Man arrested for third time since winning $250,000 settlement from Charleston County in police brutality suit
A West Ashley man landed in jail for the third time on a gun-related incident since he received a $250,000 settlement in a civil suit against the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office after a deputy was accused of assaulting him.
Devante Antwan Pittman, 20, of Acacia Street was arrested by Charleston police Wednesday after he admitted to investigators in a recorded interview that he had a pistol in his home that turned out to be stolen, according to a police report.
While investigators were speaking to him about an armed robbery at his home earlier this month, Pittman volunteered that he had a gun he had purchased from a stranger two months ago for $160 in cash, a report stated. He recently had been trying to sell the gun because he was concerned about its history, police said.
With Pittman’s consent, police retrieved the pistol from his bedroom and determined the gun had been reported stolen during a July car break-in in North Charleston, a police report stated.
Pittman was charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm.
Attorney Lionel Lofton, who is representing Pittman on other charges, said he had not yet reviewed the most recent allegations and could not comment or say whether he will represent him in this case.
His latest arrest comes about three months after Pittman was busted on a charge of unlawfully carrying a gun at Citadel Mall.
A police officer found a loaded revolver in Pittman’s pants pocket after frisking him, according to an incident report. Police were called after Pittman allegedly became aggressive and verbally abused a cashier at the Manhattan department store, where his card had been declined while he was trying to purchase merchandise, according to the report.
On Nov. 11, Pittman was roughed up by Christopher Davis, who was a sheriff’s deputy at the time, during a traffic stop off Orleans Road, according to investigators.
Deputies said Pittman was stopped for not using a turn signal.
Dashboard camera footage showed Davis reaching into Pittman’s Dodge Charger with a flashlight in his hand. Pittman told authorities that Davis started hitting him with the flashlight for no reason.
Davis and his attorney, Andy Savage of Charleston, maintained that Pittman first grabbed the deputy, so the lawman fought back in self-defense.
Deputies pulled Pittman from the car. As he keeled over, Davis delivered several uppercut punches to his face, and Pittman said he lost a tooth.
Davis left his post as a patrol deputy in April, two years after he was sworn in.
As part of an agreement in a civil lawsuit that Pittman filed against him and the Sheriff’s Office, the county paid $250,000 in damages for the pain Pittman said he suffered and the medical bills he incurred.
Pittman also faces a charge of third-degree assault and battery in connection with the November incident. That count remains pending.
It was his first arrest, but in late March, he was nabbed on charges of receiving stolen goods, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and second-degree assault and battery.
In that incident, a man told the Charleston police that he had recently bought a car from Pittman, but he later saw Pittman driving that car, a report stated.
When the man tried to confront Pittman about the car, he said, Pittman pointed a gun at him.
Andrew Knapp contributed to this report. Reach Glenn Smith at 937-5556 or Twitter.com/glennsmith5.