A Riviera Beach Police officer surrendered to authorities today after being charged with battery, assault and improper exhibition of a weapon in connection with an incident involving a “very large” 14-year-old boy, her lawyer said.
International Union of Police Association lawyer Steve Sessa, who represents Cornelius, confirmed she was allowed to surrender.
“The chargesÂ areÂ misdemeanors,” said Sessa, “but she could have problems keeping her law enforcement certification.”
Sessa said Cornelius was on-duty at a city park last month when she saw two teenage boys pushing and shoving. She allegedly asked one of the teens how he would like if she pushed him. Things escaladed, and Cornelius allegedly pulled out her Taser!
She didn’t use it, but the boy’s parents filed a complaint with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.
When asked about how to reconcile his client’s arrest with the SA’sÂ dropping of all charges against two West Palm Beach Police officers caught beating a suspect on video, Sessa said: “I don’t know. I’m amazed they even charged my client. I’m surprised.”
More details to come . . .
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