An investigation has been launched after surveillance footage from within a Florida corrections facility showed a deputy. Complex reports on 8th Sep 2020, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Terrance Devon Reed III, the 17-year-old featured in the video, was shown getting into a rough with corrections deputy, Neil Pizzo. The incident went down at the Sarasota County Juvenile Assessment Center, and after seeing the footage, Sheriff Tom Knight opened an investigation and has placed the deputy on leave.
"I feel disappointment. I feel that I am disappointed in what I saw,” Knight explained. “In an abundance of caution I put him Pizzo on administrative duty. Tmz told on 7th Sep 2020, At first blush, it’s the first thing you’re going to see as a reporter; something went wrong." As seen in the clip, which doesn't feature any audio, Pizzo and Reed speak for a few moments before the deputy motions toward the teenager before walking over to him.
It happens relatively quickly, but shortly after standing in front of Reed, there's a change in bodylanguage from both of them. Reed appears to jump to his feet, bowing his arms to the side, and the deputy subsequently grabs Reed's neck and strikes him in the face. The two begin a struggle, while Deputy Earl Matthews arrives as Pizzo throws Reed to the floor and restrains him.
Reed was took into custody and charged with contempt of court, possession of substance, and selling it within 1,000 feet of a church. He's only helped off of his feet one minute and 40 seconds into the video. Due to the wounds he sustained during the incident, he was later taken to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment. Knight has expressed his concern that there was no attempt to de-escalate the situation.
"We are responsible for de-escalating the situation,” Knight added. “Was the de-escalation practice put into play there? … If a deputy is trying to de-escalate and you go hands on and you have a confrontation, what did he attempt to do prior to the physical confrontation to prevent it from happening?" You can check here for video.
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