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When Racial Slur Doesn’t Work, Appling Man Punches Black Deputy in Stomach to Go to Jail


   A drunk Appling man who insisted on going to jail on a recent Saturday night punched a Columbia County deputy in the stomach to make it happen, according to a sheriff’s report.

   Bradley Slater, 63, has been in jail for two weeks after being charged April 16 with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

   “You made me hit you in order to go to jail,” the white suspect told the black officer.

   The whole incident started when the Columbia County deputy responded to a domestic call on April 16. Slater was outside in the front yard drinking alcohol from a glass.

   “Bradley was extremely intoxicated and insisting on wanting to go to jail,” the deputy’s report says. “Bradley said he got into an argument with his wife and his daughter.”

   While officers were there, the wife and daughter left to diffuse the situation. But Slater still wanted to go to jail and asked the black deputy what would it take.

   “Bradley began calling me racial slurs (n***er) multiple times in attempts to go to jail,” the deputy’s report says.

   But the deputy told Slater he could go back into the house for the night after his wife and daughter left.

   “Bradley shook my hand then punched me in the abdomen,” the deputy said. “Bradley immediately turned around and puts his hands behind his back.”

  The suspect just finished his second week in the county jail, where he has a bond of $5,100.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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