My question involves criminal law for the state of: Florida
Hi, I'm a witness in an upcoming trial in Jacksonville, have worked 20+ years for the federal government, and I have a few questions...
A neighbor of mine that I don't really know that well, got into a fight with a friend that had came over his house. Police evidently knew him from him having some kind of past, talked to him at his door for a couple minutes, and literally pulled him out of his house and slammed him on the ground arresting him. He was definitely getting mouthy with them, was intoxicated, and saying a lot of profanity, but certainly don't think that enables them the authority to pull him out of his house. What's more is that they charge him with battery on law enforcement officers and the only way any officers were even touched by him is by one officer reaching into his doorway and pulling him into other officers while he was throwing him to the ground. This happened so fast, but it was in plain sight of several other people as well.
They then take him over towards the car, with one officer leading the way. The one officer turns around and slams him backwards that results in him cracking his head open. They then throw him in the back of the car. I've had to go to his attorney's office and submit my statements to all this. They said he was not injured before being put in the car, but photos actually show that blood is on the exterior of the car. Now I find out that they say that he injured himself in the back of the car by hitting his head on the seat or window, but pictures of the scene actually show that blood is on the exterior of the car. Again, they say that he was not injured in any way before being put in the car. Doesn't that prove that he didn't do that to himself and was injured before being put in the car?
Also, everyone who was actually a witness to this event was left out of the reports, but myself and several other neighbors witnessed this as I was out in my front yard watering my lawn when they showed up and my other neighbors were out front when the police pulled up as they were having a birthday party out front. Every witness was left out of the reports though.
(1) The one police officer literally pulled him out of his front door into other officers legs, and charge him with two battery on law enforcement officers. Is that legal?
(2) They slammed him on the ground in the street, said he was not injured in any way before being put in the car, and that he did that to himself in the back of the car, but there's clearly blood on the exterior of the car. Doesn't that prove they're lying, assaulted this individual, and falsified reports?
(3) All the witnesses that actually saw this take place were left out of the police reports, but all are going to testify. Is that normal, or just when they're trying to cover their butts?!
Now don't get me wrong. I definitely respect police officers and the government in general as I'm a federal employee, but I do feel that I have a duty to actually tell the truth about what I saw. I don't talk to my neighbor really but word travels around my community. I know he went to jail, bonded out, was formally charged and apparently he's worried that he's going to be getting 10 years in prison for an arrest an reports that were fabricated. He hasn't even been to pretrial yet, but what do you think will happen with this case, and I am right for testifying regardless if my neighbor has a criminal past or not, right? Thanks