Highly Publicized Civil Rights Accusations Against Deputy; Decision in Federal Court Exonerates Deputy
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - In December 2008 Charles Green publicly stated he was abused by a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy. Doctors, Federal Investigators, Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Investigators and the Citizens Advisory Committee all agreed that the Deputy acted appropriately; and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott cited that the Deputy saved Green’s life in his actions.
Late last night in Federal Court, August 27, 2013, a jury returned a verdict which exonerated the Deputy; saying that the accusation of the Deputy violating Green’s rights was false. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Green’s injuries were a result of an excessive amount of cocaine in Green’s system and that the Richland County Deputy actually saved Green’s life by tasing him, getting him restrained and transporting him to the hospital.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in December 2008 Deputies were investigating reports of drugs and guns at a house in Northwest Richland County – deputies found Green inside a vehicle that visited the location and when deputies confronted Green he shoved two deputies and fled to a field. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Deputies tased Green several times in an effort to restrain him and to get him to surrender the large amount of crack he had in his mouth. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that under Departmental policy The Internal Affairs Division reviewed the incident and they found that the Deputy acted appropriately. The Sheriff stated that Federal Investigators reviewed the accusation, that the Deputy violated Green’s rights under the 14th amendment, as did the Richland County Citizens Advisory Council; both found the deputy did not violate Green’s rights.
Sheriff Leon Lott added that it is imperative to have a checks and balance system in place to monitor, adjust or correct law enforcement action. That system makes sure we are providing the most effective, efficient and appropriate services possible to ALL citizens. The Sheriff stated that in Richland County we constantly strive to provide the most professional services possible and by having policies and procedures in place, and reviews of those directives, we maintain that professionalism and commitment to our communities.
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