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Former deputy found not guilty of assault

Had been charged with assault in 2008

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AIKEN - A former Aiken County Sheriff's Office deputy was found not guilty of assault and battery by a jury Wednesday.

Jeffrey Nation was accused of striking Lorenzo Williams, of New Ellenton, in the throat after questioning him.

Nation alleged that Williams attempted to "head-butt" him, and an altercation ended with Williams being arrested.

An investigation determined the former deputy's accusation was untrue. Sheriff Michael Hunt apologized to Williams and to his family, and Nation was fired two days later. Charges were filed by the State Law Enforcement Division.

On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper dropped misconduct charges, according to the Attorney General's Office.

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justus4
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justus4 08/12/10 - 07:01 am
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Told ya...this is classic
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Told ya...this is classic institutionalized prejudice on display and the entire process was useless. It didn't seek any "justice", it was just an open display of worthless legal procedures with the verdict already predetermined. Here is the classic part: After being improperly detained and rights violated, the judge allows the language to be used AGAINST Williams - any citizens being improperly detained/treated by a sworn gun-toting official will be mad!! This is a classic racial legal trick perpetrated to say, "See, he is dangerous" while the officer's illegal conduct is excused. What a complete joke!

flippinbricks
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flippinbricks 08/12/10 - 07:26 am
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I second that! Justus4 it is

I second that! Justus4 it is people like you that fan the flames of racial tension to keep it burning and therefore feel an importance in a not so significant life.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/12/10 - 09:05 am
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I guess that they have to

I guess that they have to agree to disagree on who is right or wrong.

The problem is that if you dress like a 'thug' and act like a 'thug' you should not be surprised when someone calls you a 'thug.'

The otherside of the problem is when you have big-shot, know-it-all, arrogant, or abusive cops (everyone has dealt with one at one time or another I am sure) it does not help calm a situation or prevent escalation. It is easy to understand how Williams feels like the cop abused his authority and wants to be sure that cops remember they are public servants, not ultimate authorites OR above anyone else.

Equal protection UNDER the law. They and we, are bound to obey the law.

Now, the way I see this is: a cop with an attitude meets a 'thug' wannbe with an attitude, add mutual disrespect on both sides, and you have recipe for problems and abuses on both sides.

The cop needs to grow up and the 'thug' needs to learn respect.

Brad

P.S. Edited to clear up typos.

P.P.S. A loud mouth 'punk' 'thug' ect. does not give an officer the right to use force. We train our officers to always remain in control of themselves so that they may be in control of the situation. Lose your cool and YOU are the fool.

I am not saying the guy did not deserve to be corrected but the cop let this go too far and the 'thug' pushed as hard as he could to make it go that way.

Two wrongs, more wrong on the trained law enforcement officer's part given his position of trust in the comunnity, didn't make a right here now did it?

BO

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55 F-100 08/12/10 - 07:30 am
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The loudmouth punk had his

The loudmouth punk had his big foul mouth come back to haunt him. Lorenzo and all of his homies need to learn to follow a LEO's instructions and commands when they are misbehaving.

airbud7
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airbud7 08/12/10 - 07:57 am
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justus4 why dont you ever

justus4 why dont you ever speakup when a black man KILLS another black man, but when a white man is (accused) of striking a black man you act like there should be a check waiting in your mailbox when will you ever learn america is tired of hearing race this, and race that, always playing the race card, thats what keeps you down! stop riding that same old horse and get a new one, enjoy the life you have and stop blaming white people for what you don't have, YOU are YOU live with it.

Indigo
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Indigo 08/12/10 - 08:19 am
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Well said, Brad.

Well said, Brad.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 08/12/10 - 08:41 am
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Still does not give LEO the

Still does not give LEO the right to act like a thug.

