VIDEO: Off-duty deputy attempts to arrest woman at restaurant, ends up getting arrested himself

Bystanders recorded video of a bizarre confrontation in a Columbia S.C. restaurant this October 7 involving an off-duty deputy and a female soldier. The video shows the deputy attempting to arrest the woman following what was apparently some sort of confrontation.

But after everything was said and done, it was 49 year-old deputy and former marine Paul Derrick who ended up getting arrested and charged with assault after police reviewed the video taken at the scene. He has since been placed on leave without pay.

According to a Columbia Police report, the incident started when Derrick approached the woman, 23 year-old Fort Jackson soldier Britanny Ball, who appeared to be upset. When Ball rejected Derrick’s advances, the two began arguing.

The report then says that Derrick, who was not in uniform and was drinking alcohol, left the restaurant and returned with handcuffs he retrieved from his vehicle.

Derrick overpowered Ball, handcuffed her, pulled her to her feet, running her head-first into a metal table. Ball was also drinking alcohol according to the report.

A police officer who reviewed video of the incident reports hearing Derrick say, “This is how Marines deal with soldiers,” while slamming the woman into the table.

It is not clear from the video what the motive was for Derrick to restrain Ball.

The bystander who recorded the incident, Steven Hughes, recalled what happened when the police officer who arrived at the scene saw the video:

“He watched maybe the first 30 seconds of it. And when he heard the Marine-Army comment he said, ‘Alright, things just changed. Arrest him, 10-37, and release her.’ And that’s when I said, ‘Sir, I know it’s hard, but that’s the right thing.'”

Watch a report on the story from WIS-TV in the video below. You can see the full unedited footage here.

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  1. Scott Belen

    October 16, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Smell a WHITE WASH coming

  2. Squire

    October 16, 2013 at 3:08 am

    FIlthy dirty pig cops. This is typical. They are more dangerous than any criminals. Pigs. Dirty swine.

  3. radworks

    October 16, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I hope the military goes after this little pricked prick for damaging government property too.

  4. Fed Rey

    October 16, 2013 at 5:31 am

    original footage link broken- insert a colon after http on URL

  5. gigi

    October 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

    APPALLING! That man should be in jail, not on leave.

  6. Joe

    October 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    That is assault, see him twist the hand cuffs and then demand she stand up straight. I hope the investigators see that.
    He tried to set up a resisting arrest. No doubt.

  7. Jim S

    October 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    There are far too many Ex Marines working as cops. Marines are taught to hate and to kill. Too many of them, who become cops because they are not qualified to do anything else, retain that violent streak. We have all seen too many rambo cop videos in recent times. In every case, the cops who misbehaved were ex-military! The problem is, we do not have PROFESSIONAL police in this country. We hire at low pay and so-so training. Obviously insufficient psychiatric screen is done as well.

    I lived in Germany for 5 years. Police officers there must go through rigorous psychological testing and then attend an academy for 5 to 6 years before being certified as a police officer,. They are also very handsomely paid!

    It’s time to stop building police departments on the cheap with questionable officers. I am not using a broad brush here as the vast majority of police officers are great. They are dedicated public servants who do a wonderful job. THEY need to watch their own ranks for the questionable THUGS in their midst and take action with higher authorities to eliminate them. The RAMBO Thugs like this guy are giving the good cops a bad name!

  8. karen

    October 17, 2013 at 2:48 am

    poor girl looks like she’s about to pass out or get her arms broken-she should sue this guy

  9. Jason Wydra

    October 17, 2013 at 3:28 am

    your embedded link is messed –

  10. kentuckywoman

    October 17, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Your link to the full video is broken. Please fix it. Thanks!

  11. Brandon

    October 17, 2013 at 5:01 am

    First off no such thing as an ex-marine. Second thing we are taught Judgement,Justice,Decisiveness,Dependability,Tact,Integrity,Bearing,Unselfishness,Courage,Knowledge,Loyalty, and Enthusiasm. Not just to hate and kill. Thanks you for posting and not knowing facts about anything you ignorant human being. We are taught to be leaders one bad apple means nothing its like saying one priest raped a little boy so that must mean that every single one will. Doesn’t make sense does it. God i hope your not american

  12. Jay Merrick

    October 17, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Nice post.

  13. Debbie Watson

    October 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Unfortunately, the police force attracts people who love to bully and dominate others. It is not because they are ex marines, it is because they are bullies and impotent human beings that are attracted to the military and police force because it provides the environment to exercise their lust for power and authority over others. I don’t say that all police fit this profile, but it certainly provides those that do, the ability to do so.

  14. Kathy Holczman

    October 17, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    what you said .. they need psychological testing as they are all acting like rambo thugs… even here where I live

  15. Rich

    December 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

    The deputy is an evil piece of shit, anyone one involved in protecting him from the punishment he rightly deserves are evil pieces of shit. And if I was there I would have bathed in his blood for abusing a woman in front of me. EVERY single swinging dick who was there are pussy assed little girls, they can never again call themselves men after watching and doing nothing to end him.

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