Associated Press

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- York County’s top law enforcement official has been sued over video gaming machines.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports Sunday that lawsuits against Sheriff Bruce Bryant and Marvin Brown, commander of a countywide drug enforcement unit, challenge police actions against owners and operators of such machines.

A video game company says officers confiscated its machines after a judge had declared them legal. In another suit, a Rock Hill business owner says deputies threatened to arrest him to try to keep him from operating the machines.

Bryant and Brown say the officers were following the lead of state police and prosecutors, who had said the machines were illegal.

Video poker was outlawed in South Carolina 12 years ago. Operators say the new machines are technically legal and operate on chance.