The South Carolina state trooper who arrested Bengals defensive end Sam Montgomery for speeding last week has reportedly been suspended as an investigation is conducted into the officer’s conduct during the traffic stop.
The Greenwood (S.C) Index-Journal has posted what is reportedly video of Montgomery’s arrest. In the video, the trooper — who reportedly has been identiifed as Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter — asks Montgomery to step out of the car, gives him a series of orders, threatens to use a Taser on Montgomery if necessary and then handcuffs him.
According to The Associated Press, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety suspended Salter on Thursday.
“Salter’s behavior during the traffic stop of Mr. Montgomery was not representative of professionalism displayed by our troopers and officers every day around the state,” the department said, according to the AP.
The 24-year-old Montgomery was arrested June 25 for allegedly going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. He was briefly jailed, fined $355 and faces a July court date in Laurens County, South Carolina.
According to the AP, the department of public safety said that Salter did have cause to make an arrest because of the alleged speeding.
Montgomery is a first-year pro from LSU. He signed with the Bengals this spring.