Sarasota Man Suing Tallahassee Over Karlos Williams Case

Posted at 1:22 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 14:54:00-04

SARASOTA, Fl (WWSB) -- A Sarasota paralegal with the ACLU is getting involved with a case in Tallahassee.

Florida State University running back Karlos Williams is under investigation for domestic battery.

Michael Barfield is suing the city of Tallahassee for records related to the case.

A few days ago, Williams' girlfriend posted on facebook, that he physically assaulted her.

But so far, the Tallahassee Police Department has released few details on the case.

Barfield says the records should be made available to the public.

Barfield says the way T.P.D. Handles criminal cases involving Florida State players, such as Williams and Jameis Winston, is disturbing.

Michael Barfield: "this particular issue is one that has become a regular occurrence in Tallahassee, and I think elsewhere involving athletes and star athletes."

Late Thursday, just a couple of hours after Barfield filed suit, a police spokesperson released emails showing the department was notified of the alleged assault through an FSU official, who saw the facebook post.

In a statement, the spokesperson said there was not an original case report generated, only the case file the investigator is continuing to compile, as the investigation continues.

Once the case is complete, it will be released under the guidelines of Florida Public Records law.

Williams' girlfriend has now asked the Tallaahassee Police Department to not pursue charges against the running back.

Williams' court case will be heard in Leon County on Monday afternoon.