11/18/2007

Deadly force investigations can take years in some Fla. counties

By Henry Pierson Curtis
The Orlando Sentinel

ORANGE and OSCEOLA COUNTIES, Fla. Firing a gun takes an instant, but police officers who use deadly force in Orange and Osceola counties sometimes wait more than two years to learn whether they acted properly.

Although most officers return to duty within two weeks, they languish in legal purgatory while the office of State Attorney Lawson Lamar takes months to review the cases for possible violations of law, the Orlando Sentinel found.

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