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Video: Body Camera Video Clears Florida Deputy of Excessive Force Claim in Shoplifter Arrest

March 01, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Body Camera Video Clears Florida Deputy of Excessive Force Claim in Shoplifter Arrest

A Tampa-area sheriff has released body camera footage captured by one of his deputies as he tried to arrest an accused shoplifter. The footage shows that despite claims of excessive force the arrest was within policy and lawful.

The incident happened last Friday outside of Bealls along Bruce B Downs Blvd in Wesley Chapel. Sheriff Chris Nocco said he reviewed the body cam footage, which is more than 25 minutes long. He said his deputy was justified in how he handled the situation. According to authorities, Tiffany Tebo tried to leave the store without paying for shoes.

Sheriff Nocco told WPTV that a witness provided their department with cellphone video and said the footage showed excessive force. But one of them is 30 seconds, the other 1:28, and they do not capture the entire 25-minute arrest

"That citizen tried to put that out here and say it's police brutality, but when you see the entire video, which we have because of (a) body worn camera, it protects our agency and it protects the deputy. It shows he (was) justified in his actions," Sheriff Nocco said.

Comments (4)

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Leonard @ 3/2/2016 7:23 AM

I'm not sure why there is significant opposition by officers regarding body cams. This case illustrates why they are helpful; used to exonerate those that have been falsely accused.

OK then @ 3/2/2016 12:29 PM

Human nature. No one wants to be recorded at all times.

TC @ 3/2/2016 2:36 PM

Leonard, I don't know where you are from or what you base your opinion on however most cops I know, myself included have no issue with body cameras. We actually prefer them! I know cops from multiple agencies that purchased their own years ago prior to agencies adopting their use.

John retired IA PD @ 3/2/2016 8:29 PM

I have not heard of the opposition by officers wearing body cams. When I was active, I wished many times that I had a recording of what happened. It is amazing how their stories change from the time of the incident to the time they talk to a lawyer, or appear in court. I find it very interesting that the public wants LEO's to wear body cams to make sure we do our job, but they don't want red light or speed cameras which reduce accidents and save lives. They say it violates their civil rights. What about my rights to not be killed by a red light runner?

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