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originally posted by: destination now
Looking forward to seeing how this turns out...
Onlookers showed concern for the woman and told the raging officer that he had “crossed the line” and should let her go. Restaurant-goers murmured that somebody should “call the “real cops.”
When a few men approached the officer, he threatened to arrest them. “You wanna get an attitude? STEP AWAY!!”
Shortly thereafter, Columbia police arrived. They spoke to witnesses and saw the cell-phone video. They ordered that Derrick release Ball, then took him into custody and charged him with assault and battery.
Sheriff Leon Lott initially backed Derrick — disagreeing with Columbia Police — saying that he had authority to make an arrest, suggesting that Ball was “resisting.”
After a week of pressure and reasoning, Sheriff Lott placed Derrick on leave without pay, according to WISTV.
The Columbia Police Department eventually responded to the scene. But rather than backing up the deputy, the officers put him in handcuffs after reviewing the cellphone video shot by patron Steven Hughes.
“He watched maybe the first 30 seconds of it. And when he heard the Marine-Army comment he said, ‘Alright, things just changed. Arrest him, 10-37, and release her.’ And that’s when I said, ‘Sir, I know it’s hard, but that’s the right thing,’” Hughes told WIS-TV.
Police will hold a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the incident and possibly release more information.
originally posted by: Britguy
a reply to: skunkape23
Bravado is all well and good. Until that is, the off duty cop pulls a concealed weapon and kills you, and makes the claim it was fully justified and he was in fear of his life. Drunk or not, he will get the full support of the department, irrespective of what started it all.