JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said it found no officer misconduct in two recent cases where police used force on a person.
In both cases, JSO found its officers did not violate policy.
On Monday, JSO said Officer J. Marino took Allen Keith Curry into custody near a home on Bell Tower Court in San Jose.
In a video shared on social media, Marino could be seen punching Curry in the face.
While the camera is panned away, Curry is put into the car.
Marino attempts to close the car door and has to push Curry back a second time.
The video was shared on social media on Tuesday, and JSO started its internal review.
Marino’s body camera video shows what happened before the witness video. Marino struggled to get Curry into handcuffs and Curry knocked Marino’s camera out of its holder.
JSO said Wednesday, “While each circumstance is unique, there are times that reasonable force may include striking a handcuffed suspect, and this was one such circumstance.”
The other incident, also captured on body-worn camera, happened at Family Dollar on McDuff Avenue on Thursday, May 11.
“Hey he’s stealing out of my store,” a man told the officer.
Police were trying to arrest Daniel Forrest for shoplifting.
The officer drove and caught up with Forrest on some railroad tracks.
“Hey come here. Brother I’m going to (expletive) tase you, man,” the officer said.
The officer used a Taser and Forrest fell and hit his head on the pavement.
After the officer put handcuffs on Forrest, he called for an ambulance.
“Just send rescue,” the officer can be heard saying.
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JSO said Forrest is being treated for internal bleeding.
Forrest’s family shared photos of him in the hospital. His family said doctors told them he might not make it.
JSO said Wednesday of this incident, “As with all Response to Resistance Reports, this incident has been administratively reviewed, and the officer’s use of the CEW (Conducted Energy Weapon) was found to be within policy.”
Read JSO’s Response to Resistance policy below: