- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida police department plans to fire a school resource officer who used “improper conduct” and “excessive force” in shoving a middle school student to the ground.

The incident occurred in May at Kissimmee Middle School. Kissimmee police spokeswoman Stacie Miller says Officer Mario Badia will meet with Chief Lee Massie on Nov. 20 to discuss the department’s intent to fire him.

According to a police report, the 41-year-old Badia responded to the school’s front office on May 8 and intervened in an argument between a woman and her 13-year-old son. The officer threw the student onto the ground and twisted his arm for 42 seconds.

Badia pleaded not guilty in October to charges of battery and child abuse. His trial is scheduled for Dec. 7.

His attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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