A Tallahassee law enforcement officer who was fired and billed with battery immediately after a fight with a man being booked into jail has agreed to a deferred prosecution deal, according to State Legal professional Jack Campbell.
Below the phrases of the deal, which was signed April 22, the previous officer, Charles Hansford, will completely surrender his regulation enforcement rights, this means he will by no means operate as a regulation enforcement officer all over again. He must also undertake counseling linked to his time in the armed forces, which Campbell reported “may possibly have led to his outburst.”
In exchange, Campbell agreed to fall the battery demand if Hansford fulfills all the conditions by July 26.
Hansford’s firing and arrest stems from a Jan. 17 scuffle amongst him and a gentleman who was staying booked at the Leon County Jail after failing a field sobriety check next a motor vehicle crash.
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In a 4-moment body video that was introduced by Tallahassee Police Section inside of a week of the incident, Hansford and the person engage in an argument during which Hansford questioned if he would like to choose a Breathalyzer test.
The 22-yr-aged male, who was not named by law enforcement, refuses and then takes advantage of a number of curse terms and racial slurs at Hansford and the arresting officer, Edward Campbell. The man is Black, although each officers are white.
In the online video, they continue to argue and Hansford tells the defendant to shut up just before he slams him against the concrete wall. Campbell intervenes and pushes Hansford to the floor. Hansford gets up and continues to go immediately after the suspect.
“We hold the men and women of all ages who wear this uniform to the maximum expectations,” TPD Main Lawrence Revell claimed in a assertion immediately after the incident. “We just take incidents like this pretty seriously and will keep people who violate the department’s guidelines accountable.”
Campbell said the victim of the assault was in arrangement with the deferred prosecution offer.
The State Lawyer reported his office environment felt counselling would address Hansford’s anger impulses … but then we also made guaranteed that he’d by no means be in a situation like that once again.”
Luke Newman, Hansford’s legal professional, has not responded to a ask for for comment.
Hansford, who earlier labored at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Business office joined the TPD in 2020.
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