Charges dropped against officer accused of punching teen
Aug. 01, 2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Florida law enforcement officer arrested for punching a handcuffed teenager in the face.
The Florida Times-Union reports prosecutors agreed to drop a misdemeanor battery charge against Timothy James.
James was arrested in June 2017 after a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office colleague reported seeing him repeatedly punch the 17-year-old. James said the teen spat at him, but Undersheriff Pat Ivey said at the time that James' response was inappropriate.
James agreed to resign from the sheriff's office but he will keep his Florida law enforcement certificate. He must pay $170 in fines and complete anger management and 50 hours of community service.
The victim's attorney, John Phillips, said he was disappointed in the prosecutors' decision. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said an internal investigation is pending.
Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com