Inmates Come to Guard’s Aid in Jail Attack

Deputy Kenneth Moon was alone at his station at a county jail facility near Tampa, when an inmate attacked him with no warning, putting him in a rear-naked choke hold.  And then, a surprising event ensued. A surveillance video of the Monday attack showed other inmates ran to the rescue. The other inmates joined the fight on the guard’s side, pulling the attacker away from Moon and punching him in the head. One inmate grabbed Moon’s radio immediately and called for back-up.

Col. James Previtera, commander of Hillsborough County’s Department of Detention Services, told reporters he believed that the inmates “saved the deputy’s life.”

“The response of the inmates in this case, I think, speaks volumes as to the fact that we treat these men and women … in our facilities with a lot of respect.” -Previtera



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