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Deputy Dragged Woman by Ankle Chains Down Courtroom Hallway: Report

By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 08:41 AM

A Florida sheriff deputy is under investigation after he dragged a woman down a courtroom hallway by her ankle cuffs on Monday, just minutes after she had been declared mentally incompetent by a judge.

Video of Broward deputy Christopher Johnson pulling Dasyl Jeanette Rios, 28, across the floor tiles was shot by attorney Bill Gelin and obtained by the Sun Sentinel.

"Stop! You're hurting me!" Rios shouts at Johnson in the video. "All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes — cry. That's all I wanted to do was cry for a few minutes."

Chief Assistant Public Defender Lynn Desanti said she was just down the hall when she heard the commotion.

"I could hear screaming, and I could see a deputy yelling at somebody, and all I could hear was, 'If you don't get up, I'm going to drag you,'" she said.

Rios had just been before a judge after being charged with a misdemeanor probation violation related to criminal mischief and trespassing. At the conclusion of the hearing, Rios, who is bipolar, apparently told the deputy that she needed a moment to sit and cry before returning to her cell.

Johnson did not give her that moment, and instead "grabbed her by the shackles and feet, yanked her off the bench, and that stuff that I heard, that loud noise, that was her head hitting the bench," said Rios' mother, Sylvia Rios, WSVN reported.

In his report of the incident, Johnson wrote that, "Fearing she would cause a commotion in the public area, I then physically grabbed inmate Rios by her leg restraints and pulled her back to the D10-door," the Daily Beast reported.

Johnson has now been put on desk duty, where he will not interact with those in custody, and an investigation by the sheriff's office is underway.

"I am concerned by the way the deputy handled this situation, because there were other courses of action he could have taken," said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

Desanti said that if Johnson had truly felt Rios was a threat to the public, he could have gotten a wheelchair, handcuffed her to it, and rolled her back to holding.



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