Authorities release violent video of detention officer assaulting woman

Repeunzel Rivers
Repeunzel Rivers

By Cameron Easley - email

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released video of a detention officer repeatedly punching a female suspect in the face during a booking at the Charleston County Jail.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) charged 35-year-old Repeunzel Rivers, of Santee, with third-degree assault and battery and misconduct in office earlier this month.

The video shows Rivers repeatedly punching a female suspect in the face while she was being booked at the Charleston County Detention Center on Dec. 17, 2010.

Warrants state that the female victim suffered bruising to her left eye, temple area and collar bone. She also sustained a cut to the inside of her lower lip and a swollen upper lip, according to warrants.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Rivers has worked there as a detention officer since August 2003. Rivers is currently on administrative leave without pay.

SLED is investigating the case at the request of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

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