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Resisting suspect brutalized by sheriff's deputy

Jeffrey Vance / Photo from Dane County Sheriff's Dept. Jeffrey Vance / Photo from Dane County Sheriff's Dept.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Police videotape released to WKOW27 News shows a handcuffed,  criminal suspect violently kicking a squad car door and slamming his head against the vehicle's interior,   minutes before a Dane County sheriff's deputy brutalized him with punches.

Sheriff's officials announced Wednesday the deputy was fired last week after it was determined he used excessive force in the January handling of the suspect.   Police and court records show the suspect was Jeffrey Vance,  26,  who is homeless.

Sheriff Dave Mahoney has declined to release the deputy's name,  only that he has been with the sheriff's office since 2007.

A sheriff's news release stated when Madison police officers arrived with the suspect at the Dane County jail's sally port,  he was placed into a chair specifically designed to restrain violent individuals.   The news release stated the suspect continued to resist with his hips and legs,  even though he remained handcuffed and partially restrained.

"One deputy delivered punches and elbow strikes to the man's midsection,"   sheriff's spokesperson Elise Schaffer stated.

"The man was transported to a local hospital...and admitted."   Schaffer did not detail the extent of Vance's injuries.

The video of the moments before the deputy's brutality show Vance kicking repeatedly at a squad car door and slamming his head repeatedly,  often against the plexiglass separating him from the driving officer.   Although audio on the videotape is obscured by static,  court documents show Vance was shouting racial slurs at the officer in the squad car.

Before his arrest on State Street,  Vance harassed Arabic customers in a Subway restaurant,  and after being asked to leave, pounded on the restaurant's window.

"The other guys were feeling scared about him,"   restaurant worker Benito Perez told WKOW27 News.   "Because he says,  'Hey,  you want to fight with me?'  "

Vance's blood alcohol level was .21,  more than twice Wisconsin's legal limit for driving.

It is not known how long Vance remained hospitalized.   Vance was convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime and resisting arrest and given a two month jail sentence.

Schaffer said violating the department's regulations on excessive force can result in discipline less serious than termination.   Schaffer said the discipline is determined by the totality of the workplace investigation.   Schaffer declined to comment on whether the deputy had been the subject of any previous disciplinary action.

"He was a good guy,"  a deputy told WKOW27 News.   The deputy spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the fired deputy's situation.   The interviewed deputy said he was unaware of any previous problems with the deputy's work,  but cautioned his knowledge of the fired deputy's employment record was limited.

Vance's attorney for his criminal case,  assistant state public defender Nancy Vue has yet to return a call from WKOW27 News seeking comment.   WKOW27 News could not locate Vance.  

It is unclear whether law enforcement videotape also exists of the deputy's brutalizing of Vance.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Records show a 26-year-old homeless man was the victim of a sheriff's deputy's punch during an attempt to jail the man -- an attack that cost the deputy his job.

A Dane County sheriff's official announced Wednesday the deputy was fired last month after it was determined the deputy used excessive force by punching and elbowing Jeffrey Vance, who was handcuffed and partially restrained.

Sheriff's officials have declined to release the deputy's name.

Court records show the victim harassed patrons of a Subway store on State Street and tried to break the store window, before Madison police officers arrived and arrested him.

Tony Galli will have more on this story, on-air, online and on the go.

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