A corrections officer accused of using excessive force on an inmate in the Ramsey County Jail has reached a settlement agreement that will lead to his formal resignation, without discipline
Travis VanDeWiele, who submitted his resignation to the Ramsey County sheriff’s office last week, also is out another job. He was listed as co-head wrestling coach at East Ridge High School in Woodbury as of Monday, but he resigned Tuesday.
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A Ramsey County sheriff’s correctional officer resigned last week, a year after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour in connection with his violent treatment of an inmate on April 13th, 2016. After Travis VanDeWiele pushed on Terrell Johnson’s head and Johnson complained of excessive force, VanDeWiele responded, “You ain’t seen excessive force yet” and punched the restrained man four times in his abdomen or chest area, according to the criminal complaint against VanDeWiele.
Johnson, then 24, was having a hard time talking, but he managed to say, “Please don’t kill me,” the complaint continued.
Travis VanDeWiele, left, who resigned as a Ramsey County sheriff’s correctional officer, was charged with assaulting Terrell Johnson, right, after he was brought to the Ramsey County jail. The assault charge was dismissed and VanDeWiele pleaded guilty to lesser charge of disorderly conduct. (Courtesy of Ramsey County sheriff’s office) Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, who was not working at the sheriff’s office at the time of the incident, said Monday the events captured on video from three years ago “are extremely disturbing to me and other members of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department.”
In addition to VanDeWiele’s departure, the sergeant on duty at the time of the Johnson case left the sheriff’s office in March 2017, a month after VanDeWiele was charged.