Pinellas deputy fired, arrested for kicking inmate who gave cookie to bird

A detention deputy for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is off the job after an incident in jail.

Deputies say the deputy was terminated and arrested for battery on an inmate at the Pinellas County Jail.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says Deputy James Moran was terminated after telling an inmate to drop and push-ups, then kicking the inmate as he was doing the push-ups. The incident was caught on a camera that was inside the jail. Sheriff Gualtieri released that video during a news conference Tuesday.

Sheriff Gualtieri says the inmate was booked into jail last July for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence. He was later sentenced to 364 days. In October, the man signed up for inmate worker status and was on a work crew assigned to the kitchen area.

On Jan. 11, the inmate was working in the kitchen and taking food that had been thrown away out to a dumpster. When they got out to the loading dock, Sheriff Gualtieri says the inmate took a cookie and tossed it to a bird that was landing on top of the dumpster.

"For most people - anyone who's got any dose of common sense, reality, perspective - it's no big deal. Whatever. The inmate fed a cookie that was going into the dumpster to a bird," Gualtieri said. "But apparently all those things I just described, Deputy James Moran doesn't have. So he called out and used profanity, asking the inmate workers who had tossed the cookie to the bird."

When the inmate who did it came forward, Gualtieri says Deputy Moran used profanity again and ordered the inmate to come over and "drop and give him 50."

"So he was going to punish the inmate for feeding the cookie to the bird by making him do 50 push-ups," Gualtieri said.

Video shows the inmate get down and start doing push-ups. Sheriff Gualtieri says the inmate was "simply exhausted" after doing more than 20 of them and stopped, putting himself in a plank position.

That's when the sheriff says Deputy Moran kicked the inmate in the side.


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