Trial postponed for former Charleston County deputy accused of beating motorist
A hearing for a deputy accused of roughing up a motorist during a traffic stop last year has been postponed.
Attorneys announced on April 12 that Deputy Christopher Davis, 27, had resigned from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office following the alleged incident. Davis faces a charge of third-degree assault and battery in the November incident.
Lionel Lofton, an attorney for the man Davis is accused of assaulting, said the county agreed this week to pay his client $250,000 to settle a civil lawsuit that arose from the incident.
Affidavits stated 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.
Lofton has said his client did nothing to provoke the deputy and sued the Sheriff’s Office.
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, has said that Davis was simply restraining a motorist who had assaulted the deputy first.
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Andrew Knapp contributed to this report.
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