Cell phone video shows an off-duty Richland County deputy's actions as he tries to arrest a soldier after allegedly getting into an argument with her at a Columbia restaurant last week.The veteran deputy, 49-year-old Paul Derrick, was placed on leave without pay after he was arrested following the October 7 incident at Buffalo Wild Wings on Devine Street.
Accordingto a Columbia Police Department incident report, around 11 p.m. Derrick approached a female soldier from Fort Jackson who appeared to be upset. The report states 23-year-old Brittany Ball showed no interest in Derrick and the two started arguing.
Police say Derrick, who was not in uniform and was drinking alcohol, left the restaurant and returned with handcuffs he retrieved from his vehicle.
Derrick overpowered Ball, handcuffed her, pulled her to her feet, and slammed her head into a metal table, the report states. Ball, according to the report, was also drinking alcohol.
Cell phone video recorded by a bar patron details the events as they unfolded on the patio of the restaurant.
In the video, Derrick can be seen trying to force Ball to stand up after cuffing her hands behind her back.
At one point Ball is positioned over a table, and the table collapses.
It is not clear from the video why Derrick thought it was necessary to restrain Ball.
A police officer who reviewed video of the incident reports hearing Derrick say, "This is how Marines deal with soldiers," while slamming the woman into the table.
Derrick held Ball down until Columbia police arrived.
Sheriff Leon Lott is scheduled to discuss the case Tuesday with Interim
Columbia Chief Ruben Santiago and Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson.
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