A captain for a sheriff’s office in Vermont has been fired after a video appears to show him ᴋɪᴄᴋɪпɡ a һɑпԀᴄᴜffᴇԀ detainee multiple times earlier this month, authorities announced Thursday.
Capt. John Grismore’s actions with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 7 were called “ᴇɡгᴇɡɪᴏᴜѕ” in a statement by Sheriff Roger Langevin.The sheriff’s office provided video Friday to NBC News of Grismore appearing to ᴋɪᴄᴋ a trespassing suspect in the stomach and groin area. The unidentified suspect was һɑпԀᴄᴜffᴇԀ and shackled while he was at the sheriff’s office.
Grismore, who is running for sheriff to replace Langevin, was not immediately reached Friday afternoon. Langevin had once supported Grismore’s bid for sheriff.
“The egregious incident involving Grismore was reported to me by deputies working for me here at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office,” Langevin said in the statement. “I am proud of our deputies’ actions and integrity in coming forward with this information.”
“Grismore is no longer employed by the FCSO and no longer has my support for Sheriff. Additionally, I have filed the incident with the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council … and they may institute sanctions including revocation of law enforcement certification.”
Grismore had been on administrative leave and Vermont State Police have opened a criminal investigation into the alleged ɑѕѕɑᴜʟт, the sheriff’s office said. State police were not reached for comment Friday.
Langevin said it “would be improper for me to comment on” the investigation.
But he added that “the actions of Capt. Grismore do not reflect the values and high standards of conduct and performance that I expect from my staff each and every day.”