Former S.C. deputy arrested on assault charges after ‘unreasonable amount of force’ used during apprehension

Former S.C. deputy arrested on assault charges after ‘unreasonable amount of force’ used during apprehension
(Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - A former South Carolina deputy was arrested Wednesday on assault charges.

Johnathan Lewis Goldsmith, 36, was taken into custody by agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division in Kershaw County.

The incident took place on October 15, 2020 in which an unreasonable amount of force was used during the apprehension of an individual who was demonstrating noncompliance.

Goldsmith, a former Kershaw County deputy, has been charged with assault and battery second degree and misconduct in office.

According to police records, Goldsmith used “an unreasonable amount of force while attempting to arrest someone. Records say he “unnecessarily struck the suspect with closed fists to the abdomen, head and neck area, utilized a conducted electrical weapon multiple times to deliver an electric shock to the neck area and close the patrol car door on the suspect’s leg several times.”

Goldsmith was booked at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

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