BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Broward County Mayor is calling for a criminal investigation after surveillance video showed a Florida deputy punching a suspect who is handcuffed to a hospital bed.
The video shows a Broward County sheriff's deputy punching a man handcuffed to a hospital bed and unable to get away. The body camera was resting on a nearby surface and showed Deputy Jorge Sobrino punching 26-year-old David O'Connell and bending his arm backward. O'Connell screamed in pain.
The incident occurred back in January when O'Connell was arrested at a Pompano Beach Walmart for a domestic disturbance. He was also charged with resisting arrest without violence. The incident led Deputy Sobrino to bring him to Broward Health North for treatment, but O'Connell apparently refused.
"I don't want to be here, I don't want to be here, I don't want to be here, I want to sign off!" O'Connell is heard saying in the body camera footage.
Deputy Sobrino wrote in his arrest report that the defendant "intentionally placed his hand on my upper chest and against my will and pushed me, therefore committing a battery against my person."
However, the video does not support that claim. At one point, the deputy is heard on the body camera recording and admitting to throwing to at least one punch.
O'Connell was originally facing three charges, but the most serious one has since been dropped.
The Broward County Mayor wants the State Attorney's Office to investigate this incident as well.