CCTV Captures 5 Sheriffs Deputies Beating a Man Who Surrendered

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Derrick Price

CCTV footage captures the moments when Derrick Price tries to surrender to Florida deputies who then brutally beat him.

The video was released Wednesday by the state attorney of Marion County, Florida when former sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell was indicted by a federal grand jury for using excessive force during the 2014 arrest.

U.S. Justice officials noted that Terrell was one of five white law enforcement officers who were involved in the beating of Derrick Price, a black man.

Unlike the four other officers involved, Terrell does not punch or kick Mr. Price, instead he stands right over the other four deputies and does not appear to make any attempt to stop the assault. Terrell’s attorney Charles Holloman said his client’s case would go to trial as his situation differed from the guilty officers.

Trevor Fitzgerald, James Amideo, Cody Hoppel and Adam Crawford are the four other former deputies involved. All of whom have already pleaded guilty and await sentencing for Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law; specifically, failure to intervene to stop the assault, resulting in bodily injury to Price. Both Hoppel and Amideo were also found to have submitted falsified reports, one that included a charge for resisting arrest. Amidei additionally made false statements to Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators while under oath.

The federal felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release of not more than 3 years, and a special assessment of $100 per felony count, the Ocala Post reports.

Price, along with his attorney, has stated numerous times that if the businesses had not captured the beating, the deputies probably would have gone unpunished since they were not wearing body cameras.

The incident happened in August of 2014 when deputies were conducting an operation that included serving multiple search warrants. Derrick Price had a warrant for a probation violation. Price initially ran from the deputies and then decided to surrender by throwing his arms in the air, kneeling on the ground while his hands remained raised, and laying flat on the ground with his arms stretched out, palms facing down.

CCTV captures the moments that followed when four deputies are seen piling out of the truck and savagely punching and kicking Price as he lies face down on the ground. One officer is seen kneeing Price in the ribs a dozen times.

Full video contains footage from two CCTV cameras and one from a deputies body cam added at the end.

Records stated that at no time was any force necessary to be used upon Price once [he]surrendered, other than to place handcuffs on him.

Court documents note, “[Price] did not spit, kick, strike, move, threaten, or resist officers in any way. Price was compliant and immobilized during the entire time of the beating.”

Knowing that the beating was wrong and could subject all the deputies to liability and/or prosecution, Fitzgerald submitted falsified reports in an attempt to cover up the fact that they had violated the law.

While Cody Hoppel was pleading guilty to his part in the beating of Derrick Price he also plead guilty to the beating of a Williston man in an unrelated case.

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