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Pinellas deputy fired after unnecessary use of force on handcuffed woman

Surveillance video from the Pinellas County Jail shows Deputy Amy Gee chocking the neck of a handcuffed woman. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
Surveillance video from the Pinellas County Jail shows Deputy Amy Gee chocking the neck of a handcuffed woman. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
Published Apr. 6, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — A Pinellas County deputy who helped process inmates at the jail was fired Friday after an investigation found she unnecessarily broke the arm of a handcuffed woman.

The incident stemmed from the arrest of Marie Butler, 54, on Jan. 8. Responding to calls of a possible domestic disturbance, Largo police charged Butler after finding her drunk and shouting profanities in the 400 block of 16th Avenue. Shortly after arriving at the Pinellas County jail, Butler was asked by Deputy Amy Gee to take a booking photo.

According to investigators, Butler ignored the deputy's instructions to look at the camera and requests for her name. As the two stood at a counter, video surveillance footage shows Gee choking Butler's neck and then slamming her to the ground.

A bone in Butler's left arm was fractured in the fall, investigators said. A recent administrative review concluded that Gee's use of force violated departmental policy.

Gee, 37, had worked for the Sheriff's office since February 2014 with no previous disciplinary actions.

She didn't respond to calls and emailed requests for comment.