Multiple cases by former Orlando Police Officer of the Year under review

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nearly a dozen of an Orlando police officer’s cases were the focus of a State Attorney’s office review after prosecutors had to drop charges against a suspected drug dealer.

Officer Jonathan Mills, who was named Officer of the Year in 2018, confronted then arrested a suspected drug dealer in Parramore on charges of resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. No charges were filed.

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But when prosecutors looked at the officer’s report, then checked his bodycam footage, things didn’t line up.

As a result of the incident, prosecutors ended up reviewing 10 other cases involving that officer because of the incident.

“Jonathan Mills, we believe, is an officer who obviously has had some questionable behavior when it comes to his conduct toward the public, but I also think that our process, the way that we render discipline is intended to address that, to modify that behavior.” said Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon.

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Mills received a written censure for the encounter with Stephenson. Inconsistencies in his report sparked prosecutors to review other cases, and concerns have been raised about the officer’s ability to tell the truth.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.