St. Johns County, Fla. deputy fired, arrested after this video surfaced of him beating man
This video was provided by Jacksonville, Fla.-based law offices of Phillps & Hunt, which is representing the victim.
AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A former St. Johns County deputy is out of a job and facing aggravated battery charges, accused of beating a man during a December traffic stop and kicking him in the face while another law enforcement officer repeatedly shocked him with a Taser.
Sheriff David Shoar said he withdrew the commission of Deputy Anthony Deleo Thursday and filed criminal charges against him during a use-of-force investigation. Cellphone video from a witness captured the moments after Deleo and several other law enforcement officers appeared to strike the victim several times. The report failed to mention that the man was beaten or Tazed.
A warrant affidavit states Deleo was assisting a Florida Highway Patrol trooper with a traffic stop on a vehicle for failure to yield around 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 29, in the Winn Dixie shopping center at 2220 County Road 210. Deleo approached the vehicle and tried to pull 30-year-old Christopher Butler from the car, according to the warrant.
The warrant says once Butler was out of the car, several officers started yelling at him to get on the ground, but he instead stood up, facing away from the officers "in a non-threatening manner." Deleo then struck Butler with his baton and the trooper shocked him with his Taser while Butler walked away from the officers, according to the warrant.
Video shows Deleo hitting Butler 19 times with his baton and kicked him in the head and face for the next three minutes and 44 seconds, the warrant says. At the time, Butler was naked and unarmed.
The warrant says Deleo made little to no effort to handcuff Butler, while video shows Butler offering little to no resistance while seated "in a non-threatening manner."
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