Jail CO who’s suing sheriff charged with assault

Tyrone Brodhead (KPD photo)

An Ulster County sheriff’s corrections officer embroiled in a racial discrimination lawsuit against his employer has been arrested for assault. Tyrone Brodhead, 44, of Tubby Street was arrested by Kingston police on July 2. Cops say the arrest came after a warrant was issued in City Court charging Brodhead with misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal obstruction of breathing and violation harassment. Police say the charges stem from a past incident involving a 27-year-old female victim. Brodhead was arraigned in Kingston City Court and released without bail.

Brodhead is one of five black Ulster County corrections officers who filed suit in 2016 alleging that they were denied promotions, subjected to harsher discipline than white co-workers and subjected to a hostile work environment because of their race.

On Tuesday, July 3, the sheriff’s department announced on a Facebook post that Brodhead had been suspended for 30 days pending the results of an internal investigation, which will be independent of the KPD’s investigation.