A Santa Rosa Correctional Institution officer has been charged for allegedly using excessive force and fracturing an inmate’s jaw and then lying to investigators about the incident.
Quintavia J. Walker faces one count each of battery on an inmate and submitting inaccurate information on a use of force report, according to a Florida Department of Corrections news release.
Walker’s arresting document states the prison’s surveillance footage tells a different story than the one Walker told authorities about the incident on May 22.
Walker told investigators an inmate “cussed him out” about getting salt and pepper and then tried to jerk away from Walker’s hold before the incident. Walker said when the inmate tried to pull away a second time, he used a “simple take-down” to get the inmate to the ground, and he denied using excessive force.
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But prison footage shows the inmate was handcuffed and being escorted across his wing when Walker reached across and grabbed the back of the inmate’s neck and then threw him to the concrete floor, according to the report.
The inmate was unable to break his fall because he was handcuffed from behind, and he suffered an oral maxillofacial fracture.
The inmate’s name is redacted from the arresting document.
The report states it appears the inmate was walking in the same direction as he was being led, and was actively walking just before he was thrown to the ground.
The FDOC release states Walker was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail after his arrest Tuesday, but jail records do not show Walker’s booking information.