An Georgia sheriff’s deputy from Bibb County was fired and arrested after an assault on a handcuffed man which was caught on video.
Nathaniel Woodard, 28, is seen in the August 2014 recording kicking Devasco Holly, 38, in the chest while he is handcuffed on the ground.
“If you get up one more time, I’m going to kick you in the fucking chest.” the Georgia deputy is heard threatening Holly in the video.
Holly is seen attempting to get up on his knees when the deputy kicks him square in the chest, knocking him to the ground.
The incident began after Holly’s girlfriend had called police to say that he was trespassing on her property and had kicked down her door.
The deputies told the woman that if he returned, they would issue a warrant and arrest him. A few hours later, he returned. And so did deputies, who accused Holly of resisting arrest and biting one of them.
Following the assault by deputy Woodard, Holly ended up being charged with criminal trespass, making terrorist threats, obstruction of a peace officer and reckless conduct.
On July 10 of this year, the prosecutor’s office moved to dismiss the charges against him saying it was “in the interest of justice.”
On Friday, Woodard was booked for simple battery and violation of oath of office and was held on $2,840 bond. He was fired following the charges.
“Deputies are expected to enforce the law, not break it. I will not tolerate this blatant disregard for the oath we all took to uphold,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said in a statement to the press.
Woodard is not the first deputy from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to be arrested this summer.
In July, Bibb Sheriff’s Correction’s Deputy Sheryl Denise Smith was arrested on dog fighting charges after eight injured dogs were found at her home. She was also immediately terminated from the department.
In June, Deputy Mitchell Tharpe was arrested for driving under the influence in his patrol vehicle while he was off-duty. He was suspended pending an investigation.