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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

[SC] Officer Cameron charged with domestic violence, suspended, then fired

North Augusta Department of Public Safety Officer Brandon Cameron was arrested, charged with criminal domestic violence, suspended, and then fired once the internal investigation was completed. (The way the news tells the story it doesn't come together - but I will trust that the information gathered during the investigation is more extensive and just not given over to the media.)

...He was accused of pulling his girlfriend out of a vehicle and throwing her to the ground. She had a contusion on the right side of her head... Deputies said that Cameron's story changed several times...

News Excerpts November 18 through December 1st 2009:

NBC Augusta 26 News
By Arielle Clay
Nov 18, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - A North Augusta public safety officer is in jail charged with criminal domestic violence. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested Brandon Cameron Wednesday. Cameron has been suspended from his duties while the investigation continues. Cameron has been on the force for three years. [LINK]

Aiken Standard
By Karen Daily
11/18/2009 9:27 PM
[Excerpts] A North Augusta Public Safety officer has been suspended after he was arrested on allegations he grabbed his girlfriend from a parked vehicle during an argument and threw her down to the ground, causing her to strike her head on the ground. Brandon L. Cameron was arrested Wednesday and transported to the Aiken County detention center where he was charged with criminal domestic violence. North Augusta Public Safety immediately suspended the officer... The Aiken County Sheriff's Office was the arresting agency... Cameron called 911 from the parking lot of the Windsor Fire Department after an argument between the two escalated. Only moments before, the two nearly collided head-on with a tractor-trailer, according to reports. When deputies met with the couple, they said the truck the two were in had two flat tires. The couple had been traveling west on Highway 78 when the vehicle they were in veered into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler. The victim was driving... She told deputies they were both shaken up, and she told Cameron to drive... According to police, the victim said Cameron was going to walk home... She then grabbed one of four pistols in the vehicle and fired it into the ground to "let him know she was serious" and to leave her alone... She said she fell to her knees and put the weapon on the ground. Cameron then took the gun from her and put it into the vehicle, according to the report. She got into the driver's side and sat down. Cameron then reportedly grabbed her by her left arm and attempted to pull her out of the vehicle. In doing so, she said he lost his grip and fell. He got up and grabbed her again by her arm and pulled her out of the truck and reportedly "threw her" on the ground, causing her to hit her head on the ground, the incident report states. She said he climbed on top of her while she was on the ground and told her that he loved her and was sorry but she needed help, deputies reported. The couple then got into the vehicle and waited on deputies... Deputies said that Cameron's story changed several times when they asked him to explain what happened. He was arrested. She was not charged and was not transported for medical attention. According to the incident report, the woman was upset that Cameron was going to jail and wanted to pull her statements from the investigation.... [Full article here]

The Augusta Chronicle
Stephanie Toone, South Carolina Bureau Chief
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 2:02 p.m.
A North Augusta Public Safety officer charged with criminal domestic violence has been released from jail. Brandon Cameron, 27, was released Wednesday from the Aiken County Detention Center, but his suspension with the department will continue until the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation is complete... [Full article here]

Aiken Standard
By Karen Daily
11/28/2009 12:34 AM
North Augusta Public Safety has fired an officer who had been put on suspension earlier this month after he allegedly grabbed his girlfriend from a parked vehicle during an argument that caused her to fall and strike her head on the ground... Public Safety Director John Thomas said the officer was terminated Wednesday, adding that Cameron violated policy. "It was the result of an internal investigation," he said. Thomas said Cameron's termination is aside from the criminal investigation. The Aiken County Sheriff's office is investigating the criminal allegations... [Full article here]

NBC Augusta 26 News
Nov 30, 2009
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - A North Augusta police officer has been fired after he was arrested for domestic violence. North Augusta Public Safety Department suspended Brandon Cameron earlier this month. After an internal investigation, the department decided to fire him. He is accused of throwing his girlfriend on the ground when the two were fighting. Cameron had been on the force for three years. [LINK]

The Augusta Chronicle
By Stephanie Toone, SC Bureau Chief
Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 10:57 a.m.
NORTH AUGUSTA – A North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer has been fired after being arrested for domestic violence earlier this month. Brandon Cameron was fired Wednesday after the department conducted an internal investigation into the incident involving the three-year, Public Safety veteran, said Lt. Tim Pearson. “He’s no longer employed with North Augusta as result of that investigation,” he said... [Full article here]

The Augusta Chronicle
From Staff
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
A North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer who was arrested on a domestic violence charge last month has been fired. Brandon Cameron, a three-year veteran, was fired Wednesday after an internal investigation... He was accused of pulling his girlfriend out of a vehicle and throwing her to the ground. She had a contusion on the right side of her head, according to the report. [LINK]
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  1. Some of the comments left under the above articles:

    ...Does anybody understand that this is totally unacceptable! State law mandates another law enforcement agency CANNOT conduct and arrest another police officer from their own county. This investigation belongs to SLED. Between this and Clearwater we definitely have another "Kingfish" in command of Aiken County...

    ...I guess no one read the police report which you can get online. She was the one with the gun and fired it. She amitted this. He took the gun from her and placed it in the truck. She then tried to get back in the truck were he did pull her out of the truck for her own safety and she fell. She amitted to this too. He is the one who call 911 because he was afraid of her hurting herself. She did not want to press charges. Ya'll need to the read the report before you convicte him without a trial and ruin his life...

    ...Alcohol involed? Drugs involved? Sobriety tests? Again, that is normal procedure in his department. I am sure it was administered to him. What were the results? This will not just go away. Equal treatment...

    ...She pulled out a gun and shot it after she wrecked the car then got back behind the wheel. Why wasn't she charged?...

    ...I have known brandon for a long time. He is not one to do this sort of thing. It all sounds like a witch hunt to me! It sounds as if he was keeping her from doing something stupid. Brandon we have you back, the truth will come out and you can get back to your life...

    ...If he would have been home with his wife and child, this would not have happened. Now the two of them are being dragged through this embarrassing event when it isn't their fault at all. Sounds like he picked one crazy girl and one dramatic life over a peaceful, loving home. When you play you pay, and he is paying...

    ...I know the guy personally and he left his wife for this crazy girl. But he's not all that innocent. I know of other accounts where he's been the psycho one. But in all fairness, the both should have went to jail...

    ...Live-In Girl Friend ? C.D.V ? Fellas it's just not worth it. Marry Um or Leave Um. You could be arrested and terminated at any time if the Law is Enforced. From The S.C. Code of Laws 16-15-60. Adultery or fornication. Any man or woman who shall be guilty of the crime of adultery or fornication shall be liable to indictment and, on conviction, shall be severally punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than one year or by both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court. 16-15-80. "Fornication" defined. "Fornication" is the living together and carnal intercourse with each other or habitual carnal intercourse with each other without living together of a man and woman, both being unmarried.

  2. So if you all think its not possible then why did Brandon get arrested again for CDV with the same girl! Except this time she went to the hospital! Whos to say who is guilty now! Yes thats right he got arrested just this week again!

  3. NOT GUILTY!October 21, 2011

    Funny how that never went to trial...Physical evidence or lack of in this case, wins every time!!! Brandon was found NOT guilty by a jury of his peers and the second "charge" never went to trial for lack of evidence. Thank you.


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