A police dashcam video shows an Orlando police officer stepping out of his car to approach another car at a stop light, only for its passenger to take off running, prompting the officer to start chasing him.
However, officer William Anderson did not make it very far as he stepped in front of the car to give chase, allowing the driver to step on the accelerator and strike him.
Anderson shoots his gun three times as he was being struck as the car made his getaway.
Eventually, another car pulls up to block traffic while another Orlando cop comes running up.
The incident, which took place early Monday morning and the video was released Tuesday with scathing words from Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
“I’m sick and tired of people running from police, not complying with police officers’ orders,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. “We’re very upset that this individual tried to murder one of our police officers.”
However, Mina made no note of the fact that Anderson has a long history of abusing citizens and has no business being a police officer.
Anderson, in fact, has 18 complaints against him from other citizens alleging he used excessive violence against them since he was hired in 2007.
Earlier this year, a man named Gregory Henry sued Anderson and three other officer who severely beat him back in 2012.
According to WFTV:
Gregory Henry shared pictures with Eyewitness News that show a swollen, bruised face after his encounter with four Orlando police officers, who he says were taking the lead from Officer William Anderson.
“I could no longer feel my legs after getting Tased and kneed, and pepper sprayed and choked,” Henry said.
In a clip of a YouTube video, you see Henry trying to diffuse an argument over a racial slur. Moments later, the officers grab him, but don’t identify themselves in the video.
Henry said he immediately put his hands up, realizing that they were police officers. The rest of the video is too dark to see what’s happening, but the audio is clear.
“They got your boy, bro. They said he ain’t gone be eating nothing but smoothies for a while. They slammed him on the floor face first,” a witness is heard saying.
Henry was taken to a local hospital, where he says Anderson bragged about how he could have killed him.
“I said, ‘You were trying to kill me.’ My exact words,” Henry told Channel 9’s Daralene Jones.
“He said, ‘No, if I wanted to kill you, what I should’ve done is took my baton and beat the living (expletive) out of you,'” Henry said.
A 9 Investigates review of the officer’s report shows that he stated Mr. Henry was still panicked from the spray and was overreacting based upon his knowledge of the effects of pepper spray.
Anderson has 18 citizens’ complaints in his personnel file for similar incidents regarding his behavior toward the public.
Most of the department’s reviews of those complaints found no policies were violated. Three of them led to re-training or supervisor referrals for counseling.
Perhaps this time, the department will train him not to step in front of a car driven by a potential dangerous subject because as we can see in the dashcam video, it is not the best “officer safety” practice.
Nevertheless, Anderson was treated at a hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the suspects remain at large.
However, police found the car, which was found burned with shattered windshields.
Anderson had been working off-duty security detail at a local McDonald’s where shots were fired two hours before the incident, but it’s not clear if the traffic stop was related to that incident.
Of the four officers named in the lawsuit from Gregory Henry, Anderson was the only officer disciplined by internal affairs. But only because he had used profanity, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Henry, who had no criminal record before the incident, was found not guilty of resisting-arrest and disorderly conduct charges at trial in February 2014.
The felony charge of battery on a law-enforcement officer was also dropped.