JSO police officer, James Toner, was arrested in Neptune Beach for false imprisonment and simple battery earlier this week. Police were dispatched to Pete’s Bar in reference to a disturbance. When they arrived, the alleged victim was handcuffed in the rear and Toner was standing over him. The victim told police that the officer approached him and asked if he could buy cocaine from him. They started to argue and Pete’s bouncer told Toner to leave. Toner was escorted out of the bar and Toner allegedly hit the victim several times on the head while yelling at him. While the victim was lying in the middle of 1st St., Toner allegedly put the victim in handcuffs and put him in Toner’s patrol car. There were 3 witnesses who saw Toner hitting the victim and putting him in his patrol car.
Toner drove his patrol car up to the bar where he consumed alcohol. He was also carrying a gun on his person while, according to Neptune Beach Police, he was intoxicated. Before going to the bar, Toner was at a restaurant.
If a normal citizen is arrested for a felony, the police will seize anything used in the commission of that felony. False imprisonment is a felony in Jacksonville and anywhere in Florida. A non-officer would have had his car seized and the gun placed in the property room. Toner’s weapon was released to JSO and so was his car.