5 Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 25

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IN VIDEO, OFFICER PUSHES, SLAPS MAN AT FLORIDA BUS TERMINAL

Police said Tuesday that they’re looking into possible criminal charges against an officer who was videotaped pushing and slapping a homeless man at a bus terminal. The video surfaced on YouTube shortly after Officer Victor Ramirez confronted Bruce Laclair, 58, who had been sleeping on a bench inside the terminal near downtown Fort Lauderdale. Police Chief Frank Adderley said Tuesday that Ramirez is a nine-year veteran of the city’s police force. He was suspended with pay while the agency investigates the incident. Ramirez was at the bus terminal at the request of transit officials because of recent safety problems, police said.

DEPUTY ON RESTRICTED DUTY AFTER DRAGGING WOMAN IN COURTHOUSE

A sheriff’s deputy is on restricted duty after officials say he dragged a mentally incompetent woman by the shackles around her ankles through a courthouse hallway. The incident was caught on video Monday morning. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel questioned the conduct of Deputy Christopher Johnson and said the agency’s internal affairs unit would investigate. Attorney Bill Gelin recorded the deputy dragging 28-year-old Dasyl Jeanette Rios down a third-floor hallway. The woman sobbed and pleaded with the deputy. She had just been declared mentally incompetent during a trespassing and criminal mischief case.

APPEALS COURT CONSIDERING WARRANTLESS CELLPHONE TRACKING

A federal appeals court in Atlanta is considering whether investigators must obtain a search warrant to obtain cellphone tower tracking data. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June ruled investigators must get a search warrant to get the data, which is widely used to show suspects were in the vicinity of a crime. The federal government asked to have the decision reconsidered by the full court and oral arguments were held Tuesday. The issue arises from a Miami case in which federal

WOMAN ACCUSED OF BEATING, SHAMING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT

Police say a Florida woman struck a child with a belt and sent her to school in a T-shirt marked with comments about her failing grades. The woman, 30-year-old Melany Joyce Alexander of the Tampa Bay area, is charged with abuse and cruelty to a child. Officials say she was arrested last week and released on bail.

STRIPPER TELLS DEPUTY DRUGS IN CAR ARE FOR HER BACK PAIN

A 23-year-old woman told a sheriff’s deputy she had drugs in her car for the back pain she suffers from being an adult dancer. Monroe County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Fricke spotted partially clad Kayla Gregg passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle in Sugarloaf Key on Monday. He knocked on the window and asked to see her identification. That’s when he saw what appeared to be bags of drugs in the woman’s purse. One bag tested positive for cocaine and she was arrested.

 

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