A South Carolina deputy has been fired and charged after a dash camera recorded him punching teenager Jeremy Laquan Rucker, 18, in the face. What is curious is that there is no word on action taken against the other officers who assisted former deputy Brian Tollison.
Rucker is accused of initially resisting arrest, but the police admit that he soon relented. Yet, the tape shows one deputy appearing to hold Rucker and Tollison beats him. The full video also shows deputies taser and kick Rucker.
Tollison is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Rucker is charged with drug possession and resisting arrest.
Greenville seems to have a serious problem in controlling its own officers. Another officer was fired after releasing a dog that attacked another officer, click here.
Obviously, a tort action is likely to result in liability in such a case for battery. While the police department will claim a rogue employee defense, the other officers in the video will make that hard to sustain.
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