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Man describes how deputy beat him

Jan 28, 2011 2:02:00 PM - thestate.com
The man who was severely beaten by a Kershaw County sheriff's deputy admitted that he had lost control of his mouth after being handcuffed and placed in a prison transport van.

The van was hot and smelled bad, said Charles Shelley, who testified Friday morning in the federal civil rights case against Oddie Tribble. Tribble is accused of violating Shelley's rights by beating him while he was handcuffed until his legs were bloodied and one was broken. Tribble’s attorney has argued it was a necessary and controlled use of force. The trial is in its second day.

Shelley's testimony featured multiple four-letter curse words as he described to a jury what he said to the officer, who had declined to retrieve the detainee's asthma inhaler from his car before taking him to jail.

"I told him he was dumb," Shelley said when recounting the multiple insults to Tribble and his family.

Shelley, a self-described drug addict, described the insults as "shooting the dozens," street slang for talking trash and exchanging verbal barbs with another person.

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