Jailer charged for using Taser on spitting inmate

TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Leon County correctional officer has been charged with battery after authorities say he used a stun gun on a restrained inmate who kept spitting at people.

The sheriff's office says in a news release that Derrick Adams was arrested Thursday following the incident Monday at the Leon County jail. He was also fired.

Deputies say Adams failed to follow standard protocol when he didn't put a spit mask on an inmate who had spat on his face and on a nurse.

Instead, authorities say Adams removed his stun gun and told the inmate, who was fully restrained in a chair, to "do it again" several times.

The inmate spat again and Adams deployed his stun gun.

It's unclear whether Adams has an attorney.