Homeless man says Bradenton cops
A homeless man says two Bradenton police officers drove him behind a shopping plaza, beat him up and dumped him into a ditch with a stern warning: Stay out of the city.
beat him up and dumped him in a ditch
Jose del Angel, a 32-year-old day laborer, flagged down a Manatee County Sheriff's deputy after the beating and recounted the story in an affidavit. As a result, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has opened a criminal investigation.
When a Manatee sheriff's sergeant brought the accusations to the Bradenton Police Department, a captain there said an internal investigation would get to the bottom of it. Two weeks later, however, Bradenton police have not launched an inquiry.
Homeless advocates were angered by the allegations, noting that Bradenton has recently taken steps to shoo the homeless off its streets, including a recent ordinance banning public sleeping.
"They're known for cracking down on the homeless," said Michael Stoops, executive director of the National Homeless Coalition. "But this, if it's true, is especially sad."
Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article here.