BROOKLINE, MASS. (WHDH) - A Brookline police detective is on leave following his arrest for allegedly assaulting people during a disturbance at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, last month, officials confirmed.
Det. Duane Danforth has been placed on paid administrative leave as a result of the incident in Florida, which occurred while he was off duty, according to Brookline Police Chief Jennifer Paster.
Prosecutors say Danforth, 38, was arrested Jan. 30 after he allegedly assaulted security staffers and cast members at Walt Disney World’s Epcot park while trying to access a roped-off section of the park that he wasn’t allowed to be in.
Court documents say Danforth said, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you” while pushing a security team member away. He also allegedly struggled while being placed into handcuffs.
Danforth was selected as the department’s Officer of the Year in 2021 and was recognized for his ability to de-escalate situations. He’s also a US Army veterans.
In a statement, the Brookline Police Union wrote, “Despite Detective Danforth’s many years of outstanding service to our country and community, we also recognize that no person is perfect. We believe that one single instance of alleged misconduct should not overshadow his otherwise exemplary service to Brookline and our country.”
Danforth will remain on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the incident.
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