Tampa Man Accused of Throwing Bottles at Deputies
The incident happened during a protest in Plant City, according to Hillsborough deputies.
PLANT CITY – Deputies have arrested a Tampa man who threw bottles at law enforcement officers during a protest in Plant City, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Osvaldo “Ozzy” Banda, 21, was charged with three counts of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and one count of Rioting or Inciting to Riot.
Deputies said they were monitoring a mostly peaceful protest June 2 near the Race Trac, 1722 James L. Redman Parkway in Plant City, when Banda intentionally tried to injure law enforcement officers on scene by throwing bottles at them from the crowd. Banda was also wearing a face-covering at the time.
After the incident, Banda retreated into the crowd of protesters.
Deputies said that, for the protection of others, including protesters, they fired one round of “less-lethal” ammunition as Banda ran away from the site.
After later identifying Banda as the suspect, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office contacted Banda to make him aware there was a warrant for his arrest. Banda turned himself in at Orient Road Jail on Friday (June 5).
HCSO has learned that associates for Banda have been spreading misinformation regarding the incident and his arrest. To confirm why he was arrested, HCSO is releasing video footage that captured Banda in the act of throwing a bottle at deputies. The video can be found by clicking here.
“The moment someone tries to incite violence, it is our duty to do everything we can to protect the public and our deputies,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Throwing objects at deputies in an effort to harm them is unacceptable, and anyone caught doing so will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office respects the rights of people to peacefully protest.”
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