Manatee sheriff’s deputy resigns over treatment of drunk female (with video)

MANATEE -- A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy resigned last month after his treatment of an intoxicated female at Manatee Memorial Hospital lead to an internal investigation, the sheriff’s office reports.

Deputy Kenneth Smith, a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, took an intoxicated female to the hospital on Feb. 7 under the Marchman Act, according to a news release.

While in the emergency room, Smith performed what appeared to be a “takedown maneuver” on the handcuffed female, causing the female fall face first to the floor. She suffered a substantial cut to her forehead, according to the report.

An internal investigation sustained two counts against Smith for conduct unbecoming a deputy and neglect of duty. A third count of unlawful conduct was not sustained as the state attorney’s office declined to file a criminal charge of battery against Smith, according to the sheriff’s office.

Smith resigned from the sheriff’soffice on Feb. 10.