Some people, like this officer who restrains and beats the very people he is supposed to protect, are a disgrace to the human race. At the beginning of the video, you can see him punching a person that appears to be in 4 point restraints, bound to a table. At the end of the video you can see him stand on this handcuffed man’s neck and use all his force to push down on his spine as he stands on one leg. The 3 other officer were just standing around, totally indifferent to the abuse of this inmate.
Not only should he be fired and locked in a cage for the safety and protection of civilized society, so too should the other sheriff’s deputies, who stood there and did nothing as this thug used his badge and costume to abuse a helpless person. Why would they not help the inmate, a fellow human being despite his conviction for a (likely victimless) crime, or report this corrupt officer for his vile abuse. A cover up? The blue wall of silence? Come to your own conclusion.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced today that Kevin Gerster, the former Maricopa County detention officer seen on security video punching two restrained inmates, has been charged with several crimes for his alleged misdoings while a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
In total, Gerster faces five counts of aggravated assault for the jail beat downs, and two counts of computer tampering for allegedly using a jail database to get the home address of a former inmate. He gave the address to a friend, Dennis McCarty, who then used the information to find the former inmate and assault him because he was dating McCarty’s estranged wife.
While it certainly sounds like the authorities have done the right thing by arresting and charging him like the criminal he is, they seem be having some “technical difficulties” in pursuing their case against him. Turns out, no charges have been filed at all! Go figure that this is happening in Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jurisdiction.
There was some confusion over whether the County Attorney’s Office planned to charge Gerster at all thanks to an announcement from the Maricopa County Superior Court earlier this week saying “charges against MCSO Detention Officer Kevin Gerster were not filed by County Attorney’s office. Preliminary Hearing was scratched and the case will be removed from the HP list unless new charges are filed.”
As Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, told New Times earlier this week, the announcement from the Superior Court is a bit misleading. All it meant, Cobb said, was that charges hadn’t been filed yet.