Riviera Beach Officer Commits Assault and Battery
According to WPTV News, a Riviera Beach Police officer has been charged with assault, battery and improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm, for pushing a 12-year-old boy and pulling out her Taser on him.
When Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Kelsey Park in Lake Park on July 12, they learned that Cherline Cornelius, 31 was being accused of allegedly pushing the boy and pulling out her Taser on him, after the boy pushed a girl, according to WPTV News.
According to WPTV News, investigations revealed that the boy had a brief scuffle with a 9-year-old girl. A camp counselor of the program then pulled the boy aside and explained that he was not to push the girl again. At some point, Cornelius spoke to the boy and “pushed” him to “let him see how it feels,” according to the affidavit. The boy balled up his hands into fists, Cornelius allegedly said to “go ahead” and hit her “so she could shoot him” with the Taser, the affidavit stated.
Cornelius will soon be facing a judge but the court date has not been released publicly.
Assault and Battery in South Florida
Assault and Battery charges are so common the South Florida area that it has become a specialty for certain criminal defense lawyers. If you have been accused of assault or battery, even if it is on a minor (which could severely increase your sentence if convicted), you need to contact a criminal defense lawyer. The chances of your charges being lightened or even dropped increase dramatically when you have the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer throughout the legal process.