05/01/2010

Ohio officer suspended for hitting inmate on video

Deputy Jeffrey Dempsey suspended for 10 days for use of excessive force

PoliceOne Staff

AKRON, Ohio — Deputy Jeffrey Dempsey has been suspended for 10 days for use of excessive force after hitting an inmate in an incident captured on videotape, the Associated Press is reporting.

Dempsey, of Summit County in Ohio, was also ordered to receive counseling for the Feb. 21 incident, which took place in the jail booking area.

The video shows Dempsey ordering a drunken-driving suspect to put down a portable fingerprint reader. The inmate responds with an obscene gesture.

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