Video: Denver Deputy Roberto Roena Suspended for Using Taekwondo on Inmate

Roberto Roena as seen in a Facebook photo. More images and a video below.
Roberto Roena as seen in a Facebook photo. More images and a video below.

The timing could hardly be worse: Just two days after Manager of Safety Stephanie O'Malley fired Denver deputies Thomas Ford and Edward Keller after they were caught on video using excessive force against prisoners, a new clip has surfaced showing another deputy, Roberto Roena, unleashing taekwondo moves on an inmate.

Roena, who's also a taekwondo instructor, has been suspended for ninety days due to his actions. Get details and see the footage and additional images below.

See also: Denver Fires Deputies Thomas Ford and Edward Keller for Inmate Attacks

Roena's Facebook page features portraits like this one....

Video: Denver Deputy Roberto Roena Suspended for Using Taekwondo on Inmate

...and this one....

Video: Denver Deputy Roberto Roena Suspended for Using Taekwondo on Inmate

...plus numerous taekwondo-related pics featuring him with young students, as well as the full-size version of the cropped image at the top of this post:

Video: Denver Deputy Roberto Roena Suspended for Using Taekwondo on Inmate

Back in April, as seen in this screen capture from a video obtained by CBS4, Roena was showing off his taekwondo kicks for fellow deputies at the Downtown Detention Center....

Video: Denver Deputy Roberto Roena Suspended for Using Taekwondo on Inmate

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...when a nearby inmate apparently began giving him lip. Roena responded physically, precipitating a scuffle, with other deputies ultimately having to separate the two of them.

Afterward, Roena reportedly claimed that the inmate had initiated the contact -- something the video clearly shows wasn't true. As such, CBS4 notes that Roena drew a ninety-day suspension for his actions -- and for not initially telling the truth about them.

While the video is not nearly as violent as those that prompted the firings of Ford and Keller, it hardly presents a positive image of the deputies working at the detention center. Here's the CBS4 piece:

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