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Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017

Deputy who used excessive force on inmate fired, Pinellas sheriff’s office says

A detention deputy for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was fired Tuesday for using excessive force on an inmate, according to a release.

Deputy Raymond Ferrio, 47, had been with the Department of Detention and Corrections since July 2000.

At 8 a.m. on Oct. 1 Ferrio was trying to escort an inmate to the infirmary. The inmate, who was in a wheelchair, put his feet down to prevent the deputy from pushing him, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Ferrio wrapped his arm around the inmate’s neck, pulled him from the wheelchair and dumped him onto the floor, the release said.

The fall shattered the inmate’s dentures and while the inmate was on the ground Ferrio struck him with his fists and knees before restraining him, the release said.

The inmate never physically threatened any deputy or posed a physical threat to staff, an investigation by the sheriff’s office found.

Ferrio told investigators that the use of force was not justified and he “got caught up in the moment,” according to the release. Ferrio told investigators he should have handled he situation differently, the release said.

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