Seminole Corrections Officer Charged With Misdemeanor Battery on Three Juvenile Inmates: State Attorney
By Space Coast Daily // August 20, 2018
Officer Bell scheduled to appear for arraignment on Sept. 12 at 9 a.m
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA – Seminole County Corrections Officer Deonte Bell has been ordered to appear in front of a judge for three counts of battery after an incident at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on July 12.
A comprehensive investigation into allegations that Bell had applied an inappropriate use of force toward three juvenile inmates charged as adults was conducted by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the findings presented to the Office of the State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit.
“Each day law enforcement professionals face a dangerous and demanding work environment,” said a spokesperson with the Office of the State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit.
“However, the need to respond with appropriate use of force is essential to maintaining the public trust.”
The order was issued after a careful review found sufficient evidence to believe Bell had used physical force not justified by the inmates’ level of resistance.
Bell is scheduled to appear for arraignment on September 12 at 9 a.m. before Judge Mark Herr at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center.
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