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Bodycam footage released after man accuses Greenville Co. deputies of excessive force

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A man who was arrested by the Greenville County Sheriff's Office says the deputies involved took things too far and the incident was caught on body cameras.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a home in Berea on May 8 after receiving a call that 47-year-old Curtis Forney was trespassing.

Fighting Injustice Together released the body camera footage of Forney's arrest, which shows a deputy with a stun gun repeatedly asking him to get down on the ground and stop moving.

In the video, Forney said he doesn't know why he is being detained.

When more deputies arrive on scene, the video shows them taking down Forney and using the stun gun to subdue him. He was struck multiple times during the incident.

**WARNING: Videos contain graphic language**

GRAPHIC: Body camera footage released of arrest in excessive force complaint
GRAPHIC: Second body camera angle released after complaint

Forney sat in jail for at least 90 days after being arrested and on Wednesday he talked to FOX Carolina's Shale Remien about the case. He said he suffered broken ribs and a broken jaw at the hands of law enforcement.

"I was really scared and frightened," Forney said. "I was doing everything they asked me to do, cooperating."

He described the feeling of the Taser as a horrible, shocking sensation. He also said it was painful to watch the video afterward.

"I'm used to seeing on the news, on TV, other folks getting down this way," he said. "But seeing myself on TV or on camera was a different ball game. It's hurtful."

He along with Fighting Injustice Together are asking for an independent review of the case, alleging the level of force used was excessive.

Below is the full statement from the activist organization:

"FIT has called for a fresh, independent set of eyes to review the totality of the conduct of the officers involved in Curtis Forney's case.   We are grateful that body cameras were able to capture the events unfold in real time.  Citizens of Greenville have a right to know how their public servants are treating their own.  We will continue to strive for justice for all."

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, however, is standing by their deputies' actions. After they received an excessive force complaint on June 19, the Sheriff's Office said an internal investigation concluded the level of force used was not excessive.

No disciplinary action or criminal charges will be levied against the deputy involved in the complaint, the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said.

On Friday, interim Sheriff Johnny Mack Browd held a news conference to discuss the agency's use of force policy:

The sheriff's office also released the full text of the policy. You can read it below:

FIT activist Bruce Wilson released this statement in response to the sheriff's news conference:

"FIT would like to respond to Sheriff Brown's comments that he provided to the media earlier today.  We stand by our request to have an independent review of the officers conduct by SLED.  Sheriff Brown is defending his officers.   FIT will defend the citizens of Greenville.   The body camera footage speaks for itself.  Mr. Forney's actions demonstrate a citizen who is complying with an officer's commands.   Mr. Forney obeyed the officer's instructions to get on the ground and place his hands behind his back.   In fact, this was the position Mr. Forney was in when the 2nd officer arrived on the scene.   Shortly thereafter, Mr. Forney was struck repeatedly in the face, bloodied, and sustained broken ribs.  We disagree with Sheriff Brown's interpretation of the body camera footage, and renew our call for SLED to review the totality of the material independently."      

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