Cop who threw woman down gets 40-hour suspension

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando police officer who was recorded on camera throwing a woman to the ground will be punished, according to authorities.

Late Thursday morning, Orlando police announced that Officer Livio Beccaccio will receive a 40-hour suspension.

Officials said that the case has also lead to policy changes.

The Orlando Police Department said supervisors will now have to review any video available of any incidents to determine if the police officers report matches what happened.

The deputy chief is insistent that the officer did not lie on his report about the incident, however, the chain of events on the report were out of order.

Beccaciao received a one-week suspension for pushing Lisa Wareham to the ground last February in the downtown Orlando area. There was an argument in front a bar and Becaccip responded to scene, according to a report.

Wareham said as she was walking away when Beccaccio grabbed her and threw her to the ground. She said her teeth were knocked out.

Wareham was arrested on several charges, but the state dropped the charges.

Deputy Chief O'Dell said the officer used excessive force.

"On behalf of the Orlando Police Department I would like to apologize as a result of being thrown to the ground," O'Dell said.

Police said the Beccaccio was not fired because he does not have a prior history and the action taken is consistent with other disciplinary actions with other officers.

Warehams has filed a civil suit and police did not have an update on that lawsuit.

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