Body camera footage from that in 2019 has just been released as an investigation into a complaint of excessive force. The video has sparked outrage online shows a deputy from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office shut his on a man’s head and face.
The video shows the arrest of Stephon Hopkins in April 2019 and was just released by Black Lives Matter activist Bruce Wilson, who has demanded the deputy be fired. Hopkins wrote a written complaint against the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, saying the deputy slammed his head .
In the video, which is silent for thirty seconds the delayed recording on the body camera, Hopkins is accusing the deputy of using his handcuffs like “brass knuckles” and punching him face.
The Sheriff’s Office confirmed the deputy struck Hopkins face but said after Hopkins wrapped his arms deputy’s waist.
After , the deputy tries Hopkins from the vehicle but Hopkins pulls away. That’s when the deputy grabs by his shorts and drags him to .
After dragged from the car Hopkins tells the deputy, “Alright, I’m out of your car.”
As Hopkins lies on the pavement hands cuffed behind his back, the deputy then slams the door on his face.
“Oh, lord! Oh yeah, I’m on camera. I’m on camera,” Hopkins says after the door hit him face.
Hopkins told FOX Carolina that despite the incident happening two years ago, still police and haunted by what happened to him that day.
“I was just scared,” he said. “I really thought the officer was kill me. He had already punched me face with handcuffs. just terrified.”
After slamming the man’s head door, the deputy wrote in his report that Hopkins — who was handcuffed behind his back — deliberately put his head way, forcing the deputy to slam his head door.
“I close the door and he rolled and put his head way of the door, not causing any injury,” the deputy wrote in his report.
“I understand if people feel whichever way they feel,” Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Flood told The Post and Courier, “but it’s our determination — as of without conducting investigation because the guy has not come with us — that the incident intentional.”
Wilson, who released the video, disagrees and made public a notarized letter Hopkins asks for an investigation into the conduct of the deputy.
“You can tell that video that intentional,” Wilson told The Post and Courier. “There was ongoing aggression. Just Mr. Hopkins’ face.”
“That makes absolutely no sense for them justified. This man was handcuffed and you’re saying we’re not investigate it,” Wilson said, “Even if he files what you call complaint you’ve already told him what you’re do. You’re say that the officer was justified in slamming a door on a handcuffed man’s head and that’s okay.”
After punching Hopkins face and slamming his head door, the sheriff’s office charged him with and assault on .