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Deputy Terminated Over Use of Force Incident

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Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO Phone: (608) 284-6142


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On January 4, 2011 around 7:00 p.m., officers from the Madison Police Department arrested a man in the 400 block of State Street.  On the request of the Madison officer, the Dane County Public Safety Communications Center notified booking staff that the arrested person had been physically uncooperative and they may need assistance upon their arrival at the jail. 


Five Dane County Sheriff’s deputies who were working in the Public Safety Building jail met the two MPD officers in the vehicle sally port.  The arrested person, who was handcuffed with his hands behind his back, was violently striking his head against the barred rear window of the Madison squad.  Deputies removed the arrested person from the squad car and while he was still handcuffed, placed him into a chair specifically designed to restrain violent individuals.


Deputies secured the man’s shoulders to the chair and were attempting to secure his waist and feet while the man resisted by bucking his hips and attempting to kick a deputy.  In response to this behavior, one deputy delivered punches and elbow strikes to man’s midsection.  The man stopped resisting shortly after he was struck and deputies were then able to completely secure him to the chair.


The man was transported to a local hospital on the following shift and was admitted due to the injuries he sustained as a result of the deputy’s use of force.


Sheriff’s Officials learned of the incident upon the man’s complaint of injury and conducted a preliminary investigation.  On January 6, 2011, the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a thorough internal investigation into the incident.


It was determined the force used was excessive and deputy’s actions violated Dane County Sheriff’s Office Regulations and Civil Service Work Rules.  On May 25, 2011, the deputy was terminated from employment with the Sheriff’s Office.  


The deputy had worked for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office since January of 2007.


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