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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Former Police Officer With Bay Pines VA Health Center Indicted For Obstruction And Civil Rights Violations

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Norman Nicholson (56, Largo) with one count of making false records in a federal investigation and one count of depriving an individual of their rights under color of law. If convicted, Nicholson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment for the obstruction charge and up to one year in federal prison for the civil rights violation.

According to the indictment, while employed as a police officer with the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs facility, Nicholson used excessive and unreasonable force during the arrest of a United States Army veteran. Nicholson then authored two false arrest affidavits and a police report in which he attempted to cover up the incident.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diego F. Novaes.

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Updated October 3, 2019