Boynton Beach “Officer Of The Year” Suspected Of Drug Dealing

BOYNTON BEACH (CBS4) – Considered a role model by his peers and named “Officer of the Year” in 2010, Boynton Beach police officer David Britto has been charged with conspiring to sell more than 500 grams of methamphetamines between June 2009 and March 2011.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced the indictment Tuesday against Britto who joined the Boynton Beach police department in 2007. He also taught in the department’s Teen Police Academy, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Britto received the department’s highest honor last year for, among other things, using CPR to save a 2-year old girl who almost drowned in the family’s pool and helping to identify a man suspected of shooting two street preachers.

In a statement, Chief Matthew Immler said an internal affairs investigation into allegations against Britto is ongoing.

“The Boynton Beach Department vigorously polices itself, and this case is an example of how law enforcement roots out corruption from within its own ranks.”

Britto faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

Source: The Palm Beach Post

  • Bob

    What the hell is going on with police across the U.S? Never had a problem with police, but it’s hard not to notice the increased aggressiveness and avalanche of stories about unjustified tazering and shootings. In Seattle some of these cops look and dress like US Army with combat boots, shaved heads and digital camo. They are probably getting ready for civil unrest as the economy continues to collapse.

    • gman

      you punks make me laugh, i guarantee all of you who hate the police and bad mouthing them would be the first crushed without them.sure, there are some who shouldn”t be policemen, that is any career. i am sick of the crying from these little punks who were so stupid to get caught with some weed(like it was the cops fault) or got caught DUI or think its cool to hate cops because some rapper does, get a life! news flash: this country is always gonna have cops just like we will always have you little punks who say the cops pick on you. get used to it! if you dont like it, go do something with your skateboard or play your video game, thats really all you punks seem able to do these days

      • Tess Updegrove

        Not a little punk here. 55 yr old grandmother. My father was a county cop. Back then there were only a few pigs as cops. Now I HATE MOST cops. Not all, just most. I don’t do anything illegal, my children own their own businesses in town (roofers), my husband & I own 2 businesses and all of us are law abiding citizens. The police are a bunch of bullies with guns! We DON’T need cops anymore than we need sheeple like YOU that think the government and their goons (cops) are the answer to all the ails of this once great country!

      • MissouriConservative

        Had you been following the news, you would know that the incidents referred to by Bob and Jim did not involve punks who were caught with grass or DUI, but clear abuses of police power and authority. And, by the way, many of us would not be “crushed without the police”, because we believe in the 2nd Amendment and take responsibility for our own protection, since “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” An armed and responsible citizenry is a predator’s worst nightmare.
        That being said, we thank you for your service to our country, and hope you are not one of the many LEOs who think they are above the law themselves.

      • gmansdumb

        you’re an idiot… so you think its wrong to blanket stereotype all cops as bad cops but its ok to stereotype anyone who doesn’t have a hard on for cops as little punks. thought out and spoken like a true cop. perhaps the country would have a better time respecting officers if the officers would offer the equal respect. unfortunately too many have napoleon complexes and just cant fathom that someone that’s not a cop should deserve respect.

      • RoboCop

        “gman” (if he actually is a law officer) is clearly one of the many hate filled individuals who should not be allowed to be employed in law inforcement. Something has gone very wrong in law enforcement in this country.

      • StaticKlingon

        In Florida, I would say it’s 50-50 as far as what’s worse…the cops or the other bad guys on any given day. After a decade and a half of watching it and dealing with it, I wouldn’t live there again if they gave me my own county.

      • Lewis Sanborn

        gman, yeah there’s many who would be crushed. And critics of the police probably don’t consider police ethics when their door is being kicked. Probably they only question how big is the gun enroute to their address and how fast can it get there?

        MissouriConservative, bravo the 2nd. Well said too. And Us PD guys appreciate the modern citizen perception that we’re in the game together. In fact, officers are in a unique position of being MORE liable for wrong-doing than is the non-police. We are ruined when proven to be corrupt. The perps know this and regularly video officers to catch non-approved actions by officers on scene.
        So here we are, liked, and hated. What a job huh?

