North Augusta Public Safety responded in a news release to a man’s complaint on social media that an officer was in the wrong when he was arrested Sunday.
Tyner Jerome Holmes, 21, of the 2400 block of Central Avenue in Augusta, was arrested Sunday for disorderly conduct.
According to a news release, officers went to a residence on the corner of East and Summit avenues around 1 a.m. in response to a loud noise complaint. Upon arrival, they heard loud talking and laughing coming from inside and outside of the residence. One officer went to the front door while another went to the back in attempts to find the primary occupant of the residence.
PSO Larry Turner entered the backyard and saw a group drinking alcoholic beverages. He identified himself as an officer with public safety, told them why he was there and asked the group where he could find the homeowner.
Holmes, who smelled of alcohol and was holding a bottle of beer, told the officer that “he had no lawful right to be there, he was trespassing and that he needed to leave. Officer Turner explained why he was there, again asked to speak to the owner and repeatedly asked Mr. Holmes if he could not help locate the owner, to step aside and be quiet,” according to the release.
Holmes told the officer that he was a criminal justice student and knew his rights.
When Turner went to the back door of the residence, Holmes stepped in front of him and kept telling the officer that he had no right to be at the residence and that he needed to leave.
“After Mr. Holmes failed numerous times to comply with the officer’s instructions, he was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct,” the release stated. “Officer Turner considered Holmes’ actions to be passive resistant at that moment and reluctant to be handcuffed.”
Holmes was taken to North Augusta Public Safety and later posted bond.
According to a public safety incident report, after Holmes was arrested, he “stated numerous times that he was wrong for his actions”.
Later Sunday, Holmes posted a video titled “Arrested” of a black screen with alleged audio from the arrest on YouTube and his Facebook page.
The video is accompanied by a description stating “Don’t question authority in North Augusta, SC, because they’ll break your arm.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the video had been accessed more than 4,800 times.
According to public safety’s news release, the department initiated a review of the incident and conduct of the officer and determined that nothing illegal or wrong was done.
“I stand behind Officer Turner’s handling of this situation 100 percent,” said Chief John Thomas in the release. “We, in fact, encourage Mr. Holmes to file a formal complaint with the department if he feels his rights were violated; not air it out on Facebook or YouTube.”
Thomas stated later in the release that “we are not going to try this case through the social media. He will have his day in court. Until then, we have nothing more to say about the incident.”
Holmes has not filed a formal complaint, according to the release. Holmes’ court date for the disorderly conduct charge is Dec. 28.