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FBI reviewing excessive force case involving Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy

Posted: 8:38 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-16 01:38:31Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office deputy resigned earlier this month after being involved in an incident fellow deputies called “unprofessional" on a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2019, at the main KCATA bus depot at 10th and Main streets in downtown Kansas City, according to a release Friday night from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The case was forwarded to the FBI for review Friday, according to the release.

The deputy was attempting to get an uncooperative intoxicated person off of a city bus.

When the party did not respond to verbal commands, the deputy pulled the person by the arm, causing the person to fall to the floor. That led to a chain of events wherein the deputy tased the person seven times and used his fist to strike the person several additional times.

It wasn’t until a civilian entered the bus that the deputy was able to get the person off the floor and off the bus.

The deputy was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident, which was witness by several other responding deputies who filed reports with their supervisor that recognized "the unprofessional behavior displayed by the Deputy."

The deputy resigned on March 8 and information regarding the incident was forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor's OPffice and County Counselor's Office for review of possible charges.

"The actions of this Deputy is not reflective of the mission of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office nor is it reflective of our dedicated members," the release said.