FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Florence County deputy is no longer employed after a recorded incident was uploaded to YouTube, according to Florence County Sheriff TJ Joye.
Deputies became aware of an incident Monday after a written complaint was filed by a person who was arrested by Sgt. Paul Morrison, Joye said. Deputies opened an Internal Affairs Investigation and determined that there were “numerous FCSO Policy violations during the incident” after reviewing all available video, including body-worn cameras, and interviews with deputies on scene.
Morrison is no longer employed by the sheriff’s office because of the incident, Joye said. The matter has also been handed to the 12th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Documents obtained by News13 show Morrison voluntarily resigned due to an internal investigation.
Joye said the sheriff’s office has met with the person involved and his attorney and made all existing video in its entirety.
The video, which was posted to YouTube, shows someone being approached by a deputy while recording video and being tackled to the ground while being arrested.
News13 is working to learn more information about the incident and what led up to it.
“Our agency has conducted training on the handling of First Amendment rights and that training is ongoing,” Joye said in a statement. “We will continue to respect the First Amendment rights of the citizens of Florence County and those who travel here.”
Morrison completed use of force and critical decision-making training as recently as April, according to training history documents obtained by News13 from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
Morrison had been with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office on three separate occasions since 2008 — most recently hired with the department in 2014 after a three-year stint with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. He also worked for the Florence Police Department from 2006 to 2008.
No other details were immediately available.