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Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Genevieve Judge
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Fax: 941-954-7034

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino Responds to May 18, 2020 Arrest

Post Date:06/04/2020 6:54 PM

Monday, June 1, 2020  9:30 p.m.

On June 1, 2020, the Sarasota Police Department was tagged in a social media post showing a portion of a video with our Officers arresting an individual on May 18, 2020. After viewing the video, Chief DiPino immediately initiated a formal Internal Affairs investigation and placed the officer on administrative leave.

Chief DiPino was disturbed to see an Officer kneeling on the head and neck of an individual in the video. While it appears the Officer eventually moves his leg to the individual’s back, this tactic is not taught, used or advocated by our agency.  The individual did not require medical attention nor did the individual complain of injuries during the incident. Please see the attached booking photo and police report for additional details regarding this arrest. 

You can view the unedited 13 minute video from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office helicopter at 

The Sarasota Police Department has not received any complaints from citizens regarding this video but is taking this incident seriously. If anyone has any additional information or videos regarding this incident or any other complaints, please contact the Sarasota Police Department Internal Affairs Division at 941-263-6027, Chief DiPino at 941-263-6012 or Heather Robison, who is the Administrator for the City of Sarasota Police Advisory Panels at 941–263-6322.

For the full report of the incident, click here.


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