Tampa cop fired after dragging woman to jail

A Florida police officer was fired this week after he was filmed dragging a handcuffed woman to jail, authorities said.

Gregory Damon was released Tuesday by the Tampa Police Department following an internal investigation, the agency said.

Damon became the center of a scandal when he and other officers responded to the Tampa Family Health Center on Nov. 17 and arrested a woman who was sleeping outside the property and refused to leave.

The same woman, who has not been identified, had previously been warned and arrested by Damon for trespassing at the same location in October, police said.

Gregory Damon was filmed dragging a handcuffed woman to jail.
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Body camera footage of the woman’s arrival at Orient Road Jail shows her refusing to get out of the police car. He is heard shouting “I want you to drag me!” to Damon, who then grabbed her by the arm and pulled her across the parking lot.

Police said the inmate was not injured in the event.

“Throughout the incident, the woman repeatedly used vulgar and obscene language,” the agency said. “Rather than remaining professional, Damon himself made rude and derogatory comments to the arrestee.”

The woman would have been unharmed.
The woman would have been unharmed.
Tampa Police Department

The TPD was reportedly alerted to Damon’s actions by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He was removed from his post on November 18, pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Professionalism is not only expected, it is required, in every encounter our officers have with the public, that the person arrested be uncooperative or disagreeable in return,” Acting Police Chief Lee Bercaw said.

“The actions of this former officer were unacceptable and are not tolerated in this department, which is why we acted quickly by launching an internal investigation, removing him from duty and ultimately terminating his employment. “

Damon was first employed by TPD in August 2021.
Damon was first employed by TPD in August 2021.
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Prior to his dismissal, Damon had been employed by the force as a patrol officer since August 2016.

Damon’s dismissal is just the latest in a string of scandals for the Tampa Police Department, which made headlines earlier this month when Chief Mary O’Connor showed her name tag to walk out. from a golf cart stop.

O’Connor was then placed on leave pending an investigation. She apologized for her “poor judgment” in a statement.

Damon was first placed on administrative leave.
Damon was first placed on administrative leave.
Tampa Police Department

“I personally called the Pinellas County Sheriff offering to pay for any potential citations,” she said at the time.

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