Posted: 9:57 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
ORLANDO, Fla. — An officer who has been criminally charged with using excessive force during an arrest last year has been fired, Orlando Police Chief John Mina announced Wednesday.
Channel 9's Kathi Belich was the first to obtain video from a confrontation in March 2014 that shows Officer William Escobar punching and kicking handcuffed suspect Refus Holloway.
“I absolutely do not condone the behavior of Officer Escobar,” Mina said. “William Escobar was terminated from the Orlando Police Department.”
Escobar was later charged with battery and perjury after video of the incident shot by Holloway's sister surfaced.
Documents obtained by Channel 9 earlier this month show that eight people from the city signed off on the determination that Escobar's use of force was acceptable and justifiable.
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