A Florida Sheriff’s Office deputy is now under investigation after he was filmed dragging a handcuffed female inmate down a hallway at the Broward County Courthouse.
The woman was dragged by the shackles around her ankles. The video is horrifying, showing a callous deputy who treats the woman worse than most would treat livestock (scroll down for video).
Deputy Christopher Johnson joined the department back in 1988, but he may soon be out of a job.
For now, the Sheriff’s Department tells us that he will not have any contact with inmates until the Internal Affairs investigation is complete.
The victim who Deputy Johnson was filmed dragging was Dasyl Jeanette Rios, 28, who had been taken to the third floor of the Broward courthouse Monday morning for her arraignment.
Watch the video below and see for yourself…
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel openly questioning Johnson’s conduct and ethics in a statement released only six hours after the video hit social media.
“I am concerned by the way the deputy handled this situation, because there were other courses of action he could have taken,” Israel said.
“Internal Affairs has initiated a complete and comprehensive investigation, and the deputy has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome.”
Attorney Bill Gelin saw the incident and began filming the deputy on his smart phone. Public Defender Howard Finkelstein saw the incident. He characterized the deputy’s actions as “criminal.”
In the video you can hear Rios pleading with Johnson.
“Stop! You’re hurting me!” she can be heard screams. “You’re ****ing hurting me! I hate my life! I wish they would kill me already! Why do I have to be alive?”
“I gave you a chance…” Johnson can be heard retorting.
“You didn’t give nobody a chance,” she responds. “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.”
“I’m not going back to get beat up!” Rios yells in the video. “I’m not going back to get beat up by BSO! No!”
The video ends with Rios getting dragged through the doorway screaming “No! No! No!”
Witnesses say that Rios had been in court with Broward Judge Kal Le Var Evans for a mental competency hearing on a minor misdemeanor case. She is currently being held without bond in the Broward Main Jail on a probation violation drug charge.
Assistant Public Defender Lynn DeSanti said she witnessed it all.
“He basically picked up this girl, yanked her off the bench, and started dragging her through the hallway,” she recounted. “I said ‘Stop it! What are you doing to her?’ But he just told her, ‘You don’t want to walk? I’m going to drag you.’”
“This is just barbarism,” Gelin continued. “The truly disgusting part is, during that entire breakdown, you can hear her telling them she’s mentally ill. There’s no excuse.”
(Article by M. David)