Serious Concerns Surround Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Excessive Force—
Serious Concerns Surround Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Excessive ForceDeidra Reid was violently arrested by Orange County Deputy Richard Nye, but the State Attorney has dropped all charges saying “this case is not suitable for prosecution.” Reid plans to file a civil lawsuit.
For months, there have been calls for justice in numerous cases involving Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Nye, who is accused of excessive force and abusing his position. In fact, 21 excessive force complaints have been filed against Deputy Nye in the past seven years, including two recent cases heading toward civil lawsuits against the deputy and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Last year, in a span of only two months, Deputy Nye was involved in two high-profile cases of excessive force. In July, college student Deidra Reid was violently arrested by Nye, who pulled Reid’s arm out its socket in a very controversial and seemingly personal take-down of the 21-year-old woman. In September, Deputy Nye was then accused of beating a 17-year-old boy while deputies were searching for a 30-year-old suspect.
Critics have also been taking aim at Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings regarding the controversial use of excessive force by Deputy Nye. “The first time was when he abused 20-year old, 110lb soaking wet, black female college student Deidra Reid, who now has a criminal arrest record thanks to Deputy Nye’s lies,” attorney Natalie Jackson, who represents Reid, wrote on Facebook to Sheriff Demings after the September incident. “I guess Deputy Nye has to kill someone before you give a damn?”
Just last week, Erik Sandoval with News 6 reported State Attorney Jeff Ashton dropped all criminal charges against Deidra Reid. “From the investigation which has been made, it is the opinion of the writer that this case is not suitable for prosecution,” the state attorney’s office wrote in its notice filed with the court on December 23rd.
But that does not mean the damage caused by Deputy Nye is done or that these cases of excessive force are over. “My client’s criminal case was dropped, but she should have never been arrested and abused in the first place,” attorney Jackson said. “Contrary to what many think, just because her case was dropped doesn’t mean this is over. I’m glad the criminal case is over for Deidra but I’m not happy at all about what the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Nye and Officer Parnell have conspired to do to my client, a very young college student who is just starting her life, and the long-lasting effects of what they have done to her.”
“We will be suing them all for the harms they have caused her and her parents,” attorney Jackson added.
– Written by: Mike Cantone
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And Here We Go Again – Central Florida Lastest Excessive Force Case
“Where is the Accountability, it is clear here in Central Florida the Police CAN NOT Police Themselves. The community is demanding Accountability, a Zero-Tolerance Policy, Transparency and an Independent Elected Police Citizen Review Board. Now it is clear we need NEW Leadership and that change must start from the TOP.” – Lawanna Gelzer, President of the NAN Central Florida Chapter.
DEAR SHERIFF DEMINGS…THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN LESS THAN 2 MONTHS THAT DEPUTY RICHARD NYE IS CAUGHT ON VIDEO ABUSING A CITIZEN (FIRST TIME WAS WHEN HE ABUSED 20-YR OLD – 110LB SOAKING WET – BLACK FEMALE – COLLEGE STUDENT _ DEIDRA REID WHO NOW HAS A CRIMINAL ARREST RECORD THANKS TO DEPUTY NYE’S LIES) . I GUESS DEPUTY NYE HAS TO KILL SOMEONE BEFORE YOU GIVE DAMN? (WHOOP…I FORGOT OFFICER’S UNJUSTIFIABLY KILLING ORANGE COUNTY CITIZEN’S HAS ALREADY HAPPENED UNDER YOUR WATCH AND YOU DIDN’T GIVE A DAMN THEN EITHER…NEVER MIND…CARRY ON)
Date: July 28, 2015
Contact: Lawanna Gelzer, NAN Central Florida Chapter President
Community Leaders Respond to Excessive Force Case AgainstCollege Students Deidra Reid and Reginald LaneThe National Action Network Central Florida Chapter in solidarity with other social, civic, and civil rights organizations will join College Students Deidra Reid and Reginald Lane and their Attorney Natalie Jackson, along with the families of victims of excessive force on Wednesday, July 29th to lodge their complaints against two OFF-DUTY Orange County Deputies who was out of control and high on power police when they, without LEGAL AUTHORITY, detained, bullied, and abuse these two students.
The students and their supporters will hold a press conference outside of Orange County Sheriff’s Office sharply at 2:00 PM. The criminalization of citizens who assert their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS not to be illegally detained and harass has to stop!! These Orange County Deputies had ZERO legal authority to ABUSE, TERRORIZE, BULLY and ARREST these students.
What: Call to Action Against Police Brutality & Excessive Force
Where: Orange County Sheriff’s Office – 2500 W Colonial Drive * Orlando, FL 32804
When: 2:00 PM
Who: Lawanna Gelzer, National Action Network Central Florida Chapter, Attorney Natalie Jackson and College Students Deidra Reid and Reginald Lane, the Families of Karvas Gamble and others Concerned Citizens
“Who is Policing the Police?” said Lawanna Gelzer, President of the National Action Network Central Florida Chapter. “The community demands accountability, and now it is clear that must start from the top.”
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“Orlando Police Department Excessive Force Cases Spotlighted on National Level – National Journal”
First, though, she will have to navigate the complicated national dialogue on police brutality and criminal justice, a conversation that has changed ramatically since Democrats first tapped the tough-on-crime Demings as a candidate for higher office.
The growing focus on police misconduct highlights less agreeable aspects of Demings’s time helming the Orlando Police Department from 2007 to 2011.
“This has been a problem for a while, through her administration and others. The problem is the leadership of the department,” said Lawanna Gelzer, President of the National Action Network’s Central Florida chapter. “
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OPD Latest Excessive Force Case
The Orlando Police Department’s latest police excessive force case happened just ONE DAY after Mayor Dyer’s “Orlando Speak” event to strengthen relationships and trust between officers and the community. Terre Johnson is a homeless man who happened to be sitting on Ossie Street one block south of Washington Street in the Parramore Community. Please understand this can happen to anyone but this week, it happened to Terre. The Orlando community is coming together to fight back! The community is saying loud and clear: we are tried of the mistreatment by SOME of Orlando’s police officers. NO MORE Policing by Zip Code and NO MORE Policing by Fear and Intimidation.
“Who is Policing the Police? The community is demanding Accountability, a Zero-Tolerance Policy, Transparency and an Independent Elected Police Citizen Review Board. Now it is clear we need a change in leadership and that change must start from the top.” – Lawanna Gelzer, President of the NAN Central Florida Chapter
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Pressure Building on Orlando City Council After Public Comments Focus on Excessive Force
left: Noel Carter, with his attorney Natalie Jackson; right: Orlando Police Chief John Mina
The pressure is building on Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners to comment and respond to the latest excessive force allegations against the Orlando Police Department. Noel Carter joined his attorney Natalie Jackson as well as several community organizations and concerned citizens at City Hall this week to respond to comments from Police Chief John Mina and to respond to the use of excessive force against him while visiting downtown.
Video evidence shows Noel Carter was kicked, beaten and tased by two Orlando police officers who were moonlighting for the Venue 578, a club downtown. After a press conference outside of City Hall on Monday, many who were rallying attended the City Council meeting to testify before Mayor Dyer and City Commissioners during general public comments.