Here’s a familiar story. Police officers beat down a man, then claim that he assaulted them. Internal investigation clears the officers of any wrongdoing and the victim is charged with felony assault of a police officer. Videotape shows the cops lied through their teeth:
After a beat down in an elevator, Joshua Daniel Ortiz ended up with his nose broken and facing a charge of battering a Fort Lauderdale police officer.
The 22-year-old Sunrise man was surprised and delighted to learn Wednesday that Broward prosecutors were dropping the case against him after reviewing an elevator surveillance video showing three officers aggressively rush and beat Ortiz to the ground.
Once the Dec. 5 video surfaced, it altered the course of the case. It contradicted police reports that Ortiz provoked and attacked Officers Derek Lade, Stefan Silver and Steve Smith.
But of course, the crackerjack investigation of the police somehow missed all of this:
Fort Lauderdale police internal affairs investigators reviewed the incident more than a month ago and found no violations of policy or procedures, said Sgt. Frank Sousa, the department’s spokesman.
“It was not a beating,” Sousa said. “The video clearly shows that [Ortiz] made a movement toward the officer.”
Here’s the most poignant part of it all:
“They were just sitting there watching my life go down the drain with those charges,” Ortiz said Wednesday. “I’ve been going crazy thinking my life is over. It’s barely started and it’s over.”
The police officers lied and were willing to ruin this guy’s life to prop up that lie rather than take responsibility for their own behavior. Wanna place a bet on whether any of those officers will face any discipline at all? In a just and sane world they would be fired and charged with falsifying a police report and assault. But they won’t be.