Officer Indicted After Video Shows Beating Of Surrendering Suspect


A federal grand jury in Tampa, Florida has indicted an ex-Marion County Deputy for his role in the beating of a surrendering man back in 2014.

On Tuesday, Jesse Alan Terrell was charged with violating the civil rights of Derrick Price after footage emerged showing him and other deputies kneeing, kicking and punching the man, who showed no sign of resistance.

According to prosecutors, Price suffered facial abrasions, swelling and bruised ribs, but was not hospitalized. The footage, which was released on Wednesday and includes both surveillance and body-cam videos, shows a puddle of blood on the sidewalk where Price’s face was resting.

Price had fled after a SWAT team, who had a warrant for his arrest, had been searching his home for drugs on Aug. 7, 2014. The Deputies found him an hour latter in the community of Marion Oaks.

The footage shows Price running before going to the ground on his belly with his hands spread at the sight on an approaching police vehicle. The officers can be seen charging and jumping on top of him when the assault begins.

Watch the raw footage:

The indictment says that deputy Terrell “repeatedly struck, kneed and kicked” Price in the head, neck and shoulder, which caused him bodily injury. He is scheduled to begin appearing in federal court on Feb. 4.

The four other former-deputies involved in the incident have already pleaded guilty to crimes after accepting plea agreements.  Cody Hoppel and Adam Ray Crawford admitted to beating Price, while Trevor Wade Fitzgerald and James Louis Amidei, admitted that they failed to intervene.

Crawford also admitted to obstruction of justice and the four all admitted in court records that Price was not resisting arrest when he was assaulted. In the wake of the encounter, all resigned, and are now scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court on April 20.

The civil rights charges against all five officers stem from the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizure, including unreasonable force. The violations are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.