Lawsuit says Broward County deputy dragged woman through courthouse

Posted at 9:14 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 09:14:03-04
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A woman who says she was dragged by a deputy through a South Florida courthouse hallway has filed a lawsuit in federal court.

The SunSentinel reports that Dasyl Rios is accusing the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Scott Israel and detention Deputy Christopher Johnson of violating her civil rights last year as she sobbed and pleaded with the deputy to stop dragging her down a Broward County courthouse hallway.

Rios, then 28, had just been declared mentally incompetent during a trespassing and criminal mischief case.

The Sheriff's Office didn't prosecute deputy Johnson, who was given a written reprimand. He remains on the job.

Rios' attorney, David Frankel, says his client is now in a mental health rehabilitation program.

The Sheriff's Office declined to comment. It's unclear when the lawsuit was filed.