Man stomped by police glad for bodycam, honest officer

Crime & Safety

A scar can be seen on the forehead of Clarence Gailyard after he watched body camera video of an officer stomping him in the neck on July 26. The video was shown at a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Orangeburg Public Safety officer David Lance Dukes was fired and charged with a felony after the July 26 incident. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who was stomped in the head last week by a police officer says he is thankful for body camera footage.

Clarence Gailyard, says he is also happy for a second officer who immediately stepped up and said her colleague was not telling the truth. Gailyard’s lawyer showed body camera footage of the July 26 incident to reporters on Tuesday.

Orangeburg Public Safety Department Officer David Lance Dukes was fired two days after the incident and charged with felony first-degree assault and battery a few days after that.

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