Deputy Dragged Woman – Watch : Fla. cop drags mentally ill woman by her feet through courthouse

Deputy Dragged Woman - Watch : Fla. cop drags mentally ill woman by her feet through courthouse

A sheriff’s deputy is on restricted duty after officials say he dragged a mentally incompetent woman by the shackles around her ankles through a courthouse hallway.

Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Christopher Johnson, who joined the department in 1988, was recorded pulling Dasyl Jeanette Rios, 28, by the chain binding her feet together on the floor of the Broward courthouse Monday.

“I am concerned by the way the deputy handled this situation, because there were other courses of action he could have taken,” Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said. “Internal Affairs has initiated a complete and comprehensive investigation, and the deputy has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome.”

The incident was caught on a mobile camera by attorney Bill Gelin, who was in the hallway during the incident. Witnesses and some who saw the video afterward decried the deputy’s conduct as inhumane.

Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein called it criminal.

Rios was in court before Judge Kal Le Var Evans for a mental competency hearing on misdemeanor charges. After her hearing was over, she was heard arguing with a female deputy in the courtroom.

Johnson then intervened and escorted Rios into the hallway. Once there, Rios sat on a bench and started to cry. He then grabbed her and started dragging her through the hallway, according to Assistant Public Defender Lynn DeSanti, who is married to Gelin.

“This is just barbarism,” said Gelin. “The truly disgusting part is, during that entire breakdown, you can hear her telling them she’s mentally ill. There’s no excuse.”

In the video, Rios can be heard screaming “Stop! You’re hurting me! … I hate my life! I wish they would kill me already! Why do I have to be alive?”

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes — cry. That’s all I wanted to do was cry for a few minutes,” she says.

The video ends with Rios getting dragged through the doorway screaming “No! No! No!”

This follows another videotaped incident in Florida showing a homeless man being pushed and slapped by a police officer before being arrested. Police officials said Tuesday that they’re looking into possible criminal charges against Officer Victor Ramirez.

Police brutality and the unnecessary use of heavy-handed tactics, as well as the racial profiling of some minorities, is a major concern across the US.