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Posted by Tricia Dunn - email

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The sheriff's department is changing their computer and facebook policies in the wake of an internal investigation.

A report written in December said Maria Paul, an alleged victim, was resisting arrest but she claims the arresting deputies used excessive force and that one of the officers hit her while the other simply watched. Paul says what happened that night has followed her ever since. Paul just one of several suspects alleging police misconduct "Here I am I have seven charges against me everywhere I go. I've been turned down for jobs because of what he did." 

Those officers accused were Sgt. Brent Raban and deputies Gregory Lynch and Michael Woodside, all three worked for the sheriff's office in the Glades

A man named Samuel Grant claimed police caused him a neck injury, and Temisha Kelly and Teurino Granados both claimed police caused their facial injuries as well.

An internal affairs investigation says Lynch and Woodside each broke four department rules and were recommended for firing while Sergeant Brent Raban was demoted. Investigators concluding Raban violated eleven department rules and regulations.

Raban also took heat for bragging on facebook about his firm hand with suspects. His site said such things like" like a good batterer,I know the areas that hide the marks well."  Deputy Rabin has called the facebook findings 'a joke' inspired by comic books.

For now, the Palm Beach County State Attorney's office is not pressing charges as they say there's not enough evidence.

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