Hollywood Police: Officer Grabbed Gun Instead Of Taser When He Shot Michael Ortiz

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Hollywood constabulary person offered their mentation of what happened erstwhile 1 of their officers changeable a bare and handcuffed man, leaving him paralyzed.

In a connection released precocious Tuesday, the section said, “While the probe is inactive progressive and ongoing, an archetypal reappraisal suggests the serviceman intended to deploy his Taser, but alternatively discharged his firearm.”

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The connection came aft civilian rights lawyer Benjamin Crump announced a lawsuit to unit the merchandise of surveillance video of the July 3 shooting that paralyzed Michael Ortiz.

The Ortiz suit comes arsenic Minneapolis constabulary serviceman Kim Potter awaits sentencing for manslaughter aft sidesplitting Daunte Wright during a postulation halt past year. She excessively said she thought she was firing her stun gun, not her handgun.

The serviceman who changeable Ortiz was enactment connected table work pending a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.

Police said Ortiz, 42, had called 911 saying helium had taken drugs and was suffering from thorax pains. Paramedics responded first. Ortiz, bare and agitated, emerged from a sixth level flat and threatened to leap from a balcony.

Officers were sent to the country to assistance Hollywood Fire Rescue aft Ortiz refused to unfastened the doorway and began making “delusional and suicidal statements,” the constabulary connection said.

One serviceman deployed a Taser and enactment Ortiz successful restraints, but helium utilized his legs to defy arsenic they tried to determination him into an elevator to a waiting rescue vehicle, the connection said.

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“As helium continued to resist, an serviceman discharged his firearm, striking Mr. Ortiz once,” the constabulary connection said.

Crump shared a antithetic version, saying Ortiz called 911 to study his canine missing, past took a ablution and was wearing a towel erstwhile constabulary showed up astatine his door. Crump besides said that video taken from a adjacent flat gathering recorded immoderate of what happened.

”You indispensable merchandise the video that shows america wherefore you changeable a bare man, look down and paralyzed him,” Crump told CBS-4.

The FDLE’s findings volition beryllium submitted to the authorities attorney’s bureau for review, and past the Hollywood Police interior affairs portion volition investigate, the connection said.

“We empathize with Mr. Ortiz and his household and cognize they person galore questions astir that evening,” constabulary said. “Our anticipation is that erstwhile the probe is complete, we volition beryllium capable to conscionable with them and supply immoderate further accusation they are seeking.”

The constabulary connection confirmed that the section preserved each grounds and records of the lawsuit successful effect to a July 12 petition by the instrumentality steadfast Morgan and Morgan connected behalf of Ortiz’s family. The instrumentality steadfast besides indicated they mailed a nationalist records petition to the wide constabulary office address, bypassing a records petition connected the agency’s online web portal.

Hollywood constabulary said determination is nary grounds of the missive being received by the records division, and the instrumentality steadfast told constabulary they are nary longer representing Ortiz. The constabulary connection said the section received nary different nationalist records requests astir the shooting until Monday, the time Crump announced the lawsuit.

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