A Marion County corrections officer was charged with misdemeanor battery after he slammed a suspect's head into a concrete wall, according to an arrest affidavit. NBC 6 anchor Keith Jones reports on the incident, which is seen in this video.
A Marion County corrections officer was charged with misdemeanor battery after he slammed a suspect's head into a concrete wall, according to an arrest affidavit.
Charles Broaderick, 41, was arrested on Tuesday and released on $2,000 bail, arrest records show. When reached at home on Wednesday by an Associated Press reporter, Broaderick hung up the phone before commenting. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.
A surveillance video released by the sheriff's office showed Broaderick slamming the suspect's head into the wall on Oct. 8. The suspect, identified as James Duckworth, was handcuffed with his back to the wall at the time. He was in a room in the jail where suspected drunken drivers are taken.
Duckworth was intoxicated when he made a spitting noise. Broaderick pulled Duckworth by his shirt, grabbed his throat and then slammed his head into the wall, according to the arrest affidavit.
"You don't spit at officers," Broaderick told Duckworth.
Duckworth appeared to be unconscious and there was blood on the wall, the report stated.
"Dude do you think that is very cool," Broaderick asked Duckworth.
Renee Duckworth said her son is bipolar and has had several head surgeries, making any head injury potentially fatal.
“For him to treat any human being that way, let alone someone in his position treating a citizen that way, absolutely should not have a career in law enforcement,” she said of Broaderick.
The report noted that Duckworth did not resist at any time. Another officer in the room told investigators that Duckworth was "mouthy" and not cooperating with the commands that he was given.
Broaderick remained on unpaid suspension.