Did Collier County (Fla.) Sheriff's officers go too far in subduing high-speed motorcyclist Mateo Falconi?
The 22-year-old released police video of the incident to the News-Press through his lawyers. The clip, which is now gaining attention on the Internet , appears to show the Fort Myers, Fla., resident surrendering to officers, and then getting punched, shocked and sworn at as he lays on the ground.
Falconi held a press conference Monday (watch below), claiming police used "excessive force." He announced that he planned to file a civil suit, WFTX reports. He has hired separate attorneys to handle the suit and to provide defense for his charges, which include fleeing the law, marijuana possession and resisting arrest without violence, according to the Fox affiliate.
According to the police report filed by arresting officer Robert Lewis III, Falconi reached speeds of 110 mph after Lewis spotted him going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone on Oct. 18. Falconi ran red lights in leading a five-minute chase, in which Lewis determined the traffic was light enough to pursue, the report states.
The edited video shows an unarmed Falconi stopping and putting his hands in the air before the confrontation started. He sustained bruises to most of his upper-body and had a head injury, the News-Press notes.
Collier County Sheriff’s Office declined comment to media outlets, but ABC-7 did publish a police statement that asks why Falconi was traveling at 110 mph and points out, in part: "Law enforcement officers are permitted to respond to resistance, whether it be verbal, passive, active or aggressive, for the safety of the public, the officer and the subject." (Visit ABC-7 to read the full statement.)