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.