Fort Myers OKs $440K settlement with Nate Allen over detainment


“We said at the beginning of this case that Mr. Allen came forward so aggressively to bring about change to (the) Fort Myers Police Department and the city as a whole,” Allen’s attorney Sawyer Smith said Monday. “And we feel like today is a step in that direction.”


Alleged racial profiling results in potential lawsuit against FMPD


Hamilton’s lawyer, Sawyer Charles Smith of Wilbur Smith Attorneys at Law, plans to argue that officers should not have searched Hamilton’s home nor her daughter’s diaper.

Sawyer said the onus for change should be a joint effort.

“Change needs to come to this community and it needs to come to FMPD,” he said. “This is an explosion waiting to happen and law enforcement is not helping a thing.”


FMPD chief speaks on Nate Allen investigation, Allen lawyers ask FBI to get involved


Allen’s attorney, says Baker’s internal investigation is not enough, and wants the state or even the FBI to look into the case. Smith wrote a letter to the City Council asking them to intervene.

“When you do it yourself, an internal, you are asking lower level officers to evaluate everybody lower, the same rank and above. That’s hard to do,” said Smith