Henderson County Sheriff’s Office: No bodycam video of deputy striking fifth grader holding knee – Citizen Times | Episode Movies

HENDERSONVILLE — A senior sheriff’s deputy said there was no body camera footage of an allegedly violent school encounter between a twice-fired deputy and a fifth-grader, during which the officer pinned the child to the ground with his knee and punched the child.

This is according to an affidavit by Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jake McMurray, whose affidavit was filed at a hearing in Henderson County Superior Court on Nov. 10.

The hearing came in response to a Citizen Times petition to release all law enforcement recordings of the May 9 incident between the child and Deputy Alan Brackett.

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Guidelines established by Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin require deputies to activate cameras in “all enforcement” contacts and “any other contact that becomes controversial after initial contact in a situation that otherwise would not require a recording.”

After the hearing, Sheriff Lowell Griffin’s spokesman, Johnny Duncan, said Brackett was unable to activate the camera.

“The incident with Deputy Brackett was a very dynamic event that escalated quickly and did not give him an opportunity to activate his body worn camera, therefore there is no body worn camera footage,” Duncan said.

Citing the state’s privacy laws, Griffin’s office declined to discuss the details of the incident in which Brackett allegedly pushed the child off a chair, pinned the fifth grader – who said he couldn’t breathe – and slapped the child in the face to an e-mail from the then headmaster to the school authorities. But on November 10, Duncan addressed the issue, pointing to an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation.

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