Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has apologized for the behavior of a deputy he fired this week.
Lott admits that former Deputy Allen Derrick (pictured) brought a lot of criticism to – and questions about – the sheriff's department from around the country when he arrested a female soldier from Fort Jackson at Buffalo Wild Wings on Devine Street October 7th.
Cell phone video of the incident has been released showing the 49-year-old Derrick handcuff 23-year-old Brittany Ball for no apparent reason, force her onto the floor and into a table as he warns other patrons to stay back.
The off-duty officer is also heard berating Ball as an Army soldier.
Yesterday, the sheriff publicly apologized for Derrick's actions, saying he violated several department policies, including taking the handcuffs and his gun into the sports bar.
Lott says the deputy apparently tried to restrain Ball because he thought she was drunk, but Derrick had also been drinking.
The sheriff says there's no excuse for Derrick's actions, and not only is he fired, but Lott says he'll try to make sure the former deputy doesn't work in law enforcement again.
Columbia police arrested Derrick on assault charges, which he still faces.