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A Cocoa Beach police officer is accused of beating a friend with a music stand, threatening the victim and a witness so they wouldn’t press charges, and then hiring a carpet cleaning company to clean up the blood, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.
The officer, Darren Michael Connors, 22, was arrested at about 6 p.m. Saturday by Brevard County sheriff’s agents at a restaurant in Melbourne.

He is charged with beating the victim with a music stand and biting him, threatening the victim and a witness and tampering with evidence by hiring a carpet cleaning company to clean the blood from the victim’s carpet, a police official said Sunday.
He was released on a bond of $11,000 at 1:30 Sunday morning, jail officials said.
Connors is a third-shift patrol officer with the Cocoa Beach Police Department for two years and was off-duty at the time of the alleged incident, Cocoa Beach police spokesman Jay Harmon said. He’s been placed on administrative leave with pay, Harmon said.
“We’re getting preliminary information from the sheriff’s office,” Harmon said. “We will do our own investigation.”
According to Brevard Sheriff’s agent Brad Lewis, Connors and two friends went to the Malabar home of the victim’s mother after a night of heavy drinking. Connors and the victim got into a scuffle at about 4 a.m. Friday and a third friend broke the two of them up and left.
After he left, Connors grabbed the base of a music stand and hit the victim several times on the head and upper body and bit the victim several times on his face and arms, Lewis said.
The victim woke up around 9 a.m. Friday in his mother’s bed covered in blood, Lewis said, then woke up Connors, who was also covered in blood but wasn’t injured. They went to the house where the witness and Connors lived, Lewis said, and Connors showered and changed before taking the victim to Palm Bay Community Hospital.
He also threw his bloody clothes in the laundry, Lewis said.
The hospital called law enforcement, as required by law.
“That’s when we got involved in the investigation,” Lewis said.
The victim didn’t want to prosecute as long as Connors was present, but once Lewis separated the victim and witness from Connors, they cooperated, Lewis said.
Lewis set up a meeting between Connors and the victim at Chili’s restaurant on Wickham Road in Melbourne, Connors showed up at the parking lot and was arrested.
He has a late July trial date.

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