A corrections officer in Florida has been captured on video smashing a suspect’s head into a brick wall.
Charles Broaderick, 41, an officer at the Marion County Jail, claimed that James Duckworth was combative and needed restraint. But the video shows that Duckworth, arrested for a DUI, was quiet, even calling another officer a “gentleman.”
Before Broaderick smashed Duckworth’s head, he told him, “You’re being treated how you’re acting. You’re acting like an [expletive], you’re being treated as an [expletive].” Duckworth then tried to spit on the floor to clear his mouth, whereupon Broaderick yelled, “You don’t spit at officers!”
He then smashed Duckworth’s head into the wall as, together with another officer, he fired questions at him. The action left a bloody smear that brought other officers running.
Duckworth proceeded to phase in and out of consciousness.
After the incident, Broaderick was arrested, charged with assault, and jailed — but only for 13 minutes. He posted $2,000 bail and was released. He was later placed on unpaid leave. The sheriff’s office stated, “Employees of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are expected, and required, to maintain the highest level of integrity and accountability in our dealings with the public – including inmates incarcerated in the Marion County Jail.”