Victim: Mathew Manigault
The accused: Juan Caamano

Mathew_Manigault

Mathew Manigault

Black male

Age at time: 63

Weapon: none

 
Juan_Caamano

Juan Caamano

Hispanic male

Age at time: 28

Weapon:

unharmed

Case type:
Party/Bar Fight

Location:
Street Party

Initiator not known

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: Pearl & Rose streets in Lake Hamilton, Polk County, on Oct. 22, 2010

What happened: Caamano claimed that he was just helping fellow police officers subdue a 63-year-old man at a street party when he was caught on video stomping near the man's legs. The warrant for Caamano's arrest states that there is probable cause to believe he "acted outside his authority as a Haines City Police Officer, and unnecessarily battered Mathew Manigault against his will." Caamano was fired on 4/7/11 for violating city polices, including excessive force. Caamano was arrested and charged with attempted battery six days later.

The outcome: Polk County Judge Robert L. Williams Jr refused to grant Caamano a Stand Your Ground immunity hearing but Chief Judge William Bruce Smith decided that he was entitled to one. It went to the 2nd District Court of Appeal which ruled that the Stand Your Ground law is meant for civilians because there are pre-existing laws governing the legitimate use of force by police officers. Caamano's trial is pending.

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Lakeland Ledger, Oct. 26, 2012. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013