Ex-Franklin County deputy sheriff charged with assault in jailhouse incident

Published: Oct. 21, 2022 at 1:18 PM EDT
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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) - A fired Franklin County deputy sheriff who is on the ballot to become sheriff has now been charged with assault for kicking a man in custody back in August.

John Grismore won the nomination of both Franklin County’s Republican and Democratic parties to have his name on the November ballot, but after the video of him kicking the handcuffed man became public he was suspended and then fired.

The Vermont State Police conducted an investigation into Grismore’s use of force and this week Grand Isle County State’s Attorney Douglas Disabito gave the go-ahead to charge Grismore with simple assault. He is set to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Saint Albans.

Grismore earlier this month defended his actions, telling WCAX he acted in self-defense because the suspect was spitting at him and other deputies.

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