South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Reggie Lloyd met with reporters Tuesday on the case of a former Kershaw County Sherriff’s officer beating an inmate, which SLED is now investigating along with FBI. Both agencies have referred the case to the U.S. Justice Department for potential prosecution for civil rights violations.
Lloyd talked about a video caught by a vehicle bay security camera at the county detention center. It shows Sergeant Oddie Tribble, Jr. hitting 38-year-old Charles Edwin Shelley repeatedly with a steel police baton. Tribble was fired the morning after the Thursday night incident.
Lloyd said his reaction to the video was similar to that of others who watched it. He said it has “disturbing implications.” Lloyd says there are exceptions, when physical action may be required against a handcuffed suspect, but he says that doesn’t appear to be the case in the Tribble video.
Lloyd says there are exceptions, when physical action may be required against a handcuffed suspect, but he says that doesn’t appear to be the case in the Tribble video.
The beating left the inmate with a broken right leg, and an open wound on his other leg that required stitches.
Tribble’s report states that he was driving Shelley in a transport van when the victim began making threatening comments. He said he would find where Tribble lived and that he wanted to kill his family members. Tribble’s statement says that when the van arrived at the jail, he started to remove the victim from the van when the victim jerked away. Tribble hit Shelley with the baton when he jerked away a second time.
Lloyd says Shelley was taken immediately to a hospital emergency room in the transport van.
The video shows several other officers standing nearby during the beating. Lloyd says SLED’s investigation will include other officers present.
SLED agents were in Kershaw County on Friday investigating the case.