Land O' Lakes, Florida -- A Pasco County detention deputy has been charged with battering an inmate in his cell at the Land O' Lakes Jail on Christmas Day.
Witnesses reported they saw Detention Deputy Philip Walters go into the inmate's cell around 6:30 Tuesday evening and intentionally grab his neck and punch him in the head. Witnesses also told the sheriff's office the inmate never showed any aggression toward Walters at any time during the attack.
In an interview with investigators, Walters, 45, initially denied using any force against the inmate. He later said the inmate sat up in an aggressive manner and he had to push him back into his bunk.