South Carolina Sheriff’s Deputy Allen Derrick was fired Tuesday after he was filmed handcuffing and yelling at a female Army soldier while off duty.
According to witnesses, Derrick approached soldier Brittany Ball at a local bar, which led to an argument. Derrick then exited the bar and returned from his personal vehicle with handcuffs, gun and badge.
When Derrick returned to detain Ball, fellow service member Steven Hughes decided to film the event.
“I said, ‘I’m going to start videoing this because I think something is about to get out of hand,’” Hughes said. “And about the time I got my [camera] out, he had her turned around and was putting her in handcuffs.”
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Derrick proceeded to pull Ball to her feet and slam her head into a metal table. At one point, Derrick pressed her into a table, which reportedly collapsed.
“This is how Marines deal with soldiers,” Derrick allegedly said.
Both Derrick and Ball had been drinking alcohol at the time of the filming.
Police later ordered Derrick to release Ball, then arrested and charged him with assault and battery.
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Though Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott initially opposed the decision, he later assented.
“It made me sick and disgusted that any law enforcement officer would act that way,” Lott said.
Derrick was fired Tuesday after the video emerged.