts while sitting
at a traffic light.
When apprehended by the police, Allen denied the accusations, and said
that he was on a cellphone call from the time he left a nearby restaurant
to the time he was stopped by police.
No charges were filed against Allen, and he was eventually released from
An internal investigation revealed that the officers involved in the arrest
violated state or agency policies and were in effect, subject to disciplinary
actions. The investigation found that the 16-year-old girl’s description
didn’t match Allen and his truck was too high for the girl to see
inside his vehicle.
The investigation report ended with Baker apologizing to Allen.
Last week, Allen’s lawyer said that he was going to sue the city
and the police department in federal court for the way that his client’s
case was handled.
Nathanial “Nate” Allen, 27, was born on November 30, 1987.
From Fort Myers, Florida, the 6’ football player played quarterback
with the Cape Coral High School Seahawks. He plays safety for the Oakland
Raiders and before that, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the
second round in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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