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Jail Officer Who Severely Beat Inmate Can Invoke Stand Your Ground, Court Rules | ThinkProgress

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The ruling potentially extends claims of total immunity for all civil and criminal charges under the state’s notorious Stand Your Ground law to corrections officers acting in the course of their jobs. Defendant Brad Heilman was a prison guard at Lake Correctional Institute in Clermont, Fla. who allegedly caused multiple facial fractures to Duane Royster during a severe beating. Heilman was fired over the incident, and charged with aggravated battery.But Heilman invoked the Stand Your Ground law to argue that Heilman imposed the violence in self-defense and had no duty to retreat, even though he was operating as an employee inside a jail. A separate Florida law governs when corrections officers are entitled to use force, and includes its own self-defense provision. But Heilman’s lawyers successfully argued that this statute did not preclude him from seeking total immunity under Stand Your Ground.

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