Police Officer Mark Perrin Fired For Excessive Use Of Force-video
Caught On Tape: Sarasota Police Officer Mark Perrin Fired For Excessive Use Of Force Against Special Needs Girl (video)
Sarasota police officer Mark Perrin has been fired for the excessive use of force against a teenage girl with special needs.
Deputy Mark Perrin was fired Wednesday following an internal investigation into allegations that he threw the 17-year-old girl onto a school bus and threatened to shock her with a Taser. The incident was caught on videotape
The incident occurred on December 15 aboard a school bus. Police responded to a call from a Teacher's Aide who requested help after the student threw a plastic bottle and was being physically abusive.
Deputy Mark Perrin can be seen in the video apporaching and talking to the girl.
The teenager, who has not been named in reports, is told to stand up, but refuses.
"I'll snatch your ass out of that seat," the deputy says.
He then grabs the teenager by her sweatshirt and violently throws her across the aisle and face down into another seat. The deputy climbs on top of the teenager's back and struggles to restrain her.
"Put both hands behind your back before I Tase you," he says.
Sarasota Police Department conducted an internal investigation into the incident and the actions of Deputy Mark Perrin.
While this incident is a disgrace, it should only reflect on the deputy himself,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Our agency responded immediately to remove him from duty and thoroughly investigate his actions. This deputy was out of line and his firing should make crystal clear that this type of conduct is not tolerated by this agency.”