Police Abuse

Florida Deputy Drags Mentally Ill Woman Out of Court By Her Feet Because She Was Crying Too Much

Sheriff concerned, places deputy on restricted duty.



One of Florida's finest, Christopher Johnson, a deputy with the Broward Sheriff's office, has been placed on "restricted duty" after he was caught on cellphone video dragging a sobbing woman who had just been declared mentally incompetent out of the courtroom by her ankle bracelet.

Video was taken by a lawyer at the courthouse, and the sheriff's office promises a "comprehensive investigation."  The Sun Sentinel reports:

"I am concerned by the way the deputy handled this situation, because there were other courses of action he could have taken," Sheriff Scott Israel said. "Internal Affairs has initiated a complete and comprehensive investigation, and the deputy has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome."

In the video the woman tells the cop she just wanted to cry in the courtroom for a few minutes. Watch it, part of a local news segment, below:

h/t Andrew S.