Sergeant not guilty of misdemeanor battery

Posted at 12:21 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 18:59:01-04

A Riviera Beach police officer accused of knocking a phone out of a disabled veteran’s hand has been found not guilty of misdemeanor battery but was found guilty of criminal mischief.

Sgt. Gary Wilson was chargedafter a video went viral of him pushing a cellphone out of Army veteran Isiah James’ hand.

James says the sergeant harassed him when the officer thought he shouldn’t be parking in a handicapped spot in August.

James is handicapped after surviving bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving.

Wilson will have to serve 6 months probation and won't have a criminal record. 

His attorney said he was pleased Wilson was acquitted on the battery charge.

Wilson is currently on desk duty at the police department.