Wednesday, September 5, 2018
(News 12 at 6 O'Clock / NBC 26 at 7)
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – Orangeburg Public Safety officers said Demetrius Jamison assaulted an officer, Officer Miles, during his arrest in April. They charged him with Assault and Battery of a high and aggravated nature. That charge means he's accused, but not convicted.
Jamison spent 127 days behind bars for several charges but he and his attorney say there's no proof one charge in particular-- the assault.
“We're here today to clear his name because that is not what happened,” said attorney Justin Bamberg at a press conference Wednesday.
Officers said Jamison head-butted one of the three officers at the time of the arrest, but body cam footage never shows that happening. The assault was listed on both the incident report and arrests warrants.
An officer explained they used force during the arrest because of the assault. As protocol, officers are supposed to fill a Use of Force Report.
A lieutenant reviewing the case continuously asked for that report, but he didn't get it until five weeks later. After looking at the footage and comparing it to the report, the lieutenant says the officers involved did not tell the truth and the officer who claimed to be assaulted should be immediately relieved of his duties.
“The worst is he was painted to be some savage maniac that attacked a law enforcement officer.”
One of those three officers, PSO Miles, went from claiming he wasn't hurt at all to saying he was the one head-butted, which reveals a bigger issue. In the video we see their boss, Corporal Justin, come onto the scene and tell the officers to stick together.
“There’s only one way we're doing this. You were assaulted, you were assaulted, you were assaulted," the corporal is seen pointing to each person as he speaks in his bodycam video.
Bamberg says the whole situation is unacceptable.
“[This is] evidence that existed on June 3rd, days before they even took him to court and convicted him,” Bamberg explained Wednesday.
Evidence does show that Jamison was a little combative, definitely had drugs, and had prior run-ins with the law. It may be proof that there's wrongdoing on his part, but Bamberg says it’s also on law enforcement's part.
SLED confirms it began its investigation into the arrest on Wednesday. The same day Orangeburg DPS Chief Adams requested the investigation.
BAMBERG, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An attorney in Bamberg is expected to speak on what he says is the "malicious prosecution" of a man in April.
According to a press release from Bamberg Legal, LLC, 26-year-old Demetrius Jamison was walking home and confronted by police officers on April 26th. He admitted to being in possession of marijuana and handed it over to the officers.
The release goes on to say Jamison ran about 10 feet away before being tackled by three officers. He was then tased while lying on the ground.
After the arrest, the officers say Jamison assaulted them, but the incident was caught on camera. Jamison was charged with Assault and Battery in the 3rd degree, as well as ABAN, which means assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Jamison's bond was denied the next day under allegations that he headbutted an officer.
On June 3rd the officers' allegations were found to be false by a Departmental Memorandum, and one of the officers was fired. Still, Jamison was held without bond for 127 days on what are now known to be false charges.
Jamison was eventually released from jail on August 31st.
Attorney Justin Bamberg will hold a press conference Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. to release new information in Jamison's case, including the footage of the initial arrest.
News 12 will be at that press conference Wednesday. Check back for the latest on this developing story.