Deputy charged in inmate abuse

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A detention deputy for Florida’s Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is off the job after an incident in jail.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says Deputy James Moran was terminated after telling an inmate to drop and do push-ups, then kicking the inmate as he was doing the push-ups. The incident was caught on a camera that was inside the jail. Sheriff Gualtieri released that video during a news conference Tuesday.

On Jan. 11, the inmate was working in the kitchen and taking food that had been thrown away out to a dumpster. When they got out to the loading dock, Sheriff Gualtieri says the inmate took a cookie and tossed it to a bird that was landing on top of the dumpster.

“For most people – anyone who’s got any dose of common sense, reality, perspective – it’s no big deal. Whatever. The inmate fed a cookie that was going into the dumpster to a bird,” Gualtieri said. “But apparently all those things I just described, Deputy James Moran doesn’t have. So he called out and used profanity, asking the inmate workers who had tossed the cookie to the bird.”

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