posted on Sep, 11 2014 @ 08:57 PM
There's a video at the link that you should probably watch. I'll recap for those who can't.
Bunch of Jail Deputies standing around. One does a sidekick in the air, is mocked by an inmate and then the two appear to be playing grabass. The
inmate and Deputy sort of shadowbox for a minute, then seemingly out of nowhere crap gets real, Deputy puts the guy in a headlock and takes him to the
ground. Lots of other Jail dudes rush in to help subdue the guy that was just kicked in the head.
Deputy essentially lied about the incident, and is being suspended for 90 days.
This is ridiculous to watch. The Deputy clearly initiates the whole thing, then apparently loses it or suddenly becomes 'frightened' (as he claimed
in his report) because the inmate is apparently quite the boxer.
My opinion is that this guy should be fired. He showed horrible judgement, essentially assaulted someone who was in his charge and then lied about it
in his report.
When I was in high school I took auto shop. The teacher was lax about almost everything except grabass. We asked him why once and he said because
someone always takes it too far and gets serious. We were teenagers and knew that. This is an adult, in a position of authority. It's embarrassing
to see it. I don't care if the inmate was the one that took it too far (I need to watch it again but I doubt it) the situation should have never
started in the first place.
People in positions like this should get more than a slap on the wrist.
A Denver sheriff's deputy who provoked a fight with an inmate by throwing taekwondo kicks and punches has been suspended for 90 days.
Deputy Roberto Roena, 15-year department veteran, was notified of the suspension July 29 for the fight that happened in April 2013, according to a
disciplinary letter issued by the Denver Department of Safety.
Roena was punished for using excessive force, making inaccurate and misleading statements about the incident and conduct that "compromised the
mission of the Department."
Roena was on court security duty on the afternoon of April 22, 2013, but he went to a cell block at the Downtown Detention Center to chat with other
deputies. The disciplinary letter notes that it's a jail unit for high-risk inmates who may be mentally ill or who have had prior behavioral problems
in the jail.