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Florida Police Officer Under Fire For Shoving Teen Suspect Who Was Cooperating Off Roof

Earlier this year a Florida police officer heeded the advice of his colleague and shoved an 18-year-old suspect of a car theft off a roof.

Now he’s facing discipline.

Dramatic footage taken from the officer’s bodycam recorded the officer pursuing the unidentified teen sitting on the roof of a home in Kissimmee.

The teen was accused of taking his girlfriend’s car without permission, and when authorities tried to get further information, the suspect darted through the house and climbed out the window.

The cops’ pursuit culminated in the climactic standoff on the roof.

Officer Plenio Massiah approached the cornered suspect atop the roof and told him there was no other alternative.

“Now you have no choice to jump down, right?”

According to WFTV, officers from below ordered the suspect to jump or suffer the consequences.

“You’re going to get tased and you’re going to fall. So, you better jump.”

When the teen calmly remained perched on the edge of the house with his legs dangling off the edge, one of the two officers on the ground, Sgt. Anthony Amada ordered Massiah to force the teen off the roof.

Amada shouted:

“Just push him off! Push him off!”

In the video, it appeared the suspect was not resisting and tried to communicate wanting to get down by climbing through a window.

Massiah then shoved the teen off from the over nine-foot-high structure, and Amada Tazed him after he landed.

As he was being hand-cuffed, the teen pleaded:

“Hey, I’m down! I’m not resisting! I’m not resisting, bro,”

The teen was not injured as a result of falling, but Police Chief Jeff O’Dell told the news station:

“Massiah’s decision to push the suspect off the roof could have resulted in significant injury.”

The bodycam footage was released after an internal investigation by Kissimmee police. WFTV did not give an exact date of the incident.

Amada—facing disciplinary action in a separate case—resigned from the force in June.

The department suspended Massiah for eight hours “for failing to follow KPD general order.”

According to KPD’s investigative report, Massiah mentioned he was conflicted about shoving the teen for fear of them both falling off the roof.

The department said in its statement ruling against Massiah:

“Members shall use only the degree of force necessary to affect lawful objectives.”

 

This is Massiah’s first time in his career of being placed on disciplinary action. This includes records from when he used to work for the Daytona Beach Police Department.

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Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1