Fired Richmond County deputy appealing denial of unemployment payments

The Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy fired for using excessive force — an incident that has cost the city a $55,000 out-of-court settlement — has filed a petition seeking unemployment compensation.

Brian C. McDuffie filed the petition for judicial review in Richmond County Superior Court, naming Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler as the defendant.

According to the petition, McDuffie was approved for compensation by a department claims examiner, but the sheriff’s office contested his eligibility. McDuffie’s status was changed to ineligible, a decision upheld by the review board on Dec. 2.

McDuffie was fired Aug. 12 in connection with the beating of 15-year-old Kyvan James on Aug. 3 on Leawood Court.

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