Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A police officers thinks a van contains someone who stole a credit card from her husband. So the police converge on the van and try to trap it in, but this officer intentionally pushes the van in to another police vehicle and the officers in that vehicle jump out and open fire on the guy in the van and shoot him in the stomach and the arm.
The female officer who pushed them into the van then lies to police investigators and says that the van was trying to get away and rammed into the police cars intentionally — not knowing, of course, that there was surveillance video from the store that proves she was lying. The suspect? He was charged with attempted murder of a police officer. Those charges have now been dropped, but he’s still facing charges of fleeing and eluding. Here’s the worse part:
But the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asked by OPD to investigate potentially fatal police shootings, found evidence that was “inconsistent” with some of the officers’ sworn statements.
The FDLE forwarded its findings to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office, which dropped charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and other serious felonies that could have led to life sentences. Prosecutors have decided to take no action against the officers.
The officer lied on a police report and lied to investigators. The video clearly shows that. Her career should be over, permanently. Instead, she’ll get no punishment at all.