Deputy Slams Autistic Man To Floor, Resulting In Death (Video)

| by Michael Allen

David Dehmann died on April 22 after being arrested twice in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on April 21.

Dehmann, who has several medical conditions (Asperger's Syndrome, Tourette's Syndrome and autism), was arrested for allegedly being drunk in public. He was taken to a hospital and released on April 21, but was picked up and arrested again on the same day for alleged persistent disorderly conduct.

Dehmann was taken to the Knox County Jail where he allegedly became aggressive and was slammed to the floor by a deputy. Dehmann died from a head injury.

The surveillance video (below) from the jail was released last week, and posted on YouTube today by The Free Thought Project.

Dehmann appears to be playful with deputies in the video, pointing his finger at them, which none of them seem to mind.

However, Deputy Chase Wright slaps Dehmann's arm, Dehmann raises his arm up, and Wright slams Dehmann to the floor, which resulted in the mentally-impaired man's death.

According to, the Knox County Sheriff's Office originally said in a statement:

While Dehmann was in the jail’s intake area he became aggressive with the jail staff making an aggressive move towards Deputy [Chase] Wright. Mr. Dehmann did attempt to hit Dep. Wright in the face causing Dep. Wright to place Mr. Dehmann into a take down hold, taking him to the ground to get control of him. Once control was gained it was found that Mr. Dehmann had hit his head on the floor during the incident. Mr. Dehmann was transported to KCH ER by Mount Vernon medics for a medical evaluation.

However, in the video, none of the other deputies are seen rushing Dehmann, who was allegedly trying to assault Wright.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.

(Note: Incident happens near 5:15 mark)

Sources: The Free Thought Project,
Image Credit: Knox County Sheriff's Office Screenshot