Former Tallahassee police officer charged with battery in jail confrontation
Court records show Charles Hansford was officially charged with misdemeanor battery last month and given a notice to appear in court.
“My client has entered a plea of not guilty. He’s entitled to his day in court,” Hansford’s attorney Luke Newman said. “He was cursed and threatened and spit on by someone who was drunk and hostile and he looks forward to his opportunity to stand in front of a jury of his peers.”
A probable cause affidavit filed in the case says Hansford was already at the jail in the early morning hours of Jan. 17 when TPD Officer Edward Campbell arrived with a DUI suspect needing a breathalyzer test.
The court papers say the suspect initially refused to give a sample and then later changed his mind, but during the process the suspect repeatedly interrupted Hansford and both men “appeared to become irritated with one another.”
The affidavit goes on to say while Officer Campbell was escorting the suspect to the jail’s entry door, the suspect repeatedly yelled at Hansford and challenged him to a fight.
“Take that (expletive) badge off, (expletive). I’ll beat the (expletive) out of that (expletive),” the report quotes the suspect as saying.
Hansford then asked if that was a threat and lunged at the suspect saying “If you (expletive) spit on me again, I will beat your ... Do you understand me? You are not going to spit in my face! Do you understand me?”
Officer Campbell intervened, court papers say, and pushed Hansford to the ground, later telling investigators that Hansford had put his hands around the suspect’s neck.
Hansford’s attorney would not comment on that allegation or any other specifics in the case.
Court records show Hansford’s next court date is April 13.
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