Florida officer charged with throwing inmate to ground

SAINT LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida jailer was the one wearing the handcuffs Thursday, charged with felony assault after he was caught on camera slamming an inmate to the ground in what authorities are calling “an unprovoked attack.”

WPBF, affiliate of West Palm Beach ABC, informa that St. Lucie County Detention Officer Brian Shackley pulled a handcuffed inmate out of a jail cell on July 10 and then threw him to the ground.

The 54-year-old inmate, who had been serving time in jail since April on nonviolent drug charges, required 20 internal and external stitches and had lacerations to his head, the station reports.

WPBF reports that the inmate, who was not identified by Sheriff Ken Mascara due to Marsy’s Law, was asking for a cell change because his toilet was not working. He also had problems with his bunk.

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“These incidents break the fiber of who we are,” Mascara said at a news conference on Thursday. “This is not what it is about.”

Shackley was released on $50,000 bond, jail records show.

Prior to the incident, the 14-year veteran officer had been demoted from the rank of sergeant for various rule violations, reports WPBF.

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