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Marion corrections officer suspended, accused of slamming suspect's head into wall

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Updated: 12/12/2013 11:32 am
MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- A Marion County Corrections deputy has been arrested and charged with battery after investigators said video shows him slamming a suspect's head into a concrete wall.

Officials said while DUI suspect James Duckworth was being booked, he made some sort of spitting noise, and corrections deputy Charlie Broaderick slammed Duckworth's head against the wall, saying, "You don't spit at officers."

Duckworth was left unconscious and bleeding from the head, according to charging documents, officials said.

Broaderick, who is out of jail on bond, is now on unpaid suspension.

The sheriff's office said even with the surveillance video, there's not enough evidence to fire Broaderick.

The incident happened in what's called the "Intoxilyzer room" at the Marion County Jail, where suspected drunken drivers are taken.

"Your reaction to seeing the video and the public's reaction to it was the same for us," said Capt. Hames Pogue of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. "Same for Sheriff Blair when he watched it."

Officials said firing Broaderick before the case runs its course was not an option.

"How employers in law enforcement act is governed by Florida state statute," said Pogue.

Pogue said the process is very strict when it comes to an officer's rights to due process.

Video: WFTV Orlando
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MadameX - 3/6/2014 9:50 PM
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I hope his family, on behalf of the suspect who had his head slammed, sues Marion County for all the $$$$ it can possibly get. If this officer has no more control over his actions then what the picture displays, he isn't fit to wear a badge/shield as a law enforcement officer. No wonder people don't want to cooperate with law enforcement. Wish someone would toss a bucket of "sheeeet" all over him and the police car he rode up in. Baldheaded creep for sure.

FlSunRise87 - 12/12/2013 3:16 PM
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This is so sad.. do our officers of the law really find themselves to be so profoundly special, so immaculate in every way that they actually feel entitled to leave a drunk kid bleeding on the floor? Not to mention beating his head against the wall in the first place? I hope this fat SOB is sitting on his couch, enjoying his UNPAID leave while seeing all these responses go up online I hope he watched the video again and again feeling completely idiotic and I hope that everyone else who has been abused by this IMPOSTER to come forward. I've always wondered why anyone would want to be a police officer. Power? Control over others? Or are there the actual few who want to guard and protect as they swear to do?

warpsix - 12/12/2013 2:28 PM
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Let him Guard the child rapist Someone who deserves extra treatment...

Gunny48 - 12/12/2013 1:24 PM
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No excuse for slamming a handcuffed drunk's head against a block wall just for a "spitting noise". I understand their frustration but that is part of the job.

imtellin - 12/12/2013 1:19 PM
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i sure hope the fat fucg had to spend the night in lockup, & see a judge in the morning for a bond hearing !!!

imtellin - 12/12/2013 1:18 PM
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broaderick needs to be history, before the civil suits bankrupt marion county... it is clear this deputy ??? has no understanding of his responsibilities as a law enforcement officer & is a blight on any good officers out there, who perform their jobs correctly !!!
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