Video of an inmate taking repeated blows to the head inside a Broward County jail cell has newly been released.
The incident happened nearly a year ago, but it has not been exposed until now.
It was December 22, 2019 inside the North Broward Bureau Jail in Pompano Beach.
Surveillance video shows Broward Sheriff’s Office Detention Deputy Wayne Mayberry entering the screen with a female inmate.
The deputy and inmate appear to be grabbing each other’s clothes as she’s pushed into her cell.
This is what the video captures next.
Deputy Mayberry swings at the inmate. He then punches her 13 times in rapid succession, using both his right and left fists before throwing her on the floor.
The video ends outside the cell after another deputy closes the door and Mayberry bends over one hand over his eye.
The video is very concerning,” said former police chief Chet Epperson. “We have a rather large correctional officer, who is striking the head of a very small woman.”
A woman who is just 4 feet, 11 inches tall.
Deputy Mayberry’s report offers a glimpse into what, he said, happened prior to what we see on video.
After a verbal exchange about a washcloth, he said the inmate “became belligerent.”
When she didn’t comply with orders “to go back to her room,” the deputy stated he “took hold of her right shoulder sleeve.”
That’s when Mayberry wrote she “forcefully struck me in the face and throat, causing my eyeglasses to be knocked off my face” and yelled “I’m going to kill you!”
Two other inmates gave witness statements saying she went after the deputy, one writing she “hit him in the face multiple times.”
“If I’m escorting the person into the cell, the simple thing to do is just to push that inmate into the cell and close the door. You try to avoid force at all costs,” said Epperson.
Instead, at the cell door, Mayberry wrote she “spit in my face, eyes and mouth” … “gouged something into my right eye” and said he was “in fear of my life.”
The deputy said he “started hitting her with a closed hammer fist as fast as I could not knowing what I was hitting.”
BSO said they conducted a thorough review of the incident, including the surveillance video, and in a statement said: “Multiple reviews of the incident, including a preliminary review by BSO’s division of internal affairs, identified no misconduct by Deputy Mayberry…”
BSO provided pictures and said “Deputy Mayberry suffered serious injuries and required medical treatment at a hospital.”
The 22-year-old woman is accused of hurting another corrections officer in March at the same jail, a facility primarily for mentally ill and special needs inmates.
That case is being handled in Broward mental health court.
The inmate was not charged in the incident with Deputy Mayberry.
BSO says whether to charge is at the discretion of the deputy, and it’s not uncommon for deputies assaulted by inmates to decline to file criminal charges because of mental health concerns at this jail.