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Arrested West Palm Beach police officer has history of discipline issues, complaints, documents show

Nicholas Lordi under arrest for aggravated battery related to 2019 incident
surveillance video released by attorney shows incident leading to arrest of Officer Nicholas Lordi
Posted at 3:26 PM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-17 18:14:57-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — WPTV is uncovering new details about a West Palm Beach police officer arrested for aggravated battery, accused of punching a man up to 11 times, breaking his nose and jamming his knee into the victim's head.

Nicholas Lordi is out of jail on bond following his arrest Tuesday night.

WPTV pulled Lordi's personnel file from the West Palm Beach Police Department.

In addition to being involved in 15 use of force incidents, the documents showed that Lordi has been disciplined five times and has received four citizen complaints.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Lordi used excessive force on John Monroque, 65, outside the Food Plus grocery store on Nov. 1, 2019.

John Monroque, punched by West Palm Beach police Officer Nicholas Lordi, at news conference, Feb. 16, 2022
John Monroque speaks to the media during a news conference at his lawyer's office after the arrest of West Palm Beach police Officer Nicholas Lordi, Feb. 16, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

WPTV learned that two weeks before the incident, Lordi was written up and ordered to retrain after it was determined he violated the department's "arresting procedures" for not turning on his body camera.

In December 2019, current Police Chief Frank Adderly ordered that Lordi be written up after a citizen complaint that he violated the department's code of conduct and ethics.

Records showed that Lordi cursed at a suspect and mocked his stutter.

South Florida attorney Valentine Rodriguez is no stranger to suing police departments for misconduct of officers. He said Lordi’s use of force and citizen complaints raise several red flags.

"I consider this to be a high number of complaints of force because the period of time is a short period of time," Rodriguez said. "Typically you would not see this in other police departments or other police officers."

WPTV contacted Michael Salnick, the attorney for Lordi. His office said there is no comment at this time.