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Off Duty SC Cop Manhandles Female Soldier

So here’s a cell phone video taken from a Buffalo Wild Wing restaurant in Columbia, S.C. last week which shows an off-duty Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy “arresting” a female soldier. Off-duty cop Paul Derrick, 49, was drinking at the time of the incident – as was 23-year-old soldier Brittany Bell,…

So here’s a cell phone video taken from a Buffalo Wild Wing restaurant in Columbia, S.C. last week which shows an off-duty Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy “arresting” a female soldier.

Off-duty cop Paul Derrick, 49, was drinking at the time of the incident – as was 23-year-old soldier Brittany Bell, the woman he “detained.”

According to Columbia, S.C. police, witnesses say Derrick approached Bell and became angry when she showed “no interest” in him.

Derrick then cuffed Bell, pulled her to her feet, and slammed her head into a metal table – reportedly telling her “this is how Marines deal with soldiers.” Bystanders attempted to intervene on Bell’s behalf – but he then began to berate them.

Nice …

Bell has been suspended without pay as a result of the incident.

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80 comments

Nölff October 15, 2013 at 8:31 am

What a dickhole. He has no business being a cop if he’s capable of doing something like that.

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Wake up October 15, 2013 at 9:16 am

Most of them are.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Good morning. Welcome to the planet earth.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

It will be interesting to see what comes of the meeting of Sheriff Lott and Lott Family members Santiago and Dan Johnson. Is Derrick a member of the Lott Family? If so, watch for them to sweep it under the rug. Maybe he can borrow the PTSD excuse or perhaps he was experiencing a diabetic episode of some sort.

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Your answer October 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

“However, Sheriff Leon Lott says the CPD made a mistake in arresting Derrick.

Lott says columbia police believed Derrick did not have the authority to make an arrest. He says Derrick does have that authority.

The sheriff also disputes a suggestion in the CPD incident report that Derrick was making an advance on the woman but had been rejected. He says his deputy was trying to calm the soldier.

Police confiscated a loaded gun Derrick was carrying at the time of the incident, and his identification, badge, and bar receipt.”

http://www.wistv.com/story/23666479/off-duty-sc-deputy-charged-with-assault

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Steve October 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

Revolting.

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JJEvans October 15, 2013 at 11:28 am

I don’t know about the laws covering off-duty cops carrying guns while drinking, but as a CWP holder I’m not allowed to carry a gun into a facility that serves alcohol.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm

In SC, an active-duty police officer can carry pretty much anywhere except inside a jail or in the hallowed halls of some sacred Federal buildings. They are not bound by the idiotic “Rob Me” signs or most restrictions imposed on CWP holders.

MOST departments however, have policies which forbid the consumption of alcohol while carrying.

A retired police officer with HR-218/LEOSA credentials may carry in places that serve alcohol if NOT CONSUMING but are bound by the idiotic “Rob Me” signs.

Hope this helps to clarify some of the issues.

It would appear that this guy “likely” violated some RCSD policies regarding carrying while consuming. Not sure if RCSD has those policies or not, but would imagine it a safe bet they do, given the size of the department.

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Doobster October 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Lott is a dumbass and anyone who voted for him is a dumbass. People in Columbia keep voting for corruption and when something like this happens they are the first to say WTF?!?! Wake up you’re going to be Chicago in a few years!

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venomachine October 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm

He clearly had a diabetic attack.

Tangentially, will Loonie be taking over for Wilford Brimly in the DIABEETUS ads?

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Ohhhhh ssssshiiiite. Funny.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

“Bell has been suspended without pay as a result of the incident.”

Hey Fits, I hope you meant to say, “Derrick has been suspended without pay…”. From the looks of this, Bell did nothing to deserve suspension.

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sweepin October 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

Suspended without pay? You mean he’s still got a job?

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Wltx, 2 weeks late and many stories short, is FINALLY backing this #EXCLUSIVE

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Jurisrachel October 18, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply
Good Ole Boy October 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

she just needs to go get her a good lawyer and its payday! Cha ching.

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Yea, but October 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

Courtesy of the taxpayer sadly. I always thought it’s not enough the cops lose their jobs, they should also be solely responsible for any harm/damage they cause and have to pay restitution all by themselves.

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Ian Battles October 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Well, until Unions stop protecting these crooked jackoffs, draining the county coffers is the only way to send a message that crap like this will not be tolerated.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

+ q for bagging unions

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N October 20, 2013 at 2:10 am

SC does not have police unions. He was arrested, charged, and fired.

Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Uh no. That fracker acted all alone as a drunk sob. Lott, well… Ya know.

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Holy Cow October 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Clearly Lott has totally misunderstood the difference between capcity/authority to do something, and circumstances which permit taking action under that authority.
Does a Federal Dist. Judge have the authority to declare me or anyone in this state mentally insance. Sure, he or she is well within their authority – they may just not have cause, evidence, jurisdiction, or basis for doing so. This cop had authority to make arrest, but….this one, at this time, under these circumstance, and for what reason? He should have had another drink or 12.

