An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has been arrested for allegedly beating a teen in handcuffs. According to First Coast News, 38-year-old Officer Timothy James has been arrested for one count of battery following an arrest at a gas station.
Undersheriff Pat Ivey shared details of the account in a press conference on Saturday. James was called to the scene by a sergeant and off-duty recruit when 18-year-old Abel Campos and an unidentified 17-year-old were taken into custody. The suspects were handcuffed and placed in James' vehicle. At some point, they claimed that James hit them. When a sergeant on the scene inspected them, he says there were no signs of injuries.
While the sergeant was verifying the warrant on the two suspects, he saw James remove the 17-year-old and throw him on the ground. A struggle occurred when Campos jumped out of the car and onto James. Campos told the sergeant later that James "was beating on my brother."
The suspects were separated and James was told to put the 17-year-old in the back of his car. The sergeant says that James got into the back seat and struck the teen several times with a closed fist, even when he was asked to stop repeatedly. The off-duty recruit also witnessed the incident.
James, who has more than three years of experience, claimed that one of the teens spit on him. Undersheriff Ivey is working on getting a video of the incident.
First Coast News reports that this is the seventh employee arrest for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office this year. Another cop by the same name has been reprimanded for multiple uses of excessive force. The Sheriff's Office would not confirm if this is the same Timothy James.
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