Viewers voice: excessive force suit rattles viewers
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - 22 year-old Mateo Falconi said he plans on filing a lawsuit against the Collier County Sheriff's Office because he claims deputies beat and tasered him after he surrendered from a high speed chase back in October.
He showed Fox Four video of the incident. He chose only to show what happened after he surrendered.
"Once you reach a point and surrender and you know you're going into custody you expect to be treated with some type of dignity don't expect to be jumped by four grown men," said Falconi.
According to reports, deputies first tried to pull Falconi over for speeding on Livingston Rd. but Falconi didn't stop instead leading them on a high speed chase driving as fast as 110 mph and running red lights eventually giving up five miles later.
Deputies claim it looked like Falconi was going to flee after he got off his motorcycle.
Many viewers watched the video on our newscast and think deputies went too far.
"It didn't look to be like he was being combative of so I think the policemen were wrong in that," said Mike from Naples.
Harvey called in and thought the same.
"That was despicable. All of these police are just out of control," said Harvey.
Sandy from Fort Myers Beach called in and thought otherwise.
"If the young gentleman wasn't running from police in the first place he wouldn't be in the mess he's in now."
Frank from San Carlos Park said, "You waste our city tax payer money on a court case. Get off the bike next time!"