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Yea, but October 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

Courtesy of the taxpayer sadly. I always thought it’s not enough the cops lose their jobs, they should also be solely responsible for any harm/damage they cause and have to pay restitution all by themselves.

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RHood2 October 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

F she eas under wrrest, what was the charge?

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Wake up October 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

You’re acting like “law” or even morality matters. Really, are you that naive?

Even if we were going to run with the notion that this poor girl broke some law, let’s say the law was, “You must lick the boot of a drunk off duty pig.”, I doubt his mental capacity at the time was such that he was able to recite it at the time of her “arrest” let alone write a report.

I assure you that’s the reason the CPD confiscated his bar receipt. Someone in the CPD did a good job of covering their ass for an event just like this.

Anyway, there are thousands of “laws” on the books that any cop can prosecute you for any time he wants. It’s why you must kiss their asses all the time because if you simply tell them you don’t like them, they have a cornucopia of laws with which to charge you. Most citizens break several a day and don’t even know it.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Confiscating the bar receipt was excellent thinking on the part of the arresting officer. He should be commended for that stroke of genius.

That said, it remains to be seen if the bar receipt will be “lost” or not, before this is over. Heavy hitters in the Lott Family are going to confer about this. With Lott saying that CPD was somehow wrong in arresting his deputy, I am curious as to what Santiago, Dan Johnson, and Lott will decide to do (or not do) with this case.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

CYA. FIRED HIS AZZ.

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semi October 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

Did the cops ever come? What happened when and if they came?

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CorruptionInColumbia October 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Someone prolly had to wipe it up.

:-D

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Todd October 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

That guy is a piece of shit. I heard he has a little dick too.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Lotts proginy.

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Tin Star October 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Jake Jr.?

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Yelsewh October 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

Paul Derrick is going to jail.

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Sailor October 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

This idiot should be charged with assault.

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BigStarD October 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

The High Sheriff will have this taken care of. Solicitor was ready to charge Barney Fife with Kidnapping and assault…Sheriff Mighty Mouse said, No you won’t. This guy gives good cops a bad name.

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JJEvans October 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

The dickhead should never work as a cop again.

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Jesus H. Christ! October 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

Suspended? Why not arrested, jailed, and charged with aggravated assault and battery?

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shifty henry October 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Agree – Shifty saw the 10 minute video where NO uniformed cop arrived on camera.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Bandwagon is over at the politics page, hufpo clunt.

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Smirks October 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

Holy fuck.

This guy needs some time behind bars.

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Philip Branton October 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

WOW….how should Nancy Mace use this to show how Lindsey Graham treats WHO…??

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Philip Branton October 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

WOW……how should this be used via Facebook to show how women are treated by the Taliban……

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Philip Branton October 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

WOW….how should this be used to show HOW LONG it takes for WHAT to happen…?

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ravenhaired vixen October 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Assbag! Just like the rest of CPD.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Did you read the article? He was a Deputy with RCSD.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

No. Hufpo agents do not read. Spew.

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LOTTsucks October 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

he only got charged with a 30day misdemeanor.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Not tonight.

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IT HAPPENS October 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Lott does not hesitate to fire immediately. There is more to this story. The video picks up after she is cuffed and to me it looks like she is resisting arrest.

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vicupstate October 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I don’t see her head hitting anything, much less a metal table. There is a lot of rushing to judgment here.

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IHateFatChicks October 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

“Resisting”. WTF are you talking about. She was assaulted by a loser cop.

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Hated Seeing That October 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

The asshole tortures the girl. And by the way, if a scumbag pig does that, HE broke the law, not her.

You do ascribe to the policy that law enforcement should NEVER torture suspects, right?

I notice that in the State Newspaper today more civilians are reported killed by law enforcement than other way around. Do you not see that as problematic?

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CorruptionInColumbia October 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I am in no way taking up for this guy. What I saw in the video was disgusting to the max and I hope appropriate charges are brought (to include kidnapping, false arrest, and assault).

That said, given that most violent criminals (armed robbers, active shooters, rapists, home invaders, etc) are “civilians”, I do not see a problem with more of them being killed by cops than the other way around. This is exactly as it should be.

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This was over the line October 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Off duty copys shouldn’t go out to make arrest whie they are drinking under no authority of law whatsoever, for what at the most could be a misdameanor? We don’t even have an alleged crime being committed by her. Want to ruin your week (or you next 100 plus weeks?) let me put you in cuffs and put a full Nelson on you. A couple of labrums and four suprspinatus (rotator cuffs) later, you will be really suprised how effect these 1950’s police tactics were at breaking suspects. Part of the reason they are considered police brutality.

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IHateFatChicks October 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Most LE is comprised of troglodytes, losers, pathological liars, narcissistic sociopaths and violent psychopaths.

