MELBOURNE, Florida – A Melbourne Police Officer was arrested on Friday for allegedly beating a handcuffed suspect.
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 47-year-old Christopher William Eisen, II on charges of felony battery against a suspect. Eisen is a police officer with the Melbourne Police Department.
“We absolutely will not tolerate these types of activities and will be thorough and relentless when allegations such as these arise. In this case, the process used by our supervisors to review each use of force scenario uncovered this incident and we took immediate action to have it investigated," Chief Mimbs stated. "Our officers are devoted to maintaining the utmost professionalism even in the face of provocation. The Melbourne Police Department will continue to be committed to having a transparent relationship with the community we serve.”
Investigators say that on April 5, 2016, Eisen transported a handcuffed suspect to a local hospital per protocol. As he was preparing to escort the suspect inside, Eisen punched the suspect several times in the face with a closed fist.
Eisen was booked into the Brevard County Jail Friday night on a $15,000 bond. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 18th Judicial Circuit.