Ex-sheriff’s deputy seen kicking prisoner defends actions


              Franklin County write-in sheriff candidate Gail Messier poses outside his home, Monday Oct. 3, 2022, in St. Albans, Vt. Messier, who has had a decades-long career in law enforcement, chose to mount a write-in campaign for Franklin County sheriff after the only listed candidate on the November ballot was fired from his job as a deputy sheriff after he was recorded on video kicking a shackled prisoner. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
            
              Franklin County write-in sheriff candidate Mark Lauer poses outside his home, Monday Oct. 3, 2022, in Colchester, Vt. Lauer, a former Vermont State Police trooper and lieutenant in the Franklin County sheriff's department, chose to mount a write-in campaign for Franklin County sheriff after the only listed candidate on the November ballot was fired from his job as a deputy sheriff after he was recorded on video kicking a shackled prisoner. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
            
              Franklin County Sheriff candidate John Grismore poses for a photo, Friday Oct. 7, 2022, in St. Albans, Vt. Grismore, the only candidate on the November ballot to become sheriff, is continuing to insist he did nothing wrong when he was recorded on surveillance video kicking a handcuffed and shackled prisoner. Meanwhile the county Republican and Democratic parties are backing a write-in candidate. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
            
              In this surveillance video provided by the Franklin County sheriff's office, then-Sheriff Department Capt. John Grismore, at center wearing shorts, apparently kicks a handcuffed and shackled detainee in the groin, Sunday Aug. 7, 2022, in St. Albans, Vt. Grismore, who is the only candidate on the November ballot to become sheriff, was fired from his job by the current sheriff. The county prosecutor asked the state police to investigate the incident. Two others are now mounting a write-in campaign for the post for sheriff. Grismore has said he did nothing wrong. (Franklin Co., Vt. Sheriff's Department via AP)
Ex-sheriff’s deputy seen kicking prisoner defends actions