      • Revolution Now

        So we take it your gay life partner is a COP?? Is he the Bottom in the relationship or do you take turns?

      • Rick O'Shea

        Sounds like a post from Officer Cool? I’m a 68 year old punk who has never been arrested and I say cops are becoming the Anerican Gestapho. Justice for cops by cops, little Himlers in their cruisers who can’t wait to get a call so they can push a citizen around. The ideo recorders work both ways, unless there is a mysterious section which didn’t record.

      • stinker

        you sound like the angry cop with the chip on the shoulder, maybe you should try another line of work before you kill some one’s child.

      • Eddie B

        You sound like a typical fear addled loud mouth jerk who is probably hiding behind a badge.

      • JOHNNY LAW


      • cinesimon

        Given you’re writing like a ten year old, it’s pretty obvious you’re projecting your own issues at being all-too aware at just how little you are able to think and behave lie an adult.

    • Jim

      Officer of the peace days are long over. Enter the storm troopers.

      • UncleJohn

        I think the shift happened when they went from peace officers to law enforcement. The former takes patience, compassion, experience and a view that police help keep things peaceful and quiet. The latter focuses on making sure every law is followed and escalating violence when met with anything less than subjugation. It requires little patience, experience or training.

    • wncchester

      Police. Teachers. Politiicans. Judges. The loss of any real sense of intergrity and honor in personal life is the rational result of decades of sneer attacks on conventional values by our ‘professional education system”.

      • Lewis Sanborn

        Painfully true good sir. The entire foundation of civilization is under attack as ‘not progressive’. Meaning: Not sufficiently without human values. Liberalism amok.

      • PabloKoh

        We need to move to an all private school system. We need to call public schools what they are middle class welfare.

      • Eddie B

        Don’t blame the education system. They learn this at home. Thjey learn this in their churches and they learn it from their peers. I would hate to have to teach these sociopaths that we turn out on our communities.

    • jeff

      The same thing happened in springhill florida with a highly decorated officer was caught selling oxy contian large amounts



      • beamer

        HUH ???

    • Gene Mona

      You can thank affirmative action and lower police standards for the lowlife police officers you see now. Gone are the days when testing measured intelligence and integrity. The minorities that get passed over for these jobs should be more outraged than anyone. Affirmative action hires tell those people that they are not smart enough and can only get these jobs with the help of the government. Hire the most qualified individual regardless of race and you won’t get a lower caliber of police officer!

      • Southern Man

        There is no way to improve your comment, from my experience it is the proximate cause.

      • MEC903

        As a 27 year retired law-enforcement veteran I know for a fact that what you have said is so correct that your comment should be included as a Webster definition of “Correct.”

      • Angry Firefighter

        The same goes true for fire departments, where highly underqualified minorities and women are hired to meet a quota which “doesn’t exist” anymore. I don’t have a problem with either however they should be expected to have the appropriate qualifications and abilities and not just hired because they have to have so many minorities/women to meet a standard or get government grants.

        Too many times I see people not qualified get hired and have no desire to be a fire fighter, they just want a free ride. Some times they even fake a injury and get disability the rest of their lives, living off the system. The downside to this is other qualified people get passed over for a job that they really want and are passionate about. I have also seen many women allowed to sit for written exams even when they did not pass the physical agility tests. If you want to do the job then you need to meet all the qualifications, i think diversity is great but it shouldn’t be mandated!!!

      • miroker

        racist much?

    • Revolution Now

      Bob, what you are witnessing is the Militarization of the Criminal Justice System, the goal to eliminate, intimidate, incarcerate and to terrorize a people.

      • Eddie B

        Don’t blame the education system. They learn this at home. They learn this in their churches and they learn it from their peers. I would hate to have to teach these sociopaths that we turn out on our communities.

