Man who sued Charleston County Sheriff’s Office jailed once again


A West Ashley man has landed in jail for the fourth time 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 Friday on outstanding bench warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of unlawful carrying of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle and second-degree assault, Charleston County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy John Clark said.

North Charleston police made the arrest after stopping Pittman, but the reason for that stop could not be determined Monday.

He is being held without bail at the Charleston County jail.

Pittman’s latest arrest comes a little more than a month after he was arrested on a gun charge by Charleston police following an admission 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.

Pittman has been in and out of trouble since a Nov. 11, 2012, traffic stop in which investigators said he was roughed up by a sheriff’s deputy on Orleans Road. As part of an agreement in a civil lawsuit that Pittman filed against the deputy 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.

It was his first arrest, but in late March he was nabbed on assault and theft-related charges after a man accused Pittman of pointing a gun at him during a dispute over a car, police said.

In June, Pittman was busted on a charge of unlawfully carrying a gun at the Citadel Mall after a police officer reported finding a loaded revolver in Pittman’s pants pocket after frisking him.

The bench warrants with which he is currently jailed appear to stem from the March and June incidents.

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