ORLANDO, Fla. - A lawsuit against the Orlando Police Department paints a picture of brutality and excessive force by a group of OPD officers.
At the time Bletcher was at his
According to the lawsuit, Bletcher was ambushed by the officers and shocked twice with a stun device.
The suit says Bletcher sustained excruciating kicks,
Channel 9 obtained an arrest report where the officers claim Bletcher ran from his car when they tried to pull him over.
One of the officers wrote that Bletcher repeatedly reached for his waistband.
Despite that, Bletcher was charged with several crimes anyway. The charges were dropped almost immediately.
"We see a valid claim for false arrest and civil rights violations," said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer.
In an unusual move the lawsuit mentions other excessive force suits filed in the past year that the city of Orlando has lost in court or settled.
The suit said a woman was paid $140,000 after an OPD officer shoved her face-first to the sidewalk, breaking her teeth.
It highlights three other lawsuits that cost taxpayers $1.7 million collectively.
"Certainly since there have been past victories against OPD on these
An OPD spokesman told Channel 9's Ryan Hughes that the department doesn't comment on pending litigation.