Five Upstate cops fired on Monday for various conduct violations
HONEA PATH — It was Black Monday for some law enforcement agencies in the Upstate.
On that day, no fewer than five cops – three police deputies, one jailer, and one sheriff’s officer – were fired during various violations, which even resulted in an arrest.
Three deputies and a sheriff’s officer were terminated from three Anderson County agencies. The Honea Path Police Office (HPPO) fired deputies John Bell and Robert Joshua Shaw after they beat a 34-year-old man so bad, he’s now disabled for life. That incident happened on November 14, 2014 on the BELTON-HONEA PATH HY (US 76/178). The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is still investigating the incident.
Up the BELTON-HONEA PATH HY, the Anderson Police Office fired a deputy of its own minutes later.
Deputy Lawyer Scott was axed 40 days after he assaulted a woman. That incident happened on March 18 at the Anderson Recreation Center. He was suspended without pay two days later.
Also in the City of Anderson on Monday, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office fired an officer for conduct unbecoming of an officer.
Officer Nikki Gregory Branch was fired on Monday after SLED was called in to investigate a domestic dispute involving the officer. The Anderson Sheriff’s Office has not released anymore details at this time.
Finally in Spartanburg, a jailer was fired and then arrested on Monday for assaulting an inmate.
Atraus Darrel Styles, 27, was arrested Monday by the Spartanburg Police Office and is charged with misconduct in office and assault & battery of a high and aggravated nature. Officials say the incident happened at the Spartanburg County Jail in August 2014, where Mr. Styles was an officer.
He was suspended without pay following the incident. He was fired on Monday and then booked at his former place of employment immediately.
This is just a microcosm of the bad cops being weeded out of the law enforcement agencies. Let’s hope that our communities are safer soon.