Denver deputy suspended 30 days for tossing inmate’s food tray

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DENVER -- A split-second decision to slap an inmate's food tray out of his hands will cost a Denver sheriff's deputy 30 days of pay.

Darrell Jordan, a veteran of the department since 1996, will begin his 30-day suspension on April 25.

The incident from Nov. 9 was captured on jail video. It shows Jordan pushing the tray out of the inmate's hands, causing food to spill on the inmate and the cafeteria floor.

It started after Jordan told the inmate he grabbed the wrong coffee cup in the breakfast line.

When the inmate got up a few minutes later to retrieve the proper cup, Jordan told the inmate it was too late, the breakfast line was closed.

That led to a war of words between the two that ended with Jordan ordering the inmate to leave the cafeteria without his food.

Instead, the inmate got up with his tray to leave and that's when video shows Jordan pushing the tray out of the inmate's hands.

Jordan had previously served a 10-day suspension in 2014 for inappropriate use of force.

That penalty increased his current suspension to 30 days combined with the fact an investigator for Internal Affairs said Jordan refused to take responsibility for his actions and acknowledge that he could have found a better way to de-escalate the situation.

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