JSO Officer Arrested After Punching Handcuffed Suspect Who Spit On Him

Apr 1, 2021

A 28-year-old police officer is under arrest after a handcuffed man was struck after a spitting incident outside an Arlington pool room, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reported Alexander G. Grant, a five-year veteran of the force, was charged with battery Thursday, attributing the information to the Sheriff's Office.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday at the Poker Room at 201 Monument Road, where Grant was working as off-duty security, Undersheriff Pat Ivey said. He was told that a customer in the parking lot was making threats to shoot up the business.

The man was handcuffed and put in a cruiser to face charges of making threats, Ivey said. Grant rolled down the window to read the suspect his rights. That's when the suspect spit in Grant's face, and the officer opened the back door and hit him "more than once," Ivey said. 

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