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Sheriff Ivey sued for weekly ‘Wheel of Fugitive’ videos

Last updated on January 27, 2023

For the past seven years, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been using his Facebook page to feature a ‘Wheel of Fugitive’ show.

Every Tuesday night, 10 faces are broadcast with rock music playing in the background and citizens are encouraged to keep an eye out for those labeled as “fugitive of the week”.

However, according to a lawsuit filed against Sheriff Ivey in Brevard County court on Wednesday by David Austin Gay, many of these people were not actually fugitives at all.

Gay was featured on the Jan 26th 2021 episode while he was already sitting in county jail for an alleged violation of probation that had ultimately been dismissed.

He was then featured again two more times before finally being released from custody Feb 23rd 2021.

According to his lawsuit he suffered emotional distress such as depression and anxiety due to this incident and even lost his new job when they saw him featured on Ivey’s show.

A FLORIDA TODAY investigation found that between Feb 25 2020 and Feb 23 2021 there were 45 episodes featuring individuals incorrectly labeled as fugitives; only four episodes accurately portrayed 10 out of 10 fugitives correctly.

The lawsuit states Gay is suing the Sheriff for “damages in excess of $50,000” for libel/slander.

Below is the lawsuit filed with Brevard County

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Michael Lynch
Author: Michael Lynch

Raised on the Space Coast, I want to keep North Brevard informed of what's happening. Send Tips / Story Ideas to TitusvilleMedia@gmail.com

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