On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, PCSO deputies charged Polk County Jail inmate Shawn Dickerson (DOB 2/6/1983) with one count Aggravated Battery (F-2) after he battered his public defender in a courtroom.
According to the affidavit, on the aforementioned date Dickerson had a court hearing in Courtroom 4-A in front of the Honorable Judge Jalal Harb. Dickerson became aggravated and expressed confusion over his sentence and investigative costs. When Dickerson's court-appointed public defender, Patrick Long, asked Dickerson if he needed clarification, Dickerson clenched his hands together, which were cuffed in front of him, and then struck Mr. Long in the face with one of the metal handcuffs. The strike caused a laceration on Mr. Long's chin that required medical treatment. Dickerson was immediately subdued by the PCSO Bailiff and Mr. Long.
Shawn Dickerson has been in jail since his arrest by PCSO on November 21, 2013, for Battery Against Elderly. This is not the first time he has attacked or battered a victim during his incarceration. He has had the following charges added on since his incarceration:
- Battery on Fire/EMS, added on December 10, 2013
- Battery on LEO, added on December 21, 2013
- Criminal Mischief, added on July 8, 2014
- Battery on LEO, added on July 23, 2014
"Public servants who deal with dangerous criminals like Shawn Dickerson do not deserve to be attacked. We will continue to charge Dickerson with a felony each time he breaks the law and tries to hurt those who are sworn to protect and serve our citizens. Clearly he hasn't learned his lesson yet and is not ready to return to civilized society. We will do everything in our power to ensure he stays in jail until he can prove otherwise." - Sheriff Grady Judd