Police Abuse

Orlando Cop with History of Trouble Being Charged With Felony Battery—PD Says No 'Sustained Discipline' Against Him Before

Peter Delio was the subject of complaints before but the police department says they weren't sustained, even when they cost the city money.

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A police officer in Orlando, Florida, is expected be charged with felony battery over an incident of alleged excessive force inside a holding cell. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement told the Orlando Police Department it would be charging Officer Peter Delio over the incident that happened last August.

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

"We support the judicial process and we take all allegations of excessive force seriously," OPD said in a statement.

According to the alleged victim's attorney, Delio arrived at the Underground bar on Aug. 12 to haul Rob Liese away after he refused to pay a $60 bar tab.

Liese said Delio kicked him in the stomach as he was getting into the cruiser because he wasn't moving fast enough.

Later on in the holding cell, Liese allegedly broke a window after banging his head against it.

Delio is then seen on surveillance video barging into the cell and kneeing Liese with enough force to rupture his spleen, according to Liese's attorney Bill Ruffier.

"Get up scumbag, you wanna be a tough guy?" Delio said to Liese, according to Delio's arrest report.

Ruffier said his client lay on the ground for almost two hours before he received any medical attention.

Delio turned himself in yesterday and was released on bond. The OPD may say it takes allegations of abuse seriously but Delio has been suspended with pay. He's also been the subject of complaints before—the police department insists the people who filed those complaints were all uncooperative.

Liese is also filing a lawsuit against the city. It's not the first lawsuit Delio had yielded either. Last year Delio seized the iPhone of a man who was filming someone else's arrest and then arrested him for "resisting arrest without violence." The city settled for $15,000 and the police department can continue to claim Delio has no "prior sustained discipline."

h/t BakedPenguin

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    1. You wanna be a tough guy?

      *knees anonbot in the spleen*

  2. The OPD may say it takes allegations of abuse seriously but Delio has been suspended with pay.

    Dammit, you HAD to light the Dunphy Signal, didn’t you?

  3. The prosecutor will tell the grand jury that Liese deserved it, and nothing else will happen.

    1. I have a feeling… just a gut feeling that Liese might be a dickhead.

      Not deserving of police brutality etc. etc. and other disclaimers apply.

      1. I agree.

  4. “He’s also been the subject of complaints before?the police department insists the people who filed those complaints were all uncooperative.”

    And?
    Oh. I see.
    Victims of police abuse aren’t to be taken seriously unless they are cooperative with the very organization which employs the man who abused them.

    1. Cooperate means shut up and go away. So if they cooperate then there is no investigation, and if they fail to cooperate there is no investigation. Heads the cops win, tails the complainant loses.

      1. It’s good to be the King…

      2. I had a complaint in with my local PD, and right around the time they got back with me with some documents and stuff to follow up on, my mom died and my life shut down for several weeks. At some point I got a letter saying that the officer had been cleared as I had not responded to contact requests.

        Yep, 100% my fault. I really regret not going through with it. Because now I can’t complain that I didn’t receive justice.

        1. they got back with me with some documents and stuff to follow up on

          I’m surprised they even did that.

  5. Which excuse will the prosecutor give to the grand jury this time: Furtive movements, hopped up on goofballs, “hulked up”, “disrespectful” or crazy. Any bets?

    1. The arrest at a bar and the allegation that he tried to break the window with his head makes it obvious they’re going for the “hopped up on goofballs” excuse.

      1. That could be crazy, too.

      2. Where’s your Messiah now, eh, Flanders?

  6. “We support the judicial process and we take all allegations of excessive force seriously,” OPD said in a statement.

    The script just never gets old. Even the cop lovers have to know that that’s BS, right ?

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  8. Marshall from “How I Met Your Mother,” after a night of bath salts and anchovies.

  9. He’s also been the subject of complaints before?the police department insists the people who filed those complaints were all uncooperative.

    Those damn complainants wouldn’t cooperate after we threatened to bring them up on false charges and harass them for cooperating.

  10. Last week, Allentown, PA dismissed and arrested two police officers for using unreasonable force. Yesterday, a Hummelstown cop, Lisa Merkle, was charged with criminal homicide for
    shooting to death an unarmed motorist she had stopped for “expired inspection stickers.”
    Maybe the pendulum has started to swing?

    1. Charged doesn’t mean convicted. Especially when the jury is being stared down by several dozen glowering police officers.

      1. And that exact thing is portrayed on TV as the brothers in blue showing solidarity. It’s commendable, not contemptible.

  11. He’s also been the subject of complaints before?

    But that’s neither here nor there.

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