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Florida deputy fired after sheriff says he taunted autistic boy

Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 07:40:31-04

LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida sheriff has fired a decorated deputy he says taunted an autistic boy.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired Deputy Ural Darling on Friday.

Gualitieri said Darling took the 13-year-old to his middle school's office last May for throwing a book at a teacher. He said the boy has the cognitive ability of a first grader. Darling was assigned to the school.

He said Darling taunted the boy with handcuffs and threatened to put him in a mental hospital for life. The confrontation was captured on a recorder the boy's mom placed in his pants.

Darling received a commendation last year for saving a woman who collapsed. He was Florida's 2011 school resource officer of the year. Darling doesn't have a listed phone number.