The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of roughing up a motorist during a traffic stop last year has resigned, attorneys said Friday.
Deputy Christopher Davis, 27, faces a charge of third-degree assault and battery in the November incident. A court hearing in the case Friday was postponed.
Affidavits stated that Davis hit 19-year-old Devante Pittman several times in the face after the deputy stopped Pittman in West Ashley. Davis said Pittman grabbed him first.
Pittman’s attorney, Lionel Lofton, said his client did nothing to provoke the deputy and sued the Sheriff’s Office. Lofton said Friday that he was considering a settlement in the federal lawsuit.
Sandy Senn, an attorney for the Sheriff’s Office, said it was in the “department’s best interest to resolve the suit” in light of a video of the incident and investigative reports.
Before becoming a sworn deputy in April 2011, Davis had worked at the Cannon Detention Center for less than a year and at the Dorchester County jail for nearly two years.
His attorney, Andy Savage, maintained Friday that Davis was simply restraining a motorist who had assaulted the deputy first.
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