Former police sergeant arrested for use of excessive force

According to the arrest warrant, Sgt. Miller put his knee on her neck, which resulted in injuries to her neck.

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced Tuesday that a former police sergeant was arrested on assault and misconduct charges after using excessive force during an arrest.

On December 17, 2020, Gaffney Police Sgt. Johnny Miller entered a woman’s home and allegedly grabbed her neck before slamming her to the floor. According to the arrest warrant, Sgt. Miller put his knee on her neck, which resulted in injuries to her neck.

The victim yelled five or six times that she could not breathe. After suffering pain to her neck, the victim received medical treatment for acute muscle strain.

Shortly after the incident, Miller was suspended without pay. He was later terminated from the Gaffney Police Department for violating the department’s procedures.

On Tuesday, SLED agents arrested Miller and charged him with misconduct in office and first-degree assault and battery. He was booked Tuesday morning at the Cherokee County Detention Center.

In July 2014, Miller was also suspended without pay following his arrest on domestic violence and weapons charges. The solicitor later dismissed both charges in 2015.

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