    • John

      We are witnessing the “Jack Booted Storm Trooper” effect of a militarized civilian police. Another scary thing I learned just this week is the “Peace Corps” has been turned into the “Civilian Expeditionary Workforce” which militarizes civilians who would not be subject to the “Posse Comitatus” act which prevents military forces from enforcing law in the US

    • Carl

      Exactly what does that have to do with a cop arranging drug transactions?

  • gcblues

    a public employee is a public employee is a public employee. when will people wake up to the fact that people living off of tax money are all equal. police, teachers, welfare recipients, the military, your mayor etc etc etc. when people live of off forced collections they feel entitled. duh!

    • Delmont 88

      They’re all equally lazy. Except the military.

      • LE

        I was in the Army. I am now a COP. Believe me I work much more as a COP and probably in more danger here in DC than chillin in Germany or Kuwait with the First Armored Division.

      • dam


        Perhaps if you had spent your time chillin’ in al Anbar or Helmand Provinces you would have a different opinion. Don’t use your lame assignments and deployments as the basis for your argument.

    • D

      I agree with you totally except on the military. That’s one of the few legitimate tax dollar uses.

      • tom

        Read comment above!

      • Gregg

        Our current military is far from the constitutionally prescribed military. First of all, in order to be legal, Congress must first declare war. That hasn’t happened since WWII. Secondly, the military is for defense, not offense. The acts of aggression we are involved in make our soldiers war criminals, similar to the Nazi’s. They are cannon fodder for the banksters.

      • Scott

        You are crazy, they are sending them off to guard heroin fields in Afghanistan which are shipped back to here to where our citizens pay for it. That is a 100% fact. They are also sending them off to die for the global elites goals and the collapse of our country. Drones are now being flown in Texas and in other states.. There are countless reasons how they are being misused.

      • dam


        I planned to respond to your statement except I don’t know where to start. Your stupidity is paralyzing.

      • Hubris

        @ Gregg

        I am fourth generation Army. I was working at BAMC in the burn unit back in ’03. I took care of a couple of Marines who where 98% burnt. We brought them back to the US so they could see their family before they die. Their lips, eye lids, ears, groins, and skin was completely burned off. They ended up like this because they where pulling guard duty on a oil rig that was set on fire.

        So, our 18 year old young men had to die a horrible, dishonorable death to protect oil profits. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

        These Marines died in pain. Before they died, they got to see their girlfriends, and family’s reactions to seeing them. Needless to say, their last days where in more pain than any of us could imagine.

        Wake up people. Our government does not work for us. If you can’t see it, you are helpless.

    • Mark

      Leave the Military out of this.

      • cam

        No the military is included it is you that disarmed american Citizen in Louisianan. you went completely against the US constution and disarmed American citizens that have every right to protect their homes. The military is all accept the 3% and the true oath keepers are part of the problem. and do not tell me you disarmed gangsters only that is a blatant lie you disarmed citizens, home owners that were safe in there home until you beat on there door and point your guns in there faces. YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. THIS IS AMERICA YOU TOOK AND OATH TO THE CITIZEN TO THE CONSTITUTION NOT TO THE UN OR CORPORATE ELITE.

      • Mr Burnakophj

        The military is full of nut jobs because they have NO standards now a days. The police hire these military nut jobs. These military nut jobs come home looking at the citizens as sheep to be corralled. The police force is a perfect fit for the nut jobs because they are already trained to attack men women and children. Two thumbs up for love and freedom.

    • Eddie B

      Wow, now that’s a stretch not only in truth but also in logic…Just say you hate having to pay your taxes… You want to run the show.
      The problem is the cops in Boynton hired a criminal and now they have to deal with it. If they try to cover up this fact, the press should crucify them.

  • Fred Garvin

    Always the same with these guys. Just a drain on the public’s tax dollars. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • aubreyfarmer

    Probably didn’t give some other cop his cut. The war on drugs is a ridiculous waste of time and money. Criminals are getting filthy rich, governments are being corrupted, thousands are needlessly dying and more that a million non violent small time drug users and dealers languishing in prison are costing tax payers billions.