Jeffro
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Jeffro 08/12/10 - 08:42 am
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The race card is played to

The race card is played to keep us "Americans" divided. Remember the old saying "divided we fall"? Division umong us helps Government disfunction and helps control specific groups of people. By electing people based on race or sexual preference, the issues facing "Americans" is not solved. I agree with Justus that the "legal" system is skewed, but it's not race. It's skewed toward the "haves" than the "Have-Nots". It's all about the $$$$$.
I've never seen "Americans" so divided...........

ispy4u
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ispy4u 08/12/10 - 08:44 am
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People wonder why some have a

People wonder why some have a mistrust of the " Justice" system.

isaidit
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isaidit 08/12/10 - 08:57 am
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And because he's black and

And because he's black and visibly ticked off at being bullied by this "THUG" with a badge......it's his fault?! If this were Paris Hilton (who also displays distain and disrespect toward authority w/badges!!) on camera being assaulted and arrested on trumped up charges (lies!!) No one would disagree that this cop provoked the disrespectful comments, and then abused his power in retalliation......but, it's not a person of "means," and lesser yet, it's a black kid with an "attitude", so to hell with him, let's lock him up charge him with assaulting the officer. After all, he should've took his bullying with a smile and plenty yazir and nawzir like a "good boy"!! I'm hurt deeply by the stereotypical view most of you have concluded of this young man. He was clearly wronged by this officer and then again by this system we call (southern) justice for all. We should be ashamed.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/12/10 - 08:57 am
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"Directed verdict," not

"Directed verdict," not "direct verdict".

dougk
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dougk 08/12/10 - 09:56 am
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WOW, didn't see this one
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WOW, didn't see this one coming. Guess I haven't lived around these parts long enough yet to know better.

thetroll
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thetroll 08/12/10 - 11:56 am
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maybe justus should try being

maybe justus should try being a cop for a day and dealing with his [people ] in a tense situation , maybe he would get a new appreciation for what whitey with a badge has to deal with from these[ poor mis-understood always innocent dregs of society]

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/12/10 - 01:15 pm
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ACSO and Sheriff Hunt need to

ACSO and Sheriff Hunt need to give Deputy Nation his job back with back pay. But if I were him I would only want the job if I did not have one.

Fawkes
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Fawkes 08/12/10 - 01:25 pm
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Of course they will let him

Of course they will let him off, the protect themselves. Im sure every step was done with intent to allow him to get off and probably end up getting money in a settlement from the county on top of it.

Sadly if he done the same to a white person then no action at all would have been taken. I dont say this is racially motivated, just someone who is a sociopath and seeks work that allows him to entertain his sick desires. Police abuse you and your a minority you can at least use that to try and get some action, if your white then that option isnt even open to you.

I have been stopped, harassed, pushed, threatened, and had personal belongings stolen by police, when anything was said/reported and even legal action taken the response at every level was that it was normal, there is nothing you can do and they will make it worse on you for challenging them.

Bad cops are like roaches in your house, there are many more that you dont see for every one that you spot, the southeast just seems to have some very large nests.

Fawkes
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Fawkes 08/12/10 - 01:28 pm
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Sadly for Mr Nation the jobs

Sadly for Mr Nation the jobs he would really enjoy are not available, the Gestapo, SS-TV, NKVD, Republican Guard and others are not around anymore.

apex24
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apex24 08/12/10 - 03:11 pm
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Ispy and justus, it wouldn't

Ispy and justus, it wouldn't make any difference if the officer was found guilty you would find something to complain about. Especially since the officer was white. I'm surprised you don't camp out at the jail and complain everytime an officer brings in the dreadlock gang members.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/12/10 - 08:38 pm
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I'm glad I'm not an officer.

I'm glad I'm not an officer. If I'd gotten a call to check out the area for suspicious activity and asked some loiterers what their business was in the area (I'm not saying that's what happened, I don't know what precipitated the officer's presence in the area), and one of them lunged at me like that, I wouldn't have restrained myself as much as Officer Nation did. I'm so glad he was cleared. I hope justice was served in this case.

Indigo
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Indigo 08/13/10 - 03:03 pm
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If he wasnt guilty, how did

If he wasnt guilty, how did he end up losing his job?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/13/10 - 03:20 pm
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Indigo, you can lose your job

Indigo, you can lose your job even though you did not break a law.

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