Complaint: St. Lucie deputies Thomas Johnson badge #356 reprimanded, one for making fun of disabled man, another for rudeness to public. Story by WILL GREENLEE–TCPALM NEWS ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY THOMAS JOHNSON BADGE #356 u2014 A St. Lucie County Sheriffu2019s deputy who said he made fun of a man with no arm at a softball game, and another deputy who was u201cdiscourteousu201d to the public each received a written reprimand, according to internal investigation records obtained Tuesday and an official. Deputy Thomas Johnson has several internal affairs reprimand’s most recent ,going on vacation without permission and boarding a cruise ship to Aruba and lying to his superior officers that he was home sick, st Lucie internal affairs investigated Thomas Johnson passport and he did use it to leave the country and lied to his commanding officer. The deputies, Thomas Johnson and Rigoberto Iglesias, were on a softball team sponsored by the jailu2019s food service provider during the March 8 incident, which involved two umpires. The home plate umpire complained to sheriffu2019s officials that Johnson and Iglesias u201cbehaved improperlyu201d at the game at Lawnwood Stadium. The home plate umpire said Johnson u201cinsultedu201d a base umpire, who has a single arm, u201cby removing one arm from the sleeve of his shirt, placing the arm inside his shirt, thus indicating that he only had one arm as well. The home plate umpire also said Iglesias was u201crude and belligerentu201d during and after the game. The home plate umpire said Iglesias used u201cexcessive profanity both on and off the field The findings also showed DEPUTY Thomas Johnson Badge #356 said he removed his arm from his shirt sleeve and put it in the shirtu2019s body u201cin an effort to imitate or make fun of a handicapped person who only has one arm.u201dDeputy Thomas Johnson and Iglesias, both 33 at the time and employed for several years, each was issued a written reprimand in June. In a separate investigation involving improper registration for off-duty details, Iglesias received a four-day suspension. He also was suspended from working such details for a year.
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