(April 22, 2016)- An internal affairs investigation into March 13, 2016 incident that went viral online has been concluded.
The incident occurred on March 13, 2016 where an Officer used force against an intoxicated person in parking lot in the downtown entertainment district. The incident was recorded on a smartphone and the video that was posted online, went viral.
The Cape Coral Police Department began its investigation immediately. The incident was initially submitted to the State Attorney's Office for review, to determine if criminal charges should be pursued against the subject Officer. The State Attorney's review determined that there was no criminal conduct on the part of the subject officer.
The Professional Standards Bureau's internal affairs investigation found that the subject Officer, Captain Michael Torregrossa, was in violation of department policy for conduct unbecoming of a Cape Coral Police Officer, improper use of force, and failure provide medical aid in a Use of Force incident.
As a result of the findings of the Professional Standards Bureau, the Department has imposed an (80) hour suspension and documented remedial training on General Order B-12, reviewing Use of Force techniques in response to levels of resistance and the responsibilities in rendering first aid as it relates to injuries associated with Use of Force. Captain Michael Torregrossa's suspension will begin effective Monday, April 25, 2016.
Link to original news release: Post on Social Media Prompts Internal Affairs Investigation; Officer on Administrative Leave
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