Trooper Fired After Arrest Of NFL Player In Laurens Co. - WKRN News 2

Trooper Fired After Arrest Of NFL Player In Laurens Co.

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LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. - S.C. Trooper L/Cpl. R.S. Salter who arrested Greenwood Native and now NFL player Sidney "Sam" Montgomery in the Upstate for speeding in June in Laurens County has been fired.

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Montgomery was arrested for speeding on Wednesday. He was going 89 mph in a 55 mph area, according to the Laurens County Sheriff's Office. The Highway Patrol says Montgomery's speeding arrest was lawful. The reason for Salter's suspension has not yet been released.

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Montgomery is currently listed as a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was released from the Laurens County Detention Center on bond, according to the jail.

The S.C. Department of Public Safety released the following statement:

An internal investigation was conducted by the Department's Office of Professional Responsibility after a June 25 traffic stop involving NFL player, Sam Montgomery, in Laurens County. During the course of this traffic stop, Salter's interaction with Mr. Montgomery was inconsistent with how he was trained to conduct a traffic stop; his actions and behavior were unprofessional when he told Mr. Montgomery, “NFL, you are under arrest,” which could be perceived as suggesting that Mr. Montgomery was being arrested because of his status of being in the NFL. Additionally, Mr. Salter deviated from his training and exhibited Negligence in Following Rules, Regulations, Policies or Procedures when he did not properly approach the vehicle and introduce himself but instead immediately effectuated an arrest without informing Mr. Montgomery of the reason for the traffic stop and giving loud verbal commands instructing him repeatedly to shut off his vehicle and show his hands. Additionally, Mr. Salter's comments on the ride to the detention center were inappropriate at times including a statement referring to the seat belt in the patrol vehicle: “we can pull that thing across you tight and lock it, and we can make it a very uncomfortable ride to jail.” Also, Salter's assertion to Mr. Montgomery that “at 25 or over, you get arrested” was a misrepresentation of fact since Mr. Salter showed a pattern of arresting some violators and not others for that violation.

Mr. Salter had also received a letter of counseling in 2007 for using poor judgment and being unprofessional during a traffic stop. He also received disciplinary action in 2012 for making inappropriate comments on his personal social media site that reflected poorly on his status as an officer of the law.

These violations demonstrate behavior that is inconsistent with SCDPS standards. The South Carolina Highway Patrol makes clear that it is “the duty of every trooper to conduct himself in a manner that is above reproach” and that “troopers are public officials and should conduct themselves in a manner becoming their position of authority.” Mr. Salter's conduct – both during the Montgomery traffic stop and these other incidents during his tenure – fell woefully short of that standard and therefore resulted in his termination.

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