FMPD officer fired for using excessive force

Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:25 AM EST Updated: Jul 11, 2013 12:00 PM EST

Trevor Lehman Trevor Lehman

Chaylon McClary Chaylon McClary

FORT MYERS, FL – A Fort Myers police officer was fired for excessive use of force after a February incident that was captured on dashcam video.

The Fort Myers Police Department fired Officer Trevor Lehman. According to the department, he was fired for overreaction, profanity and excessive use of force.

The incident happened back in February.

The dashcam video shows a struggle between Lehman and the man being arrested. You can watch the entire 28-minute video below. (If on mobile, click here to see the video)

According to the department, Lehman’s actions were excessive.

Eventually four more officers arrived to help.

According to police reports, the man being arrested – Chaylon McClary – had been driving and police knew he had a suspended license.

McClary has a long criminal history in Lee County. He’s been arrested 12 times since 2004 for crimes including habitual traffic offender, smuggling drugs in the jail and armed robbery.

We talked with Lehman’s attorney, who says they are filing an appeal of the department’s decision.

We have a public records request for all of the documents in this case — we’re told they’re being put together right now.

We also plan on speaking with Chief Baker later this afternoon. WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral