Officer Sucker Punches Inmate In Face, Claims ‘Self Defense’

40-year-old Rico Palomino, a 12 year veteran corrections officer at the Cook County Jail in Illinois, claimed in his incident report an inmate “turned around abruptly” and grabbed his shirt, for which he had no choice but to act in self defense by striking the inmate with his open palm to “create a safe distance between himself and the detainee,” reports NBC Chicago. The trouble is, the incident was caught on tape, and rather than show the officer was responding to being grabbed suddenly, it shows the cop casually walking up to an inmate and suddenly sucker punching him viciously in the face leaving him bleeding profusely from the mouth.

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