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Warrants: Former Bennettsville police officer threw suspect against wall while in custody

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 10:53 AM EST
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BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WMBF) – A Bennettsville police officer is off the force after the department said there was an incident with a suspect while in custody.

Warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division show that on July 6, 23-year-old Jalen Hilton “unlawfully grabbed a restrained victim around the neck and threw him against the wall.” The documents went on to say this caused the suspect to hit the back of his head against the wall.

The Bennettsville Police Department stated that Police Chief Kevin Miller immediately put officer Jalen Hilton on administrative leave without pay after the incident.

Miller also contacted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to review the incident, while the Bennettsville Police Department conducted its own investigation for violations of departmental policy by Hilton.

On Monday, Hilton turned himself into SLED agents and he was terminated from the Bennettsville Police Department.

“Chief Miller wants the citizens of Bennettsville to know he believes in transparency and holding each and every officer accountable for their actions. We must not only police the public but police ourselves,” the police department stated in a press release.

Hilton is charged with second-degree assault and battery and misconduct in office. He was booked into the Marlboro County Detention Center.

Documents from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy show that Hilton had been with the Bennettsville Police Department since December 2020.

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