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Former deputy will not get job back

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 1:15 PM
Last updated 6:31 PM
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A former Richmond County sheriff’s deputy will not get his job back after being fired for using excessive force while detaining a teen in August.

In a letter Monday addressed to Brian McDuffie’s attorney, city officials stated that the sheriff’s merit board used careful consideration in reviewing information presented to it by the former deputy and the sheriff’s office on Oct. 8 and chose to support the firing.

According to the sheriff’s office, McDuffie, 33, and other officers were investigating a possible burglary on Leawood Court on Aug. 3 when they saw Kyvan James, 15, and another teen walking through the area on the way home.

Police tried to stop the teens but they ran. Kyvan later admitted he ran from fear and should have just stopped.

According to McDuffie’s Aug. 12 termination letter, another officer was trying to get a second handcuff on Kyvan’s wrist when McDuffie, who outweighed the teen by 160 pounds, stepped on his back and hit him in the head with a metal flashlight.

After being released, the teen was treated at Georgia Regents Medical Center for injuries that included bruising and swelling to both eyes.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree referred to the officer’s actions during the arrest as “unjustifiable” and could have resulted in serious or lethal injury.

McDuffie appealed the termination nine days after the firing.

Monday’s letter states the termination decision is in the final stage of the appeal process.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/15/13 - 12:19 pm
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Pixels

You need to add a few more pixels to the photo. It's kind of odd looking on my monitor.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/15/13 - 12:51 pm
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I saw on his FB

Where he said he was not allowed to present certain evidence and that channel 12 reported incorrect statements that he supposedly made. I don't know what happened but I do know this. Don't run from the police. You can't tell me a 15 year old doesn't know that.

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Humble Angela 10/15/13 - 01:09 pm
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Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/15/13 - 08:18 pm
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I have a new job for him

Excessive force, eh? Make him sergeant-at-arms for the Augusta-Richmond County Commission to keep the commissioners in order when they get unruly!

jmo
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jmo 10/15/13 - 07:34 pm
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When they are running....

you don't know if they are 15 or 30. Your life is on the line.

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southern2 10/16/13 - 05:35 am
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Now the burden lies on Kyvan

Now the burden lies on Kyvan James to prove that he is the sweet and innocent child that he has been portrayed in this incident.

Hope we do not see his name in any future crime articles after he has cost this officer his livelihood.

Thanks to former deputy Brian McDuffie for "Protecting and Serving".

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/16/13 - 01:32 pm
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I think if they could have

I think if they could have saved him, they would have. It's a shame on both sides. Hope better things lie ahead for each of them

validPoint
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validPoint 10/16/13 - 01:46 pm
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Wasted Time

Too bad so much time was wasted with this....especially when the handwriting was on the wall from the beginning. "When they run"...they who? 'cost this officer his livelyhood...really???? This is one of the few times that I am totally flabbergasted. The mentality is mindboggling.

Oh well, out of the mouth speaks the heart....whatever is in, will come out.

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Lorraine 10/16/13 - 03:11 pm
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The burden of proof does not

The burden of proof does not lie with Kyvan. On the contrary, the burden of proof lies with the former deputy who attempted to plead his case, but could not prove his innocence. Actions speak louder than words. This former deputy should have thought about his own livelihood before he obviously violated the law and used excessive force to harm the kid. So do not get things twisted.

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bubbasauce 10/16/13 - 05:45 pm
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Its too bad this is a white

Its too bad this is a white policeman. Hate to sound racist but I call it like I see it. Another Travon Martin situation. And the sheriff being black, yes he had to fire him or there would be riots downtown.

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palmetto1008 10/16/13 - 08:55 pm
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Unprofessional behavior and
Unpublished

Unprofessional behavior and its consequences know no skin color, bubbasauce,

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