Orlando Police Internal Affairs Interview of Andrew Mamone

On February 4, 2019 at approximately 2000 hours, Officer Andrew Mamone was riding together with Officer J. Sites as a two-man unit when they observed a black 2008 Honda Civic, bearing Florida tag KBCK40, traveling east on Greenbelt Boulevard. The vehicle pulled to the south side of Greenbelt Boulevard, turned off its headlights and continued to travel eastbound. After the vehicle came to a stop on the side of the street the officers drove past the vehicle. The officers observed that the vehicle was occupied by two black males who were not wearing their seatbelts. Officer Sites turned his marked patrol vehicle around and conducted a traffic stop with the front bumper of their marked patrol vehicle facing the front bumper of the suspect vehicle.

Officer Mamone contacted the driver, Tarik Green, and Officer Sites contacted the passenger, Daquan Grant. Green and Grant were asked to exit the vehicle because the driver stated he had cannabis in the vehicle. Officer Sites had previously contacted Green on another occasion and Green was very cooperative. Daquan Grant had originally provided the name Carey Grant and told the officers that he had been arrested before. Grant’s behavior became increasingly nervous and Officer Sites stated that he could see Grant visibly shaking and acting suspiciously. Grant was placed in handcuffs due to his behavior. Officer Mamone exhausted several different avenues to obtain Grants’ identity. When Officer Mamone determined Grant’s identity he relayed the information to Officers Sites and Madison. A short time later, Grant ran from the stop while still in handcuffs. Officers Mamone and Madison chased Green on foot until Grant fell to the ground.

After running from Officers Mamone and Madison, Grant was able to reposition his handcuffs from the rear of his body to the front of his body. Grant attempted to get back up when Officer Mamone discharged his taser and the officers were able to gain control of him. Officers Mamone and Madison instructed Grant to get up off the ground and escorted him to the place of the original traffic stop.

On their return, Officers Mamone and Madison instructed Grant to get on the ground and reposition his handcuffs from the front of his body to the rear, threatening to pepper spray Grant if he did not comply, despite Grant’s protests that he was physically unable to comply. Officer Mamone is then seen on body camera forcing Grant’s legs back through his handcuffs and subsequently walking him to a patrol vehicle while stating “Wow, it’s a miracle your legs work and everything.”

An Internal Affairs investigation determined that Officer Mamone’s actions were unreasonable.

There were no exigent circumstances or conditions that required immediate action. The subject was much smaller in size, stature and weight than all three officers on scene. The suspect never became violent or threatened violence. Taser probes were still attached to the suspect and could have been cycled if needed; the officers had access to communications to request additional officers and to equipment to secure the suspect’s feet to eliminate an attempt to flee. Moreover, there were no crowd issues.

It was recommended that Officers Andrew Mamone and Jeffery Madison be sustained for a violation of “Treatment of Prisoners.” Officer Mamone was suspended without pay for 24 hours. Officer Mamone grieved his suspension, and his grievances were rejected. Ultimately, his suspension case came before Arbitrator Stuart Goldstein. Despite the capitalized “A,” an arbitrator is whomever the arbitration participants choose. There are no standardized minimum qualifications, and an arbitrator does not have to be an attorney. Arbitrators often come to the table with substantial industry experience. This is seen by some as benefiting labor, who would likely characterize it as being fair.

The arbitration of Officer Mamone’s 24-hour suspension took seven days, the proceedings alone took nearly 24 hours. There were approximately 1,500 pages of exhibits filed, and several body-worn camera videos.

Although some news media outlets are thorough in their reporting on police officer discipline, by and large they tend to drop the ball when it comes to reporting the final disposition of discipline cases.

While Mamone’s case received minimal publicity, it was reported by at least one media outlet. What was never reported – anywhere – however, is the reality that all discipline imposed against Officer Andrew Mamone was overturned:

“The City did not prove by a preponderance of the evidence that Officer Mamone’s conduct either (1) threatening to use a chemical spray on Mr. Grant if he did not move his hands from his front to his back or (2) physically moving Mr. Grant’s hands from his front to his back was “inhumane” and consequently did not prove that Officer Mamone violated RM 800-2c. For all of the reasons set forth above, Officer Mamone’s grievance is GRANTED. The City shall make him whole in all respects.”

