MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA – Marion County Corrections officer Charles Broaderick was arrested just 13 minutes after he attacked a handcuffed inmate by slamming his head into the wall. The victim James Duckworth was left with a bloody injury that needed stitches and Broaderick is now being charged with assault and has been placed on unpaid leave.
Duckworth had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving but had not been combative during his arrest, even complimenting the officer and referring to him as “gentleman” before the attack.
But Broaderick can be heard projecting a different attitude. The officer can be heard saying: ‘You’re being treated how you’re acting. You’re acting like an [expletive], you’re being treated as an [expletive].’
The entire time, as Duckworth seems to go in and out of consciousness, Broaderick has his fist pushed against the side of the man’s neck, holding him up.
The report also said each of the officers interviewed alleged Duckworth was combative, and either threw something at the officer or initiated the assault, but that video showed exactly what happened. Not once does the report call Duckworth combative.