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Yes, Virginia. DUI suspects DO have rights.

As a former paramedic and current Denver DUI defense attorney, I’ve seen the best and worst from those having to deal with DUI suspects.  From police officers to healthcare workers, too many view those accused of drunk driving or other criminal offenses as less than human.  Rights?  Who cares.  To be clear, most folks are extremely professional.  Unfortunately, this story illustrates perfectly how a few bad apples can spoil the bunch.

Officer Charles Craig Broaderick has been suspended and criminally charged with battery for slamming a DUI suspect’s head against the cinderblock wall of the jail and knocking him unconscious.  His justification?  He thought that the suspect was going to spit on him.  The video shows the DUI suspect clearing his throat and then Broaderick assaulting him, leaving a smear of blood on the wall of the breathalyzer room.  Broaderick is one of the Ocala Police Department’s breathalyzer operators and now, because of this assault and likely prosecution, many other DUI cases will be affected.  In case you were wondering, this was NOT the first time he has been disciplined for similar behavior.