Joe Arpaio's Jail Beat-Downs: Detention Officer Resigns Amid Assault Charges

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Kevin Gerster is no longer a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
A detention officer in one of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails has resigned after being charged with assault for beating up two jail inmates.

Officer Kevin Gerster, the Sheriff's Office confirms to New Times, has resigned after being charged with assault earlier this week.

Gerster, as you may recall, starred in a jail surveillance video of him beating up on two inmates, which the sheriff was kind enough to show the media (New Times included!) on Monday. As we pointed out earlier this week, possible federal indictments have done wonders for Arpaio in the transparency department.

In one instance, Gerster is seen in the video jumping on a table and stepping on the neck of a fully restrained inmate as the inmate's head was placed (then slammed) on the table. Then he punched him in the head four times.

In a second instance, inmate Michael Flores is seen chained to a bed in a cell after it was claimed he was aggressive with deputies and banged his head against a wall. As dictated by jail policy, Gerster was monitoring the bound inmate from behind a desk just outside of the open cell.

"He was probably mouthing off," Chief Jerry Sheridan, chief of custody for the county's jails, said at the press conference.

Out of nowhere, Gerster jumps from his chair, tosses the desk aside, goes into the cell, and punches Flores in the face.

Three days after he was released, Flores went to a hospital and was found to have a broken jaw (he's now suing the county). He told hospital staff about his time as a guest of the county, and they called the Sheriff's Office, which opened an investigation into the alleged assault (it should be noted it's unclear how the inmate's jaw was broken -- he was banging his own head against a wall and was free for three days before going to the hospital. But he was punched in the face by a detention officer).

Gerster's been charged with aggravated assault.

Get more details on the alleged assaults here.

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XSoldier
XSoldier

What's sad is that if the Flaccid Fool of MCSO had taken this new "approach" all along and conceded that his officers are violent and out of control, and ridded the MCSO of them, I can almost bet that Scott Norberg would still be alive and Maricopa County taxpayers wouldn't have had to pay around $45M in lawsuit payouts and settlements.

Speaking of, did anyone read in I think Wednesday or Thursday's Arizona Republic how Judge Donahoe, Mundell, Baca, Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson, and Stapley's executive assistant, Susan Schuerman, filed full on lawsuits against the Flaccid Fool and his mentally unstable right nut, Candy Ass Thomas?

Candy says "Any attempt to settle these cases without giving Sheriff Arpaio and me a chance to defend ourselves and finally be able to question these individuals under oath would be a fraud on the taxpayers."

Here's the truth, Candy: The only 'fraud' on the taxpayers that I can see is that voters were stupid enough to elect you not once but twice, and our continued stupidity at electing the Flaccid Fool into office.

I can bet that all plaintiffs will walk away millionaires by the juries in those cases.

I wonder when Judge Fields, Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, Don Stapley, Conley Wolfswinkel and Lisa Aubuchon will file their lawsuits?

Mr. Burke and Monty better get these two very real threats, even more than Julian Assange, indicted and perp-walked very quickly.

elsid
elsid

...new times allowed to participate with other journalistic outlets...GREAT...maybe chief sheridan will bring back "objectivity" to mcso...it is about time...i was transported by gester one time and he was a total asshole...when it came to my medical history he was ready to punch me for telling the intake nurse about my type II diabetes...he was pissed becasue he could not get off duty until i was cleared...he pulled me to the side and told me i should of lied about my medical history and he should "beat the diabetes out of you (me) with my (his) fist"...what a jerk...i hope he gets what he deserves...

elsid56
elsid56

...new times allowed to participate with other journalistic outlets...GREAT...maybe chief sheridan will bring back "objectivity" to mcso...it is about time...i was transported by gester one time and he was a total asshole...when it came to my medical history he was ready to punch me for telling the intake nurse about my type II diabetes...he was pissed becasue he could not get off duty until i was cleared...he pulled me to the side and told me i should of lied about my medical history and he should "beat the diabetes out of me with my (his) fist"...what a jerk...i hope he gets what he deserves...

Elsidapps
Elsidapps

...new times allowed to participate with other journalistic outlets...GREAT...maybe chief sheridan will bring back "objectivity" to mcso...it is about time...i was transported by gester one time and he was a total asshole...when it came to my medical history he was ready to punch me for telling the intake nurse about my type II diabetes...he was pissed becasue he could not get off duty until i was cleared...he pulled me to the side and told me i should of lied about my medical history and he should "beat the diabetes out of me with my (his) fist"...what a jerk...i hope he gets what he deserves...

BalderTFlagass
BalderTFlagass

Why is it that all of Joe's arrested police officers look like gym teachers with guns yet that old fat bastard looks like a flaccid fool? I remember why - nickel bag Joe was nothing more than a piss stain on a regular police officer's uniform.

Gerster is another POS former LEO who will move somewhere and be there local LEO terrorist.

Anon
Anon

He should have been fired!! This decision sends a terrible message about one set of rules for one group and another for the "people".

Soul Alibi
Soul Alibi

The Flaccid Old Fool is clearly employing criminals in his KKKorrupt organization. We are still waiting fot the F.B.I. to arrest that joKKKer, before things go down hill and amok.

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