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Jail deputy fired after flinging inmate to the floor

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A Pinellas deputy was fired last October for using excessive force on an inmate, and the sheriff's office released video of the incident Tuesday.

The video shows Deputy Desmond Quinn grabbing the inmate by the neck and throwing him to the ground.

The inmate, 22-year-old David Fowler, had been arrested earlier on a charge of driving under the influence.

In the video, Quinn removes handcuffs from Fowler, who was complaining about pain from them.

Fowler then complains to another deputy on the other side of the desk that Quinn is intentionally hurting him. He then raises his hand to point at Quinn.

"Anytime you put your hand up at me, I'm gonna take it down," Quinn says to Fowler.

"It wouldn't surprise me," Fowler responds.

The deputy then handcuffs Fowler again, and removes his necklace.

The two continue to exchange words.

"I put my pants on the same way you do, I'm not intoxicated and you gotta cause me pain," Fowler says.

The two exchange some more unintelligible words, then Quinn grabs Fowler's neck, throws him against the desktop, and then throws him to the ground.

Several deputies then surround Fowler, who begins crying and yelling. After several minutes, the deputies pick him up and take him away.

Quinn later told investigators he reacted the way he did because he thought Fowler was getting ready to spit in his face, and he was trying to turn his head away.

"I didn't know if spit was gonna come out of his -- a bunch of spit was gonna come out of his mouth or if he was just blowing, like that, at the moment," Quinn told investigators, according to the sheriff's office report.

But in the same interview, Quinn said what happened was "unprofessional."

"…if I could do it again some other kind of way, I would do it again, you know. I wouldn't go that route at all," Quinn said.

According to the report, Quinn had been suspended one other time for use of excessive force when he tipped over an inmate in a wheelchair who he said was trying to kick another deputy.

On another occasion, the report says Quinn violated policy by not completing a series of jailhouse checks on time.

Quinn had been with the sheriff's office since 2007.

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