  • James Whitey Hiatt

    no penalty at all if you get dummed down jurors

    • Morris Levy

      Is the guy black?

      • Jerry Buller

        No, judging the handcuff picture. Sorry you were disappointed. He was not one of the “youths’ doing all the mob violence.

  • me

    Why do you think they become police officers? To give themselves a free ticket to disregard all laws so they can become more profitable committing crimes!

    • D

      Right on the money. Never trust a policeman.

      • Rick O'Shea

        A first cousin was a cop and he was so crooked I would never let him into my house.

    • a_patriot

      eliminating legal immunity would go a long way to addrss corruption.

      • Not so free

        Yea right, like that’s gonna happen. You must be one of those smert people that think that we can fix this corrupt police issue. By the way… Why not allow the freedom of choice in a free country? Why not make drugs legal? Who are you to tell an American what they can and can not put into their body? What right do you have? Perhaps you are a god.

  • Gene Lett

    Better get Jose Baez now that he’s got some time…

  • DaveT

    Please leave the military out of this.
    These young kids vol to go into the armed forces, they lose a lot of rights that you have.

    a bad cop is a bad cop just a bad person is a bad person. There are a lot of good people and a lot of good cops, this guy just wasn’t one of them

  • Dennis Clouser

    I had a neighbor in Miami – 25 year old cop, renting an expensive condo and driving a new BMW M-3 ($80,000!!!!). There’d be $400,000 Rolls Royce convertibles in his driveway some nights even!! Everyone said he was selling pot.

    • a_patriot

      Two words:


      The expensive toys above pay grade are clear evidence unless they won the lottery









    • Rasputttin

      All caps is so annoying.

    • a_patriot

      Meth head says WHAT? Legalize METH?

      You are sick ro a drug dealer

      • overthair

        Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another. Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property. In vices, the very essence of crime that is, the design to injure the person or property of another is wanting.
        It is a maxim of the law that there can be no crime without a criminal intent; that is, without the intent to invade the person or property of another. Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property; no such things as the right of one man to the control of his own person and property, and the corresponding and coequal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property. For a government to declare a vice to be a crime, and to punish it as such, is an attempt to falsify the very nature of things.

    • gabe

      100% agree. Very nice.

      • gabe

        i agree with catherines comment not you guys. Its absolutely right and just so everybody here knows meth is dangerous and its a good drug to keep illegal but other drugs such as marijuana and mid to low grade painkillers should be legal to buy w/o prescription.

  • FN Cee

    Somehow this seems entirely unsurprising … what an entertaining circus we’re living in …

  • John Spiers

    Who did he tick off?



    • Citizen

      No good cops you say. Well Mr., if there are no good cops left then why don’t you tell me just where attributes like these fall into place. Abuse of power, assault on the general public, Pulling over an elderly man and forcing him to wait for an ambulance while his wife lay in the seat next to him dieing of a heart attack instead of escorting them to the hospital a few miles away where she could have been saved? Tell me SIR!!! How does this not scream GOOD COP!!!??? The lawmen of today are as the Reaper taking the innocent.

      Their new code should be this. If the law has not been broken, if no person is a victim, if no property has been destroyed then we have not been there. Where ever there is evil we will not go. Where ever there is fear there we have been, where ever there is loss of life and freedom then our jobs are complete. Fear not good citizen we are here to remove you of your burden of liberty.

      • Rick O'Shea

        I’m old enough to remember when law enforcement was housed in run down buildings and it was expected for them to take arious payments because of their low pay. Now they are on the front end of ta support, housed in grand style and make ecellent money but they are still in the pocket of crooks, unions and each other.

  • Walt

    As a retired police officer, I say prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. When I became a police officer in 1971 it was an honorable profession, by the time I retired in 200 it was on the deep slide. when I taught at the academy in the mid 80’s the attitude was, “NOW THAT YOU HIRED ME WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO FOR ME?” I got so disgusted with the hiring process and the constant remediation of candidates to get the past the testing procedure that I knew it was time to leave the academy and time to go back in the field. We are now seeing very drastically the effect of lowwering the standards to hire officer.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    Kinda gives you some insight as to why a mother can kill her daughter in Florida and the police can’t gather enough evidence to convict.

