An Escambia County deputy is experiencing felony battery fees for allegedly throwing a detainee into the jail flooring and leaving there bleeding with out health care focus.
According to Condition Lawyer Monthly bill Eddins, Deputy Zachary McArthur has been billed with 1 rely of felony battery for the incident on December 9, 2010. In accordance to Eddins, McArthur is alleged to have battered Justin Johnson though he was currently being detained at the jail. As a final result of the incident Johnson been given 11 stitches for an injuries to his deal with. The entire incident was captured on online video.
McArthur faces a greatest sentence of five yrs in state prison if convicted.
In accordance to the Point out Attorney’s Workplace, Johnson went to Chan’s Nightclub on December 8, 2010, a week just after a deputy had told him to go away the business enterprise. Johnson mentioned he did not see deputies at the nightclub throughout a 4 to five hour time period until eventually Deputy McArthur and a bouncer snatched him from his seat and taken exterior in which he was put in the deputy’s cruiser.
Johnson explained to investigators that he was under no circumstances instructed he was less than arrest. He explained that he remembered arriving at the Escambia County Jail in which his head was slammed into a little something in advance of blood poured down his face. Johnson reported that although in the jail’s booking location, he manufactured the statement that he preferred to kill himself just so somebody would get him clinical consideration.
A Point out Attorney investigator mentioned he seen video from the jail’s scheduling place at the time of Johnson’s arrival with Deputy McArthur. In accordance to the investigator, a black male and 3 other deputies, one particular of which was a sergeant, were being also in the booking region.
The investigator said that McArthur employed his upper human body to toss Johnson to the floor. “Deputy McArthur then grabs Justin Johnson by the handcuffs and drags him about 3-4 toes and leaves him lying on the flooring bleeding,” Point out Legal professional Investigator Richard Furmaniuk stated. “After Justin Johnson is dragged to the front of the bench, you can see the trail of blood on the floor, from Justin Johnson’s face.”
Furmaniuk stated the online video shows that Johnson is left on the flooring for four minutes with no health-related interest from McArthur or any of the other deputies in the reserving location.
The incident was investigated by each the Condition Attorney’s Office environment and the Florida Office of Law Enforcement.
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