TAMPA — Nearly four years after a deputy dumped a quadriplegic man out of a wheelchair as he was being booked into jail, the man's federal complaint is headed for mediation.
Brian Sterner gained national attention after a jail video captured a detention deputy ejecting him from his wheelchair on Jan. 29, 2008. He was being booked on a charge of fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.
The detention deputy, Charlette Marshall-Jones, later was arrested on a charge of abuse of a disabled person.
In October, Sterner filed suit against Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, whose office runs the jails, asserting violations of his constitutional rights.
On Dec. 22, court records show, a judge ordered the dispute sent to mediation. The judge said the two sides have until October.