|Published:||Jul 23, 2013 10:26 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 23, 2013 11:42 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--A community is now stepping up to support a Fort Myers Police officer that was fired for being accused of excessive force.
Trevor Lehman was fired a couple weeks ago after hitting a suspect during an arrest back in February and now Lehman's supporters want his job back and are demanding change.
It's the end result of the February arrest that has racked up nearly four thousand likes on the "Re-instate FMPDOfficer Trevor Lehman" Facebook page.
Lehman's uncle saw saw the video and is outraged that his nephew was forced out.
"I didn't see any excessive force. I saw the guy resisting, flayeling, it took 4-5 police officers to get him down," said Steve Lehman.
But FMPD Chief, Doug Baker, and a third party consultant disagree.
The dashcam video shows Lehman throwing multiple punches to 27-year old Chaylon McClarys face.
It's violence that Baker and a consultant who testifies in cases like this and reviewed this video say is excessive force.
"It blew my mind because it just looked like a cop doing his job," said Deric Cahill.
Cahill has never even met Lehman, but after seeing this video, he's now backing Lehman.
"It was rough, it was aggressive, that guy could have easily grabbed a knife or a gun or something and kill them all," said Cahill.
Dozens of others are also sounding off online. One supporter says "I hardly think 3 hits upside of his head would qualify as deadly force."
We reached out to Chief Baker about the community support for Lehman, but he did not have a comment.
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