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Coach says Lakeland Police officer beat him up

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William Gise says he had just returned home from midnight bowling with his adopted sons, when police officers stopped him in his driveway. He says they were looking for a suspect that had robbed the nearby Checkers restaurant.

"They said I'm looking for an obese male wearing an orange shirt, driving an orange jacked up truck," Gise said. "So, I took a couple steps back and said, "My shirt's gray. I lifted my shirt up and said, "I'm not fat, and my truck is red."

But Gise says officers pressed him for answers about the robbery and told him to go inside his house and get his teenage sons.

"I turned around, I took two steps and they shot me in the back with a taser," Gise said. "I didn't go down the first time, I just stood there shaking. And then they shot me again, and then I went down."

By this time, Gise says back up arrived and multiple officers jumped on top of him, and officer Tyler Anderson handcuffed him and then punched him over and over again. 

Anderson's report described Gise as intoxicated and said he feared the extremely fit high school wrestling coach would hurt him or another officer.  Anderson said it took multiple tasing and punching to subdue Gise.

"In the report, they said, "I come at him in an aggressive manner, like he was scared for his life. well, if that was the case, you would have shot me in the chest," Gise said.

Gise was charged with resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer.  But when officers were interviewed for the court case, there were problems with their testimony.

A spokesman for the State Attorney's Office said there were inconsistencies in the officers' stories and that played into their decision to offer Gise a diversion program.

He paid $300 and they didn't prosecute.

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