KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A Florida cop was arrested yesterday and is now facing charges for child abuse after shoving a 13-year-old boy and twisting his wrist for no apparent lawful reason.
On May 8, School Resource Officer Mario Badia got into an altercation with a student in the front office of Kissimmee Middle School. The Kissimmee Police Department opened an investigation into the incident after it was reported by school administrators.
Investigators say the assault was caught on hidden cameras in the school’s office.
“The school did review the video and asked us to come and review the video,” said Stacie Miller of the Kissimmee Police Department.
After reviewing the video, investigators say they had probable cause to issue a warrant for Badia’s arrest. The officer was taken into custody and is now behind bars on a $5,000 bond.
The arrest report claims Badia intentionally shoved the child, slammed him to the floor, and “torqued” his wrist for nearly a minute while the boy winced in pain. Investigators say the boy showed no signs of aggression.
Badia’s recounting of the incident was very different. In the police statement given by Badia, he claimed the student “pushed the officer’s hands away in a resistant manner” and “flailed his arms.” Investigators say the video from the hidden surveillance cameras shows Badia lied.
Badia has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the criminal and internal investigations.
TruthVoice attempted to contact Badia for comment but was unable to him at the time of writing.