Greenville sheriff's deputy cleared in beating

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A former Greenville County sheriff's deputy has been cleared on assault charges in the beating of a teen during an arrest in 2008.

Multiple media outlets reported a Greenville County jury deliberated 20 minutes Thursday before it acquitted former Deputy Brian Tollison.

Sheriff Steve Loftis fired Tollison after viewing a dashboard camera video of the deputy hitting a 17-year-old in the face 13 times.

Tollison's lawyer, Chip Price, says the sheriff didn't appreciate the problems the officer faced as he struggled with the teen. Tollison says the case should have never gone to court.

The teen's mother, Myra Rucker, says she was appalled by the verdict.

Tollison is a trucker now and says he wouldn't return to the sheriff's department. Loftis says he wouldn't hire the former officer.

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