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Assault case for ex-deputy who tried to arrest soldier at bar moved to different court

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A still frame from cell phone video shot at Buffalo Wild Wings on October 7. A still frame from cell phone video shot at Buffalo Wild Wings on October 7.
Paul Allen Derrick (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Paul Allen Derrick (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The case of an ex-Richland County Sheriff's deputy who was arrested after allegedly assaulting a Fort Jackson soldier while trying to take her into custody at a Columbia bar earlier this month has been moved from city court to the Richland County court system.

City court officials said earlier in the day that 49-year-old Paul Allen Derrick was scheduled to appear in municipal court Friday morning to answer to assault and battery charges. That appearance has been canceled because the case was transferred to general sessions court.

Derrick was off-duty on October 7 when he tried to arrest 23-year-old Brittany Ball at Buffalo Wild Wings on Devine Street.

Police said Derrick approached Ball when she became emotional. She turned him away. At that point, Derrick went out to his truck and retrieved his handcuffs, gun and badge and returned to the bar, where he handcuffed her and began shouting at her, police said.

A portion of the confrontation was captured on cell phone video. The video, showing Derrick shouting at Ball as he yanked and twisted the handcuff chains, sparked outrage from many who saw it.
     
It also played a role in a decision by Columbia police arriving at the scene to order Ball released while they took Derrick into custody, charging him with assault and battery.

A little more than a week later, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott fired Derrick. "It made me angry, and then it made me sick and disgusted that any law enforcement officer would act that way, particularly a Richland County deputy," said Lott. "There's absolutely no excuse for his behavior and what he did that night. He interjected himself into something that he should of never gotten involved in."

Derrick served in public service as a Columbia firefighter and for the last 14 years as a Richland County deputy.

No time has been set for Derrick's next court appearance.

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