"Allegations" of Police Brutality in Effingham County(Video)Submitted by redstripe4u on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 13:11
That's when the video shows Effingham County Sheriff's Investigator Jeremy Scott running from the other side of the car and knocking the 6' 2", 235 pound Wallace to his knees. Scott then proceeds to hang on Wallace’s neck in some sort of choke hold.
“What did he do, which part of his arm hit you?”
“I believe his forearm.”
“Where did he hit you?”
“My top lip,” says Wallace pointing to the area.
Scott's incident report states Wallace took a defensive stance...
Greg Connor is a 40-year police veteran. He now runs "Use of Force" a law enforcement training and consulting company. He watched the video and noticed no such defensive posture.
“I would say that is a clear indication of excessive force.”
“I would put it up there in regards to the detective’s actions, as one of the most gross demonstrations of excessive force by the punch in the jaw and then just an inappropriate application of a technique an inappropriate technique,” points out Connor.
The Springfield Officer does indicate in his report that as he was escorting Mr. Lee to the back of his patrol vehicle, he noticed Mr. Wallace was resisting both Chief Wynn and Detective Scott.
This was, however, after Wallace was hit in the face and put in a choke hold.
News Three did try to contact Springfield Police Department for comment but they've not returned our calls.
As for the Effingham County Deputy, no use of force report was filed; something that is required by the Sheriff's Department.
They did release a statement to WSAV:
The incident involving Mr. Wallace was investigated by a Criminal Investigations Division Supervisor in February, 2010. The supervisor found that no inappropriate behavior or actions were taken and had the actions taken been different, the incident could have resulted in a more severe outcome. There was not a formal complaint filed with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office by Mr. Wallace.
Wallace was charged with two counts of obstruction of an officer.
Both charges were dropped and he has since hired a lawyer.