Rodney Payne

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Service Record

Lee County Florida Sheriff's Office

Rank Deputy First Class
Dates of Service Ended August 26, 2021
Salary $47,346 (2017)[1]
Last Known Status Terminated

Incident Reports

2021 Improper Conduct

In July 2021, while working in corrections at the Core Facility Community Programs Unit, Payne told a specific inmate that he looked like George Floyd and asked him to say "I can't breathe."[2]

Response Timeline

Payne's supervisor heard the statement and told Payne that it was inappropriate. Several inmates also heard the remark and one filed a complaint.[2]

On August 26, 2021, Payne was fired after a review by the Internal Affairs department determined that his actions violated a policy on improper conduct.[2][3]


  1. Rodney Payne K Lee Co Sheriff's Dept, GovSalaries
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Michael Braun, [1], Fort Myers News-Press, 2021-09-16
  3. Nelson Oliveira, Florida deputy asked inmate to say ‘I can’t breathe,’ telling him he looked like George Floyd: report, Orlando Sentinel, 2021-09-16