Officer Reportedly Threatened to Taser Football Player During Traffic Stop

| by Lina Batarags

The South Carolina state trooper who pulled over Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week has reportedly been suspended as his behavior during the stop is investigated.

The 6-foot-3 football player had been going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone in Laurens County.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter pulled him over early on Wednesday morning.

The interaction was caught on camera.

Salter asked Montgomery to step out of his car and gave him a series of orders. He then told Montgomery that if he couldn’t follow commands, “the next thing you’re going to get is the Taser.”

Montgomery, 24, made it clear he was trying to comply.

“Whoa, I’m not trying to cause problems,” Montgomery responded.

After handcuffing Montgomery and moving him into his cruiser, Montgomery told the officer he accepts responsibility and will pay whatever his fine may be; Salter told him it might be in his interest to bring the matter to traffic court.

“And I will work with you on your ticket,” Salter told Montgomery. “I’m pretty fair, any many comes to court, asks for help on a ticket, I’ll do what I can.”

The 262-pound lineman spent the night in jail, and was released on $355 bond. His court date has been set for July 16.

On Thursday, Salter was reportedly suspended by the state Department of Public Safety. The agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating his conduct during the stop.

The agency has said that although Salter was acting within his rights when he made an arrest for a speeding violation in excess of 25 mph, it is his behavior during the stop that is currently being questioned.

A statement released on Monday said that “Salter’s behavior during the traffic stop of Mr. Montgomery was not representative of professionalism displayed by our troopers and officers every day around the state.”

The agency’s spokeswoman Sherry Iacobelli said that when Montgomery’s arrest was brought to their attention, they “self-initiated an internal investigation.”

Montgomery, for his part, accepted responsibility for the stop.

“Bad deal,” he said. “Trying to get home. I’ll take the lick. I was wrong.”

Sources: Daily Mail, NBC Sports

Photo Sources: Daily Mail