Fla. Cop Throws Quadriplegic From Chair

Four suspended after 'indefensible' tape of arrest surfaces
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 12:37 PM CST

(Newser) – Four Florida deputies have been suspended after one was taped dumping a quadriplegic man from his wheelchair and searching him on a jailhouse floor, Tampa Bay’s 10 News reports. The footage is silent, but Brian Sterner says deputy Charlette Marshall-Jones was irritated he refused to stand up. “It didn’t register that she was asking me to do something I can’t do.”

The Hillsborough County sheriff’s office is outraged. “This is indefensible,” the chief deputy said. “Anything short of dismissal would be inappropriate.” An attorney for Sterner—who was being booked on a traffic violation—wants criminal charges brought, for abuse of the disabled. "I’m very glad there was a camera present when they did this to me,” Sterner says.