In the region’s top T&D articles in 2021, number 6 involves the firing and arrest of an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety agent after he allegedly put his boot in the back of a man’s neck. 58 years old on Colleton Street.
SC’s law enforcement division charged former officer David Lance Dukes, 39, of Orangeburg, with first-degree assault and battery in the days following a July 26 incident.
His warrant alleges: “Officer Dukes then approached the victim, who was on all fours. While the victim was in a helpless position on his hands and knees, Constable Dukes raised his right leg and forcibly stomped with his boot on the victim’s neck and / or head. The force of the blow caused the victim’s head to strike the concrete. The victim suffered a bruised forehead and was transported by EMS.
The July 26 incident was captured by multiple police corps cameras and dashboard cameras.
Dukes’ accusation remains unresolved. He was released from prison on bail.
In November, the city of Orangeburg and Dukes’ accuser Clarence Gailyard reached a settlement of $ 650,000.
The settlement money will be paid by the city’s insurance company.
“Sir. Gailyard is happy to put this very disturbing incident behind him and looks forward to spending the rest of his life. We appreciate the speed with which the City of Orangeburg leaders acted to rectify Mr. Gailyard’s shooting. I have dealt with many cases involving police violence before and rarely have I seen a city quickly accept responsibility and also work to ensure that it never happens to another person, ”said Gailyard’s lawyer, the representative. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg.
The July 26 incident took place after someone on Colleton Street called the police because they thought they saw someone with a gun.
Dukes and Cpl. Brandy Smith responded to the scene at 5:10 p.m. and seconds later Sgt. Aqkwele Polidore has arrived.
Once there, Polidore saw Demario Julien, 33, on the ground. He was not wearing handcuffs.
A few yards away, Polidore saw Dukes with his service weapon drawn and shouting for Gailyard to land on the ground, according to his report of the incident.
“Sir. Gailyard carefully landed on the ground, laying flat with his hands in the air, and Dukes jumped up and stomped Mr. Gailyard on the back of his neck with his foot and said,” I said to go to the ground, “then handcuffed him,” she wrote.
She said Dukes told Smith to look for the gun behind the truck.
Smith replied that she couldn’t find a gun.
In the use of force report Dukes filed, he alleged he used “empty hand control” to force Gailyard to the ground.
He noted that he “took his right foot and pushed the subject to the ground.”
He wrote that Gailyard was armed with a “dog stick”, which he said was “hidden under a vehicle when police arrived at the scene.”
Bamberg described the “dog stick” as a wooden stick with gray duct tape wrapped around it.
ODPS captain Victor Cordon noted in a report that Dukes’ actions were “excessive and clearly nothing that has been taught or instructed in the agency to take control of a subject.”
The handwritten report by Mike Adams, then Director of ODPS, states: “In my opinion, the use of force was not justified and was a flagrant violation of our use of force policy. This incident has been turned over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for investigation. “
Before the city of Orangeburg released video footage of the incident, Bamberg told a press conference: “This is not Officer David Dukes’ problem, it is a police problem. city of Orangeburg. This is an ODPS problem. Attitude reflects leadership, and we have seen leadership fail.
About three weeks after the July 26 incident, the T&D questioned Orangeburg city administrator Sidney Evering about rumors circulating that Adams had cleaned his office and handed over the keys to his patrol vehicles.
Around this time, Evering said Adams decided to “take annual leave.”
On September 29, Adams announced his retirement after being out of the department for just over a month.
The city of Orangeburg is looking for a new leader for the DPS, but has in the meantime hired the Reverend Charles Austin Sr., former Columbia Police Chief, as interim director.