Bloke suing police for appearing on ‘Wheel of Fugitive’ video that got him fired

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    A defamation lawsuit has been filed by a man against a sheriff after he claimed he was sacked after featuring multiple times on "Wheel of Fugitive" videos.

    Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posts the videos weekly on social media where he spins a wheel of photos which contains what is described as the county's top 10 most wanted fugitives.

    Because of the sheriff's posts, David Gay claimed that through the sheriff posting his video, he not only lost a job but suffered emotional distress as he filed the lawsuit last week in state court.

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    According to the lawsuit, Gay is seeking more than $50,000 (£40,000) in damages.

    The controversy began when Gay's soon-to-be boss called him as he was driving to his first day of work and told him not to come in after he watched Sheriff Ivey's "Wheel of Fugitive" videos, the lawsuit said.

    Explaining how it works, Ivey said in a video last week: "You know how it works: All 10 people up here have warrants for their arrest.

    "We want to get them off the street and safely behind bears where they can't victimize anyone else"

    After spinning the wheel, he lists the charges against the alleged fugitive who "wins" before addressing them and urging them to turn themselves into the law.

    Ivey suggested it was popular among the alleged fugitives themselves as he said: "Even the fugitives watch it" to see who becomes "fugitive of the week".

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    Gay has history with the law as he was taken into custody for violation of probation in January 2021 after being arrested weeks prior on a separate misdemeanour domestic battery charge.

    According to the lawsuit, Gay was described as a fugitive in one of Ivey's weekly videos despite the face he was already in custody at the Brevard County Jail.


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