Suit names Aiken deputy

Deputy Jeffrey S. Nation is seen in this patrol car video confronting Lorenzo Williams Jr., 18, on Sept. 7. Nation was fired two days later.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:41 AM
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AIKEN -- An Aiken County man has filed a lawsuit alleging sheriff's deputy violated his constitutional rights by searching and arresting him after ordering that he pull up his pants.

The defendants listed in the civil case are Jeffrey Nation, Sheriff Michael Hunt and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. In the suit, which was filed earlier this month, Lorenzo Williams claims that on Sept. 7 Mr. Nation was patrolling a mostly black neighborhood in New Ellenton and began harassing some young black men for having their pants low enough to expose their underwear.

The suit claims Mr. Nation called from his cruiser loud speaker for Mr. Williams to pull up his pants and pull his shirt down.

The suit contends that Mr. Nation ordered Mr. Williams to put his hands on the patrol car's hood, and Mr. Nation searched his wallet. It also states that Mr. Nation ordered Mr. Williams to look him in the eye, and it alleges that Mr. Nation then hit Mr. Williams in the throat. The suit claims Mr. Nation arrested Mr. Williams for attempting to head butt him.

The sheriff and his office are listed as defendants based on Mr. Williams' claim that Mr. Nation remained on the force after being suspended in 2004 involving a use of force incident. The suit also claims that Mr. Nation was rehired after leaving the sheriff's office for nearly two years.

A lawsuit represents only one side of a dispute.

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APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 03/24/09 - 10:48 am
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Keep your pants up where they

Keep your pants up where they belong and things like this wouldn't happen. I hope you don't get one red cent and that you have to pay for AC legal expenses. Get a job like the rest of us and quit walking the streets like a thug.

My_2nd
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My_2nd 03/24/09 - 10:52 am
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unfortunately he will win

unfortunately he will win this lawsuit.

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 03/24/09 - 11:07 am
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Deputy Nation is a queer he

Deputy Nation is a queer he must like what he saw;I want stop a person because he chose to wear his pants low and show their boxer shorts and is that the case deputy Nation should have went to the trailer park were serial killers wear no shirt nor shoes.

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Dan White 03/24/09 - 11:10 am
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Heck, these kids will be

Heck, these kids will be walking around nude the way things are going. Girls busting out. Boys butting out.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/24/09 - 11:12 am
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The price you pay for

The price you pay for freedom, huh? Well, this is a slam dunk in favor of the plaintiff. I hope that Jasper County is watching closely -- their sexist clothing law may be the next to be struck down (and rightfully so).

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 03/24/09 - 11:22 am
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kissofdeath - I believe if

kissofdeath - I believe if Deputy Nation was a "queer" as you say, he would have liked seeing Mr. Williams' underwear. I personally don't want to see this person or any other young man's underwear in public. You should be able to and CAN dress any way you want at home, but respect every one else's "rights" not to have to see it.

undetected
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undetected 03/24/09 - 11:24 am
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Apirateslife forme-- Are you

Apirateslife forme-- Are you saying that because his pants were low someone in law enforcement or anyone has the right to touch you. That does not make sense to me. What a statement. I wonder what color shirt you are wearing. If the allegations are true there will be some money given.

americafirst
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americafirst 03/24/09 - 11:51 am
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I am as strong a law

I am as strong a law enforcement as anybody but if you watch the video it was all so unnecessary. It looked like the officer just wanted to harass someone. However, the plaintiff did give an apparent false name.

stonewallj_
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stonewallj_ 03/24/09 - 12:29 pm
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When you are being questioned

When you are being questioned by the police, you do what they ask. The little gangsta wannabe is in the deputys face showing out. The judge needs to toss this suit.

pthsssh
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pthsssh 03/24/09 - 12:29 pm
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I think Deputy Nation should

I think Deputy Nation should have got a commendation. That thug is lucky he didn't kill him.

ripjones
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ripjones 03/24/09 - 12:35 pm
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Well, after watching the

Well, after watching the video, I'm pretty disgusted with BOTH of the behaviors. I do have to agree with APiratesLife4Me -- wear your pants where they belong -- I don't care what your underwear looks like. This is NOT a fashion statement ! I still have not figured out the untucked shirt, except for behind the belt buckle thing either.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 03/24/09 - 12:39 pm
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If cops would just do their