    • Justin Case

      That is because she may not have done it. I know it must amaze you Missy Simpleton but no evidence could possibly mean that she is not guilty of the crime. Here is an example. My neighbor’s house was broken into. Now there is no evidence that you were the one who burglarized the mans home so why are you not in jail. Really, it is that simple. No evidence, no loss of freedom.

      • Adirondack Patriot

        You’ve just made my point there, cupcake.

        If she didn’t do it, then why did the police charge her, sport?

        My point is that regardless of the guilt of the mother who somehow doesn’t know how her child died, they screwed up the case, champ.

        And, if as you contend, she didn’t do it, they don’t any evidence that someone else did it either. Rather troubling, isn’t it, booby?


      In my opinion, it’s either because the jurors were idiots and couldn’t make a correct decision if it were handed to them or, in my opinion, they were bought off…..Nothing else could/would explain their decision……..

    • M. Kirsten

      “It is better to risk letting a guilty man go free, than to condemn an innocent one.” — Voltaire

      • ru486cops

        Amen, amen. This is something that most everyone has forgotten. I really thought I was the only one who still thought this way.

  • Justin Case

    Ok, one last time. Who thinks that drugs are illegal for any reason other than profit? Good God man (and woman), drugs, all illegal drugs are only illegal because it is more profitable to keep them illegal. If drugs were legalized then there would be no money and absolutely NOT enough money to keep this amount of cops on the force.

    The cops are the bad guys. They (the cops) allow them selves to be used as an instrument to remove freedom from an otherwise law abiding people.
    Legalize drugs, make cops illegal and real crime rates will drop because the cops are the criminals.

    • Mark Matis

      So you don’t have a problem with your surgeon being on drugs when he operates on you?

      How about your car repair man when he works on your brakes? If “Law Enforcement” would actually go after the USERS, the drug problem would quickly disappear. By going after the “dealers”, except for those who are ALSO stupid enough to use, all they do is drive up the price so the Users then murder, rape, and rob more people to support their addiction. But then I suppose they don’t teach the laws of supply and demand any more. Let me summarize for you:

      Drive the supply of an item down, and its price will go up for those who demand it.

      Drive the demand for an item down, and its suppliers will have to lower their price to be able to sell it. How long do you think drug dealers would remain in business if there was no market?

      • mty

        You never had a class in basic logic, I see…. had you been so fortunate, you’d know that the false choice isn’t a valid argument. You propose that the only choices are having the government police the blood chemistry of citizens or have no recourse against doctors operating under the influence of crack or heroin…. Using such bottom shelf logical abortions makes you look ridiculous….

        A further logical complication with your illogical spouting is the implicit premise that no doctors operate under the influence of mind altering pharmaceuticals under our prohibition society – a clearly fallacious construct.

        Even if drugs were decriminalized, you would be free to (and I would certainly encourage you to do so) require that any doctor set to perform a procedure upon you demonstrate that he isn’t under the influence, or to seek out one willing to do so….

      • GAW1000

        And here I thought the purpose of law enforcement was to protect the citizenry, I didn’t know it was to control market forces

  • Blood-drinking Space Toad

    Let’s examine the unionized police dept’s. options:

    1. Declare he was only following procedure. Nope.

    2. Officer feared for his safety. Nope.

    3. Recommend paid leave and additional ‘training.’ Ding! Ding! Ding!

  • SwoopDogg

    How does one “shoot to street preachers”? Or did he shoot two street preachers?

