Justin Peppers

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Service Record

Jacksonville Florida Sheriff's Office

Rank Officer
Salary $60,812 (2018)[1]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

From 2020 to 2022, Peppers was the subject of 10 internal affairs investigations.[2]

2021 Arrest of Javarius Bell

On March 16, 2021, Bell was riding a scooter when Peppers stopped him for obstructing traffic. Bell refused to give Peppers his identification and refused consent to be searched. Peppers radioed in that Bell was "about to fight". Peppers grabbed Bell and pushed him against a car before taking him to the ground.[3]

Bell was charged with resisting an officer with violence, failure to ride the right curb, and failure to obey a traffic sign.[3]

The incident was captured on Peppers' body-worn camera.[3]

Response Timeline

On May 4, 2021, the Assistant State Attorney declined to prosecute Bell "after reviewing the evidence".[3]

2021 Citations of Glenn Jones and LaShada Harris

News report with video footage

On August 27, 2021, Peppers stopped Jones and Harris for illegal window tinting. Peppers claimed to smell marijuana in the car, removed Jones from the car, and handcuffed him.[4][5]

As Peppers was searching the couple's vehicle, another car tried to get by on the road blocked by the stop.[4] See 2021 Driver Detention, below.

Jones and Harris were cited for possession, and Jones for the illegal tint.[4]

The same day, Peppers drove to the couple's apartment building to determine if they lived there. After Peppers contacted Jones' brother, their mother called 911 to report harassment.[4]

On September 14, 2021, Jones and Harris filed a complaint against Peppers with the department.[4]

On September 15, 2021, Peppers stopped the couple again for illegal window tint when Harris was driving. Jones' brother recorded the incident. Harris was cited. Peppers, who was working an off-duty security detail at the apartment building, parked outside the couple's apartment. Jones' brother called 911 and said that he was in fear of Jones being arrested "on some fraudulent charges".[4]

On September 17, 2021, Jones and Harris took out a restraining order against Peppers for harassment and stalking[4]

The same judge later rescinded the restraining order, noting that Peppers' actions served "a legitimate purpose".[4]

On October 24, 2021, Peppers went to the couple's apartment to "re-issue the [earlier] citation" due to the use of a duplicate ticket number.[4]

Response Timeline

The possession charges against the couple were dropped.[4]

The department's investigation noted that Peppers' actions were "lawful, proper and in accordance with his duties" and "in no way appeared unnecessary or excessive".[4]

2021 Driver Detention

Redacted body-worn camera footage

On August 27, 2021, during the search of a vehicle from the earlier incident with Glenn Jones and LaShada Harris, another driver tried to get by on the road which was blocked by the traffic stop. Peppers asked the driver to go a different way, repeatedly telling the driver to back up, which upset her. Peppers asked for the woman's identification, which she refused. Another officer accused her of being under the influence. Peppers ordered the woman from the car and noticed a handgun on the passenger seat. Peppers called her a "fucking retard" and "crazy", and detained her for 90 minutes before releasing her without charges.[4]

The incident was captured on Peppers' body-worn camera.

2021 Arrest of Shuronda Hester

On December 11, 2021, Hester was stopped for excessive window tint. An officer claimed to smell marijuana and Hester consented to a search. Hester grew impatient with the delay and said that she was going to get her phone from her car. Peppers attempted to handcuff Hester, who resisted. Peppers grabbed Hester's hair, pinned her to the hood of her car, and struck her once with his handcuffs.[3]

Hester was charged with felony resisting an officer with violence, and possession of marijuana.[3]

The incident was captured on Peppers' body-worn camera. [3]

Response Timeline

The felony charge against Hester was reduced to misdemeanor resisting without violence. The illegal tint charge was dismissed. Hester participated in a pretrial diversion program, after which the charges for resisting arrest and possession of marijuana were resolved.[3]

2022 Detention of Braxton Smith

News report with video footage
Raw body-worn camera footage

On November 24, 2022, Peppers attempted to stop Smith as he drove away from a gas station.[2] Smith stopped after about 300 yards and complied with Peppers' commands to put his hands out of his window. Peppers and another officer pulled Smith from the car, took him to the ground, and handcuffed him.[6]

Peppers threatened to charge Smith with felony fleeing. Officers searched Smith's vehicle and tested his window tint.[7]

Peppers planned to cite Smith for the window tint, but his computer system was down.[7]

The incident was captured on Peppers' body-worn camera.

Response Timeline

Smith filed a complaint with the department, accusing Peppers of racial profiling and excessive force.[2]

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