NewsLocal News


Man who claims he was beaten by Lee County Sheriff's Deputies alleges excessive force in new lawsuit

Cory Samek alleges his civil rights were violated when he was beaten during an arrest in Lee County.
Cory Samek
Posted at 8:42 PM, Mar 29, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-29 21:40:13-04

A Fort Myers man who claims he was beaten by Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies during an arrest, is suing Sheriff Carmine Marceno and a sergeant fired after the arrest.

Cory Samek was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct back on August 11th of last year.

Deputies said Samek was outside of a gas station on Palm Beach Boulevard, drinking and causing a disturbance.

His mug shot showed giant swelling on part of his face.

Charges were later dropped against Samek.

In October, after an internal investigation, Marceno announced Sgt. Christopher Meyer and two other deputies had been fired.

Four more deputies were disciplined for failing to properly report what happened.

In the lawsuit, Samek claims his civil rights were violated.

“(Sgt.) Meyer intentionally, knowingly, maliciously, recklessly, unreasonably, and/or gross negligently assaulted, battered, choked body-slammed, and repeatedly punched (Samek) in the mouth, face, and torso without any lawful basis,” the lawsuit states.

A spokesperson with LCSO said the agency does "not comment on pending or active litigation."

In a response in court, Marceno denies the allegations against him.