Police: 2 Florida officers fired for covering up chase

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Two Florida police officers have been fired after an internal investigation concluded that they tried to cover up an unauthorized vehicle chase in Orlando last year.

Citing termination letters released Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reports that officers Michael Favorit Jr. and Frederick Rolle were fired June 29 for their conduct Dec. 28 when the officers started following a Jeep.

The report says the officers didn't use lights or sirens when they pursued the Jeep and never informed dispatchers of the chase. The officers later reported the Jeep as a stolen vehicle and drove it to a liquor store after finding it abandoned in a field, thereby tainting a crime scene.

Rolle never mentioned the chase in his report.

Officials say the officers are appealing the decision and going to arbitration.


Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/