38-year-old Officer Timothy James of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department was arrested Saturday after getting violent with a 17-year-old male while arresting him and his brother.
James and his partner Undersheriff Pat Ivey apprehended the brothers, 17-year-old Elias and 18-year-old Abel Campos, outside a Jacksonville gas station. The pair had outstanding warrants for resisting arrest and burglary.
Ivey was verifying the outstanding warrants, when he heard a scuffle break out behind him. He turned to see James engaged in a fist fight with the youngest teen, still in handcuffs, and then the older teen joined in. He immediately ran to break them up.
Ivey ordered the officer to stand down and looked to finish the arrest as quickly as possible, only to find James beating on the 17-year-old again in the back of the police cruiser.
He then arrested James, a three-year veteran of the force, on battery charges.
James claimed the 17-year-old spit on him, triggering the outburst. Ivey sees that as no excuse and deemed his reaction an “inappropriate response.”
“I’m here to tell you I’ve been spit on in this job. I’ve been bitten multiple times. I’ve been hit and kicked,” the undersheriff said.
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This is the seventh member of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department to be arrested this year.
James, who killed a 62-year-old man while driving to a call earlier in May, has previously had 13 complaints against him since 2014, according to the Jacksonville Times Union.
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