Friday, May 2, 2008

Letter slams internal Orlando police probe

May 2, 2008


The FBI is trying to determine who sent a letter threatening and criticizing Orlando police for the department's handling of a complaint against an officer, authorities said Thursday.

Police officers are among those being questioned, said Jeff Williams, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 25.

The letter promised violence by April 18 and was critical of the discipline meted out to Officer Fernando Trinidad. He was docked eight hours of vacation for walking over a woman who fell down stairs a year ago at now-defunct Club Paris.

The woman contended that Trinidad pushed her. A videotape shows him extending his arm toward her just before she falls.

Elizabeth Maupin, Susan Jacobson, Bianca Prieto and Kate Santich of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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