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Last Edited: February 17, 2008, 11:44 pm

Here is a video of a deputy in Florida after arresting a paraplegic for a traffic violation. 

EDIT:  I removed the YouTube video after reading the racist remarks posted.  Here is another link.  Please be patient.


After the man complained of 2 broken ribs, the X-rays taken at the jail disputed his claim.  Ya think? 


Notice where Tampa Bay channel 10 says...

" The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office didn't know anything about the incident until we showed them their own tape " reports channel 10 Tampa Bay.

The police officer has been temporarily suspended but not terminated.  As channel 10 reports...

" While we tried to get a written report about the incident, the major who runs the Orient Road Jail told us there is no incident report, because as far as they are concerned, they didn't have a problem with, or cause a problem to, an inmate in a wheelchair. "

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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 17, 2008, 11:53 pm
I should have deleted the blog entry and started all over, since I ran out of time to edit. (that 20 minutes can fly by, can't it? :-)   The video from the Today Show shows the incident. As I wrote, I posted a link from YouTube before reading the viewer comments which did not represent my personal views, so I deleted it and searched for a replacement.
justxploringComment by justxploring - February 17, 2008, 11:57 pm
Oh, he is a quadriplegic.   
I guess I posted so quickly, since I saw my local news station and was horrified.
justxploringComment by justxploring - February 18, 2008, 1:54 am
Darn, that was a good video. The link isn't working now. Try the second link.
This was on CNN and FOX by the way, but it happened here in FL. Obviously, the idiot deputy didn't know what "I can't stand up, I'm a quadriplegic" means. I hope she is fired and the man sues. He was dumped like a piece of trash. I don't care what he did to get arrested. He broke his neck 14 years ago and can't even feel his chest.

Sorry for ranting. I'm very upset.
Rick GComment by Rick G - February 18, 2008, 9:15 am
What gets me is the two statements issued by the sheriff's office. Not only should the "dumping deputy" be fired, but also the major who runs the jail. His attitude in his statements makes it clear that these incidents happen because he condones them and his people know he will protect them.
jarasanComment by jarasan - February 18, 2008, 9:47 am
This story has been all over the news last week, the FEMALE sheriff's deputy (just a title for prison guard) was charged and ordered to report to the same jail she works at to be incarcerated. Brutality against defenseless people is a sign of deeply rooted pyschological problems, typically frustration and feelings of inadequacy can sometimes be redirected in the form we see on that video, she, basically by dumping him on the floor is making herself feel superior and in her mind this guy is less than she, a piece of refuse, something that shouldn't be on the face of the earth. Very disappointing.   

Another incident (opposite scenario) last year in Atlanta, when a female "deputie's sheriff" was overpowered by a prisoner that escaped and killed a couple of people with her gun in the courthouse, could be a sign that this type of job may not be well suited for women or men that have either physical or psychological issues that impair their ability to perform their duties effectively.
justxploringComment by justxploring - February 18, 2008, 12:29 pm
Yes, Jarasan. I saw this earlier in the week, but there's only so many blogs I can post without gluing my behind to my chair. :-)

This happened in FL where there seems to be a lot of problems with law enforcement. If someone like this deputy has been working at the department for 12 or more years (article says since 1996) then obviously this isn't the first time she's acted in this manner. Just like people who have been sexually assaulted or hurt by superiors (parents, bosses, spouses) many victims of abuse are afraid to come forward.

On another board, one man said "He must have done something to be arrested" which is probably true. Autos are made with special controls for the handicapped. I had 2 clients who were so paralyzed, they couldn't feel anything at all, but had use of their hands to use the controls. My reaction to his comment was "It doesn't matter what he did (probably excessive speed) ....he is severely disabled and was dumped on the floor like trash."

What bothered me the most is that it took over a week, maybe 2, for the incident to come to anyone's attention. I realize that newspapers and TV stations like recognition and ratings but, according to the channel 10 anchorman, the only reason the videotape was discovered or that a report was filed, is because Mr. Sterner called him. (or maybe the attorney did) But none of the other officers did anything. On another board, a police officer (if he/she really is one) said it's sort of a code between cops. He wasn't condoning the actions of the others, but said you don't rat on a fellow officer. I've heard this of course, since I've been watching cop shows since Highway Patrol first aired. But as Rick wrote, it does indicate an attitude of accepting unacceptable behavior. I do agree with your statement, Jarasan. However, why aren't these people tested more carefully? Look at the news lately. Bobby Cutts killed his very pregnant girlfriend, wrapped her in a rug and left his toddler son alone. (convicted of murder) and Drew Petersen's young wife is also missing. A marine in NC also murdered a pregnant woman. Many people in uniform commit violent crimes and these are the people who need to follow an even higher standard than the rest of us.

The last article I read said that all 4 officers were temporarily suspended.
spy153Comment by spy153 - February 18, 2008, 12:56 pm
I think they should fire any and all involved. I have no tolerance for abuse or neglect from anyone. Someone working there for 12 years should know better. Or like you said, they've done it before. Nothing happened and thought it was okay to continue doing it.

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