If cops would just do their job instead of trying to act like they are God then these kinds of situations would probably not happen. That cop was trying to act all bad and unfortunately it is probably going to cost him!! Eventually these thugs end up behind bars for one reason or another. That cop just couldn't leave it alone.

elm1026
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elm1026 03/24/09 - 12:41 pm
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The kids pants were hanging

The kids pants were hanging low but his underwear wasn't that visible. I don't agree with his fashion but you can't harass someone based on their clothing. You want to say something, say "you kids be good" and drive off.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 03/24/09 - 01:07 pm
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After watching the video

After watching the video several times, I feel the detainee was guilty of making the first threatening move towards the police officer. I feel the officer was justified in his response. I believe if any of you were in the same position as the officer was and someone threatened you in any way, you would react similarly. I further believe the detainees shouts of We gonna get paid are further evidence that he not only wanted this to happen but did what he could to cause the officer to react. I don't believe that everything is done text book perfect in the field for most officers. I do believe they should be supported in making sure they are safe in dangerous situations like this. I also believe citizens should be required to follow the instructions of a police officer that are reasonable and should do so in a more respectful manner. If they have a problem with an officer they can contact his supervisor and seek the appropriate remedies.

gnx
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gnx 03/24/09 - 01:08 pm
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Just the fact that young man

Just the fact that young man was shouting happily about 'we gone get paid!' and hamming it up for the dash cam is enough to tell me that he was looking for a reason to have a confrontation with the police. Mr. Nation could have handled this a little more calmly, but when you listen to everything that is going on from the snotty brat at the hood of the car and the folks in the background you can certainly tell he was being goaded from every direction. It's my opinion he handled the antagonism coming at him from every direction as best as he could and was not out of line with any of the folks harassing him after he put Mr. Deserving in the car. I also hope the judge tosses this suit.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 03/24/09 - 01:42 pm
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I just watched it

I just watched it again....the cop told him to look him in the face which he did, granted I am not condoning thug or gang activity. They were standing very close to each other, the cop said look me in the eye and the punk did so and that is when the cop pushed him by the neck or whatever. The cop should not have done that.

sprintman
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sprintman 03/24/09 - 01:53 pm
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lol just because his pants

lol just because his pants are low he is automatically a unemployed according to pirateslife4me. Stonewallj calls him a thug. Even though he has never met the young man one day in his life. PTHS calls him a gangsta wannabe. When this young man has on no gang affliations clothing or colors. He is not in a gang on top of that. Sueboo418 says i am not condoning thug or gang activity. WTH does this have to do with condoning thug or gang activity. Just because he is a young black male with his pants low. You assume he is in thug or gang activity. Wow you people need to get out more. Why didn't the cop go harass some young white kids for wearing their pants low. The cop deserves to be fired. He is a pathetic egomaniac. Every kid in america with their pants low has to be question and harassed by cops. What is the world coming too. Not surprising though when you look how Aiken is home to the good ole boy.

edst4
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edst4 03/24/09 - 03:08 pm
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Sprintman your spell check

Sprintman your spell check not turned on today you thug

sueboo418
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sueboo418 03/24/09 - 03:18 pm
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Sprintman although your

Sprintman although your grammar needs help what I was saying was that he acted like a thug but the cop was still in the wrong.

lilmace
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lilmace 03/24/09 - 03:21 pm
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How you dress in the privacy

How you dress in the privacy of your home is your business. I do not want to look @ your posterior or underwear because you choose to dress that way no matter your race. For all of you defending this young man, would you want him walking around in your neighborhood for your children or grandchildren to see? Before someone says it, I do not like to look at a female with a skirt so short you can see her $%#@*% either. When out in public have a little pride in the way you dress. If some have the right to dress with their pants down and the underwear or bottom showing, where are my rights not to have to look at it?

elm1026
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elm1026 03/24/09 - 03:41 pm
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The young guys pants were not

