Fox 4 reviews personnel files of deputies involved in "excessive force" complaint
A 22-year-old led deputies on a high-speed chase in Naples. After he surrendered, he says deputies tasered and punched him. Video by fox4now.comvideo
NAPLES, Fla.- Tonight we're getting new details surround an excessive force complaint in Collier County. It all stems from an encounter caught on dash cam video following a high-speed chase.
Fox 4 reviewed personnel files at the Sheriff's Office for the 2 deputies involved in this video we showed you on Monday.
22-year-old Mateo Falconi led deputies on a high-speed chase back in October.
When he surrendered, dash cam video shows deputies tasered him and punched him several times. Falconi says deputies used "excessive force," but at this time no formal complaint has been filed against the Sheriff's Office.
Fox 4 dug deeper and read through personnel files. From the files we viewed, these deputies did not have any prior complaints against them involving "excessive force." In the past, each deputy had a few very minor complaints against them from citizens, but the complaints never made it to an Internal Affairs investigation. For example, one deputy had been verbally reprimanded after getting involved in a civil dispute regarding a citizen and a towing company.
Fox also reviewed annual reviews of both these deputies. The latest yearly review for one of the deputies shows he's meeting or exceeding all standards. The other deputy had letters of praise. For example, one lady wrote a letter to the department saying she's grateful this deputy helped save her husband after he had a stroke and she dialed 911.
Falconi has a much different opinion of these deputies and says he plans to take legal action.