‘Our officers did nothing wrong:’ Florence County Sheriff responds to allegations of excessive force

‘Our officers did nothing wrong:’ Florence County Sheriff responds to allegations of excessive force

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said Thursday that deputies acted appropriately after allegations were made of excessive force during a recent arrest.

“Our officers did nothing wrong,” Sheriff Boone said.

Boone said the only video his office has seen is the one that was posted on social media, which he described as “limited.”

Boone said the suspect actively resisted, and for the safety of the officers, was taken to the ground until further backup could arrive. He also pointed out that the deputy was restrained him in certain way in order to prevent injury.

“There was no chokehold. At no time was the subject struck, hit, punched, kicked or tased,” Boone said.

He added the video shows the man’s airway was not obstructed as he was able to yell profanities that were heard a considerable distance away.

“The suspect continued to verbally threaten to kill the officers as he was taken into custody,” Boone said.

The man never requested medical attention, according to Boone. He said the investigation into the allegations has concluded.

Earlier this month, Tyler Fleming accused deputies of excessive force during an arrest. He was charged with breach of peace, resisting arrest and threatening the life of public employees.

On Wednesday, the National Action Network held a protest outside the sheriff’s office in response to the incident, their second in as many weeks. He claimed that investigators have not reached out to any witnesses regarding the incident.

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