  • Ricardo Nunez

    Wow. Life sentence for selling more than 500 grams of methamphetamines while you can save your rear-end up to 20 years in jail for murdering somebody… Should it not be the other way around? Legalize drugs, that way law enforcement can focus on more important stuff rather than police what people can and cannot consume. At the same time, states will be able to generate much-needed revenue and disband drug cartels which are funded from the sale of drugs itself. Legalize drugs and all that money will be going towards the state to fund schools, hospitals, and even the roads that we all use. Drug addiction should be treated as a health issue, not as a criminal issue.

  • Larry Elliott

    Leave out the military ? I was in the Army five years. Desert storm. I am a police officer now. There are bad apples in all professions including the military. Also we do not need more police but better policing and the military can be cut too. I never so much waste than my five years in the Army. It continues. We are broke. No more nation building with borrowed Chinese money !

    • Mr. Burnakoph

      Dude… No no no , say it this way. It is not that there are bad apples in the police force it is that there are a few good apples in law enforcement. People would stop associating the bad guys in law enforcement with the military if law enforcement would stop hiring these wack jobs that come home from war looking to attack the American citizens as if they were insurgents. The police are the bad guys and just because 1% of law enforcement feel that they are the good guys does not make it so. Imagine if someone would have said that there are a few bad apples in the SS. Get off your high horse as if you are some sort of hero. I’m sure that you are a destroyer of freedom also.

      • submedico

        Mr. B, you are close… If there were any good cops, bad cops would occasionally be found face down in a muddy ditch. It doesn’t happen.

  • Nick099

    An Officer siince 2007???? That is not enough time for this individual to prove himself as a good officer. It takes at least 5 years to learn a patrol officer’s job. This is what happens in today’s age when Departments struggle to be “politically fashionable.” Connected people rise meteorically in reputation and stature without any real substance. Gee… that I think about it…kinda sound like Obama, and look where that has gotten us.


    I have a high opinion of men and women of character, and I choose to judge that character not by how men or women deal with their superiors, but mostly how they deal with their subordinates.

    In addition, that, to me, is where you find out what the character of a man is and know what you are dealing with from a character point of view.

    In this case, clearly, it took great couraqge by ATF Subordinates to whistle blow on their superiors and now Department of Justice Appointees are coming down on the subordinates to cover their own sins of shame.

    It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible, and in this case, we now know that the US Attorney in Arizona and Attorney General are now involved but refuse to cooperate.

    They would do well to remember, people and the Grand Juries would judge them by their actions, not their intentions. These people at DOJ or the White House may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.

    They better never forget, that the American People can easily judge the character of a man or women involved in these alleged crimes and cover-ups by how he or she treats those who can do nothing for him.

    Right now, if I was working at the DOJ it is time to lawyer up, seek immunity from congress, before it becomes too late. Then tell everything
    before you have to anyway as you go to jail.

    Do it now before it is too late, once a few good men and women come forward and refuse a cover up, the culprits will have no place to hide
    anymore thinking they can get away with it!

    This ain’t going away it is going to send some people to jail that think they are the system and can beat the system, they are dead wrong.

  • Citizen

    A lawman’s creed is this. If the law has not been broken, if no person is a victim, if no property has been destroyed then we have not been there. Where ever there is evil we will not go. Where ever there is fear, there we have been. Where ever there is loss of life and freedom then our jobs are complete. Fear not good citizen we are here to release you of your burden of liberty.

  • Comic intent

    Must be racism. Oh! meth. Must be reverse racism

  • Jillian Galloway

    On June 17, 1971, President Nixon told Congress that “if we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely destroy us.” After forty years of trying to destroy “the drug menace in America” we still *haven’t* been able to destroy it and it still *hasn’t* destroyed us. Four decades is long enough to realize that on this important issue, President Nixon was wrong! All actions taken as a result of his invalid and paranoid assumptions (e.g. the federal marijuana prohibition) should be ended immediately!

    It makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn’t* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* make criminals incredibly wealthy and incite the Mexican drug cartels to murder thousands of people every year.

    We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales – to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.

    “There’s something extraordinarily perverse when we’re so concerned about preventing addicts from having access to drugs that we destroy the lives of many times more people, either through untreated pain or other drug war damage”.

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