Jessica Mooney witnessed Officer Victor Ramirez pushing down a homeless man, Bruce LeClair, and slapping him in 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (video below).
Despite being filmed assaulting the homeless man, Ramirez was found not guilty in March 2017.
Only eight days after Mooney testified against Ramirez, Mooney was beaten by Broward sheriff’s deputies, notes WLPG.
Mooney told the news station:
All I did was try to help somebody. I testified because I thought it was the right thing to do, because the cop was wrong.
The 5-foot, two-inch, 120-pound woman suffers a swollen face, a gash over her eye, and bruising all over her arms, torso and legs.
Mooney’s criminal defense attorney, Scott Hecker, told WPLG:
It never should have happened. You would think that training would prevent deputies from beating a woman like this. You’re in jail, but it’s supposed to be a safe environment .. it’s supposed to be a controlled situation. Here, unfortunately the people in control were out of control.
Mooney says she still suffers occasional seizures:
I never want to see this happen to anyone again. Can we stop?
Mooney admits she was intoxicated when she was arrested for allegedly failing to pay a restaurant and bar bill (theft). Police arrested Mooney as she was walking home with her five-month-old baby in tow.
The theft charge was later dropped because Mooney had paid the bill, but she was charged with a misdemeanor neglect regarding her five-month-old baby.
Mooney said when she taken to the Broward County Jail, Deputy Amanda Moreno verbally abused her. Mooney said she tried to see Moreno’s badge number, but couldn’t because her hair was covering it.
Mooney said she brushed Moreno’s hair away with one finger, and Moreno “smashed my face on the finger printing thing.”
Mooney recalled that three or four more deputies attacked her:
I don’t know if I lost consciousness or if my body went into shock. I believe I had a footprint on my rib cage. They split open my eyebrow. The whole inside of my mouth had cuts everywhere, just from being brutalized. I was on the floor.
Moreno and other deputies claimed Mooney “violently pulled” Moreno’s hair, according to a memo by Assistant State Attorney Ryan Kelley.
Mooney’s attorney, Hecker, says the jail surveillance video contradicts the deputies’ stories:
You see her hand go up to the front and go up, it’s not a fist and it’s not a grabbing motion as the deputies say. It’s moving away.
What you can see in the video is everybody on top of her. She’s underneath these people. You can see arms move.
It appears as though [Moreno] about to kick [Mooney] and as she lifts her leg she falls. The deputy falls on her rear end.
It never should have happened. The only people that were violent in this case were the BSO detention deputies.
The State Attorney’s Office is refusing to release the video because Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi claims that government surveillance video footage isn’t public record because releasing the video could supposedly compromise government security systems.