VIDEO: Public Defender Attacked By Inmate After They Demanded No Cuffs In Court

Broward County Sheriff Tony Gregory has changed hearing policies after a public defender was punched by a defendant.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – All inmates will be handcuffed during future magistrate hearings after a Broward County public defender was punched in the head by an inmate on Wednesday (video below).

Broward County Sheriff Tony Gregory placed the blame for the attack squarely at the feet of the Public Defender’s Office, which has repeatedly requested that defendants not be handcuffed, the Sun Sentinel reported.

“Although I understand their concern that having deputies standing close to the inmates or having them wear handcuffs or shackles could imply guilt, they must in turn understand that their requests made it possible for this unusual situation to occur,” Sheriff Gregory explained.

The sheriff said he had reviewed the video of the incident and reviewed the facts with the Department of Detention, the Sun Sentinel reported.

He said that the Broward Sheriff’s Office has received numerous requests from the Public Defender’s Office asking for “a more lax approach to our security procedures during magistrate hearings.”

The hearings are conducted via a closed-circuit television feed from inside the Broward County jail, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Sheriff Gregory announced after the incident that he was putting the kibosh on the friendlier approach.

“As the senior ranking law enforcement official for Broward County, I am obligated to ensure all policies related to the protection and safety of our court officials are enforced,” the sheriff said. “Effective immediately all inmates will be handcuffed during these proceedings as to reduce the ability of an inmate to cause similar harm or greater.”

“The safety of my fellow criminal justice practitioners is of the highest priority,” he reiterated.

The incident occurred on March 27 as Broward County Assistant Public Defender Julie Chase was advocating on behalf of a different inmate, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Police said that the inmate who attacked Chase, 27-year-old William Green, was in jail following his arrest for attacking a technician at a mental hospital, and awaiting his own hearing before the magistrate when he attacked the attorney.

The surveillance video from the hearing room showed that Chase was standing at the podium with her client when Green got up from his seat behind them.

He walked calmly up to Chase and just as he was about to pass her, he raised his left arm and punched her in the head with a closed fist, the video showed.

The other defendants in the room appeared stunned and were ordered to move away from Green as three deputies took the suspect to the ground.

The attack happened so quickly that the judge on the other side of the video feed did not even see it happen, and had to ask what was going on, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Public Defender’s Office Executive Chief Assistant Gordon Weekes called Chase a “very dedicated attorney” who has worked for the public defender for 14 years.

“This is very unfortunate what happened this morning,” Weekes said, and called the attack “preventable,” according to the Sun Sentinel.

He blamed the attack on the fact that the deputies had arrested Green.

“He [Green] seemed to be in a clear psychotic state and he was arrested for battering a [hospital] technician, attacking him from the back,” Weekes said.

He added that Green should have been kept in the mental health facility where the staff would have better equipped to deal with his mental state instead of taken to jail.

“There was a big push to have officers trained to deal with crises, trained to identify folks with mental health illnesses, trained to make better decisions about who they were going to arrest and it seems like going into a hospital to arrest someone who is acting out in a psychotic state, consistent with their psychosis, only seems to transfer the issue to the jail,” Weekes complained.

“For our attorney to take the brunt of the failures of law enforcement… is unacceptable,” Weekes told the Sun-Sentinel.

Chase was taken to the hospital by ambulance after the attack and a few hours later.

She told reporters she was “okay” but still in shock over the attack.

You can see video of the attack below:

Comments (59)
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365
365

Broward County is absolutely the best example of how not to do stuff I have ever seen.

jinx73
jinx73

don't blame the cops,they were called,you sherriff allowed him not to be cuffed.stop passing the blame and man up.your mistake.

zavislak1
zavislak1

Hope he was one of her clients. How did that serve you? Your "client" loved it.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

LOL, When I was an LEO I had a doctor Demand I remove the cuffs from a prisoner I brought into the ER..as soon as I did the prisoner DECKED the doctor and went after me...NOT a good move though,,,he got a few MORE stitches add to the ones he was going to get from the car crash he was in as a DUI.

JBo
JBo

"He blamed the attack on the fact that the deputies had arrested Green."

Is Public Defender’s Office Executive Chief Assistant Gordon Weekes just flat out stupid or in need of his own mental health assessment?

redpill
redpill

Broward and Palm Beach and Dade are sewers. Worst part of Florida.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

*Bleeding heart lawyers pander to criminals’ feelings and demand lax security procedures. *Criminal does what criminals do and commits unprovoked physical assault against lawyer. *Same bleeding heart lawyers: ‘This is the cops’ fault’.

