North Charleston, SC — A North Charleston police officer is on unpaid administrative leave after allegedly beating his girlfriend for making him late to work.
Officer Sierra Shivers, 38, was arrested Monday after his girlfriend told authorities that he beat her because the abortion he forced her to get, took too long.
In a statement the victim told deputies she had been 10 weeks pregnant with Shivers’ baby and he’s been pushing her to have an abortion, threatening to have her loved ones arrested with planted evidence if she didn’t comply. She said Shivers then drove her from a hotel to the Charleston Women’s Medical Center in West Ashley Saturday morning to get an abortion.
However, the fact that the woman underwent the abortion didn’t keep her safe from this deranged brute. According to the affidavit, as Shivers was taking the victim back to her residence, she says Shivers became angry that the procedure had taken too long and that it got in the way of paperwork he had to file at the department.
The document states Shivers then punched the victim in the left side of her face approximately five times.
According to the report, Shivers then threatened the victim and told he not to say anything. She stayed silent for approximately 6 hours. Even though these 6 hours had passed, her face was still swollen when she met with police later that evening.
The report states North Charleston police initially responded to the scene, but the victim requested Charleston County Sheriff’s Office handle the report due to Shivers being a North Charleston police officer.
Despite the allegations that Shivers forced the victim to have an abortion by threatening to use his position as a police officer to frame her loved ones, he was only charged with criminal domestic violence. He was released from the Charleston County jail on $2,505 bail.
The request to have the Sheriff’s office handle the case was a wise move on behalf of the victim as departments will frequently try to cover up any evidence of domestic abuse within their ranks.
A study conducted by the Domestic Violence Task Force called Domestic Violence in the Los Angeles Police Department: How Well Does the Los Angeles Police Department Police Its Own? revealed that performance evaluations of cops with a history of domestic violence are largely unaffected. The study of the LAPD examined 91 cases in which an allegation of domestic violence was sustained against an officer.
- Over three-fourths of the time, this sustained allegation was not mentioned in the officer’s performance evaluation.
- Twenty-six of these officers (29%) were promoted, including six who were promoted within two years of the incident.
The report concluded that “employees with sustained allegations were neither barred from moving to desired positions nor transferred out of assignments that were inconsistent with the sustained allegation.”