Here is another outrageous story from Florida of a police officer acting with complete disregard of the law:
WFTV obtained more video Friday that shows an Orlando police officer hitting a pedestrian with his squad car. Police will only say he’s under criminal investigation, but Officer Michael Fiorentino-Tyburski is still allowed to patrol the streets.
It’s been almost three months since the pedestrian was hit at Hughey Avenue in downtown Orlando.
An investigator concluded in January that the officer was at fault for leaving the scene. The video shows the victim, Tetris Nunn, rolling over Orlando patrol car No. 8128 with Fiorentino-Tyburski behind the wheel.
On Friday, Channel 9 obtained the 911 calls and radio transmissions in the case. On the radio transmission, Fiorentino-Tyburski can be heard dodging questions his own department was asking him.
The conversation with dispatch went like this:
“Ten-four. We just got a caller for a Signal 4 at Hughey and Washington and we’re just trying to figure out if that was you,” the dispatcher said.
“I’m not there anymore. Who called it in?” asked Fiorentino-Tyburski.
“Signal 4” is code for a crash and it was the victim who called it in on an witness’ cellphone. He said the officer hit him and left the scene.
“Did the officer say he was coming back or why did he leave if he hit you?” asked the operator.
“Uh, he just hit me and, you know what I’m saying, he was, he blamed it on me and he just took off,” said the victim.
Here is video footage of the incident. Investigators say the victim was jaywalking. Unfortunately, the ped signal isn’t visible in the video, although it does appear he was walking with a green light. The Google Streetview location of the intersection is here.