Saturday, July 30, 2011

Manatee sheriff’s deputy suspended for 86 hours

MANATEE -- A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been suspended for 86 hours without pay after an inmate’s claims that he used derogatory racial language and misused his stun gun were sustained, according to an internal affairs investigation report obtained Friday by the Herald.

The accusations against Deputy Robert Casbarro stemmed from a May 30 incident in which an in- mate alleged Casbarro pointed his electronic weapon toward his back while in a common area of the Manatee County jail, the report stated.

A surveillance video of the incident shows Casbarro and four inmates, and at one point the inmate who filed the charges walks toward a main door with his back facing Casbarro and a seated inmate.

That’s when Casbarro is seen pointing the stun gun at the inmate, causing him to back against a wall, the report said.

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