BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Larry Maybin, 53, was out celebrating the Fourth of July when he was arrested on a shoplifting charge after being accused of stealing fireworks by a store clerk. Maybin was admittedly drunk and really doesn’t remember much of the evening. However, Maybin does remember being “hog tied” and taken in to the Spartanburg County Detention Center, where guards slammed him to the ground while he was cuffed.
“What did I do to the officers to make them put eight stitches in my head?” Maybin asked during an interview.
Maybin issued a complaint on the four detention center officers involved and they were fired after an internal review of the videotaped incident indeed proved that the officers assaulted Maybin.
Sheriff Chuck Wright fired the officers after weeks of interviews and after reviewing the videotaped incident. Wright says the officers were fired for inappropriate behavior.
Sheriff Wright has now released that surveillance footage, surprisingly filmed by a deputy. A sheriff’s office internal review states that the officers used excessive force, there was a lack of proper supervision and what they call “poor” video documentation of the incident.
“Poor” video documentation is to say the least. As the officers take the handcuffed Maybin to the ground, the camera operator doesn’t follow the action to the floor. There are several minutes in the video where the only footage is the wall or the ceiling.
A deputy is heard on the video yelling to Maybin, ”I didn’t bust your eye, your attitude got your eye busted.”
The internal review also states that a supervisor appears to signal the deputy filming the incident, with his eyes and a head gesture, to cue the deputy to not film the altercation between Maybin and the officers.
State Law Enforcement agents conducted their own investigation and Sheriff Wright has pledged transparency within his departments.
“People brought to our detention facility are to be treated like they’re supposed to be treated,” Wright said. ”The actions of those four people does not represent what 99.9% of the officers do here at the sheriff’s office everyday.”
Criminal charges have not been brought up against the four officers involved in the assault of Maybin. Making these rogue cops answer to the laws they are supposed to uphold would be a good addition to transperancy.
As for Maybin, he plans on suing for his pain and suffering.