South Carolina Sergeant Gets Fired After Being Caught On Video Repeatedly Striking Handcuffed Inmate With Baton

The State Law Enforcement Division and the State Attorney General are now involved in the investigation of a deputy caught on tape repeatedly hitting a handcuffed inmate with his baton, breaking his leg.

Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill told WIS-TV, he fired 50 year old Sergeant Oddie Tribble, Jr. last Friday, one day after the incident at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

The victim, 38 year old Charles Shelley told WIS by phone Monday, he and Tribble exchanged words, and Tribble ordered Shelley to get out of the van.

“I’m in handcuffs, he tells me to get out of the van and commence to beating me with the pipe he had”, Shelley said.

WIS detailed parts of Tribble’s report in a report on its website Tuesday:

Tribble’s report stated that he was driving a KCSO prisoner transport van to the jail when the victim “became irate and began making threatening comments.” Tribble reported the man threatened to use the internet to find where he lives and, “I want to kill your family, your wife, and daughter anybody that is associated with you in your home,” Tribble reported.

Once inside the sally port, Tribble reported that he started to remove the victim from the van when the victim, “jerked away,” and Tribble grabbed the victim by the side. Tribble wrote that the man jerked away a second time. That’s when Tribble said he pulled out his steel baton.

Tribble reported that he “struck SUBY (subject) about his lower extremities,” before the man fell. Tribble said the man then started listening to “verbal commands,” and the officer got the man to his feet. KCSO Lieutenant Robinson ordered Tribble to take the man to the emergency room, according to the report.

SLED announced its involvement in the investigation in a press release Monday.

Director Reggie Lloyd says “These are all serious allegations and we appreciate each department’s leadership and prompt notification. We also greatly appreciate our continuing, strong partnership with the FBI on these and other major investigations. These allegations do not reflect the professional work of thousands of South Carolina law enforcement officers each and every day. All subjects of these investigations are presumed innocent of these charges at this time.”

State Attorney General Henry McMaster’s office picked up the case on Monday and will decide on any charges against Tribble.

Shelley is still in jail on outstanding warrants for giving false information to police, driving under suspension 2nd offense, habitual traffic offender, open container, and possession of marijuana.

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