FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Fort Lauderdale police officer who is accused of pushing a 19-year-old woman during a protest over the weekend has 71 use of force cases on his personnel file, Local 10 News learned on Wednesday.
Officer Steven Pohorence, who has since been suspended following Sunday’s incident, has spent nearly four years with the police department.
According to Internal Affairs investigators, there have been at least 51 incidents in which Pohorence has drawn his gun.
His personnel file shows an allegation of unnecessary force and false arrest was made, and in another report, a man accused Pohorence of racially profiling him during a traffic stop.
Cellphone video taken Sunday shows an officer believed to be Pohorence shoving the 19-year-old, who was kneeling on the ground with her hands up.
The evaluation also stated that “He requires little if any supervision, and his self-motivation serves as a role model for others.”.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened an investigation into Sunday’s incident involving Pohorence. »