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Roundtree defends decision to fire officer

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 8:48 PM
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Sheriff Richard Roundtree said he was supportive of ex-Deputy Brian McDuffie’s decisions while detaining a 15-year-old until the one where the deputy struck the teen in the head.

“It goes against every bit of training we’ve ever been taught,” Roundtree said Tuesday.

The sheriff fired McDuffie Monday after an investigation into allegations of excessive force while detaining Kyvan James on Leawood Court in Hephzibah on Aug. 3.

According to his mother, Kenya James, Kyvan was walking to his home with a friend when they saw blue lights outside a Leawood Court residence. Out of curiosity, the teens decided to take a shortcut near the home where police were investigating a possible burglary.

The officers, who noticed the teens, asked them to stop but they ran. James said her son made a foolish decision to run, but he did so out of fear.

Police said McDuffie assisted two other deputies in Kyvan’s arrest for obstruction of a law enforcement officer. It was then, Roundtree said, that McDuffie hit Kyvan with a flashlight.

“I have no problem with deputies giving chase or detaining the suspect,” Roundtree said. His problem, he said, came when the deputy admitted he had used his flashlight as a weapon.

Kyvan was treated at Medical College of Georgia for injuries that included bruising and swelling to both eyes.

“People say they don’t think the severity of the injuries warranted termination,” he said. “But should we have to wait until it’s worse?”

James aired her concerns to the Augusta Commission on Monday.

There have been 12 investigations into excessive force by deputies this year. Two, including McDuffie, have been substantiated and both deputies were fired, Roundtree said.

McDuffie worked as a deputy at the sheriff’s office from 2008 to 2011 before being rehired in June 2012.

McDuffie is white and Kyvan is black, but Roundtree said it does not appear the beating was racially motivated.

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KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 08:00 pm
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mrenee

Apples/oranges. I never saw anything about GT having his gun drawn making TM needing to attack GZ. As many have said, why would a so callled unarmed person attack a person who had displayed a gun. Are you saying Trayvon was stupid?

mrenee2003
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mrenee2003 08/14/13 - 08:08 pm
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NocNoc

Maybe that cop shouldn't have hit a kid with a flashlight if he was so worried about feeding his family.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 08:03 pm
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I believe it

If you say so.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 08:09 pm
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Believe it.

Isn't that what you have done with trespassing teen and mad mom?

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 08:20 pm
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mrenee

Would you, could you please point me to where you have gotten the other side of the story, not just the teen's and second hand mother's? I am serious. I don't watch the local news.

We have spent weeks hearing how we only have Zimmerman's side of the story. In this case, I would like to hear the witnesses' side plus the fired deputy's side. Obviously you have, based on your opinion. Please share your source(s).

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/14/13 - 10:51 pm
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KSL...don't you think the
Unpublished

KSL...don't you think the agency that employed him heard him speak or gave him the opportunity to do so?? He was fired. Get over it. You don't have a say in that decision..

rebellious
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rebellious 08/15/13 - 01:41 am
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Newton's Third Law

is that "For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction"

And what does that mean, based on the action surrounding McIver here?

The possibilities are:
Cops will no longer chase fleeing suspects
Fleeing suspects may punch themselves or otherwise cause appearance of physical harm to garner community support
Suspects will no longer flee cops, but rather feign injury
Cops may stop giving a damn about catching suspects
Roundtree may lose what respect may be out there by deputies
Citizens may grow fonder of the phrase "Dead men tell no tales"

Time will tell, but this is no passing fancy by any stretch of the imagination.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/15/13 - 04:16 am
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Officer Brandon Gandy

One thing I don’t like is the derogatory statements made by some in the media about Brandon Gandy, the officer who actually ran the kid down and apprehended him. I heard him demeaned on the radio pretty badly when all he did was his job in a superb manner and report what he thought was improper. The supervising Sergeant who arrived on the scene and Internal Affairs supported what Gandy said. The Sheriff also supported his version.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/15/13 - 07:11 am
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I'm not a big fan of the

I'm not a big fan of the Libertarian Party (LP) either. They tend to be rather smug.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 08/15/13 - 10:24 am
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nocnoc brings up a good

nocnoc brings up a good point. Roundtree is making a statement that hitting a kid about the face and head with a flashlight is no crime in Richmond County. He has set the precedent.

bclicious
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bclicious 08/15/13 - 10:48 am
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No pun intended

No pun intended, but the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is really headed for some dark days. When you are a police officer, or deputy, you want to know that the administration has your back.

If you do wrong, you should be punished, fired, etc. However; did this deputy really do wrong? At a minimum; does the punishment fit the offense? I think not.

dreTT
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dreTT 08/15/13 - 01:37 pm
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Cops should never hit a child

Cops should never hit a child in the manner that he did. Glad he was fired.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/15/13 - 04:50 pm
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can well all in unison say
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can well all in unison say "TRAYVON" that is the reason the deputy was fired..nothing more/nothing less...he was a sacrificial lamb to the rats, roacher, monkey's gorillas of the country who will spill out of their "gub-ah-ment" project houses (with promises of riches and more EBT) led by the so-called religious/community leaders (better known as BOTTOM FEEDERS) with their bullhorns and megaphones chanting the tired old slogans from years gone by (weee's shal obah come/no justis-no piece) with their misspelled banners marching on the sheriff's office calling for roundtree to resign..and of course roundtree had to fire the officer "cause he needed to sho dat he is fo da black pee-poh and dat he aint not no uncle tom fo da wite man"

validPoint
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validPoint 08/15/13 - 10:23 pm
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Promise of Juvenile Court

As I remember correctly, the first Juvenile court session was held in the state of Illinois. The conclusion was parents were not taking care of their youngsters who had not reached adulthood. Therefore, the slogan was: "parens patri", which means, "we will take care of you, and make sure you are protected." Law enforcement is not exempt from upholding this oath. Therefore, an officer who strikes a teen in the head with a flashlight has broken the oath, and proven not to be trustworthy to say the least..

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Darby 08/16/13 - 12:26 am
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"What if Kyvan had died?"

But he didn't did he?

bclicious
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bclicious 08/16/13 - 10:51 am
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What if?

What if our local deputies decide that under no circumstances will they ever use force against a juvenile again because they afraid of losing their jobs and/or getting sued?

What about that?

validPoint
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validPoint 08/16/13 - 02:03 pm
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@Darby

Darby, in reaponse to your supposition, the only answer I can provide is It is my hope to be spared from witnessing such an attack, because if something like that happens before my eyes, someone will definitely "bite the dust" unless the good Lord restrains me. Policeman or not. Please note, I am not a violent person at all, and will go even the extra mile for the sake of Peace and righteousness.

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