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Author: rafael.nieves

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40 thoughts on “Orlando Police Internal Affairs Interview of Andrew Mamone

  1. The fucken cop was upset he flipped the handcuffs so was purposely putting the guy threw pain 😪 without unlocking the cuffs you were trained to put the cuffs on him but you weren't trained to take them off,,,cops like these need to be taken off the streets theres a lot more in the academy who will uphold the law and not abuse people waiting for a spot on the force to have cops breaking laws and abusing and killing people on the streets GET RID OF THE BAD SEEDS!

  2. She is good with her questions. But the cop's answers makes it seem he's never been trained and doesn't know how to use common sense or critical thinking skills when he apprehends a suspect. All these cops need to get a 4 year degree and stop acting childish.

  3. First off I have on numerous occasions for fun practice getting in and out of handcuffs and the way that this guy did in another way is as well. This much more difficult to get them from the back to the front then it is to get them from the front to the back. This guy was full of s***. Oh and let's be clear if you wasn't black then it wouldn't even of gotten to the place that it did regarding this officer. This guy was a violent felon for homicide. Do you really think you was going to uncuff him. You're not really that stupid are you

  4. There are plenty of instances where you can push something into a tight space but can not get them out. This may or not be the same thing that happened to the prisoner. However, this cop is a ducking prick. Just unlock the cuffs like any normal cop would do. I wish the man sued.

  5. I like this cop . Since when do we listen to EVERYTHING a criminal who manipulated his cuffs and RAN AWAY from officers. If he asked for a sandwich would this dumb lady be like "He asked for a sammie. Why didnt you get him a sammie?"

  6. Dude simply couldn't answer the question 😂😂😂
    This is so dumb he clearly knew the dude was in pain and now he's trying blame his ignorance on training when it's common sense to undo one handcuff and put it back where it was originally then when she asks him if he's ever been trained to remove a handcuff he wants to act stupid and say he wasn't trained to do it when it's in front when it's literally the same procedure no matter where the hands are

  7. If you are physically unable to put your hands behind yourself you probably shouldn't be putting yourself into a situation where somebody has to forcibly restrain you. Cop isn't wrong here. Dudes an idiot.

  8. Maybe this suspect having to deal with no BS cops and even if he was in some pain trying to get the cuffs to the back. Maybe next time he won’t do that remembering he would have to do it himself again. Almost like teaching kids if they make a mess to clean it up.

  9. How in the hell is an officer “investigated” over some dumb shit like this? I agree with him in that I was never trained during the academy or otherwise on how to reposition handcuffs so the department should be the violator imo. Idk it’s just crazy to me that this IA investigator is grilling the guy over handcuff positioning. He didn’t harm the guy- he wasn’t racially profiling- he wasn’t in any physical danger, and more importantly- this scumbag RAN FROM THE POLICE! Why in the hell would anyone want to be a police officer if this is how you get treated when doing your job….

  10. Ridiculous. The dude didn’t comply. These officers shouldn’t be wasting their time with an investigation.. But of course, here they are. These suspects comfort is not high on the list of importance.

  11. I don't understand the problem here. Once placed in handcuffs the suspect moved them from behind him, to his front. The suspect then fled the scene on foot causing the officers to chase him. At the point of moving his handcuffs the officers lose control of the suspect. Threatening the use of chemical spray is a common tactic in attempting to gain control of a suspect. If the suspect was able to move his handcuffs from behind him to the front.. he should have no problem moving them back. The officer was simply assisting in gaining control by helping the suspect pass his legs and feet back through the handcuffs. Once in custody the suspect could have avoided all of this by simply complying and not trying to escape.

  12. He likes the kid crying!!! Intimidation!!! Sadistic mentality and actions from this cop he probably has many excessive force encounters!!!! “He is yelling for no apparent reason. He is not necessarily in pain.

    He wanted to show dominance by forcing him to put his hands behind his back because he put in the front.

    Wow. He should not be a cop!

    Damn devilish behavior. And he isn’t remorseful at all.

    He wanted to punish him physically and he did.

  13. Pretty sure this lady spent one day on patrol before being promoted. She has completely forgotten what it's like to be an actual cop. Trust me the reason she's in internal affairs is because she sucks at being an actual cop and she got put there. I see it all the time with female cops like her.

  14. At times like this it's a little grey. Sure, Mamone could have unlocked and re-positioned them, so it comes down to who one chooses to stand with, the police, or some low life that just tried to flee. Mamone's statement that he had no training in this area is legally relevant. And if there is a new policy on repositioning handcuffs for future circumstances it should be added to the training curriculum. In the meantime, I'm glad the decision ruled with the officer.

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