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A state corrections officer was arrested this week after witnesses reported seeing him beat his wife on the side of a road in Polk County, authorities announced today.
Johnny Tucker, who works at the Polk Correctional Institute in Polk City, was charged with battery domestic violence Monday. He posted bond and was released from jail the next day Tuesday.
A witness told authorities a man was beating a woman alongside a parked Jeep Cherokee on North Combee Road, according to the Sheriff's Office.
A Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman said Tucker followed protocol by informing his superiors of his arrest on Wednesday. He will continue to work pending the outcome of the case.
However, DOC spokeswoman Ann Howard said that Tucker will not be allowed to carry a weapon in the meantime, and will likely be fired if he is convicted on the domestic violence charge.
Originally posted by Afterthought
Pretty short article, so here it is in its entirety:
First, I'd like to say that I have a big problem with this "officer" being allowed to remain on the job pending the result of his case.
Second, the "officer" was quite comfortable beating his wife in a place where others could see. He must be used to doing this. Beating inmates in front of others maybe?
Third, it states that he won't be allowed to carry a weapon. I'm assuming this means his firearm, but what about tasers and billy clubs? He wasn't trying to shoot his wife, but he was inflicting pain.
Fourth, the DOC spokeswoman said he followed protocol. Does this mean he is able to make all proper and responsible decisions regarding his work choices and behavior?
Anyone else besides me believe he should be suspended without pay?
In my opinion, IF he is found not guilty, he could simply be reinstated with back pay.
In a sane world, he'd be suspended without pay pending at LEAST the initial findings.
Second..I laugh as I consider the poetic justice it would be to hear he's convicted and ends up in the same facility he was a guard in.