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SC deputy says inmate threatened his family

Feb 1, 2011 6:39:00 PM - thestate.com
Even though the man he was trying to transport to jail was yelling obscenities and threats, a Kershaw County sheriff's deputy had no official reason to beat the handcuffed detainee dozens of times, breaking his leg, prosecutors said in closing arguments Tuesday.

"Oddie Tribble broke Charles Shelley's skin. He broke his leg. And he broke the law," Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara McGregor said during closing arguments. "It does not matter what Charles Shelley said on the ride to the jail. ... Mr. Shelley's words do not justify the use of force by Oddie Tribble."

Tribble is on trial in federal court in Columbia this week, charged with a federal civil rights violation. The 51-year-old law enforcement veteran was fired in August after video surfaced of a deputy beating a handcuffed man dozens of times with a baton.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Tribble's case Wednesday. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

Earlier Tuesday, Tribble testified that he hit the man with his baton because the inmate would not listen to instructions about how to act at the jail and had also made threats against the officer's wife and daughter.

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