Kissimmee cop fired after using excessive force on 13-year-old student


A Kissimmee police officer lost his job last week after using excessive force against a 13-year-old student, records show.

Video of Mario Badia, 41, grabbing the boy on May 8 and forcing him to the floor at Kissimmee Middle School drew widespread criticism after it was released in early November.

Badia, who had been with the department since 2013, was charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor battery.

The video showed Badia holding the boy down for about 40 seconds by twisting an outstretched arm. The police department's defensive tactics instructor reviewed the video and said it violated policy.

"The pain was apparent as a couple of times you see (the boy) wincing in pain on the floor," according to Badia's arrest affidavit.

Badia grabbed the boy after he pushed his mother and accused her of hitting him during an argument in the lobby, records show. Badia told the boy in a loud voice that his mother could hit him "because that's your mom," records state.

The school principal's secretary told investigators Badia tried to put his hand on the boy's shoulder in what she considered an attempt to calm him down. But, "when the student pushed ... Badia's hand away she saw Badia grab the student and take him down to the ground," records state.

His trial is set for Feb. 15 at the Osceola County Courthouse.

This was not his first job as a police officer. He worked for six years as a New York City police officer and 16 months with the Hollywood, Fla. police department. He has a business administration degree from the Pontifical Catholic University – Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, records show.

"Officer Badia is doing a great job so far," a supervisor wrote last year in an annual review. "Officer Badia is always willing to assist anyone from this agency or any other agency that requests assistance."

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