(TAMPA, FLA) — A police officer of Tampa, Florida was fired from the Tampa Police Department Dec. 27 after surveillance footage captured him dragging a handcuffed woman across a concrete floor into jail.
An internal investigation determined that former officer Gregory Damon violated multiple department policies during a Nov. 17 incident while booking an inmate into the Orient Road Jail, according to a statement released by TPD.
Deputies were called to the Tampa Family Health Center for an individual sleeping outside of the property and refusing to leave. Upon arrival to the scene, they discovered a female who was given a warning on Oct. 19 for trespassing on the same property, stated the department.
She was arrested and transported to the Orient Road Jail by Damon. The woman refused to exit the vehicle and screamed at the officer, “I want you to drag me!”
Damon then pulled the woman’s arms and dragged her across a concrete floor to the entrance of the jail, buzzing for two deputies to assist him.
TPD was notified of the incident from supervisors at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, opening an investigation on Nov. 18. Damon was advised of termination from the TPD on Dec. 27.
“Professionalism is not only expected, it is demanded, in every encounter our officers have with the public, regardless of the arrestee being uncooperative or unpleasant in return. As law enforcement officers, we are held to a higher standard,” said Interim Police Chief Lee Bercaw in a statement. “This former officer’s actions were unacceptable and are not tolerated at this department, which is why we acted swiftly in initiating an internal investigation, relieving him of his duties, and ultimately terminating his employment.”
The female was left uninjured during the incident.
Damon served as a patrol officer with the Tampa Police Department since August 2016.