Humphreys County deputies in beating investigation fired - WSMV News 4

Humphreys County deputies in beating investigation fired

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Three Humphreys County sheriff's deputies caught in a videotaped beating have been fired, and another city officer involved has resigned.

The video of the officers' beating of Darrin Ring led to an FBI, TBI and Department of Justice investigation.

For weeks, the three sheriff's deputies were on administrative leave without pay.

Under tremendous pressure from the public as well as tremendous financial pressure, those officers have now been fired before the investigations have been completed.

Handcuffed, beaten, Tasered, Darrin Ring emerged from the beating with broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken shoulder.

The officers involved - Benji Lee, Tim Hedge and James McCord - were all suspended with pay. That angered many in Humphreys County.

"I can understand why people were frustrated there after watching this video, that the officers would continue to be on a paid leave of absence," public defender Jake Lockert said.

With 20 percent of its patrol officers at home getting paid, the county was wracking up overtime while already being way over budget. That's why Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis, under investigation himself, decided to terminate the officers.

"Because of the terrible economic impact this was having on the county general fund and his budget, as well as the enormous toll it was taking on the remainder of the deputies," County Mayor Jessie Wallace said.

Wallace says ideally you wait until the investigation is over, but it's just become too expense and unsafe to keep those officers on the payroll.

A Waverly police officer called as back-up during the Ring beating has resigned his position.

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