NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former North Charleston police officer was officially charged with misconduct in office on Tuesday.
The State Law Enforcement Division charged Kenneth Ford, who was fired from the North Charleston Police Department on July 23, after they say he wrongfully detained and then physically assaulted a man before leaving him stranded in North Charleston in July.
According to court documents, Ford wrongfully detained a man on July 17 in front of 5032 West Montague Avenue, and then drove the man to a remote, dark location in the opposite direction from the Charleston County Detention Center and the North Charleston Police Department holding facility.
Documents state Ford was accompanied by another officer.
Once there, the affidavit states Ford physically assaulted the man and destroyed his property while saying, "This is what happens when you disrespect police." Then Ford removed the cuffs from the man, and told him to "find his way back home."
The affidavit also states a few hours later, Ford sent the accompanying officer a text message instructing him to lie about the location they took the man.
He was granted a $25,000 bond for what the judge called "a serious crime" during a hearing Tuesday morning.
The victim's mother said, "Words cannot describe what my son went through."