NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former North Charleston police officer pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in office on Wednesday.
Kenneth Ford, who was fired from the North Charleston Police Department last summer, was ordered to pay a $750 fine for the incident.
Ford wrongfully detained and then physically assaulted a man before leaving him stranded in North Charleston last July. He was fired several days later.
According to court documents, Ford wrongfully detained a man on July 17, 2012, 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.
The victim's mother said, "Words cannot describe what my son went through."