Former cop indicted after suspect beating caught on camera
A grand jury indicted a former Sheriff’s deputy in Florida Wednesday after he was allegedly caught on camera beating a man.
The charge stems from a 2014 drug arrest when, according to The Gainesville Sun, 33-year-old Jesse Terrell was identified as one of five former Marion County Sheriff’s deputies on scene when Derrick Price was beaten.
Price, 44, had been identified by agents as a ringleader in an operation conducted by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team. He ran from his home when approached by officers.
The surveillance video shows the alleged violence started moments after Price lied on the ground to surrender in a parking lot. Police body camera footage was also released but appeared obstructed during the incident.
Multiple officers could be heard shouting “Stop resisting arrest!” during the incident. However, Price was not shown in the surveillance footage to resist arrest or fight back once he had laid down.
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The indictment indicates that Terrell “repeatedly struck, kneed, and kicked (Price) in the head, neck, and shoulder area, causing bodily injury.”
Terrell faces ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 (USD) if convicted.
The four other officers – Cody Hoppel, Adam Crawford, James Amidei and Trevor Fitzgerald – had their employment terminated and pleaded guilty to a federal grand jury.
Charles Holloman, Terrell’s attorney, told The Sun the Justice Department sent an invitation a week ago for Terrell to appear before a grand jury but his client declined. According to WESH, Holloman expexts his client to plead not guilty.
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