Tampa police officer fired after dragging woman to jail

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa police officer has been fired after surveillance video showed him dragging a handcuffed woman into jail.

The ruling and the video, according to officials, follow an investigation into the Nov. 17 incident in which Officer Gregory Damon is seen dragging an inmate from his patrol car to the Hill Sborough County Jail Registry.


what you need to know

  • Tampa cop fired after video captures him dragging an inmate into jail
  • In the Nov. 17 video, Officer Gregory Damon can be seen dragging a woman from his patrol car to the Hillsborough County Jail registration room.
  • Interim Police Chief Lee Bercaw said: “Professionalism is not only expected, it is required”

The woman was arrested for trespassing and refusing to leave the property while sleeping outside N. Tampa Family Medical Center on 22nd Street, authorities said.

She refused to get out of the patrol car and yelled “I want you to drag me” when Damon took her to the jail, police said.

The video shows Damon dragging the woman out of the car and to the prison gate. Two deputies then came out and lifted her off the floor.

She was not injured in the incident.

Throughout the incident, the woman used obscene language several times. Damon also made rude and derogatory remarks about the woman, police officials said.

Police officials ruled that Damon violated multiple department policies in registering the inmates, leading to his firing.

“Professionalism is not only expected but required,” said Interim Police Chief Lee Bercaw. “In every encounter our officers have with the public, whether or not the arrestee is uncooperative or unpleasant. Higher standards.

“One man’s actions should not tarnish the work of protecting and serving our city’s nearly 1,000 police officers who on any given day encounter people who choose not to cooperate in the arrest and registration process.”