Blountstown police officer resigns after being cleared in Barbara Dawson's death

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP/AP)-- A Florida police officer has resigned months after handcuffing a woman at a hospital where she died less than two hours later.

Blountstown Officer John Tadlock's resignation is mentioned in a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report on the arrest of 57-year-old Barbara Dawson. The report says Tadlock's actions were appropriate under the circumstances.

Tadlock was cleared last week after an investigation by the 14th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's office. In his report, State Attorney Glenn Hess said "the actions of John Tadlock were appropriate under the circumstances and there was no criminal law violation."

Tadlock confirmed in a phone call Wednesday that he had resigned but declined to comment further.

Dawson was treated Dec. 21 in a hospital emergency room. She was discharged, but refused to leave because she didn't feel well. Tadlock handcuffed her and she collapsed when he tried to put her in a patrol car. She died about 90 minutes later.

Police chief Mark Mallory did not respond to phone or email messages about Tadlock's resignation.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.