A Florida sheriff’s deputy has been placed on restricted duty after a video emerged showing him dragging a woman through the Broward courthouse hallways by her feet Feb. 23.
Christopher Johnson, who has been with the department for 27 years, is seen in the video pulling Dasyl Jeanette Rios, 28, by the shackles binding her feet together as she screams, “Stop! You’re hurting me! You’re f—ing hurting me! I hate my life! I wish they would kill me already! Why do I have to be alive?”
The video was recorded by Bill Gelin, an attorney who just happened to be in the hallway. Rios was at the courthouse for a mental competency hearing on a misdemeanor case, though she is also in custody for a felony drug possession charge.
Apparently, Rios had been sitting on a bench in the hallway crying before Johnson began to drag her. In the video, Johnson tells Rios that he gave her a chance to stand up and walk on her own. “You didn’t give nobody a chance,” she responds. “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.”
Sheriff Scott Israel made a statement saying that he is concerned because there were better courses of action available to Johnson.
In an incident report, Johnson wrote that Rios was refusing to move and he feared she would cause a scene in a public area.
No news sources have reported on any injuries experienced by Rios; the feet contain 25% of the bones in the human body, as well as numerous muscles, ligaments and nerves. Rios remains in custody without bond, and Johnson has been told to separate himself from all inmates until an internal investigation has been completed.
“The truly disgusting part is, during that entire breakdown, you can hear her telling them she’s mentally ill,” Gelin told the Sun-Sentinel. “There’s no excuse.”