Former NCPD officer pleads guilty to misconduct

Ken Ford (provided)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A North Charleston police officer who was fired last July has pleaded guilty to misconduct in office.

A judge accepted Ford's guilty plea and fined him $750.

Kenneth Jerome Ford was arrested after a citizen called the department to say he was beaten by the officer.

Ford's lawyers said the former officer was stressed out from his job and took matters into his own hands.

According to an affidavit from bond court, Ford is accused of taking a man, identified as William Waddy, into custody, assaulting him and telling the man "This is what happens when you disrespect the police."

The affidavit says Ford arrested Waddy on West Montague Avenue. but then took him to another darker location while another cop followed. After the assault, the affidavit states Ford let Waddy go and told him to find his own way home.

Then, on July 18 around 1 a.m., a witness told investigators that Ford sent the second officer a text asking him to lie about where they had taken Waddy.

An official with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) confirmed back in July that they were investigating.