COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Michael Skala was fired from the Collier County Sheriff's Office when it was discovered that he purposely deactivated the dash-cam in his patrol car on at least two occasions after being warned not to do so.
Skala had been warned after an incident in October of 2011. Then on December 12, 2011, he was involved in an accident, at which time it was discovered that Skala had again shut his camera off. During the investigation, he denied doing so. Skala allegedly made contradicting statements over the months the investigation was taking place.
Authorities found that Skala violated three department policies: willfully departing from the truth, refusing to comply with instructions of a supervisor, and stopping work, loafing, loitering, neglecting work.