Hernando County, FL -- Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Timothy Bammert committed such a brutal act of assault that it made a fellow officer cross the thin blue line to turn him in.
Had the good cop not blown the whistle on this 25-year veteran of the sheriff's office, no one would have ever seen the surveillance video of Bammert savagely beating a handcuffed suspect.
However, despite the good cop's bravery, and the department seeing this video, Bammert won't receive so much as a slap on the wrist.
In February, Bammert and other officers had pulled over a man for suspicion of DUI. After the suspect is handcuffed and placed in the back of the patrol car, without incident, he becomes agitated at the alleged abuse of his spouse.
“Leave my old lady alone,” the man screams in protest as he flails around in the back of the police car.
At this point, Bammert, seemingly unable to control himself, opens the door and says, “Keep beating on the car again pal and see what happens to your f****** head."
The man only attempts to dodge the sergeant's efforts to assault him when he is punched and dragged from the vehicle. After the man, who is entirely restrained, is dragged from the vehicle, Bammert continues his assault.
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"Police brutality!" yells the victim as Bammert can be heard laying into him over and over off camera. "I can't breathe!" exclaims the man.
“No one deserves to be treated like that,” Hernando County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Denise Moloney said. “The only way we heard about it was from the employee.”
In spite of his own department admitting that he violated several policies and used excessive force, Bammert was allowed to quietly retire last month - during the investigation.
Upon his retirement, the state attorney's office announced that they will not file any criminal charges and Bammert is allowed to keep his entire pension.
“The actions in the back of a patrol car that day are not how we conduct business here,” Moloney said. “All of us know what’s expected of us here.”
If only Moloney and police departments nationwide would practice what they preach.
In police state USA, you can beat a handcuffed man on video, be turned in by your fellow employee, have your employers admit what you did was illegal, and you can escape all accountability because of the thin blue line.