UPDATE: Bibb Sheriff’s Office releases timeline leading to deputy firing
Video shows the deputy apparently kicking a handcuffed suspect while the suspect was on the ground.
41NBC obtained the video from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
In the clip, you can see a deputy believed to be 28-year-old Nathaniel Woodard kicking the suspect in a bright colored shirt believed to be 38-year-old Devasco Holly. Throughout the video, used in an F.B.I. investigation, you can hear the deputy telling the suspect to stay on the ground.
After a few minutes into the video, the deputy warns the suspect saying “If you get up one more time, I’m going to kick you in the f—ing chest.”
The suspect then tries to get to his knees and the deputy kicks him in the chest, knocking him to the ground.
The sheriff’s office says the incident happened August 10, 2014. Investigators say they got the video on July 8, 2015.
August 10, 2014 – Holly got into a fight with deputies and he’s handcuffed, Woodard threatens to kick him and does.
August 20, 2014 – Holly’s attorney then files a complaint saying Holly wasn’t properly treated for his injuries caused by the fight. Sheriff David Davis orders an internal affairs investigation.
August 27, 2014 – Holly’s lawyer advised him not to speak with investigators.
September 9, 2014 – Woodard gives a statement to investigators about Holly’s arrest and doesn’t mention the kick.
November 4, 2014 – The complaint is closed after investigators interview all deputies, medical personnel, and jail staff.
February 19, 2015 – Internal affairs investigators start a separate investigation in the jail. During that time Houston County sheriff’s deputies Holly accuses several deputies of beating him. Holly tells investigators a video exists.
July 7, 2015 – Holly’s third lawyer gives the video to the F.B.I. Authorities then give the video to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
July 31, 2015 – After a completed internal investigation, Woodard was arrested and fired.
Authorities were responding to a criminal trespass call where a woman complained her boyfriend, Holly, had kicked in her front door around 2:25 a.m. Investigators told the woman if Holly returned, they would issue a warrant on him.
Woodard and another deputy returned to the scene a few hours later, after learning Holly had returned. A sheriff’s report says deputies tried arresting Holly when he began resisting. After they arrested Holly, one of the deputies said Holly had bitten him. While EMS were on the scene, Holly said “she was going to get hers” and to “wait until his father got back because she was going to get it.”
Holly was charged with criminal trespass, making terroristic threats, obstruction of a peace officer, and reckless conduct. He was then taken to the Bibb County jail.
28-year-old Nathaniel Woodard was arrested for simple battery and violation of oath of office. Woodard is accused of kicking 38-year-old Devasco Holly in his chest while he was handcuffed. Internal affairs investigators were looking in to the arrest when they received the video in July depicting the incident.
Woodard was also found to be in violation of several Bibb County Sheriff’s Office policies including: unbecoming conduct, conformance of laws, treatment of persons in custody and use of force. He was hired in February 2011 as a Macon police officer.
Woodard was released from jail on Friday on a $2,840 bond. He’s also no longer employed with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff David Davis released the following statements:
“Deputies are expected to enforce the law, not break it. I will not tolerate this blatant disregard for the oath we all took to uphold.”
“As soon as we were made aware of this abuse of power, we investigated and took swift punitive action against the deputy kicking a handcuffed and non-combative subject. I have no place in my agency for those who break the law – other than in the jail. I wish we had been made privy to this video in August of last year so we could have taken action then.”