• Body camera video released after Orlando police use of force investigation

    By: Jason Kelly , Ken Tyndall , Jeff Deal , James Tutten

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - We are getting a better perspective of what led up to an incident in which an Orlando police officer appears to be seen on surveillance video kicking a suspect in the head.

    Video of the incident was released last week and the officer is now on administrative duty while a use of force investigation is underway.

    Police body camera video was released and on it, the suspect is heard talking about getting kicked.


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    It was shortly after the man was taken into custody at an auto repair shop just off Colonial Drive.

    He told a sergeant at the scene he got kicked or punched in the face and wanted to go to the hospital.

    The surveillance video shows the suspect, Michael Bristol, appeared to have received a swift kick to the face from an officer as he was falling toward the ground, while another officer helped take control.

    Seconds later, the first officer, Dana Hilliker, was seen on video holding Bristol by the hair and dragging him.

    On Thursday, Orlando police released body camera footage of Bristol as he was taken into custody. 

    The incident stemmed from an allegedly stolen iPhone from an apartment building.

    A maintenance worker told police he spotted Bristol walking out of an apartment that wasn't his. When confronted, the suspect took off, police said.

    Officers blocked off streets and a K-9 unit searched the area, eventually tracking Bristol to an auto repair business, where police said he changed clothes, stole money and locked himself inside an office.

    The video showing the alleged kick was taken moments after officers got him out and said they were trying to get him under control.

    Once outside, the Orlando officers said they found cash and a drug pipe in Bristol's pockets.

    His mug shot shows what appears to be a large bump on his forehead.

    What we don't see is what Bristol was doing moments before the kick. The officer said he had been hit by a door.

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