Charles Rabin, reporting for The Miami Herald:
The Fort Lauderdale patrol officer who inflamed a tense
demonstration on Sunday, knocking over a seated protester just
before a peaceful protest against police abuse turned violent, has
been reviewed by internal affairs for using force 79 times in his
roughly three-and-half years on the force, according to department
Most notably, Steven Pohorence has drawn his firearm more than
once a month on average since he was hired in October 2016,
according to personnel records released by the law enforcement
agency on Wednesday. […]
During some instances in which Pohorence drew his weapon, the
records show, he was apprehending someone wanted for serious
crimes such as a robbery, vehicle theft or an outstanding warrant.
The records show the pattern of brandishing his firearm increasing
with him drawing a weapon 42 times in the past 16 months. In
January of this year, Pohorence drew on suspects four times in one
week. But three of those instances turned out to be minor
violations or misunderstandings.
That’s a review every 16 days, ever since he’s been in service. Sounds like a lot.
Shane Calvey, president of Fort Lauderdale’s Fraternal Order of
Police said he couldn’t speak about Pohorence’s actions on Sunday
while it was under investigation by the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement. But he also defended the officer’s record, saying
there was nothing out of the ordinary regarding the number of
times Pohorence had been reviewed for use-of-force or had drawn
“There were no policy violations found,” Calvey said.
Nothing out of the ordinary about a cop who drew his gun 42 times in 16 months. Either he’s lying to make an excuse for a cop who clearly never should have been in uniform in the first place, which is awful, or he’s telling the truth — that this is normal — which is far worse.
★ Friday, 5 June 2020