This investigation revealed that the inmate was making vile comments, racial slurs and threatening taunts toward the deputy sheriffs, particularly to Deputy Ford. Among the words said by Askins that Deputy Ford recalled were: "F--- you. You p----. You P---- M-----. You black b------. I'll f--- you up. I'll kick your ---." Deputy Sheriff Williams Lewis recalled Askins saying: "You f------ n------. Why is this taking so long? F--- you. F--- you. You're just a p----. B----, I will kick your a--."
I had no intention of getting into a physical altercation with this guy. So, but when he -- he popped up off the bench. I didn't tell him to get up. I didn't give him an order. He popped up off the bench in an aggressive manner. His body was tense, and his face, and then, based off his previous threats about what he was going to do to me, I felt threatened and I defended myself, and I defended myself with a -- with a strike to the face. ... a strike that we are taught in the Academy to defend ourselves against threats.
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