Carl Shedlock is a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Recent IRS filings also identify Shedlock as a director of the Florida Police Benevolent Association.
In the early hours of morning on New Years Day 2019, Special Agent Carl Shedlock, intoxicated, dialed 911 and reported that his wife of ten years, Dianne, had bit, hit, and kicked him. He would later state that “she got a few drinks in me, she beat me up,” clarifying shortly thereafter that they had both been drinking… but that she had beat him up. Carl stated that he tried to control Dianne and that he had tried to defend himself using his mixed-martial arts skills. Carl would later add that he is “a workout guy” and “this is the end of John Mina,” a statement for which context was lost due to redaction by the City of Orlando (see note #1 below).
Much body-camera-muting and audio redaction later, Dianne McConkey Shedlock was arrested. For nearly three years this incident has flown under the public’s radar. They end today.
According to Dianne, she and Carl started to argue after Carl accused her of being a bad mother. They verbally berated one another, Carl grabbed her wrist and Dianne hit Carl. They both began hitting each other, and Dianne alleged that Carl “used his law enforcement training to hurt her, so she did not have significant marks.” Dianne also claimed that Carl had choked her, but not to the point that her airway was blocked, and that as Carl was choking her, Dianne had laughed in his face. In response, Carl allegedly “became upset and started to use pressure points behind her eyes.” Dianne stated that she screamed and told Carl that he was going to “cause her to go blind.”
Carl claimed that the reason he did not simply leave their motorhome at any point during the 20-minute physical fight was that Dianne had overpowered him and would not permit Carl to depart.
For unknown reasons, Orlando Police Officer Jessica Bennett arrested Dianne only, telling her that Florida law required her to make an arrest, and that “whether it be you or him, it doesn’t matter” — a statement that is probably easier to make when you are not the one getting arrested, jailed, and served a no-contact order naming the other party as protected from you.
Officer Bennett assured Dianne that at-large charges would be filed against Carl, but there is a catch there as well: with limited exception, the police in the United States are not empowered to charge anyone with crimes. Prosecutors are.
Guess who wasn’t charged.
Guess who now has an arrest record.
Citing mutual combat, the Office of the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit did not file charges against Special Agent Carl Shedlock, and the State Attorney eventually no-filed the misdemeanor battery case against Dianne, who on February 25, 2019 filed for divorce.
Florida’s Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (“the Commission”) is responsible for overseeing peace officer training and certification in the state. To that end, the Commission is empowered to suspend or revoke an officer’s certification when the Commission finds probable cause that an officer committed a moral character violation. Moral character violations happen when a violative act occurs; criminal prosecution is not a prerequisite for Commission action. (See note #2, below, for details.)
The penalty guideline for battery is suspension, however the penalty guideline for DV battery with slight or moderate injury is prospective suspension to revocation. Just prior to this video’s publication I contacted FDLE and inquired about whether this incident was ever brought to the Commission’s attention. You’ll know if and when FDLE responds.
(1) Although a substantial amount of footage was redacted (and consequently excluded from this video) efforts to obtain a substantially-less-redacted copy are underway and I anticipate some degree of success with that. More on that when the time comes.
(2) Many moral character violations are not even crimes. See rwp.yt/mc for details.