FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Broward Sheriff’s deputy who was caught on camera punching a handcuffed inmate at a hospital has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery.
It happened January 2nd, 2019 at Broward Health North.READ MORE: Officials Worry Large Crowds Will Leave Mess Behind After Memorial Day Weekend
David Rafferty O’Connell, of Boca Raton, had been arrested and taken to the hospital for medical clearance after witnesses said he tried to fight an employee in a Pompano Beach store. Body cam video shows Deputy Jorge Sobrino’s punching O’Connell while he was handcuffed to a hospital bed, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office.
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Sobrino, 24, will be arraigned on the charge in the coming weeks.MORE NEWS: Florida Law Enforcement Officials Reassure Parents On Potential School Shooter Threat
If convicted, the deputy faces a maximum punishment of up to one year in jail.