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Spartanburg Co. Jail Officers Fired Over Complaint

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Four jail officers in Spartanburg County have been fired following a complaint filed by a man who was arrested earlier this year. Four jail officers in Spartanburg County have been fired following a complaint filed by a man who was arrested earlier this year.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

Four Spartanburg County Detention Center officers have been fired for what the county's sheriff calls inappropriate conduct toward an inmate over the July 4th holiday.

Sheriff Chuck Wright says the firings come after a weeks-long internal review found an inmate's complaint of being assaulted while cuffed to be true.

Larry Maybin, 53, told 7 On Your Side he was arrested July 4th on a shoplifting charge at a HotSpot where the clerk accused him of stealing fireworks.

When deputies arrived, Maybin said they "hog tied" him and took him to the detention center.

He admits he was drunk and doesn't remember much other than some guards taking him to the ground while he was cuffed.

"What did I do to the officers to make them put eight stitches in my head?" Maybin asked during an interview Thursday.

The incident was caught on surveillance cameras, but Sheriff Wright says he can't release the video because the S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating and could bring criminal charges against the officers.

During a news conference Thursday, Wright promised transparency within his departments which include the sheriff's office and the detention center.

"People brought to our detention facility are to be treated like they're supposed to be treated," Wright said. "The actions of those four people does not represent what 99.9% of the officers do here at the sheriff's office everyday." 

For Maybin, the firings aren't enough, and he says he wants to be paid for his pain and suffering, and he says he plans to sue.

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