BSO detention deputy not guilty of battery on inmate

Jurors take less than 1 hour to acquit Delia Daly-England

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Broward Sheriff's Office detention deputy has been found not guilty on a charge of battery on an inmate.

It took jurors less than an hour to reach a verdict Thursday afternoon.

Deputy Delia Daly-England was accused of attacking an inmate who was booked into the Broward County Jail on a probation violation charge.

Lauren Militello claimed she was violently pushed to the ground and her head smashed into a wall while being escorted into the jail.

Surveillance video from the May 2012 shows Militello being dragged by the hair into a holding cell, where she claims the beating continued.

Militello testified during trial Wednesday that she has trouble walking because she has multiple sclerosis and had a sprained ankle at the time. She said Daly-England was annoyed that she wasn't moving faster, and that's why she pushed her down and dragged her by her hair.

Daly-England admitted to slapping Militello in the face because she was becoming hostile.

"I wasn't hostile to any deputy," Militello told Local 10. "I did what I was supposed to do."

Daly-England's attorney, Lewis Fishman, said the charges "should have been dropped long ago."

"This is a victory for all law enforcement officers," Daly-England said after the verdict. "Justice was served."

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