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Camden County, Georgia — Newly released dashcam video shows a Camden County Sheriff’s Office deputy screaming, punching, and yanking a suspect’s hair while handcuffed. The Camden County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is calling for the firing of a Camden County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy.
On January 16, 2022 Deputy Christi Newman pulled over a pickup truck for failing to stop at a stop sign. During the traffic stop, the driver, Charis Faria, had a suspended license, which is when Deputy Newman asked her to step out of the vehicle. According to the report, before walking over to Charis Faria’s truck, Newman learned Faria had a non-judgment suspension.
A report stated the deputy told Faria about the suspension and said she couldn’t drive. When she asked her to step out of the truck, Faria refused. Deputy Newman called for backup and a second deputy arrived after hitting the driver’s front bumper. That’s when tempers flare and Deputy Newman can be seen in dashcam video reaching into the truck and yanking Faria to the pavement.
The deputies tase Faria and handcuff her, which is when Deputy Newman can be seen punching Faria twice and grabbing her hair. Faria was arrested and charged in the incident with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, driving with a suspended license, window tint violation and failure to obey a stop sign.
Deputy Newman was immediately given a warning and time off without pay. Deputy Newman was re-trained on the use of force and officer safety, according to CCSO. Just two months after the incident, in March, Newman was awarded ‘Deputy of the Month’. Her personnel file revealed a letter sent to the Sheriff’s Office in February that praised Deputy Newman’s actions during an incident at a local campground. She did an “incredible job de-escalating a situation,” the letter read.
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