Florida Deputy Sues Federal Agents for Injuring him after Blowing Horn at them

We’ve all heard the story before. A citizen pulls up behind a cop sitting inside an idling car and blows the horn, perhaps not realizing he is a cop, resulting in either a citation an arrest or a beatdown.

But here we have a Florida sheriff’s deputy who pulled up behind a pair of federal Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive agents who were parked in the middle of the road in an unmarked SUV and blew the horn before driving around them in his unmarked department SUV.

The federal agents then pulled him over and put a gun to his face while roughing him up, leaving him with injuries that kept him out of work for four months.

This is how Monroe County Sheriff’s Sergeant Mark Jones described the incident to WSVN, which broke the story today.

“The guy put his gun within inches of my face. Cussing, using profanity the entire time. They threw me over the hood. They put my arm behind my back, and took my wrist up to the back of my neck. I knew the second they injured me.”

“They were on a mission. Their mission was ‘Teach this guy a lesson for honking his horn. We’re federal agents. How dare you?’ I went from being able to help people to being beat up by other law enforcement.”

“I have worked with the best men and women in law enforcement, and to see what just happened to me has changed me forever. OK, I see what good is, and I have seen what evil looks like behind a badge.”

Jones said the incident left him traumatized and skeptical of law enforcement. He wanted the agents, Luis Arias and Jason Wilson, charged but prosecutors refused so now he is suing.

The incident took place two years in the Florida Keys in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The federal agents and the deputy were all helping with the recovery effort when Jones pulled up behind the feds and blew the horn.

Jones said he kept telling them he was with the sheriff’s office but they didn’t seem to believe him. A witness who recorded part of the incident said the agents were overly aggressive towards Jones.

”If you ask me, personally, it was uncalled for, to the extent where he pushed the suspect or the other officer up against the vehicle, had his arm under control behind his back, shoved him down on the vehicle. At one point, guns were drawn.”

However, attorneys for the agents said he was deserving of the beatdown because they were not sure if he was a deputy, admitting that this is routine behavior although it is highly unconstitutional.

“In the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane, the SAs were justified in drawing their weapons and placing hands on Jones until they could positively establish that he was a member of the MCSO,” the ATF attorney wrote in a motion to dismiss.

- Advertisement -

We’ve all heard the story before. A citizen pulls up behind a cop sitting inside an idling car and blows the horn, perhaps not realizing he is a cop, resulting in either a citation an arrest or a beatdown.

But here we have a Florida sheriff’s deputy who pulled up behind a pair of federal Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive agents who were parked in the middle of the road in an unmarked SUV and blew the horn before driving around them in his unmarked department SUV.

The federal agents then pulled him over and put a gun to his face while roughing him up, leaving him with injuries that kept him out of work for four months.

This is how Monroe County Sheriff’s Sergeant Mark Jones described the incident to WSVN, which broke the story today.

“The guy put his gun within inches of my face. Cussing, using profanity the entire time. They threw me over the hood. They put my arm behind my back, and took my wrist up to the back of my neck. I knew the second they injured me.”

“They were on a mission. Their mission was ‘Teach this guy a lesson for honking his horn. We’re federal agents. How dare you?’ I went from being able to help people to being beat up by other law enforcement.”

“I have worked with the best men and women in law enforcement, and to see what just happened to me has changed me forever. OK, I see what good is, and I have seen what evil looks like behind a badge.”

Jones said the incident left him traumatized and skeptical of law enforcement. He wanted the agents, Luis Arias and Jason Wilson, charged but prosecutors refused so now he is suing.

The incident took place two years in the Florida Keys in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The federal agents and the deputy were all helping with the recovery effort when Jones pulled up behind the feds and blew the horn.

Jones said he kept telling them he was with the sheriff’s office but they didn’t seem to believe him. A witness who recorded part of the incident said the agents were overly aggressive towards Jones.

”If you ask me, personally, it was uncalled for, to the extent where he pushed the suspect or the other officer up against the vehicle, had his arm under control behind his back, shoved him down on the vehicle. At one point, guns were drawn.”

However, attorneys for the agents said he was deserving of the beatdown because they were not sure if he was a deputy, admitting that this is routine behavior although it is highly unconstitutional.

“In the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane, the SAs were justified in drawing their weapons and placing hands on Jones until they could positively establish that he was a member of the MCSO,” the ATF attorney wrote in a motion to dismiss.

- Advertisement -

Support our Mission

Help us build a database of bad cops

For almost 15 years, PINAC News has remained active despite continuous efforts by the government and Big Tech to shut us down by either arresting us for lawful activity or by restricting access to our readers under the pretense that we write about “social issues.”

Since we are forbidden from discussing social issues on social media, we have created forums on our site to allow us to fulfill our mission with as little restriction as possible. We welcome our readers to join our forums and support our mission by either donating, volunteering or both.

Our plan is to build a national database of bad cops obtained from public records maintained by local prosecutors. The goal is to teach our readers how to obtain these lists to ensure we cover every city, county and state in the country.

After all, the government has made it clear it will not police the police so the role falls upon us.

It will be our most ambitious project yet but it can only be done with your help.

But if we succeed, we will be able to keep innocent people out of prison.

Please make a donation below or click on side tab to learn more about our mission.

Subscribe to PINAC

Bypass Big Tech censorship.

Carlos Miller
Carlos Millerhttps://pinacnews.com
Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

Leave a Reply

- Advertisement -

Latest articles