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Former deputy indicted in beating of suspect

Nov 3, 2010 12:43:00 AM - thestate.com
A former Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputy caught on video as he beat a suspect has been indicted on federal charges of a civil rights violation.

Oddie Tribble Jr., 51, of Columbia faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for using excessive force against the suspect, who was hit while handcuffed at the Kershaw County Detention Center, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said. Tribble had worked for the department for 12 years.

The suspect, Charles Shelley, received a broken leg in the Aug. 5 incident.

The beating was filmed by two video cameras installed in a carport where deputies drop off suspects who are to be booked in the county jail. The footage shows Tribble strike Shelley at least 25 times with his police baton while other inmates and other sheriff’s deputies and jail employees watch. All of the strikes were below Shelley’s knees.

After 22 hits, Shelley fell, and the deputy struck him three more times while he was on the ground, the footage shows.

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