Sgt. Christopher Whitfield, a two year veteran of the Williamston Police Department, was placed on unpaid leave after Whitfield was charged with criminal domestic violence. Chief Tony Taylor with the Williamston department, verified his decision to remove Whitfield from duty, pending the outcome of this case.
According to an incident report, Whitfield and his wife got into a fight over a mobile phone call on March 8. When Mrs. Whitfield made the decision to get away from her husband, he reportedly shoved her in the chest. This led to police being called.
Sheila Cole with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office told Fox Carolina that a magistrate took out a warrant charging Whitfield with criminal domestic violence. Mrs. Whitfield didn't want to press charges, and had no visible injuries.
South Carolina law allows police to press charges, due to so many women reluctant to do so themselves. Many women are afraid of retaliation by their spouse or abuser, and police having the legal right to press charges despite the wishes of the victim takes the decision out of their hands.
South Carolina ranks #1 in the number of women murdered by their spouse or companion.