The FBI and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in the case of a sheriff’s deputy who was captured on video beating a handcuffed inmate with a baton.
The Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputy was fired after an August 5 surveillance video showed him hitting the inmate dozens of times with a baton, authorities said Monday.
The video shows the deputy leading the handcuffed man from a van toward the jail. The deputy then pulls out his baton and begins swinging it repeatedly at the man’s legs, bashing him until he falls to the ground.
Once the man is on the ground, the deputy continues to hit him as at least two other deputies look on. The deputy helps the man up at one point only to slam his face against the hood of the van, the video footage shows.
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