Sgt. Christopher Mecca
A sergeant with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Workplace has been arrested and has resigned after reportedly utilizing a stun gun on an restrained Black inmate on the Boulder County Jail final month.
Sgt. Christopher Mecca, 51, has been arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and first-degree official misconduct, each misdemeanors.
The assault depend carries a most penalty of two years in jail, whereas the misconduct cost may carry a yr in jail. Each costs would require Mecca’s peace officer certification be completely revoked if he had been to be convicted.
Based on a information launch, a 32-year-old Black man was delivered to the jail Sept. 23 on a home violence case and was reported to have been combative with officers and intoxicated. When he arrived on the jail he “purposely went limp buckling on the knees as a way of being passively resistant.”
Mecca, one of many on-duty supervisors, instructed deputies to safe the person in a restraint chair. As deputies had been putting him within the restraint chair and securing the straps, the person was reportedly verbally uncooperative, started spitting at workers, and tried to chunk no less than one deputy, however deputies had been in a position to preserve management of his actions and hold him from spitting by using a spit sock.
Whereas the inmate was restrained, Mecca used a stun gun on the leg of the inmate for 5 seconds.
Mecca self-reported the incident, and was positioned on administrative depart. He resigned on Friday in lieu of termination in response to a launch.
Mecca was employed by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Workplace in 2007 and had no prior allegations of extreme drive.
“I’m deeply troubled in regards to the pointless drive used, as it’s opposite to the mission, imaginative and prescient, and values of what the sheriff’s workplace stands for,” Sheriff Joe Pelle mentioned in a press release. “Whereas former sergeant Mecca’s underlying motivation isn’t recognized, the pointless software of drive on an individual of shade is very regarding.”
The incident was caught on physique digicam and reported by the sheriff’s workplace to the Boulder County District Legal professional’s Workplace, which opened an investigation and in the end decided costs had been warranted.
“Nobody is above the regulation,” Boulder County District Legal professional Michael Dougherty mentioned in a press release. “I admire Sheriff Pelle taking instant motion in response to this incident. When a regulation enforcement officer is suspected of against the law, there must be a direct response, an intensive investigation, and a well timed resolution primarily based on the information and proof. That’s what occurred right here. As in each case, the mission of the District Legal professional’s Workplace is to hunt justice, with out worry or favor. That’s precisely what we are going to do on this case.”
The District Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned whereas the stun gun brought on the inmate ache, the accidents sustained weren’t severe sufficient to warrant felony assault costs.
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As for the misconduct cost, Boulder County Sheriff’s Workplace coverage states stun weapons usually are not for use on inmates who’re “restrained and immobilized, in complete or half, in a restraint chair.”
Beneath the just lately handed Senate Invoice 217, different regulation enforcement personnel who failed to stop the alleged incident may even have confronted costs, however investigators decided that no regulation enforcement personnel knew what Mecca was about to do, and that the incident lasted only some seconds.
Mecca was launched on a $1,000 private recognizance bond.