Fla. deputy fired for slapping inmate in handcuffs

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Palm Beach County Sheriff's
deputy has been fired for slapping a teenage inmate in handcuffs
and then lying about it to investigators.

Deputy Gregoire Morency had worked at the sheriff's office since
November 2007. According to investigators, Morency slapped the
inmate in the face while transporting him in the county jail.

Sheriff's investigators say Morency lied about telling his
sergeant about his use of force. Officials say he was also
neglectful of his duties and used excessive force and profanity.

Another deputy was suspended for five days because he witnessed
the incident but did not report the battery to supervisors or
medical staff.

The 17-year-old is now serving five years in another facility on
burglary and robbery charges.


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