Kershaw Co. deputy charged with excessive force for beating inmate

Surveillance photo of Tribble beating Shelley (Source: SLED)
Surveillance photo of Tribble beating Shelley (Source: SLED)
Source: SLED
Source: SLED

By Logan Smith - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A grand jury charged a former Kershaw County deputy on Tuesday with a civil rights violation, months after he was videotaped beating a handcuffed inmate with a police baton and breaking the man's leg.

Oddie Tribble, 51, of Columbia, is charged with one count of using excessive force on Charles Edwin Shelley, 38, on August 5 at the Kershaw County Detention Center. The beating left Shelley with a broken left leg and several stitches.

Tribble told superiors he was driving a prisoner transport van to the jail when Shelley "became irate and began making threatening comments" about Tribble's family. When the van got to the jail, Tribble said Shelley "jerked away" from him.

After that, surveillance video shows Tribble landing 27 blows on Shelley's legs with a steel police baton. "I'm in handcuffs, he tells me to get out of the van and commence to beating me with the pipe he had," Shelley said by phone after the incident. "[Corrections officers] were standing in windows watching him beat me."

Kershaw County Sheriff Stephen McCaskill fired Tribble the next day for "misconduct in office." Another deputy, Jimmy Simmons, Jr., was also fired for watching the beating take place. The State Law Enforcement Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating, which led to Tribble's charge.

The maximum penalty Tribble could receive is up to 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. The U.S. Attorney's office and the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division will prosecute the case.

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