Viewers Voice: Did FMPD officer use excessive force?
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CREATED Jul. 12, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - After watching the video yourselves, many of viewers are speaking out about a Fort Myers police officer getting fired for the way he handled a call.
Dash cam video shows officer Trevor Lehman and his partner pulling over Chaylon McClary for driving without a license back in February.
According to the report, McClary is seen in the dash cam being "uncooperative but non-violent". The report also states Lehman hit McClary in the head and neck three times.
A staff review by other FMPD officers suggests a suspension or reprimand but ultimately Chief Doug Baker fired Lehman.
Crystal from North Fort Myers thinks the chief made a bad decision and said, "If you do it that way, then every criminal that wants to resist...every cop is going to have to worry they're gonna lose their jobs because of what kind of force they are going to have to use to hold down the criminals."
Sherry from Cape Coral saw the video and adds, "I think police officers get a little out of hand when they're out there. That was completely excessive use of force."
Cherise from North Port said the opposite. "It was obvious by the tape that it took how many officers to contain him? I just think it was a bad call and we've lost enough really good officers."
Richard from North Fort Myers also thinks the officer should keep his job. "With people who refuse to obey officers, sometimes you need to be a little rougher than you hope to be."