December 03rd, 2012
(BlackMediaScoop) The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office continues their internal investigation involving a woman who says a deputy mistreated her. In the video, (seen below) you can see Ruth Jean, 24, on the ground. She and members from her church were in town for a conference.
“When I was on the floor, he had his knees on my back, and he was pulling my hair, but my hands were already like this,” Jean said, as she puts her hands behind her back. “I don’t know why he was doing that, until two other cops came and they told him to back off. And he put me in a choke.”
The incident erupted over the weekend in the Denny’s parking lot on Washington Road. After one of their pastors was arrested, the group came outside. We showed the video to Sheriff Ronnie Strength. “Many times, most of it is left out,” Sheriff Strength said. “And the only part that was shown is the arrest. But something initiated the arrest. And I sure hope that is on camera also.”
Sheriff Strength says he was told Jean was blocking the deputy’s car so he could not drive away. That’s where our video starts. He says he would not comment on the video because of the investigation. Fox54 took this exclusive video to the streets. “It seems like excessive use of force,” said Matthew Wieberdink after watching the video. “Like, you can handcuff somebody, and have them stand on somewhere else. You don’t have to beat them.
“It did not look like excessive force to me,” said Ben Davis, an ex-military member. Whether excessive force was used or not, Jean is charged with obstruction of law enforcement. She was released on bond, and returned to her home in Florida.
Ruth says the Richmond County deputy struck her multiple times with his baton. “It hurt so bad; really bad,” Jean said. “He shoved me on the ground and pulled my hair. As he was pulling my hair I was screaming, ‘You’re pulling my hair! You’re pulling my hair!’ but he wouldn’t stop until the other cops came and really backed him off, because I soiled myself.”