Two Columbia County, Florida, officers have been suspended without pay after arresting a legally blind man after mistaking his guide baton for a weapon. Police officers will be ineligible for promotion for two years and will have to complete a civil rights course.
James Hodges, 61, was arrested by police on October 31 when he improperly crossed a street. Charges were filed against him for resisting arrest. Hodges has said that he filed an official complaint against the officers and plans to sue them.
Sheriff Mark Hunter, in charge of the Columbia police, offered a public apology to Hodges. According to Hunter, the officers ignored his training protocol and violated regulatory policies.
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