LEO0301
LEO0301

How surprising, a public defender blaming the police for a defendant committing a crime! I probably shouldn't say this....but I will. I hope that punch hurt....a lot. The public defender requests no cuffs and when that backfired they blamed law enforcement. Hope they learned their lesson.

PFCPyle
PFCPyle

Down goes Chase!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I'd love to see more lax security in cases like this. Think about it......if judges and lawyers <defense and prosecution> get assaulted by defendants, MAYBE they will get down out of their "castles in the sky" attitudes ? Hey.....it could happen lol. Oh well I'll keep dreaming that it will

yelyana
yelyana

And when did Gordon Weeks get his PhD in psychiatry that he was able to diagnose the defendant? Again it's the same old excuse - "It's not my or our fault this happened, it's someone else fault." Place the blame on someone else for your stupid decision. So tired of all the PC crap.

tom1961
tom1961

Nah, it's not because he is a piece of sh*t. It's Trumps fault

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Unless the use a waist shackle for the cuffs, it will be pointless to handcuff them (unless behind the back).

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Public "PRETENDER" is a more fitting title for those pieces of shit.

Hannibal
Hannibal

Someone get a raw deal from their PD? Not a surprise. Trust me folks that lawyer probably deserved more than just a punch in the face.

Reality Warrior
Reality Warrior

They forfeit their right to not be cuffed when they get arrested. Take the kid gloves off and call it for what it is. Period.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

There was no provocation for the attack. This guy deserves mental health treatment..oops we don't have inpatient mental healthcare any longer..It was too expensive so it was kaboshed in the past few years. The jails, prisons and ER's are the mental healthcare available on an emergency basis. The cops and correctional officers are the practicioners.

Wish505
Wish505

Mental health treatment. LOL give me a break. Being stupid is just plain being stupid.

cjmiller80645
cjmiller80645

She was taken to the hospital twice? "Chase was taken to the hospital by ambulance after the attack and a few hours later."

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

They think that just because they are representing them that they are all “cool” with them? You can’t underestimate these inmates. After all they are arrested for a reason. Especially mental health prisoners. They are like the ocean, Never Turn Your Back on them.

Melissa41
Melissa41

Oh I see. Someone that got away with something.

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

This Weekes person is a piece of cow manure. It's the cops fault this happened because they arrested him. Do. If he killed someone, he shouldn't have been arrested.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This Weekes character is a real dipshit. He is basically saying that law enforcement had no business arresting an individual who had broken the law. That is for the court to decide, anyway. Regardless of the fact that he was in a mental hospital doesn't preclude him from facing charges. As long as he knows right from wrong is all the court needs to determine through the process.

NYPDhwyFuzz
NYPDhwyFuzz

And in a defense attorneys twisted mind, she’d give this pos a card so she can defend him. Who’s more mental? Her or the perp?

NYPDhwyFuzz
NYPDhwyFuzz

And Weekes, you’re a mental pos. He would be the first at the stand cross-examining the officer, if the officer claimed the guy was mental. “So officer, do you have a Ph.D, how would you known otherwise if this man was clearly “psychotic?” Let’s blame the cops for doing their jobs and following the courts policies. Sounds to me that Weekes is jockeying for the job as attorney in a civil case against the county. I hope the SO doesn’t give the Legal Aid anymore civil treatment.

Signal10
Signal10

It's the prosecutors fault for demanding such lax (friendlier) security measures be taken to make these criminals appear more angelic.

Don't blame your failure on the sheriff when the breakdown was your fault and resulted in your person getting hurt.

What the heck were you thinking anyhow?

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Bimbo leftist public prosecutor deserves every whack she got. Bet she didn’t learn anything from her experience. That’s not a black man whacking her, is it? Is the pix photoshopped just to blame blacks for crime and the numbers of blacks in prison.

Trefflek
Trefflek

🤣

Dark_ePoch
Dark_ePoch

They blamed the cops for arresting someone who committed a violent crime?! And the solution? Keep them in the place where the original violent crime occurred. What about the right of the technician who was attacked? Doesn't they have the right to a violence free workplace also? And if mental health facilities are the Pub Def logical place for this person, how come they couldn't control him in the first place. Gold medal blame passing for this guy. A double gold actually.

RPG156
RPG156

Who hasn't wanted to smack a public defender?

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

it wasn't a prosecutor that wanted that rule ,it was the public defender and I doubt she learned anything from that fool... She is trying to blame everyone except the one doing the hitting?....The stupidity is ALL hers for wanting criminals uncuffed in a courtroom.