Deputy Klaus Reinert (L) and Deputy Mark Capanna (R) were arrested on Nov. 19 after allegedly fighting with an inmate then fabricating a report about the incident.
Pinellas County, Florida -- Two Pinellas County deputies have been arrested for felony official misconduct after one of them allegedly punched an inmate then failed to report it.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 40-year-old Deputy Klaus Reinert got into a verbal argument with an inmate, Casio Burton, on Oct. 3, and it escalated into a physical confrontation.
Burton, who was being transferred to the Pasco County Jail to face pending charges, reportedly asked another deputy, 44-year-old Mark Capanna, to provide him with information regarding his visitation list.
Burton reportedly raised his hands in the air in an attempt to ask Deputy Capanna about the list, and that's when authorities say Deputy Reinert exited a nearby control room and used profanity to ask the inmate what he wanted.
After Burton tried to gain Deputy Capanna's attention a second time, Reinert allegedly came out of the control room once again, got into a verbal argument with Burton, then punched the inmate in the face.
The sheriff's office says Burton struck back, causing Reinert to fall to the ground. The fight continued, until Capanna pulled the two apart.
Detectives say neither deputy reported the incident or documented the use of force. Detectives began investigating after several inmates who witnessed the fight reported it to jail staff.
After detectives began investigating the incident, the deputies allegedly fabricated a report in which they stated no physical altercation had occurred. Their report said Deputy Reinert had slipped and fallen on a wet floor when the inmate approached him in an aggressive manner.
Detectives say Capanna later admitted he had misrepresented the facts.
The two deputies turned themselves into the Pinellas County Jail on Nov. 19. Both are charged with official misconduct; Reinert is also charged with battery.