COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Two Collier County deputies, accused of using excessive force during this arrest of a motorcyclist in October of last year, have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
At the time, deputies tried to pull over Mateo Falconi for speeding in North Naples. They say he fled on his motorcycle, at speeds over 100 miles per hour, until he came to a dead end.
The takedown was captured on dash cam. The video shows Falconi stepping off his motorcycle and putting his hands in the air. Deputy Robert Lewis and Corporal Robert Palmer shouted for Falconi to get on the ground, and say they believed he was going to flee so they punched Falconi in the chest.
Falconi said he never tried to run, and shouldn't have been tazed and beat up. Falconi was charged with fleeing and felony marijuana possession.
In July, he failed to show up in court and immigration officials believe he left the country.
The deputies, who also used several expletives during the arrest, received training on how to better communicate with the public.