Richland County deputy fired after assault arrest

October 15, 2013 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A Richland County deputy charged with assault after putting a woman in handcuffs at a Columbia restaurant has now been fired.

Sheriff Leon Lott decided to terminate 49-year-old Paul Derrick's employment after meeting Tuesday with prosecutors and Columbia's interim police chief.

Columbia Police arrested Derrick last week after a cellphone video captured him in civilian clothes putting the woman in handcuffs and berating her at a bar. The woman was in the Army and Derrick was in the Marines and the video shows him insulting her about that.

Derrick is retired from the Columbia Fire Department and worked for the sheriff's department for 14 years.

Lott plans to talk more about his decision to fire the deputy on Wednesday.

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