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Tin Star October 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Don’t forget ‘roid ragers.

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The Colonel October 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

You can hear the patrons in the background talking about “Deputy Dumbass Derrick” having earlier hit on the girl. Let’s hope he gets some training that will help him manage his obvious issues – while he’s doing 5-7 for false imprisonment and assault. It’s a shame she was without a battle buddy but glad a bystander had the guts to film it despite the efforts of some of the dumber patrons.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Hell fucking yes. Re promoted.

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lawless rogues are demons October 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

He should be in jail, and as a condition of his bond be ordered to get a full psychiatric evaluation in a locked unit at mental hospital before being released.

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Frank Pytel October 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Yeah, wanna re read that post. #ObamaFailsAgain

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lawless rogues are demons October 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Under the law, off duty or not … drinking and holding a woman for no reason against her will constitutes “kidnapping” …. The best thing to do with this law enforcement agency is to replace every single one of the deputies. The entire force is out of control. We The People can no longer tolerate this bullshit stuff that goes on with these swollen head son of a bitches who walk around acting like they are GOD himself. HANG THIS SHIT. His home address can be found easy enough. The Sherriff should immediately seize any and all weapons this very unstable psycho has. HE IS A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY! HE MIGHT KILL CHILDREN!!!!!

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A-mazing October 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm

This is so fucking awful. Note when he has her in cuffs and is applying a full Nelson – he is cleary attempting to inflict (and succeded wildy) a tremendou amount of pain, and I would be surprised if he didn’t tear a ligament or tendon in either or both shoulders.
NOTE: when he says “she’s not under arrest but she’s about to be.” So under what authority does he have in cuffs again while he is out off duty and out of uniform.
This is Richland’s finest? And Lott sounds like he is trying to take this from a public relations nightmare, and see if he can’t get some sort of award going for the officer that did it? WTF? But then again, its people like this that Lott and Benjamin see as the problem folks, not the gangbangers down town shooting teenagers who are minding their business.

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Albert N. Milliron October 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

he has been fired – This is how Richland County deal with reckless cops – http://www.politisite.com/2013/10/14/video-cop-arrests-female-soldier-for-resisting-advances/

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Thank God October 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

While I am very glad he was fired, he should also be arrest. This clearly was not under the authority of law. The cuffs may belong to the RCSD, but that doesn’t make any act of violence he cares to do with it lawful nor legal. I am glad one patron was willing to film it.

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A-mazing October 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

If you have seen the movie “Safe Haven” where the female leads alcoholic estranged husband who is a cop comes after her, this guy reminds me of him to a T, bully, alkie, cop who likes to beat up on women, abuse his authority, misue the power of the “law,” it’s like he’s the same character.

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King-tut October 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Sheriff “Shorty” and his deputies cant control the crime, gang members, or thugs in Richland County. So, they have to go pick fights with women.

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OldCorpsEd October 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Derrick’s skinhead ass belongs in jail NOW, and for another 25 years after he’s tried and convicted.

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Anon. October 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Nazi Bastard!

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Arnold Ziffel October 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

At 7:38 PM the police in S.C. announced that this a$$hat had been fired. Must have been a problem to begin with if the whole incident can be resolved in a day.

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jimmyt October 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

police the real terrorists

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The Colonel October 16, 2013 at 2:49 am

Deputy Dumbass Derrick has now been fired – Guess Leon’s not quite the punk some of ya’ll think…

http://www.thestate.com/2013/10/15/3040604/richland-county-deputy-fired-after.html

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grasan October 16, 2013 at 6:52 am

And what are they saying she did wrong?

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Mguzman October 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

Bad Boy!!!!!!

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ericberry October 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

Just another cop who was bullied in high school… Give em’ a badge and a gun and he’s God now.

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scotty October 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

It looks like the tax payer will get screwed again. Lott finally got the word and has discharged the asshole. I guess several law suits will follow.

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James Powell October 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

He is the people cops are trained to protect women from. Must have been an a hole Marine.

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Master Troll October 18, 2013 at 6:34 am

Put him in jail for assaulting a member of the armed forces… evil power hungry pigs

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Master Troll October 18, 2013 at 6:39 am

This filthy pig was probably used to getting his way through intimidation and corruption…they need to make an example out of this clown

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Jurisrachel October 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

Small consolation, I realize, but this cretin cop _has_ now been fired: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/10/17/off-duty-deputy-assualt/ . And let’s not ignore the good that also happened. More than a couple people – some even apparently complete strangers to the woman being assaulted – didn’t just ignore it, and some tried to directly intervene, even when the cop threatened to “arrest” them too. (And the cop had a gun; try not to judge the folks that didn’t physically charge in.) That’s the world we should all want to inhabit, where we don’t let people get away with assaulting others just because they can. To borrow a phase from the homeland security folks: if you see something, say something. Be the change, folks. :)

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