• Attorneys to file lawsuits claiming Orlando police officer beat men


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorneys told WFTV they are about to file lawsuits against the city of Orlando claiming that a police officer used too much force on more than one occasion.

    An Orlando man was beaten so badly by police that members of his own family didn't recognize him, his attorney said.

    "He has a little girl who's 2 or 3 years old who's scared to go near him," said attorney Derek Brett.

    Paolo Bo is slowly on the mend after he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in downtown Orlando in December.

    Bo's attorneys claim Orlando Police Officer Frederick Dantes beat him.
    Police said Bo was screaming obscenities and causing problems, and then they said he swung his arms at them.

    WFTV reported on a case of alleged police brutality by officer Dantes last year.

    Dantes used a Taser on Louis Cabeza after Cabeza was apparently told to leave the Blue Martini at the Mall at Millenia.

     Police said Cabeza hit the officer in the chest, refused to be handcuffed and tried to kick the officer.

    "When there's a pattern of behavior, then it's time to bring a lawsuit," said attorney Carolyn Salzmann.
    Brett and Salzmann said they plan to hit the city of Orlando with two lawsuits in the coming weeks, claiming Dantes used excessive force.

    "At this level, this guy should not be in uniform," said Brett.

    Brett said he found that Dantes has had roughly 20 excessive force complaints lodged against him since joining the agency a decade ago.

     He said after these two incidents he wants something done.

    "At this level this guy should not be in uniform," said Brett.

    A representative for the city of Orlando said the city would not comment on the story because the lawsuits have yet to be filed.

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