Nicholas Lordi

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Service Record

West Palm Beach Florida Police Department

Rank Officer
Salary $60,733 (2020)[1]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

Lordi was involved in 15 use of force incidents, including 5 in 2019.[2][3] Lordi was disciplined five times, and has received four citizen complaints.[2]

2019 Policy Violation

In October 2019, Lordi failed to activate his body-worn camera during an incident.[2]

Response Timeline

Lordi was written up and ordered to receive additional training for violating the department's policy.[2]

2019 Arrest of John Monroque

News report with surveillance camera footage

On November 1, 2019, Lordi and another officer tried to arrest Monroque for trespassing near a grocery store. After a conversation, Lordi pushed Monroque's head down to the hood of the police car. The two struggled before falling to the ground. Lordi punched Monroque in the face multiple times, breaking his nose. An unidentified person blocked any further punches.[4]

Minutes later, after Monroque was handcuffed, Lordi knelt on his head for approximately 14 seconds.[4]

The incident was captured on the store's surveillance cameras.[4]

Lordi's arrest report stated that Monroque tried to grab another officer's gun magazine, requiring the use of force.[4]

Response Timeline

An internal investigation initially cleared Lordi.[4]

In May 2021, after the video was released, the department asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to investigate.[5][4]

The FDLE concluded that Lordi "used force in excess of what was necessary to mitigate the incident" and "intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement" to Monroque, and recommended criminal charges against Lordi.[4]

On February 15, 2022, Lordi was charged with second-degree felony aggravated battery.[4][5]

Lordi was placed on administrative duty.[4]

A representative of the police union claimed that the force was "completely justified" as Monroque had attempted to grab an officer's weapon.[4]

On April 27, 2022, county prosecutors announced that they would not pursue charges against Lordi, claiming that "the evidence provided cannot prove all legally required elements of the crime alleged and is insufficient to support a criminal prosecution" as "both officers reasonably reacted to what they perceived as an immediate threat of serious harm to themselves".[6]

Lordi was returned to modified duty.

On August 22, 2023, Monroque filed a lawsuit, alleging the use of excessive force.[7]

On February 13, 2024, Monroque filed a lawsuit against the National Fraternal Order of Police.[8]

2019 Policy Violation

A citizen complained that Lordi had cursed at a suspect and mocked his stutter. [2]

Response Timeline

In December 2019, the Police Chief ordered that Lordi be written up for violating the department's code of conduct and ethics.[2]

2020 Battery of Jamiah Smith

On January 11, 2020, Smith was near an ambulance that contained his step-father, who had been stabbed. Smith claims that Lordi grabbed him and threw him to the ground, which broke his wrist. Lordi handcuffed Smith and arrested him for resisting arrest without violence.[9]

The incident was captured on body-worn camera.[9]

Response Timeline

On January 27, 2023, Smith sued Lordi and the city, alleging that Lordi committed battery.[9]

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