A police officer in Sarasota, Florida, has been suspended after a video surfaced showing him feeding an intoxicated inmate as if he’s a zoo animal.
In the video, Officer Andrew Halpin can be seen tossing peanuts into inmate Randy Miller’s mouth as Miller sits handcuffed in a chair.
Miller is unable to catch the peanuts in his mouth, so he slumps out of his chair and eats the them from floor while the officer watches. At one point, Halpin kicks the peanuts to the homeless man so he can better reach them.
There is no audio to go with the video, but a source told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Officer Halpin also gave “dog commands” to Miller during the incident, which occurred on July 18.
Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino suspended Halpin after watching the video, and he remains on administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation of his actions.
The video also shows sheriff’s deputies and a Venice police officer watching Halpin taunt the inmate. None of them takes any action to stop Halpin, and the deputies in the video are now also the targets of internal affairs investigations.
A police report from Miller’s arrest states that Halpin spotted the homeless man sitting outside a Sarasota business where he had previously been charged with trespassing.
Mller has been arrested 22 times for various minor crimes since September 2014 remains in custody because he was not able to make bail.
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This story was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.