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Suspended SC trooper threatens to taser Bengals lineman Sam Montgomery
A suspended South Carolina state trooper threatened to use a Taser on Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week for speeding.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter shouted directions at Montgomery during the stop early Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman attempts to comply when Salter tells him if he can’t follow the commands ‘the next thing you’re going to get is the Taser.’
‘Whoa,’ Montgomery responds, ‘I’m not trying to cause problems.’
Montgomery was arrested for going 89 mph on a 55 mph road in Laurens County. He was booked and spent the night in jail until getting released on $355 bond. He has a court date of July 16, according to the ticket issued by Salter.
Salter was suspended by the state Department of Public Safety on Thursday and his conduct during the stop is under investigation by the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Salter has been with the South Carolina Highway Patrol since 2000.
The agency said Salter was within the law to make an arrest for a speeding violation in excess of 25 mph. But a statement released Monday said ‘Salter’s behavior during the traffic stop of Mr. Montgomery was not representative of professionalism displayed by our troopers and officers every day around the state.’
Montgomery said he was returning home to Greenwood when pulled over.