West Columbia, SC — An officer who was with the Springdale Police Department has been arrested on multiple charges after he drew his taser and shot a child at point blank range in the side of his head. The child committed no crime and had merely interrupted a conversation between the violent cop and his fellow brothers in blue.
Carl Brooks Wilhelm, 36, was gainfully employed with the Springdale Police Department until he was arrested this week and now faces charges of child neglect and misconduct in office for the taser incident.
According to the arrest warrant from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the child's "mother dropped him off on April 21, 2021 so Wilhelm could take him to school. The arrest warrant states the juvenile interrupted a conversation Wilhelm was having with another officer. Wilhelm then reportedly unholstered his TASER device, pointed it at the juvenile and pulled the trigger -- striking him in the left side of his head."
Because the taser was deployed at such a close range, the child had to be transported to a local hospital in order to get the prongs surgically removed from his head.
Despite the incident unfolding in April, Wilhelm wasn't arrested until this week. The fact that he tasered the innocent child in the head in front of two other officers who witnessed the sadistic act and failed to arrest him on the spot, also speaks to the insidious nature of the blue code of silence.
Apparently, cops can carry out utterly horrifying acts of violence against children — in front of their fellow officers — and simply walk away.
According to reports, after the child came out of the hospital, he told investigators that Wilhelm frequently threatened him with his taser and used it to scare him.
After Wilhelm's arrest, the department released a response claiming they carried out a non-biased investigation.
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The Springdale Police Department issued the following statement:
“On 04/21/2021 an incident occurred at Springdale Police Department involving former officer, Carl Wilhelm. Chief Richbourg requested SLED to investigate the incident, to ensure transparency and a non-bias investigation. Wilhelm is no longer employed with the Springdale Police Department.”
According to WIS10, Wilhelm was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center and is out on a Personal Recognizance bond.
If you have never Googled the phrase "40% police" then you may not know that multiple studies have shown that police officer families experience a rate of domestic violence far greater than the average family. We can assume this child was either the son or stepson of this cop since the boy's mother trusted the officer to bring him to school.
The phenomenon of wife and child beating cops has been a stain on the thin blue line for decades, backed up by countless news stories, many of which are horrifying in nature. The aforementioned case is a telling reminder that 40 percent of police officer families reportedly experience domestic violence.
A simple Google search will illustrate how police officers are arrested for domestic violence on a near-weekly basis. It is also estimated that the incident rate for domestic violence is likely far higher than reported as many women and children stay silent out of fear of retaliation and the fact that their abuser's brothers in blue will cover for them.
As this officers watching Wilhelm and refusing to arrest him illustrates, and as TFTP has previously noted, a report by a government-appointed watchdog group shows that most of the time, abusive officers who commit these crimes, do so with seeming impunity.
Fortunately, Wilhelm was eventually arrested. Hopefully, he gets the justice he so desperately deserves.