Florida Deputy Sues Federal Agents for Injuring him after Blowing Horn at them

The ATF agents said they were justified in putting a gun to his face because they had no way of knowing he was a cop.

We've all heard the story before. A citizen pulls up behind a cop sitting inside an idling car and blows the horn, perhaps not realizing he is a cop, resulting in either a citation an arrest or a beatdown.

But here we have a Florida sheriff's deputy who pulled up behind a pair of federal Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive agents who were parked in the middle of the road in an unmarked SUV and blew the horn before driving around them in his unmarked department SUV.

The federal agents then pulled him over and put a gun to his face while roughing him up, leaving him with injuries that kept him out of work for four months.

This is how Monroe County Sheriff's Sergeant Mark Jones described the incident to WSVN, which broke the story today.

“The guy put his gun within inches of my face. Cussing, using profanity the entire time. They threw me over the hood. They put my arm behind my back, and took my wrist up to the back of my neck. I knew the second they injured me.”

"They were on a mission. Their mission was ‘Teach this guy a lesson for honking his horn. We’re federal agents. How dare you?’ I went from being able to help people to being beat up by other law enforcement.”

"I have worked with the best men and women in law enforcement, and to see what just happened to me has changed me forever. OK, I see what good is, and I have seen what evil looks like behind a badge.”

Jones said the incident left him traumatized and skeptical of law enforcement. He wanted the agents, Luis Arias and Jason Wilson, charged but prosecutors refused so now he is suing.

The incident took place two years in the Florida Keys in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The federal agents and the deputy were all helping with the recovery effort when Jones pulled up behind the feds and blew the horn.

Jones said he kept telling them he was with the sheriff's office but they didn't seem to believe him. A witness who recorded part of the incident said the agents were overly aggressive towards Jones.

”If you ask me, personally, it was uncalled for, to the extent where he pushed the suspect or the other officer up against the vehicle, had his arm under control behind his back, shoved him down on the vehicle. At one point, guns were drawn.”

However, attorneys for the agents said he was deserving of the beatdown because they were not sure if he was a deputy, admitting that this is routine behavior although it is highly unconstitutional.

"In the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane, the SAs were justified in drawing their weapons and placing hands on Jones until they could positively establish that he was a member of the MCSO," the ATF attorney wrote in a motion to dismiss.

Comments (8)
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Bob G
Bob G

OK, 'splain to me zackly how ATF is tasked with hurricane recovery. It's not like they're FEMA.

Toothbrush Bandit
Toothbrush Bandit

"Jones said the incident left him traumatized and skeptical of law enforcement"

Gee, I wonder what that's like

Paulina-
Paulina-

“The guy put his gun within inches of my face. Cussing, using profanity the entire time. They threw me over the hood. They put my arm behind my back, and took my wrist up to the back of my neck. "

Hey. Welcome to our world.

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supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

it is nice to see them eat there own! so if we get enough of these, maybe thy will stop doing this shit to us! then maybe we can take them off the terrorist watch list!

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

it doesn't matter if he is or isn't a cop, assaulting some one for honking there horn is a crime! when piggys claim that using your horn is a crime, thy are making shit up to justify there violent acts against those that thy are supposed to protect and serve! these atf faggots need to go to prison! if thy are willing to do this shit to a cop, then just think what thy would do to one of use!

Carlosgonzo
Carlosgonzo

I hate cop no matter what good cop bad cop they all the same like to kill

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

What? I cant believe they would do something like that. Abuse a detained suspect? Well I never