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Prison officer faces assault, battery charges for punching inmate

People may act violently in a situation or a place where there is too much stress for the person to handle. Because emotions can affect a person's behavior, there are times that a person may act without regard for anyone else. About two hours northwest of Columbia, South Carolina, police arrested an officer at a detention center after he allegedly punched a prisoner in the face. The 28-year-old officer is now facing third-degree assault and battery charges.

According to the affidavit, the detention officer used his shoulder intentionally to shove a prisoner in the back. Subsequently, the officer allegedly pushed the inmate against the wall and hit him in the face. The police stated that the incident was caught on camera. According to court records, along with the video and witness statements, the use of force against the prisoner was unnecessary and it appeared that the officer assaulted the inmate. Police incarcerated the detention officer while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division conducts the investigation.

Allegations involving violent crimes potentially carry severe legal consequences, including life in prison. Other than that, fines may be imposed and a tarnished reputation may also be one of the consequences. In this case, it may be difficult to contest the recorded evidence. Once the charges and evidence are discussed in court, the future of the defendant will be on the line.

Defending a person's innocence in court can be stressful. Building a solid criminal defense can be instrumental in avoiding long-term criminal punishments. People should know that even for violent crimes, they have the right to defend themselves against the charges.

Source: WCSC, "Authorities release video of detention officer allegedly assaulting inmate," Ray Rivera, Oct. 2, 2013

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