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Jail guard suspended, seen hitting inmate in video



Published: Fri, April 30, 2010 @ 9:18 a.m.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A jail deputy in Ohio has been suspended for 10 days for using excessive force on an inmate in an incident captured on video.

Summit County Deputy Jeffrey Dempsey in Akron also was ordered to get counseling for the Feb. 21 incident in the jail booking area.

Video shows Dempsey ordering a drunken-driving suspect to put down a portable fingerprint reader and getting an obscene gesture in response.

Dempsey then ordered the man to “get up” and struck him in the head, grabbed him by the neck and took him to the floor.

Dempsey, who doesn’t have a phone listing in the Akron area, could not be reached for comment. His union leader says Dempsey accepts the disciplinary action.


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1tominbrooklyn(34 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

awww I feel so bad for this person who has no respect for anyone or any innocent persons life they put at risk.

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2Nunya22(315 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This type of stuff happens alot and dont always get caught. I dont understand why people who get paid very well abuse their job. Why risk possibly getting fired and maybe never getting hired again for that type of wage over some b.s.?

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3tjmurphy11(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I find this absolutely unacceptable. Yes, the inmate should not have been drinking and driving and should be held accountable. But did you see the video? Go to ohio.com and look for the article, they have a video of this incident. Let me ask you this...if you were to back hand a person at your work for any reason, would you still have a job. This officer should be charged with assault, and fired from his job. Shame on the leaders of Akron for just slapping the officer on the wrist...Im a pist off citizen.

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4Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This happens way more then you think.

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5Nunya22(315 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

@ johnmike they are not aloud to put their hands on any imate like that. If this guard was so pissed off and heated and wanted pay back just think of plenty of other people who may want to take his spot for that wage he make. Yes that type of work is hard but everyone who do this type of work know what they are getting themselves into.

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6Nunya22(315 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

@johnmike and ImUrPO From the type of jobs I worked at I couldn't go around putting my hands on patients, parents/students, or customers. Everyone have to deal with people that do things out of line if I would of pulled that I would of been fired, locked up, and sued.

What he should of done was put this inmate in the hole.

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7TheCritic(23 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Bravo! We need to institute better psychological screening mechanisms for those who want to be guards or cops.

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8onthetown(254 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

@ImUrPO:

You've labeled someone who agrees with your point of view as a "Moron". It is quite apparent that tominbrooklyn feels that the drunk driver - who has "no respect for anyone or any innocent persons life they put at risk" - deserves no sympathy. You apparently are not an expert in reading comprehension or the detection of sarcasm.

As for the jail deputy's actions, he did not respond to the suspect's defiant attitude in an appropriate manner and instead resorted to physical violence. This is not acceptable in any workplace, regardless of the environment. The ability to refrain from these types of reactions is essential to his job duties, and quite obviously, he is not capable of doing this. Unfortunately, the fact that he is protected by his union is going to prevent any action stronger than the suspension/counseling.

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9onthetown(254 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

@johnmike -

I believe that the deputy should be fired.

It's not an issue of the possibility of seriously injuring or killing an inmate. His actions should be considered "gross misconduct" and be grounds for termination.

As stated before, the ability to refrain from these types of reactions is essential to his job duties, and the incident demonstrates that he is not capable of doing this. Any public servant incapable of fulfilling their necessary job duties should be fired.

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