The Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) granted former Private Isaiah Lloyd a two-year suspension, but backdated it.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A former Tennessee Highway Patrol soldier who was accused of improperly touching a female driver in 2017 is eligible to return to law enforcement after a Standards and Training Commission vote Tennessee Peace Officers (POST) on Friday.
THP and the 8th Judicial District Attorney General cleared Isaiah Lloyd of wrongdoing in 2018. He was reinstated, but resigned instead of being fired in October 2018 after a history of reprimands for unsatisfactory job performance, according to the archives.
“Mr. Lloyd is pleased that the POST committee has voted to overturn his suspension,” Lloyd’s attorney, Bryant Kroll, said in a statement to 10News. “Most of Mr Lloyd’s grounds for removal related to minor issues which had been resolved.”
Late last year, the state of Tennessee settled a lawsuit brought by the driver who said Lloyd improperly touched her for an undisclosed sum, her attorney, Herbert S. Moncier, said.
In August 2017, Lloyd pulled Patricia Wilson’s truck down Interstate 75 in Campbell County. Her mother rode with her.
During the stop, as she held her hands on the cowl of her cruiser, Lloyd reached out and felt her abdomen. He later said he was looking for a weapon. State authorities, however, said he appeared to be looking for contraband drugs.
He found nothing. Wilson alleged that he touched her inappropriately and against department policy.
He was put on leave. Wilson filed a lawsuit in Campbell County Court seeking up to $250,000 in compensatory damages.
At an informal hearing held on Thursday to assess Lloyd’s case, members of the POST commission asked to ensure that Lloyd would be required to go through a “transition school” if he was hired for another job in law enforcement.
They unanimously approved a settlement that suspended his POST certification for two years, but backdated it to take effect on the date of his resignation in 2018, Kroll said.
During the hearing, POST members referred to Lloyd’s past work performance issues.
“I didn’t see any violation of the law,” said a member of the POST commission, who could not be identified due to the camera angle of the Zoom hearing. “But okay, he’s one of those magnets [for issues] Looks like.”
“I think it’s pretty obvious any department is going to see what we see,” another replied.
Kroll said Lloyd is now a nuclear welder and had no discipline issues in his new job.
During the interaction with Wilson in Campbell County, Lloyd also gave her several field sobriety tests and he questioned her about whether she had been on drugs.
The roughly 16-minute stop ended with the woman walking away after getting a ticket. A few hours later, however, Lloyd arrested her again at another location.
Wilson filed a lawsuit with the state in January, complaining that he went too far in touching her.
In February, state authorities said they were clearing Lloyd of wrongdoing.
“The command staff, including female Major Cheryl Sanders and Lt. Stacey Heatherly, reviewed the video of the traffic stop cautiously and carefully on several occasions to determine whether Private Lloyd had acted in a manner inappropriate with Ms. Wilson,” a Feb. 14 statement from Col. Tracy Trott said.
“I have agreed with the command staff after a thorough review of the video that Private Lloyd did not act inappropriately with Mrs. Wilson. It appears that Private Lloyd conducted a contraband search at the instead of a frisk of weapons. The technique that Private Lloyd used during the traffic stop will be dealt with internally.”
“Mr. Lloyd denies allegations that he ‘groped’ a female suspect during a traffic stop in 2017,” Kroll said in a statement Friday. “Luckily his dash cam recorded the incident and he was cleared of any foul play in 2018.”
After his reinstatement in February 2018, Lloyd failed to stay out of trouble, records show.
In July, he was reprimanded and sentenced to a one-day suspension without pay.
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Records show he repeatedly failed in February-April 2018 to appear on a report date with the Anderson County grand jury despite being given a warning.
According to a memo from commissioner David Purkey, in September and November 2017 he received an “oral warning” for unsatisfactory work performance.
“Private Lloyd, your present actions will neither be condoned nor tolerated,” the disciplinary note reads.
He added that any future incidents would result in “more severe disciplinary action”.
Lloyd was a 2010 graduate of Anderson County High School.