Video of a man stunned and struck with a baton by police outside an Orlando lounge has appeared online this week, as a local civil rights organization calls for an investigation.
On Wednesday, records showed that the man, 30-year-old Luis F. Cabeza, remained in jail, and a police spokesman confirmed that no such internal investigation of the incident was underway.
The confrontation occurred about 2 a.m. Dec. 30 outside Blue Martini at the Mall at Millenia. An off-duty Orlando officer who was working there said Cabeza had been escorted from the bar earlier.
An arrest report states the officer ordered Cabeza to leave and warned that he could be arrested. The officer tried to remove Cabeza by force, but said the man elbowed him in the chest.
After the elbow strike, the report states, the officer told Cabeza he was under arrest. When Cabeza continued to walk away, the officer used a Taser, shocking the man twice until he fell.
However, police say that Cabeza continued to struggle on the ground, squirming around, rolling and trying to keep the policeman, Officer Frederick Dantes, from getting him into handcuffs.
Read more here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-blue-martini-video-police-use-force-20120104,0,2736078.story
In: Regional News
Tags: arrest, drunk, cops, police, bar, caught on tape, cellphone video, raw
Location: Orlando, Florida, United States (load item map)
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