CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral police have released dash-cam video of an April traffic stop to address accusations of excessive force.
Cape police say its rare to release video for what they call a "standard use of force;" but family of the man taken down say they don't feel that level of force was necessary.
Police say it started with an early morning traffic stop on Friday, April 29. A Cape police officer was joined by a Lee County deputy in the area at the time during a stop of 23 year-old Blake Williams and his passenger because of a missing tag light.
The officer spotted a prescription bottle in the car that didn't belong to Williams and asked both driver and passenger to get out of the car. The passenger did step out, but the officer said williams began reaching between the seats. In his report, the officer says he feared williams was reaching for a weapon, and forcefully pulled him out of the car.
Williams' family says what happened next went too far, with Williams striking his head on his leg before being held on the ground and cuffed.
An administrative review found the officer's actions were "objectively reasonable" and within department rules. Police say the dashcam video speaks for itself.
"Its very benign. When you see it, you'll realize, why was that even a report to begin with?" said Lt. Anthony Sizemore, spokesperson for the Cape Coral police department.
Williams' family says he was injured and continues meeting with doctors after the incident.
Ultimately police never cited him for anything after the stop. Police say Williams did not have a weapon; he was trying to collect some of the pills which belonged to his mother.
WINK News spoke to Williams' family, but they did not want to go on camera while they consult an attorney about what to do next.