LAS VEGAS - The I-Team obtained video showing what happened during an incident in former Metro Police office Richard Scavone used excessive force against a suspected prostitute. It occurred in January 2015.
The body camera video was at the center of the case. Earlier, this week Scavone agreed to a plea deal admitting that he used excessive force, so he will not stand trial. However, this is the first time the public is getting a look at the body camera video because Metro Police finally granted the I-Team their request to release the video.
From the start of the encounter, Scavone ordered the woman to follow his orders, she yelled back at him, and the situation escalated.
Take a look at the full video below.
In the video, the victim, Amanda Ortiz asked why Scavone's hand is on her neck. Scavone could be seen shoving her to the ground before striking her and slamming her face onto the hood of his patrol vehicle.
A corrections officer was doing a ride along with Scavone to learn more about being a police officer. The corrections officer was the other person seen in the video.
Before the incident, Scavone had been recognized for good police work. The victim, Ortiz, was arrested but she filed a complaint and a lawsuit against the department.
Scavone was fired, and Ortiz was awarded $200,000 through a settlement.
Sentencing for Scavone is set for January 2018. The maximum he could receive was one year in prison, along with a $100,000 fine, He will also have a supervised release and could be ordered to pay restitution to the victim.
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