UPDATE: The charge was dismissed March 30, 2015, because of lack of credible evidence
A North Charleston police officer was arrested Monday after his girlfriend told authorities he hit her after he had to wait too long while she got an abortion.
Sierra Devonta Shivers, 38, is charged with criminal domestic violence. He was released from the Charleston County jail on $2,505 bail.
He is on unpaid leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
North Charleston police were called to the Extended Stay America on Northwoods Boulevard about 6:30 a.m. Monday, according to the incident report from the Sheriff's Office. Officers called deputies to the scene when they learned that the complaint was against a North Charleston police officer.
Shivers' girlfriend told deputies she was 10 weeks pregnant with Shivers' child and that he was pushing her to have an abortion. She said Shivers drove her from the hotel to the Charleston Women's Medical Center in West Ashley Saturday morning to get an abortion, then hit her in the face several times afterward because the procedure took so long, according to the report.
A deputy noted that her left cheek appeared swollen.
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