Florida deputy fired for repeatedly punching man in handcuffs

Broward Sheriff's Office

A Florida sheriff’s deputy who was captured on camera repeatedly punching a handcuffed man at a county jail in Fort Lauderdale has been fired.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the termination of 26-year-old Kevin Fanti during a press conference on Friday, The Sun-Sentinel reports. His dismissal comes after footage captured at a local county jail showed him punch a handcuffed man five times.

{mosads}“It’s unacceptable,” Tony said, according to the local paper. “There ain’t an excuse for it. There ain’t a policy that I need to see to tell me that was wrong. We don’t strike individuals in handcuffs, and we have to have a better temperament.” 

Tony said that Fanti, who had been hired last year, was still on probation as a road patrol deputy and had not yet been certified as an officer at the time of the incident. 

“What’s unique here is that this young man is on probation and he has failed to meet the standards that I have for all these deputies,” he told reporters. “And so he’s been terminated. He will not have an opportunity to be interviewed by any of my investigators because he didn’t deserve it.”

Although Tony announced Fanti’s firing to the public on Friday, he said he had dismissed the officer on Thursday, shortly after learning of the incident.

Footage of the incident shows Fanti standing in the area of a local jail where Kyle Paul, 19, and other suspects were waiting for admission.

Paul, who was in handcuffs, had also been holding paperwork between his legs while he waited. After the papers dropped at one point, Paul could later be seen pushing them over in Fanti’s direction.

After another officer pulled Paul away, Fanti picked up the paperwork and then shoved them into Paul’s chest. He then proceeded to punch Paul in the face and landed four more blows on the man before he fell to the ground.

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