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SC's Top Cop Disturbed By Video of Inmate Beating

SC's Top Cop Disturbed By Video of Inmate Beating

AP via YellowBrix

August 12, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s top cop said Tuesday that video footage of a now-fired deputy beating a handcuffed inmate with a baton hard enough to break the prisoner’s leg is disturbing and raises questions about how force is used.

“You can’t watch the video without having some serious concern for what went wrong there,” State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd said in a teleconference. “Obviously some very disturbing implications when you have law enforcement taking any physical action toward somebody who is restrained.”

SLED and federal agents are investigating whether former Kershaw County deputy Oddie Tribble violated the inmate’s civil rights by hitting him in the legs more than two dozen times. Tribble, who was fired after the beating Thursday, had been with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years. A phone number for an Oddie Tribble in Columbia had been disconnected.

Lloyd said investigators are interviewing a handful of officers who were at the jail and could see the beating and the eight or nine other prisoners in the van with 38-year-old Charles Shelley. Shelley, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked, was still being held at the jail Tuesday on a variety of traffic charges.

They include driving with a suspended license, having an open container of alcohol and possession of marijuana. The jail had no information about whether he has an attorney.

Shelly’s most serious conviction was for first-degree burglary last year, according to his arrest record. He was sentenced to two years probation and restitution in that case.

Lloyd said the action or inaction of other officers at the jail is being looked at, too.

“You’re looking at a broader issue than just the actual assault itself,” Lloyd said. “Was there a duty on other personnel to render aid or protect a detainee?”

SLED and the FBI also are investigating possible civil rights violations in two cases last month. A Sumter police officer was arrested on a charge of assaulting a suspect during a traffic stop, and two Juvenile Justice correctional officers were arrested and accused of assaulting a juvenile in custody. All the officers were fired.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Its really bad thing that Cps have take misuse of their authority which is given by the government . I think that We have to start necessary step against them through this footage video.
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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    They include driving with a suspended license, having an open container of alcohol and possession of marijuana. The jail had no information about whether he has an attorney. These all are great to know about it.
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  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    These is really one of the great information which you can share with us. Here the Sumter police officer was arrested on a charge of assaulting a suspect during a traffic stop. In all these there are so many things which is really great.

  • Fire_station_010_max50


    about 4 years ago


    WOW!!! So much of these bad decisions made bygood officers, now makes me think that I'm never going to get into Law Enforcement. I just hope that the applications I put in for the Federal Government will be review and I get a contact letter for an interview. I am personnally apaled by the actions of recent Officers and Deputies being arrested for crimes that they themselves should know better.As an MP in the US Army, if I would have done anything like what these "Police Officers" have done, I would have spent the rest of my life in Leavenworth Kansas! I AM JUST SIMPLY APALED!!!!!!

  • Duke_and_savannah_036_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This one really sucks to watch another officer tarnish the badge that the majority of us carry with pride. When I first saw the article and read Columbia,SC I thought that someone from the Richland County Sheriff's Dept or Columbia Police was the suspect and being a retired Inv. from the RCSD I was hesitant to read the article. I know that sounds terrible but I'm glad it wasn't anyone from my old dept. I'm sorry the suspect was struck by the sgt. because now the suspect will be living better than retired officers do after the lawsuit is settled. And he will definitely be doing better than the now fired sgt. is. I see no way in condoning what the sgt. did after watching the video and he had to know there was a video camera there and still acted like a madman. That's all I have to say on this one.

  • Policelink1_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Wow. Stupid move.

  • John_groh_max50


    about 4 years ago


    That Deputy was completely out of control. I could see nothing that the guy did that would warrant that type of beating. I have used the baton on a handcuffed prisoners leg but only because he was kicking at me. And even then normally one lick would do the trick. Sorry to say, but that Deputy needed to find other employment.

  • 1979_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Right darsavmo. Things like this really hurt all of us, even us retired guys. It doesn't even matter to the public that we are the ones that brought him down and brought this to light. Absolutely no need for anything like this to happen. He let this POS get into his head which means that the Officer lost the battle right then. The beating w2as simply the way to end a career and lose what respect the other Officers had gained.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 4 years ago


    One deputy w/ a baton and apparently some anger issues, now makes thousands of other good deputies and officers look like gestapos. Great job "former" deputy...

  • Pic-0246_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Snapshot_20100823_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Man. What in the world went through this police officers mind? This is pathetic that some one with this much experiance would do some thing so stupid. I can't say I'm sorry to see this officer fired. Watching this video I see no reason that this suspect should have been beaten the way he was.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Another career down the drain and another black eye for LE in general. Way to go, sarge !!!

  • Funny


    about 4 years ago


    rhile772 the general public? The officer clearly violated the use of force guidelines. The same as the inmate committed a crime so did the officer. Shame on him for tarnishing the badge.

  • N4139562294_683_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Another video showing why the general public has no respect for law enforcement

  • Img00039_max50


    about 4 years ago



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