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A Corrections Deputy is Fired After Allegedly Breaking an Inmate’s Nose and Teeth

: Manatee County Judicial Center
: Manatee County Judicial Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On June 26, 2017, an investigation began with regard to an incident that allegedly occurred at Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Central Jail in Florida. An inmate’s nose and some of his teeth were broken during the alleged incident. As a result of the investigation, a 32-year-old corrections deputy was terminated from his position with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) on July 6. The officer has appealed the decision; and on July 27, it will be presented before a Career Service Board for consideration.

It was after the accused corrections deputy had conducted a contraband “shakedown” search at the jail that he was fired. Inmate Andrew Pryce found that his cache of oranges had been removed during the contraband search. Pryce allegedly become distraught and confronted the deputy. The inmate was placed in handcuffs with his arms behind his back, and two other deputies were also present

The three deputies began to escort Pryce from the dorm. The accused deputy and another took physical control of the inmate. There is an online video of what happened next.

As the three deputies and Pryce were walking down the hall, Pryce turned to speak to the deputy. The deputy then moved Pryce with his chest against the wall. More words were exchanged. The deputy then allegedly lifted the inmate, spun him to the left, and strong-armed him to the floor, facedown. Allegedly as a result of the deputy’s actions, the inmate suffered a broken nose along with broken teeth.

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