Two Kentucky deputies in Hardin County were caught on film
after getting in a scuffle, resulting in the deputy jailer getting
arrested and suspended with pay.
The incident unfolded on February 8 after Deputy Jailer Joe
Funk was involved in a dispute with Deputy Clennon Smith, who was
turning over detainee property.
Prior to the scuffle, Funk reportedly threw the property
back and confronted Smith, who then pushed Funk. The situation devolved
into a physical fight, which was broken up by deputy jailers. Smith
attempted to arrest Funk, who refused to comply. In response to physical
resistance, Smith punched Funk until he was able to get him in cuffs.
Hardin County Jailer Danny Allen and Sheriff John Ward (many
counties in Kentucky treat the jail and Sheriff’s Department as
separate entities) held a press conference on Wednesday to address the
“It is very unfortunate that this incident occurred,” the
press release read. “Sometimes bad decisions and anger causes people to
make the wrong choice.”
Funk suffered a bloody nose, swollen lip, bruised hand and
sore neck. He claims he was reluctant to follow Smith’s commands because
he did not understand why he was being detained.
Allen said that Funk was taken into custody but not held in
the jail cells due to his status as an employee making him a possible
target for inmates. According to WAVE 3, he has since been released and is facing charges of menacing, assault and resisting arrest.