Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office employee Thomas Justin Mims, 28, was arrested and charged with assault and battery third degree last week, according to a statement released by the S.C. Law Enforcement Agency (SLED) on Thursday.
The charge is a misdemeanor with penalties upon conviction of a fine up to $500, up to 30 days in jail, or both.
SLED conducted the investigation at BCSO’s request. Mims is accused of using his shoulder to shove an inmate in the back, pushing him against the wall and punching him in the left side of his face on Aug. 19 at about 4:55 a.m., according to an arrest affidavit.
The incident was captured on video, according to the affidavit. The video and witness statements reflect that use of force against the inmate appeared unnecessary and excessive and constituted an assault, according to the affidavit.
The left side of the inmate’s face was swollen and bruised after the incident, according to the affidavit.
In August, BCSO officer Billy Wade Biering was arrested and charged with assault and battery third degree for reportedly assaulting an inmate in May 2012, according to SLED.