The young guys pants were not hanging that low! I do not like or dress like that myself but I have seen much worse. You can have your opinion on the way someone dresses or acts but you can not act on it. Its profiling to assume someone is in a gang. If I saw three young men walking down the street it may alarm me even if they were white or black. I have my moments but you really cant trust much. Looks can be deceiving.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/24/09 - 03:43 pm
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I don't like the saggy pants

I don't like the saggy pants either, it started from prisoners who could not be allowed to wear belts. I don't think I would like to try to mimick a prisoner in any way. I also agree that they both were in the wrong but does it constitute getting paid for bad behavior? I don't think so, we are a lawsuit happy society and it is ruining our country, this is the reason that car insurance, medical bills etc is is high, to help defer the cost of these type of lawsuits. This little thug wanna be does not deserve a penny, and if he gets it he will think he is above the law and will continue on with his life with his thug mentality and will eventually end up behind bars like all the rest. I doubt this is his first run in with the law either...........he is a disresectful punk who needed his mama or daddy to put a belt on his a__. This officer also needs to calm down his attitude, it makes good officers look bad and makes people not trust them.

aninsider
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aninsider 03/24/09 - 03:44 pm
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Maybe respect should be one

Maybe respect should be one of the "R's" taught in school. Oh, my bad, they probably don't even go to school.

marien
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marien 03/24/09 - 03:57 pm
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ansider, a good point made if

ansider, a good point made if he was my student he could not enter class with his pants below his waist.

toldya
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toldya 03/24/09 - 04:44 pm
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Is there a law that says how

Is there a law that says how you have to wear your pants?
This depputy appeared to have an attitude from the onset. Anyone ever grab my kid by the throat (the kid did EXACTLY what the deputy told him to) for wearing his pants too low, better get fired (which happily the sherriff made a great decision) and will certainly get sued civily and I would press charges against him for assualt. There are way too many good cops out there for the few buttholes to ruin their rep.

godogs
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godogs 03/24/09 - 04:46 pm
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Not that it matters in this

Not that it matters in this case but (Just wondering) does this man have a job? He looked little too old to be wearing the pant below the butt thing. He should be trying to set the example for the younger kids and that is pull up your pants and act like a respectable person. If you want respect then looking and acting like you want it. No clothes don't make the man but you can be poor as dirt and be decent and take pride in what you have. I have seen truly poor people out sweeping their dirt because they have pride. This man obviously had none and was looking for an altercation. Apparently his parents didn't do a whole lot in teaching their son respect for himself or others. It all starts at home!!!!!!

toldya
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toldya 03/24/09 - 04:47 pm
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meinagusta: when was the last

meinagusta: when was the last time you saw a girl dress appropriately -I think it was 1983. They wear their shirts cut REALLY low, their pants are low enough- you can see the thong, give me a break Kids should only have a dress code at school and at church-, they can wear whatever they want anywhere else. The more you push kids to do one thing- the more they are apt to stick their heels in the ground and defend it

godogs
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godogs 03/24/09 - 04:50 pm
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You know sabertooth you would

You know sabertooth you would be the first one in line to be at a school for them telling your child how to dress raising cain, but probably the last when it came to volunteering at the school or supporting the teachers. It is parents like you that defend such behavior and wonder why their kids end up in Jail or the cemetary. Not my kids, they didn't do it, you can't tell them how to dress because there is no law against it. But it is your type of kids that are a disruption in the classrooms because of how they dress and behave. Like I said above you get respect by earning it and appearing like you want respect.

toldya
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toldya 03/24/09 - 04:54 pm
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The kid didn't look more than

The kid didn't look more than 16. There have been wise-[filtered word] kids since the beginning of kids, especially their age. If he can't handle a kid-my God- i don't want to depend on him for anything. If the cop was thinking (instead of trying to act like a bad[filtered word]) he should have just placed him in the backseat and talked to him without the audience. Cop was looking for someone to aggravate.

toldya
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toldya 03/24/09 - 04:58 pm
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godogs: FYI I am a substitute

godogs: FYI I am a substitute teacher; I am a guardian ad litem; and I work a fuul time job;I know how to handle kids when they want to "save face", you need to play along a little, act like what they are saying is important (becuase just maybe it IS)My son graduated college (went through the long hippie hair for about 2 years, even wore the pants low for about a year) he couldn't wear them to school or church. Thanks for showing your [filtered word]

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