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Anderson Co. Sheriff: More People Getting Violent With Officers

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Anderson Co. Sheriff says more suspects becoming combative with police. Anderson Co. Sheriff says more suspects becoming combative with police.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper says when it comes to making arrests, his deputies are having to use more force to get suspects to cooperate.

In the past week county deputies have been involved in three high speed chases and an officer involved shooting leaving the suspect dead. A suspect in one of the chases also died.

Sheriff Skipper says his deputies have to use "use of force" at least once a week.

"It's almost an ongoing thing now when we're out talking to suspects trying to confront them, they're being combative," Skipper says.

The Sheriff tells us when a suspect uses force with an officer, the officer is trained to use force just a step above to try to control the situation and keep you safe. Deputies and officers have plenty of tools to assist them in gaining control.

"We have arm techniques and our officers are equipped with a baton, spray, tasers and obviously the fire arms," Skipper says.

Training is given at the police academy and different departments have training through out the year.

Sheriff Skipper doesn't know why the violence has increased but he can speculate based on his 40 years of law enforcement experience.

"I don't know if it's part of our society, part of seeing stuff on television and seeing what's happened across the country and people trying to emulate what's going on," Skipper says.

"Use of force" is used to describe any time an officer has to physically touch a suspect or use other means, a baton, pepper spray, stun gun or their gun to gain control of the suspect. Anything from grabbing an arm to deadly force where an officer shoots the suspect dies.

Anderson County Sheriff's Office documents anytime an officer uses "use of force." In 2012 there were 202 recorded "use of force" incidents. In January to June there were 110 recorded "use of force incidents."

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