A Florida teen has been released from the hospital after a run-in with a police officer over the weekend. The teen is alleged to have been acting inappropriately with a relative which the teen vehemently denies.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Broward County resident and Opa-Locka police officer Lowrie Cornell Simon allegedly struck the teen in the chest. The 37-year-old cop also punched the boy in the mouth Sunday morning at a home in Pembroke Pines. The 17-year-old was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood for treatment. According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office report, the boy was treated for a broken mandible. The report described the victim’s teeth as appearing “pushed back” and had to be wired back into place by hospital staff.
BSO arrested Simon Sunday night. Simon posted $5000 bond the next day. The Opa-Locka Police Department placed Simon on leave according to a recent press release. Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson said Tuesday, “He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and internal affairs investigations.”
Simon has been on the force since October 15, 2014. According to Dobson Internal Affairs will wait on the completion of the criminal case before beginning their own investigation.
George Odom Jr., Simon’s attorney, said in an email, “My client is looking forward to his day in court. Where, once the facts are exposed will provide clarity to these allegations.”
Dobson added that SImon surrendered his weapons and identification to supervisors and will ride out his paid leave at home. According to Broward County booking, Simon is charged with felony battery. A trial date is not immediately available for Simon.