A Florida police officer was caught on video dragging a woman across the floor at a police station following her arrest, and now he has been fired.
The Tampa Bay Police Department shared a video of the incident on YouTube, which showed a woman being placed into a police vehicle while arguing with police.
Once officers got the woman into the police vehicle, she continued to argue with them before they arrived at the police department, where they were set to prepare her for booking. There, a Florida police officer, later identified as Gregory Damon, is shown trying to coax the woman to get out of the police vehicle.
The woman fails to comply with the officer and tells him he's going to have to drag her. The officer continues the verbal confrontation with the woman before grabbing her and dragging her across the floor. Damon's bodycam, as well as surveillance footage from inside the police station, showed the incident.
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The situation began on Nov. 17, when Florida police were called to the Tampa Family Health Center at 4620 North 22nd Street for a report of a person sleeping outside the property and refusing to leave despite a request from employees.
Police say the woman was warned previously for trespassing on the same property on Oct. 19. She was arrested for trespassing and transported to jail by Damon.
An investigation conducted by the TPD Professional Standards Bureau determined that Damon was in violation of departmental policies related to: Searching, Transporting, and Booking of Prisoners; Courtesy to the Public; Reporting Response to Resistance; Treatment of Persons in Custody; and Standard of Conduct. During the investigation, Damon was found to have additionally violated policies related to Body Worn Camera, Response to Resistance, and Incompetence.
TMX contributed to this report.
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