The man pulled his 2-year-old by the arm from his wrecked car and twirled the toddler through the air until she landed back in his grasp.
A sheriff’s deputy ran up to him after chasing the sedan over Columbia-area roads on July 8, not knowing that a child was inside and unrestrained by any car seat.
The girl, at 2-foot-4 and 20 pounds, was jostled in the man’s arms. Her head lashed about.
They eventually fell, and the girl was freed. Her dad kept writhing until more deputies arrived.
It wasn’t a shining moment for fatherhood in South Carolina, nor was it private; the ordeal was broadcast live on cable TV. But to some observers and officials from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the episode of “Live PD” serves as a bright spot for law enforcement in a state ensnared by recent criticism of the profession.
With that harrowing edition, in which the girl suffered a broken arm, the show has proved an “excellent” public relations campaign for the authorities, despite the negative perception it may create of the