[UPDATE] Scuffle With Police, Elderly Man Under Review

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] (9-30 8:36) --

Charges will not be filed against an 84-year-old man involved in a scuffle with an Orlando police officer.

The State Attorney's Office gave no reason for their decision
Wednesday, Sept. 30 but Daniel Daley's attorney says a lawsuit will be
filed.

Authorities have said Officer Travis Lamont used an approved
take-down technique on Daley, but other factors -- such as Daley's
age -- could have been considered.

Daley was drunk on Sept. 18 when he got into an argument with a
tow-truck driver. He allegedly grabbed Lamont in an attempt to
punch him. The officer then forced Daley to the ground and
handcuffed him. Daley suffered a broken neck.

Police had planned to obtain a warrant to arrest Daley, but
because of Daley's injuries they forwarded documents to state
prosecutors.

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Orlando, Florida (AP) --

The scuffle between an Orlando police officer and an elderly man is under review.

Still, the department is looking into whether the method was appropriate considering the man's age.

Authorities said Daley was drunk when he got into an argument
with a tow-truck driver at a convenience store last Saturday (9/18). When police arrived, Daley allegedly grabbed Lamont in an attempt to
punch him. The officer had to force Daley to the ground.

Daley suffered a broken neck. He's in a medically induced coma
to prevent further injury, but he is not paralyzed.

If Lamont's superiors find that his actions were inappropriate,
the case will be investigated by the department's internal-affairs
division.


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  • by me Location: TALLY on Oct 6, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    Look,I'M 66 and times feel like 99. I KNOW this was uncalled for at this age he could have had a heart attack,R any number of other things gone wrong. This must have been a rookie trying to be a BIG MAN. He should have called for back-up. No!!! The man did need to go to jail,BUT not like this.
  • by HE DESERVED IT Location: TALLAHASSEE on Sep 30, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    IF AGE PLAYS A BIG FACTOR WHY GIVE PEOPLE OVER A CERTAIN AGE A DRIVER LISCENSE? PEOPLE OVER A CERTAIN AGE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE, I THINK HE CAME OUT RATHER GOOD, WHAT IF HE HAD DRIVEN DOWN THE RD AND KILLED SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE MAYBE JUST ONE? WOULD HE BE TOO OLD TOO GO TO JAIL? NO I DONT THINK SO, I GIVE THE OFFICER MUCH RESPECT FOR DEFENDING HIMSELF WHO KNOWS HOW HARD THAT BLOW WOULD HAVE BEEN COMEING FROM A DRUNK OLD MAN,WRONG IS WRONG 85,95,100 U SHOLUD KNOW BETTER...........
  • by ANNONYMUS on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    I think that was definately uncalled for, there had to have been a way for this TRAINED officer to deal with this situation ALOT differently...How harmful could an 84 yr old be??? If the officer was SOOO scared, he should have called for backup!!!
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Sep 23, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    I feel sorry for the old guy. But ultimately, if you are young enough to be drunk in public you are young enough to accept the consequences. . . . can't believe I just said that; "YOUNG enough" . . hahahaha.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    Since when does it matter a persons age when they are committing a crime?? Just because someone is too old or too young the police are expected to let them get away with anything?? Come on, get real people! I wish people would put themselves in the position of law enforcement officers, think of how hard they have it! Quit being so negative about the people that you are going to call to come and save you when you are in danger.... Think about that one!
  • by can't understand it on Sep 23, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    Why are people stupid enough to think they can give a cop a hard time and get away with it? It's much easier just to say "yes sir" and "no sir" and give him what he needs. These guys have to deal with very dangerous people and don't deserve a hard time just because you are having to deal with them. True, many of them can be hardazzes when they don't need to be but for the most part, they deserve our respect.
  • by CaptainDisbelief Location: Tally on Sep 23, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    Mmmhmm... right... I'm sure this will make it all the way to IA, and IA will make everything right. Tell you what -- if the police can police themselves, then I can police MYSELF. I'll be the one to decide if I've done something wrong, and if I have, I'll give myself a paid suspension. Sound fair?
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