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Monday
Jan032011

Cop's Son Turns Himself In After Seen Beating Homeless Man

Photo Courtesy - Seminole County Sheriff's Department(SANFORD, Fla.) -- A police lieutenant's son who was allegedly caught on video knocking out a homeless man turned himself in Monday, nearly a month after the incident occurred.

Justin Collison, 21, arrived at the Seminole County jail in Sanford, Fla., at 8:01 a.m. A warrant had been issued for his arrest charging him with aggravated battery. He paid $4,000 bail and was to be fitted for a monitor before he could be released. Seminole County Jail intake clerk Jennifer Litterelle told ABC News that the GPS monitor is not a house arrest bracelet and is only used to "track his whereabouts," adding that Collison is not confined to his home.

The warrant was issued for Collison Dec. 29 of last year after a video revealed him punching a homeless man in the back of the head outside of a bar. The video shows Collison walk up behind Sherman Ware, 48, punch him in the back of the head and leave him unconscious on the sidewalk.

Ware had to be hospitalized and, according to the Orlando Sentinel, he suffered from a broken nose as a result of the attack.

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Thursday
Dec302010

Florida Cops Deny Special Treatment for Lieutenant's Son

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Florida police are investigating why cops did not arrest the son of a police lieutenant who allegedly punched a homeless man from behind and knocked him unconscious.

The Dec. 4 incident came to light when a video emerged that appears to show Justin Collison, 21, walk up behind Sherman Ware, punch him in the back of the head and leave him unconscious on the sidewalk.

"That guy just walks up and clocked him," said a man who witnessed the punch, but asked not to be identified. "I was like, 'God, this guy's got to go to jail.' I mean, you can't walk around doing that kind of stuff."

Ware had to be hospitalized and according to the Orlando Sentinel, he suffered a broken nose as a result of the attack.

The victim's sister saw the video on WFTV in Orlando and she rushed to the hospital to find her brother. "My heart just went to racing, cause I was like, 'That's my brother! That's my brother!'" Tonnetta Foster told ABC affiliate WFTV.

Foster said her brother had no recollection of the attack.

"When I got to the hospital, my brother didn't even know what happened," she said. "He couldn't tell me what happened."

Foster says Collison, who is the son of Sanford Police Lt. Chris Collison, is getting special treatment, noting he has still not been charged yet and the incident happened over three weeks ago.

Sanford police deny special treatment for Collison, but have assigned an internal affairs officer to look into how the case was handled by the officers who initially responded to the call in order to guarantee that they followed all of the proper procedures

"We're handling this case like we would handle any other case," Police Capt. Jerry Hargrett said. "We're not out to protect anybody's child."

The department also said that an internal investigator has been following the case since the incident occurred.

The case has now been turned over to the district attorney, state attorney Norm Wolfinger, who will decide whether to charge Collison with a crime. Wolfinger meets with the victim next week. ´╗┐

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