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Orange County sheriff, lawyers discuss excessive force case

Video shows OCSO deputy take woman down

Deidra Reid.
Deidra Reid.


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says two deputies accused of using excessive force while arresting two Valencia College students are still on the job even as his department conducts an internal investigation into what happened.

[WARNING, videos contain graphic language: Raw video of Deidra Reid's arrest | Second arrest]

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Cellphone video shows two college students, Deidra Reid and her friend, Reggie Lane Jr., being arrested for trespassing and resisting an officer on July 20. The video has now gone viral with students using #JusticeforDeidra on Twitter.

According to the sheriff's preliminary investigative report obtained by Local 6 on Wednesday, Deputy Brett Parnell was acting as a courtesy officer on the property where lived and was working out while his son played in the clubhouse unaccompanied.

He claimed his son ran into the gym, upset that Reid was rude to him.

According to the report, Nye grabbed his badge and confronted Reid who claimed his son didn't open the door for her.

Parnell claims in the report that he told the two they were trespassing on the property, and he told them to leave.  He claimed they refused.

He said that is when he tried to subdue them both, and they both resisted.

Two other deputies, Richard Nye and Kristine Helms, responded to the scene.

Local 6 also obtained the official complaints leveled against the deputies.

Lane claims Helms kneed him in the groin.

A friend of the couple blames Nye to pulling Reid's arm out of place in order to handcuff her.

A rally was held by the students and their attorney, Natalie Jackson, at Orange County Sheriff's Office later Wednesday.

At the news conference, the alleged victim with the dislocated arm arrived in a sling.

Attorney Natalie Jackson said deputies used badges to bully in excessive force case.

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