OPD Chief to Speak About Elderly Man's Broken Neck

By Bianca Prieto | Orlando Sentinel
Posted 11:05 a.m. EDT, September 23, 2010

Orlando police Chief Val Demings will make a public statement this morning about an officer's actions that caused an elderly man to break his neck.

Officer Travis Lamont knocked 84-year-old Daniel Daley to the ground this weekend during an arrest and broke the elderly man's neck.

Lamont's actions are now under review by the department. Demings will discuss the department's "defensive tactic form" that is used in all use of force cases.

Daley is in a medically-induced coma at Florida Hospital Orlando to prevent further injury, but he is not paralyzed, said his attorney, Mark NeJame.

Records show Daley, who had been drinking at a bar on North Orange Avenue, got upset because his car was being towed from a spot near Ivanhoe Grocery.

He was yelling at the tow-truck driver, became "very aggressive and belligerent" toward Lamont and kept slapping the officer's shoulder, a police report states. Lamont took him down after Daley grabbed the officer's neck and tried to punch him, the officer wrote in report.

Source: Orlando Sentinel