Investigation finds no photos deleted in Pasco use of force case

NEW PORT RICHEY – An internal affairs investigation determined that no photos were deleted from a woman's phone after she took pictures of Pasco sheriff's deputies using force to arrest her friend.

Deputies had seized the woman's phone after the Feb. 17 arrest of Joseph Liebl on domestic battery charges. Liebl, 35, resisted and deputy Brian Spiegel punched him several times in the face, once while Liebl was in handcuffs. A Pasco County Sheriff's Office review later determined the officer's use of force was justified.

During the scuffle, Liebl's friend Joie Cooper took photographs on her cell phone. One of the deputies took her phone for evidence.

She told internal affairs detectives she thought deputies deleted two photographs from her cell phone. Forensics detectives analyzed the memory card, which stores files of the photos even after they are deleted, and determined that no photographs related to the incident had been erased, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report released Friday.

Investigation finds no photos deleted in Pasco use of force case 04/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 7:12pm]

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