...[Apopka Police Officer Robert] Caldwell called a commander at his police department, who came with others to the scene, even though it's outside Apopka's jurisdiction. "One of the Apopka officers showed up and tried to be a neutral person, which would have been fine, but I didn't feel comfortable talking to him," she said...
Woman Says Cop Beat Her After Breaking Deer Head
April 5, 2007
APOPKA, Fla. -- An Apopka woman said a police officer beat her up. She said she was shoved to the ground and kicked, but he was the one who called his fellow police officers.
Officer Robert Caldwell is on paid leave from the Apopka Police Department. He's never had any disciplinary problems, until last week.
Eyewitness news spoke with Caldwell's girlfriend, Denise Bakle, about how he exploded when she messed with his prized deer head. She said it was a mounted deer head that fell from a wall and broke, but said she never expected her boyfriend, a long-time officer at the Apopka Police Department, to react the way he did.
Bakle said, Thursday, she still has bruises from getting beat up a week ago by her boyfriend, Officer Robert Caldwell.
"He shoved me into the chair. I got up from that. He shoved me to the floor. I rolled away from him. He kicked me in the back," she said.
Bakle said she had just had surgery, but as she was calling 911 for help, she said Caldwell called a commander at his police department, who came with others to the scene, even though it's outside Apopka's jurisdiction.
"One of the Apopka officers showed up and tried to be a neutral person, which would have been fine, but I didn't feel comfortable talking to him," she said.
"No one was hiding anything, trying to protect anyone. All we were doing was doing our job," said Sgt. Jerome Miller, Apopka Police Department.
Apopka police said they were there to take Caldwell's gun and other police gear. It was Orange County sheriff's deputies who arrested him for domestic battery. The 18-year veteran of the police force is now on paid administrative leave and Bakle said their split is permanent.
"Haven't seen him, haven't heard from him," she said.
Apopka police told Eyewitness News it is not unusual for them to respond to this type of call, even if it is outside of their jurisdiction. Bakle said it made her uncomfortable, whether it was by the book or not. [Link]
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