Edgardo Cancela of Davenport, FL in Polk county was charged with possession of child porn after detectives claimed that they found “files depicting child pornography with pre-pubescent victims” that Facebook claimed had come from an IP address associated with Mrs. Cancela (Edgardo’s wife). The issue here is that the IP address was for a cell phone account that the Cancelas had stopped using when they moved from Puerto Rico to Florida more than a year before.

The cops secured a search warrant for the Cancela’s home, and in May of 2020, they executed that warrant. In the process of searching the home, they used electronic means to scan every electronic device in the home, looking for evidence of child porn. None was found. Also during that search, the couple’s children (ages 10 and 13) were taken by DCF and interviewed. Both children denied ever having been improperly touched or photographed by either parent.

The couple returned home from work while the search was underway, police took them into custody and brought them in for questioning. Even though the cell phones were not named on the search warrant, the police confiscated their cell phones. The cops applied for a second search warrant, covering the cell phones, and the couple was asked to provide passcodes for their cell phones so that cops could see for themselves that they had “nothing to hide.” The couple told them that they wanted to talk to an attorney first.

Despite the fact that the only piece of evidence was the Facebook claim that the wife’s IP address was associated with child porn images, it was the husband who was then arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. The terms of his release were that he was not allowed to see his wife or children and could not even live inside of his own home. The cops then released his name and address to the media, along with information about the alleged crime.

The cops, in filing the child porn charges, made a number of factually incorrect statements. In other words, they lied on the charging affidavit. That’s a felony.

The charges were dropped a year and a half later because police didn’t actually have the evidence that Cancela was the person who possessed or posted the images, despite the charging affidavit claiming that they did. Here is the odd part- all of the video and audio recordings of the search of the home and the interrogation of Mr. Cancela- recordings that show he was being railroaded- are mysteriously missing.

So he is suing. The problem here is that police can’t be held personally liable for their conduct. It’s the taxpayers of Florida that will pay for this. It’s time to end immunity for cops. Let’s force them to get malpractice insurance.

Categories: Police State


Barefoot Peckerwood · November 1, 2023 at 2:14 pm

Ruin my life on BS like this, that is a Walking Tall situation for me. A little retribution never hurt the qualified immunity

Big Ruckus D · November 1, 2023 at 2:41 pm

Police, judges and persecutors can most assuredly the held accountable. Just not by the means the system prescribes as the legally acceptable course of action.

Until that alternative means of addressing these situations becomes common enough an occurrence to instill a proper amount of fear in the bad actors who comprise the system, they will persist in their corrupt actions as though they face no accountability.

Ice Ice Trotsky · November 1, 2023 at 3:13 pm

Some call it Marxism, I call it Judaism.

Genrikh Yagoda.

Grandpa · November 1, 2023 at 3:22 pm

End qualified immunity for sure. But malpractice insurance won’t cover intentional wrongs, only careless ones. So . . . No pot of gold for retribution. And cops already put all assets into their wife’s name. Something more is needed because as it is, the protection given bad cops by “the system” far exceeds mere financial immunity from legal tort judgments.

    Rob · November 2, 2023 at 7:02 am

    Attach any settlement to the cop’s pension.

Dirty Dingus McGee · November 1, 2023 at 8:15 pm

” It’s time to end immunity for cops. Let’s force them to get malpractice insurance.”

And I also want a pony.

Between their union and the plethora of copsuckers that support them, it will never happen. Ever.

Noway2 · November 2, 2023 at 12:30 am

As others have hinted, immunity needs to end and liability needs to be more than financial. I have long reached the point where I were on a jury for someone to hold a govt. actor accountable that I would be willing to convict of a crime. Down with them all.

Zarba · November 2, 2023 at 8:00 am

Willful destruction of evidence is as felony, and the responsible entities should be charged and prosecuted. Qualified immunity needs to end.

Until bad actors are punished by jail, fines, and lost pensions, they will not stop.

    Scarecrow · November 2, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    “Jails (for a dirty cop that should always be general population), fines, and lost pensions (along with loss of ever being able to serve Leviathan again in ANY manner)”. Not so much FIFY, just a little fleshing out 🙂

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