Sunday, December 11th 2016, 12:02 am EDTSunday, December 11th 2016, 12:03 pm EDTBy Ugochi Iloka, Reporter
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) – A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy is without a job after a troubling video surfaced where you hear what sounds like him beating and tasing Tommy Guyton, a local veteran.
Guyton’s lawyer, Frankie Lee, said when he told the officers he was veteran to stop the abuse, this is what was heard next: “How you like that veteran status, B***h? …Shut the F*** up!”
Guyton’s lawyers said he was at a woman’s house when he fell asleep at her place and was awakened by law enforcement asking for his name. When he wouldn’t tell them who he was, things escalated quickly.
“Tommy Guyton’s is just like any other individual and deserves the respect any other individual should be deserving of,” Lee said.
According to Guyton’s arrest report, he was booked on Nov. 20 last year for multiple charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Recently, he was acquitted of all those charges.
“There are some officers that are out there that shouldn’t be police,” Lee proclaimed.
After the district attorney turned over information to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the department launched an internal investigation into that deputy. They issued a statement saying they have no tolerance for poor, embarrassing behavior from one of their own.
“He’s been traumatized,” Lee said.
Guyton plans on suing the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office for emotional distress.
The same deputy recently fired from the department was sued for excessive force when he worked for Tarrant police in 2012.