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Police under fire for case of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Phil Sears/AP)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla. (Phil Sears/AP)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Its handling of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is just the latest controversy to hit the Tallahassee Police Department.

A handful of grand juries recently have issued scathing reports about how some officers have conducted themselves in the line of duty. In the most egregious case, a fumbled drug investigation resulted in the death of an informant.

Now, the department is under scrutiny for its handling so far of a sexual assault case in which a Heisman Trophy candidate is accused. The family of the student who says she was raped claims the department tried to squelch the case: It took 11 months for police to hand over information to prosecutors.

But interim police Chief Tom Coe says the full story has yet to come out.

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