Escambia Deputy Charged With Felony Battery On Detainee (With Video) :

ByRachelle R. Sowell

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An Escambia County deputy is going through felony battery fees for allegedly throwing a detainee into the jail ground and leaving there bleeding devoid of medical consideration.

According to Point out Attorney Bill Eddins, Deputy Zachary McArthur has been charged with a single depend of felony battery for the incident on December 9, 2010. In accordance to Eddins, McArthur is alleged to have battered Justin Johnson though he was staying detained at the jail. As a result of the incident Johnson gained 11 stitches for an damage to his deal with. The entire incident was captured on online video.

McArthur faces a utmost sentence of five years in condition prison if convicted.

In accordance to the State Attorney’s Office, Johnson went to Chan’s Nightclub on December 8, 2010, a 7 days immediately after a deputy experienced told him to depart the business enterprise. Johnson stated he did not see deputies at the nightclub throughout a four to 5 hour period right up until Deputy McArthur and a bouncer snatched him from his seat and taken exterior the place he was positioned in the deputy’s cruiser.

Johnson instructed investigators that he was never ever informed he was less than arrest. He mentioned that he remembered arriving at the Escambia County Jail wherever his head was slammed into a little something just before blood poured down his experience. Johnson stated that even though in the jail’s booking region,  he created the assertion that he needed to eliminate himself just so a person would get him professional medical awareness.

A Condition Attorney investigator mentioned he seen online video from the jail’s booking space at the time of Johnson’s arrival with Deputy McArthur. In accordance to the investigator, a black male and three other deputies, a single of which was a sergeant, ended up also in the reserving area.

The investigator stated that McArthur applied his upper overall body to toss Johnson to the ground. “Deputy McArthur then grabs Justin Johnson by the handcuffs and drags him about 3-4 toes and leaves him lying on the flooring bleeding,” Condition Lawyer Investigator Richard Furmaniuk said. “After Justin Johnson is dragged to the entrance of the bench, you can see the trail of blood on the flooring, from Justin Johnson’s facial area.”

Furmaniuk explained the video shows that Johnson is remaining on the flooring for 4 minutes with no clinical awareness from McArthur or any of the other deputies in the reserving region.

The incident was investigated by both equally the State Attorney’s Business and the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement.

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