Fort Myers officer fired
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CREATED Jul. 11, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Amid accusations of excessive force, Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker fired one of his officers.
Officer Trevor Lehman has now been terminated.
In a report released by the Fort Myers police department ... the incident started at a Circle K on Fowler and Hanson near downtown Fort Myers.
It was Monday February 4TH 2013.
While on patrol, the report says officer Trevor Lehman and his partner pulled over Chaylon McClary, for driving without a license.
Video from the officers dash camera show officer Lehman yelling obscenities at McClary, while trying to get him out of the car.
McClary gets out of the car... and that's when things escalate quickly.
The report says McClary is seen in the dash cam being "uncooperative but non-violent."
You can see officer Lehman struggle with McClary while trying to contain him, but then takes aggressive action.
According to the report ... the officer hit the suspect hard in the neck and head... a total of three times.
In pain and frustrated ... the report says McClary continues to be non -violent but still uncooperative and resists the officers as they try to put him in the squad car. several officers are needed to contain him and remove him from the scene.
Since that night more than five months ago, a staff review was established to evaluate the incident and determine if proper action was taken.
It was made up by members of the Fort Myers Police Department.
The review considered misconduct and what disciplinary action should be taken.
But their recommendations had little influence on Police Chief Doug Baker.
Beside issues of language and general conduct, the biggest concern was the "use of force and response to resistance."
Only one officer reccommended a 24 hour suspension, the other three suggested a reprimand with more training.
Chief Baker, however, disagreed with the recommendations ... and ultimately decided to terminate him.