WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- After video footage emerged showing a cop attacking a suspect in his hospital bed, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office launched an internal investigation into the incident on Wednesday.
- The suspect, who was arrested on charges of resisting an officer without violence, got into a heated confrontation with the cop who arrested him while being handcuffed to his hospital bed.
- Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen described the incident and the officer’s conduct as outrageous and asserted that abuse of power should not be tolerated.
An internal investigation opened following a video that showed a police officer physically attacking a suspect who is handcuffed to a hospital bed, according to the Florida sheriff’s office on Wednesday.
Broward County Sheriff Deputy Jorge Sobrino was seen in bodycam footage punching 26-year-old David O’Connell and forcefully twisting his arm in January at a hospital in South Florida.
Responding to a domestic disturbance report, Sobrino arrested O’Connell at a Walmart in Pompano Beach, Florida, for charges of resisting without violence. The suspect was then taken to Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach for injuries he had gotten during the arrest.
That’s when the two men engaged in a heated argument.
On camera, Sobrino is seen and heard closing the door and ordering O’Connell who was handcuffed to the bed, to sit down, but O’Connell refused.
O’Connell is heard screaming, “Hey, I don’t want to be here. I wanna sign off!” at Sobrino in the video, followed by…”Now you’re going to f—ing close the door and beat my ass again. F— you! Now you think you’re all big now because you’re a f—ing cop?”
All throughout the confrontation which involved Sobrino punching O’Connell’s face and twisting his arm behind his back, the cop seemed aware that everything was being recorded even pointing to the camera after the exchange.
“Abuse of power cannot be tolerated. Deputy needs to be held accountable by being fired,” said Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen who also recommended to the State Attorney’s Office a criminal investigation into the incident.
After receiving a letter from the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, which is also representing O’Connell, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday that a preliminary examination has begun.
“Clearly, he wanted to beat up Mr. O’Connell. Even when he knows the camera is running, it shows how brazen and how comfortable he is in using this type of force rather than use some de-escalation strategies,” Gordon Weekes, Broward County’s Assistant Public Defender, told ABC affiliate WPLG on Wednesday.
Recently, another video emerged showing Broward County deputies beating up a teenaged boy during an arrest outside a school in Fort Lauderdale. As a result, two officers who were involved with the arrest were suspended and the incident is also under investigation.
Source: Yahoo News