Thursday, 3 September 2020

South Carolina sheriff's deputy is fired and charged with assault after bodycam footage showed him throwing a handcuffed woman to the ground by her hair

A deputy in South Carolina has been fired and charged with assault after body camera footage showed him yanking a woman to the ground by her hair inside a sheriff's office.
Kyle Oliver, 29, faces misdemeanor charges of assault and battery in the third degree following the January 7 incident in Columbia.
Officers had been called to reports of domestic violence at a property along the Broad River Road area.
Kyle Oliver, a Richland County sheriff's deputy, has been fired and charged with assault
Kyle Oliver, a Richland County sheriff's deputy, has been fired and charged with assault
The incident happened inside Richland County sheriff's office on January 7
The incident happened inside Richland County sheriff's office on January 7
Oliver was caught on camera grabbing the woman by her hair and yanking her to the floor
Oliver was caught on camera grabbing the woman by her hair and yanking her to the floor
Shocking moment deputy hurls woman to the ground by her hair
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A woman was taken to the region four substation of Richland County sheriff's office, on Beatty Road.

She was handcuffed behind her back and placed her on a bench.

Leon Lott, sheriff of Richland County said the woman was 'highly agitated' and was hitting the back of her head on the wall, which eventually put a hole through the wall. 
Oliver then ran up, grabbed her by her hair and yanked her forward to the ground, the body camera footage showed.
Oliver is seen shoving the woman, wearing a blue jacket, to the ground inside the office
Oliver is seen shoving the woman, wearing a blue jacket, to the ground inside the office
But the footage was not reviewed until now.
Oliver reported using force in his official write-up, but what he wrote in his report did not match the footage from another officer's body camera, Lott said at a news conference.
Lott said he reviewed the camera footage on Monday after receiving a tip. 
He said the woman never reported the excessive force.
Lott decided to fire Oliver and after prosecutors reviewed the footage, they charged him with misdemeanor third-degree assault.
'His actions are unacceptable, and I will not have it from any of my deputies,' Lott said. 
'I hold my deputies to a much higher standard.'
The sheriff promised to put in place new rules requiring supervisors to match such written reports with available video.
'We work everyday doing good things out there,' Lott said. 
'But it only takes one time, like you just saw, to create mistrust in the community.'

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