The Monroe County Sheriff fired a corrections officer who fractured an inmate’s nose and orbital bone during a Jan. 31 altercation in which three corrections officers attempted to move the inmate from his holding cell to a medical cell due to health issues.
Sheriff Ruben Marté ordered an investigation after reviewing bodycam footage of the altercation and decided to fire corrections officer James Mitchell, according to Fox 59.
Footage shows Mitchell punching the inmate in the head while the other two officers hold the inmate down.
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The altercation began when the inmate threatened violent actions for several minutes if the officers removed him, according to the footage. The officers entered the cell to restrain the inmate who resisted and injured Mitchell’s lip in the process. Mitchell retaliated by striking the inmate’s head several times before being told to leave the room by the other corrections officers.
According to court documents, Mitchell does not face any criminal charges.