Trial rescheduled for deputy accused of traffic stop brutality

Trial rescheduled for deputy accused of traffic stop brutality

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The trial for a former Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy who allegedly beat a motorist during traffic stop last November has been rescheduled for next week.

It will be the third attempt at a trial for Deputy Christopher Davis, who is facing a charge of third-degree assault and battery.  The trial is set to be held on May 31.

The trial was twice delayed in April.

Officials say Davis, along with two other deputies, assaulted 20-year-old Devante Antwan Pittman after  pulling the victim over on Orleans Road around 11 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2012.

Davis resigned from the sheriff's office as part of a settlement with Pittman, who received $250,000, according to his attorney, Lionel Lofton.

Documents state on the night of Nov. 11, Davis pulled Pittman over and told him he was being stopped and ticketed for failure to use his turn signal.

Pittman told Davis he thought he had used his turn signal, which prompted Davis to reach his right hand through the open window on the driver's side and strike Pittman in the face, repeatedly, with a flashlight, according to reports.

Pittman's attorney said two other deputies, James Howard and Gilbert Baldwin, then walked over and helped Davis force Pittman from the vehicle.

The documents go on to state Howard and Baldwin restrained Pittman, Davis pulled the back of Pittman's head and repeatedly struck him in the face with his right fist.

According to the lawsuit filed against the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, "the force of Davis's blows was so severe that one of [Pittman's] teeth, along with some of the bone attached to the tooth, was knocked out."

Pittman is also facing an assault charge in connection with the stop.

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