Orange County

Attorneys for homeless man accused of resisting arrest file lawsuit against city of Orlando, Orlando officer for police misconduct

ORLANDO, Fla. — A trial is now on hold in the case of a homeless man accused of resisting arrest.

Terre Johnson’s attorneys filed a lawsuit against the city and the Orlando Police Department for police misconduct, but the officers attorneys filed an appeal, challenging a judge’s denial to grant the officer qualified immunity.

Cellphone video taken in 2015 shows an Orlando police officer making an arrest of Johnson, who is homeless.

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The video shows when the arrest turned violent.

Johnson was charged with resisting arrest, but a jury later found Johnson not guilty.

Now, the attorneys for Johnson have filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer for police misconduct.

On Thursday, both sides went before a judge for what they thought would be the final pretrial conference.

The attorneys for the officer and the city announced that they were going to appeal the case, so the trial set for July 6 is now on hold.

The attorneys for the officer, James Wilson, are appealing the judge’s decision to deny qualified immunity.

Karen Parks

Karen Parks,

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.

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