A deputy dragged a woman by her feet down a corridor in a courtroom in Florida, and it was all caught on video. According to Mail Online, an attorney for Dasyl Jeanette Rios, 28, was able to record the incident which occurred on Monday morning. Deputy Christopher Johnson was seen dragging Rios by the shackles that were around her ankles. To make matters even worse, Rios has mental issues. She had just been found “mentally incompetent” to stand trial according to the report.
— Doyle Murphy (@DoyleMurphy) February 24, 2015
“You’re hurting me. You’re (expletive) hurting me. Stop! You’re hurting me!. You’re [expletive] hurting me! I hate my life! I wish they would kill me already! Why do I have to be alive?” the woman can be heard yelling as she is being dragged.
“I gave you a chance,” the officer can be heard saying.
“You didn’t give nobody a chance. All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes — cry. That’s all I wanted to do was cry for a few minutes,” the woman said. She was in court for violating probation on a felony drug possession charge.
The deputy who dragged the woman down the corridor has since been told that he is not allowed to have any contact with inmates at Broward County. He has been assigned to “desk duty” while an investigation is being conducted.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Sheriff Scott Israel released a statement following the incident.
“I am concerned by the way the deputy handled this situation, because there were other courses of action he could have taken. Internal Affairs has initiated a complete and comprehensive investigation, and the deputy has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome.”
— Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) February 24, 2015
There have been quite a few instances of police officers mistreating criminals, inmates, and even people they intend to arrest. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Connecticut officers were seen beating a “motionless man” in 2011 footage that just surfaced last summer.
“The footage shows two of the officers brutally stomping and kicking a man identified as Orlando Lopez-Soto. He had reportedly been shot with a stun gun following a car chase that ended at Beardsley Park.”
Do you think the deputy who dragged the mentally ill woman through the corridor should lose his job? Should he be charged with abuse?
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