The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Stabins. He gets the award for the following.
TAMPA, Fla. - A sheriff's deputy was suspended for manhandling a sobbing woman who was speeding to a hospital to see her ailing father and didn't want to wait for him to write a ticket.Go here if you wish to see the video.
After Deputy Kevin Stabins stopped Melissa Langston a second time in the hospital parking lot, video from his cruiser's dashboard shows him yanking her from her car and slamming her against it.
"Please let me see my dad, " she cries as he handcuffs her. "If it was your dad ..."
Stabins cuts her off, saying, "Now you're not going to see him, 'cause you're going to jail."
Stabins, 29, was suspended for five days without pay for using excessive force. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee signed off on the suspension Tuesday, and Stabins will begin serving it on May 22.
Charges against Langston, 37, were dropped.
"I think (Stabins) understands that he was wrong and could have handled it better," Gee told The Tampa Tribune for Thursday's editions. "On both sides, really, it could have been done better."
Stabins first stopped Langston after clocking her driving 63 mph in a 35-mph zone near University Community Hospital in November.
The video shows her telling the deputy that her father had suffered a heart attack and had driven himself to the emergency room.
Langston was wrong, but Stabins used too much force. If you don't think so fine, but he got suspended by his Police chief. I think that says it all. Maybe there's more and it happened off camera. I'd believe it, the police thinks all of the public they come across are lawbreakers and treat them the same way if its murder or asking for help when your car broke down. I almost got arrested for the later in 2004 by some Palm Beach County idiots, I mean sheriffs. For excessive force during an arrest, Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Stabins is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
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