"Get up, you ain't cripple!"
Deputy Charlette Marshall-Jones, 44, dumped Brian Sterner, 32, out of a wheelchair at the county's booking center in Tampa, FL on Jan. 29. Sterner broke his neck in 1994 and has no feeling in his legs.
He told local TV and MSNBC:
"This deputy ... she looked at me, she didn't believe that I was a quadriplegic, I guess, and she walked behind me with those handles on the back of that hospital-grade wheelchair and she just dumped it straight forward...It’s just like Rodney King got beat on the street and I got thrown out of my wheelchair. It happens to people every day. It’s just now there’s cameras that catch it."
Sheriff David Gee issued a statement apologizing to Sterner and suspended the deputy without pay. Since the incident Marshall-Jones has received harassing calls.