After the Orlando Police Department recently released its annual report, it was discovered that an officer who was accused of making a racist comment and twice sued for excessive force was named officer of the year. Now, Orlando police Chief Orlando Rolón is reviewing the way the department gives out yearly honors.
Officer Jonathan Mills got the award, which recognizes his 2018 accomplishments, in February, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The ODP report says Mills was honored “for being the most proactive member of his squad” as well as leading and motivating fellow cops. Yet in 2017, the officer settled two excessive force lawsuits that same year for a total of $130,000 paid out by the city. Plus Mills faced disciplinary action in 2016 when he made what was deemed a racist comment by a member of the Orlando Police Citizens Review Board. https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/06/30/orlando-pd-looking-into-policy-after-cop-accused-of-racism-and-excessive-force-named-officer-of-the-year-but-honor-wont-be-rescinded/