After body camera was released showing a Florida deputy verbally assaulting a Black father and grabbing his neck in a curse-filled tirade, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced they have launched an internal investigation into the case of Deputy James Cady.
A complaint was filed against Cady by the Broward Public Defender’s Office on behalf of Allen Floyd, the Black man who said he was choked by the officer who reportedly has a sordid history of making false arrests, The Daily Beast reports.
“This video depicts a clear display of police abuse,” public defender Howard Finkelstein wrote in a Jan. 30 letter to the sheriff’s office. “Deputy Cady’s verbal assault coupled with him choking an otherwise cooperative bystander can only be characterized as an unlawful touching.”
In the video from Cady’s body camera, it reportedly shows Floyd holding his infant as Cady questioned him about whether he was staying in a “separate” room at the Red Carpet Inn as he demanded his ID.
Florida @BrowardSheriff cop with history of making false arrests harasses, curses at black father calmly holding his baby, repeatedly calls him "boy." SEE FULL VIDEO AT https://t.co/oRNcDRb0JH pic.twitter.com/a5fYB8AoK8
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) February 9, 2019
Floyd responded: “For what,” while sitting on a sidewalk. He then shows Cady cellphone pictures of his son to prove he’s the father. “I’m not going to show you my ID.”
“Quit fucking with me, boy!” Cady shot back in the video. He also threatened to call child services on the father.
“I’m going to fuck you up.”
The public defender stated in his letter: “Cady’s use of the term ‘boy’ is offensive, condescending and demeaning. It carries racial connotations when used while addressing an adult black male.”
Floyd was reportedly at the hotel in question with a woman Johnnymae Dardy and his 9-month-old baby. Cady responded to a call after it had been reported that a woman had broken a television.
The Broward Public Defender’s Office is also representing Dardy, after she was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and child neglect.
“We were shocked to see what else was on the body cam,” Finkelstein told The Daily Beast Saturday. “Immediately, we took action to help Allen Floyd.”
Finklestein said Cady aggressively dealt with Floyd even after he tried to “de-escalate” and told the deputy his name and to “look [him] up.”
“If you lie to me one time, I’m taking your ass to jail,” Cady replies. “You understand me?”
After Floyd questioned Cady about “yelling” at him, and requested that he stop calling him “boy” Cady reportedly grabbed his arm.
“The officer then grabs him by his neck while he’s holding a 9-month-old child in his hands, and pushes him against the car, and at no point in time does Mr. Floyd respond in an aggressive manner,” Gordon Weekes, executive chief of Broward Public Defender’s Office, said in a statement.
The video shows Floyd with his arms stretched out wide.
“I don’t want no problems with y’all,” Floyd says. “You are standing there calling me boy, grabbing me by my neck.’”
Floyd told The Daily Beast on Saturday that he was afraid to initially seek legal action because he feared losing custody of his son.
“I just wanted to forget and have no trouble with the police department,” Floyd said. “The situation was hurtful, and I didn’t want to cause attention to myself in case they took my son away. But when you call a black man boy, it’s like you’re degrading his character.”
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a letter on February 1, to the Public Defender’s Office that an investigation is underway.
“Thank you for bringing this matter that occurred in July 2017 to my attention,” Tony said. “A cursory search of our system shows that no complaint was made prior to receiving your letter. Our Division of Internal Affairs will provide you a response upon conducting a thorough examination.”