• Woman, 18, plans to sue over incident with Palm Bay officer


    PALM BAY, Fla. - A Brevard County judge dismissed an 18-year-old woman’s misdemeanor drug possession case after he called the officer’s actions during her arrest “demeaning, condescending, threatening and abusive.”

    Officer David Marcinik’s body camera shows him approaching Melissa Bell’s car, which was parked at an abandoned house, with his gun drawn in February of last year.

    In the video the officer can be heard threatening to break the 18-year-old girl’s arm, and telling her, “You want to get lit up? Open that mouth one more time.”

    He can also be heard calling her an idiot and telling her to “stand up or you will get hurt.”

    Bell was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession and Marcinik.

    A judge dismissed the case and said Marcinik’s behavior was unacceptable.

    A family friend of Bell’s said she was shocked by the video.

    “I was very surprised. I’m just still kind of in shock,” Penny Tassone said.

    The 25-year veteran officer retired, but not for any reason surrounding misconduct.

    No complaint was ever filed against Marcinik, but last month Bell’s attorney put the city on notice that she plans to sue.

    Her attorney said Bell has been suffering emotional distress and is now afraid of officers.

    The attorney said Bell is glad Marcinik is no longer patrolling the streets.

    Marcinik still has his law enforcement certification, but is not working as a police officer in Florida.

    Bell’s attorney said she plans to file the lawsuit next week.

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