William Everette Tindal, 32, says he can move on with his life now that a Darlington County jury found him not guilty of Misconduct in Office and Third Degree Assault and Battery Wednesday.
"I've been living it for the last two and a half years. Everyday, everyday. Getting up and going to sleep with it on my mind. It's just, I'm ready to put it behind me," said Tindal.
On March 9, 2011, Tindal was accused of assaulting John Anthony Anderson, Jr. whom he arrested for Driving Under the Influence, Threatening a Law Enforcement Officer and Open Container, according to an arrest warrant.
The warrant says Tindal slapped the suspect "on or about the head," while the suspect was handcuffed.
Tindal's attorney Rosemary Parham says Tindal's actions were in reaction to the suspect pinching Tindal's hand.
The suspect, John Anderson, Jr. is currently in the Darlington County Detention Center for new charges of Threatening the Life of a Public Official, Assaulting a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest, according to the Darlington County Detention Center booking reports.
"You go out there and you protect and serve and you do what you know is right. And then somebody comes along and tells you, you're not doing what's right," Tindal said.
Tindal was fired from the Darlington County Sheriff's Department and wants to be reinstated with his department.
"I'm going to try to get back on with the department. That's been my whole focus every since it started. Getting back in to law enforcement is all I wanted from the start of it."
We asked Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd about the possibility of rehiring Tindal.
Byrd says Tindal wasn't fired because of the charges, but found that his conduct in the incident wasn't becoming of a deputy.
He says Tindal won't get his job back.
Tindal says that's disappointing, but he's fine with it and is ready to move on.
He's hoping another law enforcement agency in the Pee Dee will give him a chance.