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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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