OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Office of Florida has released surveillance video of an incident inside a Central Florida school, that led to charges against a Kissimmee police officer. It happened on May 8, 2015 at Kissimmee Middle School.
Mario Badia is a Kissimmee Police officer who served as a school resource. According to prosecutors, Badia intervened during a domestic argument in the school's lobby. Investigators say Badia confronted the student, lifting him into the air by his arm, then slamming him into the ground. Investigators say he torqued the child's wrist for 42 seconds.
Officer Badia was removed from duty and charged with cruelty toward a child. His trial is scheduled for December 7. Kissimmee Police sent this statement to FOX 35 News:
"The Kissimmee Police Department did not hesitate to relieve Officer Badia from duty upon viewing the video and opened a criminal and an internal investigation into the incident. The Criminal Investigation Division filed Child Abuse charges against Officer Badia and handed the case over to the State Attorney's Office for prosecution. The internal investigation found that Officer Badia used improper conduct on duty and excessive force as it is related to our use of force policy. Officer Badia has been given notice of our intent to terminate his employment. Officer Badia will meet with Chief Massie on November 20, 2015 to discuss the recommended discipline. After that meeting, Officer Badia will have an opportunity to grieve the discipline."