The recently published "Paid Jailer" report examines Gualtieri's connection to private security company G4S Security Solutions, a firm that provides private security services to law enforcement agencies.
USA Today found that Israilov had known detainee Thomas Morrow was being beat to death by another detainee while handcuffed in the back of his detention van, but did not stop to help him.
The report also highlights an incident in 2018, in which a G4S driver waited five minutes while failing to check on detainee Luis Nieves in his vehicle even after noticing that he was failing to move. Nieves died of positional asphyxiation, blocked breathing.
Gualtieri defended G4S in the 2018 case, and the report says that as far as the investigators can tell, he has continued to renew the contract with the company. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay contacted PCSO's public information officer for an answer as to whether or not they still contract with G4S but has not yet received a response. This post will be updated if one comes in.
Wackenhut, the company that created G4S was founded in 1954. Since then, the company has become one of the largest private prison and law enforcement contractors in the nation.
In 2004, Wackenhut changed its name to Geo Group, which operates several Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) detention centers across the country, as well as prisons. Geo Group has been mired in controversy for corrupt practices and several lawsuits, one citing "inhumane treatment" of detained migrants.