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Trial begins in jail video beating incident

Jan 27, 2011 2:41:00 PM - thestate.com
The defense attorney for a former Kershaw County sheriff's deputy accused of beating a handcuffed detainee said his client welcomes the chance for a jury to watch a now famous video of the incident.

The federal trial for Oddie Tribble, who was fired from his job as a sheriff's deputy after the beating, began Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Columbia. Tribble is accused of violating the civil rights of Charles Shelley, a detainee in Tribble's custody.

The incident, which happened in August, was captured by security cameras installed in a car port where deputies unload suspects before booking them in the Kershaw County Detention Center.

Greg Harris, one of the three lawyers on Tribble's defense team, said during opening statements that his client used his service baton because he felt threatened. Tribble drew on 23 years of law enforcement experience to make a split-second decision about his safety, Harris said. Police "are trained to respond in a matter of seconds to things on the street that we can't imagine," Harris said.

Federal prosecutor Christopher Lomax said Tribble had not legitimate reason to use his baton to break Shelley's leg and cause cuts that required stitches. During the ride to the jail, Shelley was obnoxious and said inappropriate comments to Tribble, Lomax said.

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