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The investigation ends with the involvement of MPs in the death of the prisoner

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The investigation into whether deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office were responsible for the death of an inmate in their custody has finally been closed after several investigations were conducted, according to the BSO.

Now BSO has said that after all relevant bodies have completed their reviews, the latest by the Professional Standards Committee, no further action will be taken on the death of Kevin Lavira Desir in January 2021.

“While internal and independent investigations conducted by BSO, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office found that no employee caused Kevin Desir’s death or violated any policy, this does not negate the great loss felt by his family and friends get,” Sheriff Gregory told Toni.

On Sunday, January 17, 2021, Desir was hospitalized at the North Broward Bureau’s Men’s Medical Ward after cutting himself in prison.

After BSO arrest officers removed Desir from the cell to inspect his injuries and provide assistance, deputies said he had become extremely violent by backing off, kicking and spitting, the BSO said.

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According to the inquest, Desir injured one of the deputies by biting him, and deputies then put him in a restraining chair “for his safety and the safety of the staff.” As MPs attempted to restrain him in the chair, he continued to move violently until he became unresponsive and was removed from the restraining chair, according to the report.

MPs immediately began CPR, and prison medical staff took over the resuscitation effort, the BSO said.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported Desir to Broward Health North in critical condition.

Desir, 43, was arrested Jan. 13 for marijuana possession and criminal mischief. His family said they took him off life support on Jan. 27, ten days after the altercation in prison.

According to BSO:

  • After Desir’s death, the Department of Internal Affairs and Homicide launched investigations under BSO guidelines.

  • Homicide investigators reviewed the case for possible criminal charges.

  • BSO’s criminal investigation department filed their findings and evidence with the Broward District Attorney’s Office on June 2, 2021.

  • Prosecutors closed their case earlier this year and did not press charges.

According to the BSO, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Killoran wrote in a closing memo dated February 2, 2022: “…this matter is hereby closed without charges being brought against any of the BSO employees involved in this dispute. While the death of inmate Desir is tragic, the facts of this case do not support indictment.”

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In February 2021, the Broward prosecutor sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement requesting an independent investigation into Desir’s death.

BSO’s internal Use of Force Review Board reviewed the case at its March 15, 2022 meeting and concluded that the force used in the case was consistent with BSO’s policies and procedures.

On April 13, 2022, the Professional Standards Committee reviewed the findings and recommended no further action.

The inmate’s family held a press conference a month after Desir’s death to call out what they believed was the Broward Sheriff’s Office “cover-up.” In February, a Broward County judge ruled that video of Desir’s death could be released to family attorneys but not the public.

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Joel McCord

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