Florida deputy suspended after hitting patient handcuffed to hospital bed, officials say


OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) — An Osceola County deputy has been suspended after allegedly hitting an arrested patient who was handcuffed to a bed at AdventHealth.

The deputy is Dirio Sinclair. We’re told he’s been with the sheriff’s office for more than two years and has no prior internal affairs investigations. He allegedly hit an arrested patient at the hospital last month.

The Osceola County Sheriff says the patient, who’s under arrest for violating a domestic violence injunction, was trying to stand up by pulling on the rail he was handcuffed to.

When Sinclair ordered him to lay back down, the two started arguing.

“On May 6, I was advised of an incident at AdventHealth, the hospital, involving one of my deputies. The allegations were made that deputy Dirio Sinclair struck a patient,” Lopez said.

After interviews with hospital staff and further investigation by the sheriff’s office, Lopez says they do believe Sinclair hit the patient. Now it’s in the hands of the state attorney.

“The investigation has been complete by our department and we sent the case up to the state attorney. Mrs. Worrell is aware. She received a packet on her desk,” Lopez said.

The sheriff says this is a misdemeanor battery case. They believe Sinclair’s mental health played a role.

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