OPD officials fired after rupturing a prisoner's spleen and ignoring medical requests


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An Orlando Police Department officer and sergeant were fired after an excessive-force investigation by the agency found they left an inmate screaming in pain for almost two hours. 

In 2014, Robert Liese was arrested by Officer Peter Delio for not paying his bar tab and taken to an OPD substation on Washington Street. Liese was allegedly belligerent when he was handcuffed and placed in a holding room, where he broke the cell’s glass window by banging his head on it. After Liese broke the window, Delio rushed into the room, kneed Liese in the stomach and threw him to the ground, a video shows. 

The hit was so hard it ruptured Liese’s spleen, and he later required surgery to have it removed. Delio then placed Liese in another processing area and tied his ankles to prevent him from walking, according to termination letters for the officers provided by the Orlando Sentinel

“During the 1 hour and 50 minute timeline, Liese falls to the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back and his ankles tied together,” the letters say. “While on the ground Liese can be heard and seen through the audio/video writhing in pain crying out got medical attention 35 times over the next 1 hour and 50 minutes.”

During the time Liese was being held, Sgt. William Faulkner arrived and talked to Liese, who told him he wanted medical attention. OPD notes that despite numerous requests, Liese did not receive medical attention for 90 minutes after he spoke with the sergeant, and Faulkner documented that Liese had “never made a request for medical assistance,” the letters say.

Liese has filed a lawsuit against the Orlando Police Department, and Delio was arrested on battery charges in March after an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

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