Sheriff to speak on deputy tasing caught on camera
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:06:27 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has called a press briefing for 4 P.M. Friday to discuss the
recent video that shows a deputy tasing
a handcuffed suspect.
The video posted to social media outlets shows a Richland County Sheriff's deputy tasing 25 year old Charles Lang after a verbal altercation and multiple warnings Lang would get tased.
Lang is wearing handcuffs the entire time.
The Sheriff's Department has a policy referred to as "plus one" that gives a rough guideline for how much force a deputy can use.
"If we're dealing with someone who is using force against us, we are allowed to go plus one above. So therefore, in this situation, he didn't go to his gun, his weapon, we went to a taser because it was plus one." say Lieutenant Curtis Wilson of the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
The video then shows Lang being tased again, this time when he's already on the ground.
Legal experts say even though Lang doesn't seem to be a threat with his handcuffs on, that doesn't mean he couldn't cause harm to the deputy.
"Just because someone is handcuffed does not mean that they are not a danger to the officer or to others, it doesn't mean necessarily that they are not a flight risk. People have run away in handcuffs before. People have attacked officers in handcuffs before." says Seth Stoughton, a criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Deputies said the video will be reviewed internally to determine whether the deputy's actions were "objectively reasonable".
WACH Fox will have a crew at the press briefing and bring you the latest on this developing story.