TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – It started over a tinted license plate cover. Now Tampa police officer Kevin Fitzpatrick is under investigation and the 34-year-old woman he body slammed wants justice. Not only does the Tampa Police Department have to explain what happened on this dash-cam video, both police and prosecutors need to fess up about why they claimed this video didn’t exist.
It was Nov. 5, 7:30 in the morning. Tampa police officer Kevin Fitzpatrick claims when he approached Liz Vargas about an obscured license plate, she immediately became argumentative.
Dash-cam video captured in his cruiser shows within 34 seconds of approaching Vargas, Fitzpatrick is struggling to put handcuffs on her. Vargas is screaming for help, crying out she is being abused. Then, Fitzpatrick body slams her.
“You know I wasn’t offensive, I wasn’t hurting him, I wasn’t you know, hit him. I’m not a person like that,” Liz Vargas said. According to officer Fitzpatrick’s report, Vargas repeatedly ignored his requests for her license and registration.
“It was in my glove compartment, I was telling him, but he was actually screaming at me he didn’t give me a chance,” she said. Fitzpatrick took Vargas into custody for obtructing a police officer and resisting arrest without violence
“She was never told, you’re being placed under arrest for X, Y, or Z, he just grabbed her arm, yanked it behind her, slammed her to the ground,” Vargas’ attorney Brett stated. The 34 year old mother of four suffered multiple facial, shoulder and back injuries.
The next day she asked Tampa police to investigate officer Fitzpatrick. Szematowicz asked for video of the incident. Court records show the state and TPD said there was none. But a private investigator confirmed the tape existed.
“They lied about it,” Vargas said. The state attorney’s office told 8 On Your Side that it became aware in April, that the video existed.
From Tampa bay’8 on your side; http://wfla.com/2015/08/21/tampa-police-officer-body-slams-mother-of-4/
What a bunch of scumbags. Remember that these are sworn officers of the court and any time they give testimony it is considered truthful.
They will take the word of these thugs and bullies over that of citizen sworn to tell the truth.
Who is more likely to be a criminal?
The accused or the cop giving testimony?
In 2000 46% of cops surveyed said that they had seen police misconduct and covered it up.
The most covered up crime?
Unwarranted violence against a person
These are real heroes we are talking about here
Think about this guy if you ever see a cop in need of assistance