Soldier suing N. Charleston cops after alleged stun gun incident

The booking photo from Yates' 2008 arrest. (Source: CCDC)
The booking photo from Yates' 2008 arrest. (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A decorated soldier is suing North Charleston police alleging that his civil rights were violated when he was hit with a stun gun at a traffic stop.

The trial of the complaint brought by 28-year-old Brian Knite Yates of Ladson was set to begin this week, but was delayed because Yates is overseas with the National Guard.

Yates is black and contends he was illegally arrested in 2008, an allegation the city denies.

An incident report says Yates was pulled over because of loud music. It says Yates was stunned because he turned as though he was returning to his car.

The arresting officer was white. During the past year the NAACP has accused local police of profiling and targeting black drivers.

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