Inmate punches and breaks TV during video arraignment

Video obtained by I-Team shows suspect Joseph Vankirk punching a TV monitor after judge denies personal recognizance bond.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Newschannel 3) – An inmate now faces property destruction charges in addition other charges after he punched a TV in jail during a video arraignment with a Judge.

31-year-old Kalamazoo man Joseph Vankirk was already facing charges of assault and resisting arrest during a June 12th arraignment when he suddenly lost his temper after a Judge denied Vankirk a personal recognizance bond.

“I find the PR bond will not ensure public safety given your criminal history,” said the Judge, speaking to Vankirk from the Kalamazoo County Court through a video conference call to the Kalamazoo County jail.

Before the judge could finish his sentence, Vankirk, still wearing handcuffs, stood up and punched the jail TV while screaming expletives at the Judge.

“That’s what happens when you (expletive) with me!” he screamed, as deputies suddenly appear to restrain Vankirk.

Vankirk was later arraigned on charges related to destruction of police property on July 18th.

During the arraignment Vankirk was accused of damaging the jail TV-monitor, valued at $720.

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