A video has gone viral of a sheriff's deputy harassing and calling a Black man "boy" before choking him.
The Florida official was recently put under investigation following the review of disturbing body-cam footage.
In the video, the officer can be seen approaching the Allen Floyd who was sat on the steps holding a baby.
The incident which took place at the Red Carpet Inn in July 2017, after Broward County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an intoxicated woman who had allegedly broken a hotel TV. It was reported that the woman had been minding Floyd’s, nine-month-old baby.
Deputy James Cady approaches Floyd, who was not suspected of any crimes and asks to see his identification. Floyd asks why his identification is needed and does proceed to tell the aggressive officer his name.
Cady then threatens to arrest Floyd for not showing ID and to have the baby taken away by child protective services.
“Quit f*cking with me, boy!” he can be heard yelling.
“I’m going to f*ck you up.” Floyd then stands, telling the officer not to call him "boy," when the officer grabs his throat, pushes him against a car while another cop grabs his crying baby.
Floyd was not arrested and Floyd did not file a complaint. The video as unearthed by Broward County public defenders who were viewing the footage in defense of the woman who is awaiting trial.
“This video depicts a clear display of police abuse,” public defenders Howard Finkelstein and Gordon Weekes wrote in a letter on Jan. 31 to Sheriff Gregory Tony according to Florida's Sun Sentinel
“Deputy Cady’s verbal assault coupled with him choking an otherwise cooperative bystander can only be characterized as unlawful touching…In addition, Deputy Cady’s use of the term ‘Boy’ is offensive, condescending and demeaning…Abusive conduct of this sort is unacceptable.”
Tony replied on Feb. 1. “Thank you for bringing this matter that occurred in July 2017 to my attention,” he wrote. “A cursory search of our system shows that no complaint was made prior to receiving your letter. Our Division of Internal Affairs will provide you a response upon conducting a thorough examination.”
Cady has reportedly been investigated for troubling behavior in the past and his agency had to pay a $350,000 settlement back in 2013 after a local couple accused him of wrongfully arresting them.
In 2011, a man was also awarded $250,000 by a federal jury after he sued Cady for a wrongful arrest. Cady was also accused of tasering the woman's husband, tackling him, and beating him in front of his children.