A Marion County, Florida corrections officer Charlie Broaderick was filmed on jail’s CCTV slamming a handcuffed inmate’s head into the wall.
James Duckworth, who was being held on driving under the influence (DUI) charges was being prepped for a breathalyzer test. The inmate then turns his head away from the officers and appears to clear something form his lips the only way he could with his hands tied behind his back.
Charlie Broaderick claimed Duckworth spat on him and immediately responded to it by smacking Duckworth’s head into the wall. The head trauma left the inmate knocked out and a large blood stain appeared on the wall behind him as the officers put a spit mask over the unconscious man’s head.
Broaderick then pressed his fist into the side of Duckworth’s neck. Because the inmate appeared unconscious, a nurse was called in. When she showed up, Charlie Broaderick lied about what happened by stating that the inmate “hit the wall” with his head. In the report, Broaderick claimed the inmate had been combative and needed to be restrained, yet in the video the inmate apepars cooperative and even complements an officer by calling him a “gentleman”.
The incident happened in October 2013. As is typical of cops, actions of James Duckworth were considered justified and would continue being justified if the video did not make it out to the public. So after two months of pretending the abuser did not act out of line, Charlie Broaderick was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.
But guess what happened to Charlie Broaderick after the arrest? A big fat nothing – he reached a plea deal with the State Attorney’s office who dropped all charges against him in exchange for his job.
Basically, if you’re a cop, you can merrily assault an incapacitated man, split his head open, and get away with it. Ta da!