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27 NEWSFIRST Investigates: police officer caught on tape assaulting inmate

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

There's allegations that a Paris police officer used excessive force toward an inmate, and the entire attack is caught on tape. 27 NewsFirst has obtained video that took place at the Bourbon County Jail that shows the Paris officer and the inmate in an altercation.

Within documents obtained by 27 NewsFirst are reports about an incident that happened on April 3rd at the Bourbon County Detention Center. In the reports, a deputy at the jail describes what she witnessed between Paris police officer Robert Puckett and inmate Jamie Corro.

According to the deputy's statement, as officer Puckett was booking Jamie Corro into the jail for possession of a controlled substance and non-payment of fines, Corro makes a gesture at the officer. What happens next is caught on tape.

The officer motions he wants back into the breath and alcohol room, and when he enters throws the inmate to the ground, moments later shoving him and throwing him into the door by the booking area. During this time, the deputy's report says he was yelling at the inmate and asking if he was threatening him.

Officer Puckett then leaves, and according to the report deputies are told he was not allowed back inside the facility.

The police chief tells NewsFirst an internal investigation is currently underway and that it will determine if any charges need to be brought.

As for the officer, he's now reassigned to an administrative position with no law enforcement powers until the investigation is over.

The inmate, Jamie Corro, has been taken away for being an illegal alien and has since then been deported.

Neither the officer involved nor the police department are able to comment any further on the ongoing investigation. Paris police chief Kevin Sutton does tell NewsFirst they expect to have a resolution soon.

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