A Florida deputy is on administrative leave after a physical change with a 17-year-old black inmate sent the teenager to the hospital.
According to an incident reported from the office, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Neil Pizzo was processing an inmate who had turned himself in last week while another inmate had consumed the photo.
The prisoner, who NBC News does not recognize because he is a minor, had his hands in his clothes, according to reports and videos of the incident. According to an incident report from the Sheriff’s Office, the teenager was holed up on a weapon charge.
“The teenager was asked to remove his hands from inside his shorts,” Pizzo wrote in the report of the incident. “He said ‘f — you’re cold.’ When I went to him, he obeyed my verbal commands, but was just saying ‘if I’m on the streets, I’ll crack you, I’ll blow your f — behead you’ , You are not a real soldier. ‘”
As reported by Pizzo’s incident, the prisoner continued the curse, and refused to take her hands out of her clothes, but when Pizzo approached her, she quickly jumped on the table she was sitting on. And popping his arms up his sleeve, through video shows.
The prisoner wrote, “Quickly took out his arms from his shirt and said” I f — you up, “” Pizzo wrote. “I looked into his eyes and the attitude he immediately went in. Mr. Reid had clenched his fists and it was noted that I was going to attack and get killed.”
The video shows Pizo immediately sticking the teenager to the wall and dragging him to the floor and removing him from there.
Pizzo stated that the prisoner refused to put his hands behind his back, so he hit him several times with his open hand “so as not to harm him.” Pizzo was then able to handcuff the teenager.
The Sarasota County Sheriff did not immediately return NBC News’ request for comment, but Sheriff Tom Knight told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that he was “disappointed” by what he saw in the video.
“We are responsible for escalating the situation,” Knight said. “Was the de-escalation exercise put into play there? … If a deputy is trying to de-escalate and you go out of hand and you have a confrontation, what did he try to do before the physical confrontation to stop him? “
A nurse was called to evaluate the teenager, but she refused to investigate. He was sent to the nearest hospital for treatment of a friction on his head.
Another deputy who was in the room and instructed the prisoner to take his hands out of his clothes, changed the same account. The deputy said the in-laws tried to hold Pizo’s neck. In the video, the prisoner is shown sticking to the wall while placing his hand on Pizzo’s neck.
Pizzo was placed on administrative leave last week, according to a spokesperson for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. According to the record the deputy has been with the office for 18 years.