More than a year after his violent arrest, Lakeland man is still fighting criminal charges

The state attorney’s office tells us Antwan Glover has an upcoming pre-trial conference on Feb. 13.

LAKELAND, Fla. — It’s been over a year since Antwan Glover was seen in cellphone video being beaten and tased by Lakeland Police in front of his family after being stopped for a seatbelt violation.

“I’m a victim of police brutality, I’m here to seek justice for what was done to me and to see those that were involved be held accountable,” Glover said in a recent video posted to social media. 

Community advocates like Pastor Clayton Cowart are still standing by his side, and pushing to have his remaining charges dropped.

“We’re not giving up, we’re not going away, it’s not going to stop and we’re going to aggressively move toward making sure they do the right thing,” Cowart said. 

Glover has called for the officers to be removed from their duties and criminally charged. Still, the police department says that, while they were placed on modified duty during an investigation into what happened, the officers were not reprimanded because the state attorney’s office found their conduct to be lawful

A previous statement from the state attorney said that Glover refused to follow commands, and was aggressive and violent to officers when they tried to remove a satchel from around his neck. At the time of the arrest, representatives from the police department say they were still in the early stages of rolling out body cameras, and that equipment had not yet been issued to officers involved.

“It’s a he said she said, but when the camera comes, it’s truth,” Cowart said. “The cameras don’t lie.”

Glover was initially charged with resisting an officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of over 33 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

10 Tampa Bay made a call to the state attorney’s office on Friday afternoon, and there was no mention of the drug allegations in Glover’s current charges, and said he’s currently looking at three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, and one count of resisting officers with violence.

The state attorney’s office tells us Glover has an upcoming pre-trial conference on Feb. 13.

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